date: 08 April 2020


Humans have been using the cannabis plant in various but simple ways for thousands of years. Hemp seed oil has been used in skincare for a long time but with the rise of cannabidiol or CBD-infused products, it’s become a lot more difficult to navigate the skincare world. We’re here to help.



CBD oil is a general term for an oil that contains cannabinoids, which are one of the many different molecules that make up the plant. You’ll see products listing a few different types: full-spectrum CBD oil which contains a wide range of cannabinoids, broad spectrum CBD oil which contains a smaller number of specific cannabinoids, and CBD isolate which only contains cannabidiol and needs to be mixed with a carrier, like MCT oil.

Currently, we only use CBD isolate in Apothem products. Apothem’s CBD adheres to strict quality-assurance processes to ensure the CBD they create is of the highest quality. Part of the quality assurance comes from third-party testing. Before we receive the CBD isolate, it’s tested by an independent third party to ensure that it’s THC-free and contains no heavy metals or pesticides. We then test every batch of product that we manufacture to guarantee that you’re only getting pure CBD.

Simply, it’s an oil created from pressing the seeds of the Hemp plant. The Hemp seed oil we use is unrefined and cold-pressed. Unrefined Hemp seed oil means the wealth of beneficial fatty acids and minerals present in Hemp seeds are preserved. "Refining" Hemp seed oil by heating or cleaning it using chemicals will extend the shelf-life of the oil, but it destroys most of these benefits – something to keep in mind.

CBD oil and Hemp Seed oil are different ingredients with their own individual benefits. As CBD has only recently become legal to use, the industry is still playing catch-up in understanding all the effects of CBD. However, we know for sure that CBD has antioxidant benefits that could help with overall skin aging and anti-inflammatory benefits that could help reduce different types of skin irritation too.

In contrast, humans have been using Hemp seed oil for thousands of years so we can talk about its benefits with more certainty. Hemp or cannabis seeds are rich in Omega 3 and 6, making them a great source of polyunsaturated fats. The good fats. The kind that are a notable source of nutrition and can help your skin retain moisture and stay hydrated. So, whilst Hemp seed oil definitely has its benefits, it’s very different to CBD.

If you’re looking for a product that’s intensely hydrating for your skin, or a supplement that contains beneficial fatty acids, Hemp seed oil is the ingredient for you. When it comes to CBD oil, it’s a little more complicated. Whilst CBD is known to help ease or reduce inflammation, skin irritation and muscle tension alongside various other well-documented symptoms, it’s widely recognised that there’s a need for more clinical evidence. Without carrying out clinical trials, similar to the trial we recently conducted with RECHARGE, we can’t talk about these potential effects with any certainty.



If you see any products claiming to contain CBD that only list ‘hemp seed/cannabis sativa oil’ as an ingredient and not ‘Cannabidiol/CBD derived from Cannabis Sativa’, save your money! There’s no guarantee that there are any cannabinoids in hemp seeds, which is why most extractors get CBD from the leaves and stalks of the cannabis plant.


The amount and quality of the CBD in all Apothem products is in line with or above industry standards. We rigorously test our products to ensure that the CBD content in the product matches what we’ve displayed on the packaging. We’re incredibly proud of this and it’s why we display the CBD content of each product on the primary and secondary packaging. This leads us to question why a brand wouldn’t talk about the CBD content of their product. If a brand states there is CBD in a product but not the amount, ask them how much CBD is in the product. You want to make sure the product will actually be effective before you buy it.