Shipping

International

Origin of Hemp

Oregon

Returns

Managed case-by-case

Established

2015

Price

$$

3rd Party Lab Results?

Yes

Customer Service
Key Hightlights
  • Unique product offerings: Tea, Smokable Herbs, CBD-Infused Honey

  • Uses minimally processed hemp for most of its formulas instead of extracts

  • Well-formulated — uses complementary medicinal herbs for synergistic effects

The Brothers Apothecary Review

Started by two real-life brothers, The Brothers Apothecary offers an array of CBD hemp products from teas, to topical oils to capsules blended with synergistic herbs. In this company review, we’ll break down what makes this Portland-brand unique. 

Mission/Charity 5/5

The Brothers Apothecary’s mission is simple — to produce natural, wholesome CBD products and educate users. It’s not about getting the strongest version of CBD, but using CBD in conjunction with other herbs to heal. Instead of using extracts, The Brothers use minimally processed whole hemp flower in most products.

Hemp Source 4/5

We love to see when companies are dedicated to hemp sourcing transparency. The Brothers Apothecary has a subpage on its in-house and third-party lab tests for its organically-farmed hemp.

We reserve 5s for hemp crops that have a USDA organic certifications. However, Oregon doesn’t have USDA organic certifications available yet for hemp growers.

Product Range 5/5

The Brothers Apothecary catalog has an excellent range of CBD products tailored to suit different needs from CBD infused teas, herbal capsules, essential oil rollers, CBD infused honey, and smokable herbs. 

Innovation 5/5

While most companies are looking to extract higher percentages of CBD from hemp crops, The Brothers Apothecary has a more holistic approach to using hemp as medicine. It uses whole hemp flowers for most of its recipes to maintain the other cannabinoids and terpenes that yield their own therapeutic benefits. The blends of herbs in the teas, capsules, and smoking herbs is what makes these products truly unique.

Safety 5/5

There are clear instructions outlined for its product use along with long-form blog posts relating to CBD education found on its website. CBD dosing is a personal affair, as everyone reacts to CBD differently and uses it for different reasons.

Additionally, all the third-party tests we expect to see are readily available on the company’s website. 

Customer Service 5/5

The Brothers Apothecary has a standard customer service policy when it comes to refunds and exchanges. You can email its customer service team for any concerns, and with a quick turn around, they’ll sort your requests out on a case-by-case basis. We appreciate the customer’s service response time when it comes to questions posed on the website, social media channels, and emails.

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The Brothers Apothecary Company Review

Article By
Katrina Lubiano , posted 8 months ago

Spoiler alert for this company review — we really like this brand.

The Brothers Apothecary is an example of where plant-based wellness is maximized to leverage the benefits of hemp’s naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes.

The formulations are made with locally grown organic hemp, third-party tested, and are incorporated with blends of medicinal herbs to boost CBD’s effects on a particular health concern.

We’ll dive into the company’s story, its ethos, and have a look at the product range.

About the Company: The Brothers Apothecary

Started by two real-life brothers, Shane and Jesse Richardson, The Brothers Apothecary became Portland’s first CBD tea company in 2015.

The company emerged when the brothers — who share a background in natural wellness and love for cannabis — found a lack of minimally processed, wholesome CBD products on the market amongst the vape pens, gummies, and dab concentrates.

The Brothers Apothecary produces truly unique products on the market — instead of incorporating CBD extracts, it uses minimally processed, naturally full-spectrum hemp flower in most formulations.

In its 4 years in business, the brand has expanded from teas to honey, herbal capsules, smokable blends, and essential oil blends — all of which are hand-crafted and made locally in Portland.

The Brothers Apothecary’s focus is to use hemp the way it has been used for centuries — as a herb. Instead of extracting single compounds from the plant for strong extracts, the brothers incorporate whole hemp flowers to most of its formulations for a more natural application of hemp.

The Brothers Apothecary’s philosophy is this: “combine organic ingredients with top quality, full-spectrum hemp for synergistic therapeutic experiences.” 

Based on the product formulations, it’s evident the brand understands the herbal applications of hemp and is committed to sharing that knowledge on its website with blog articles and social media channels.

Where Does The Brothers Apothecary Source Its Hemp?

The Brothers Apothecary uses organically grown industrial hemp from Oregon, and the third-party lab results verify the hemp is indeed free from pesticides and other harmful contaminants.

One of the aspects we really appreciate about this brand is its transparency when it comes to hemp sourcing and testing.

The Brothers Apothecary has a subpage dedicated to informing visitors on how to read and understand lab results to hold the company and others like it accountable for its products.

Products Offered by The Brothers Apothecary

In 2015, The Brothers Apothecary started with Hemp-Derived CBD-Infused Teas and has expanded its product line-up to include CBD-Infused Honey, Herbal Capsules, CBD Essential Oil Blends, and Hemp CBD Smoking Blends.

Let’s get into the products with more detail.

1. CBD Teas

Brothers Apothecary Hemp-Derived CBD Infused Teas

The CBD teas are the cornerstone of The Brothers Apothecary.

It includes 8 flavors of loose leaf tea and 2 powdered teas, each formulated with complementary medicinal herbs to address specific concerns from insomnia to upset stomach, anxiety, and fatigue.

The loose-leaf teas contain 3 tea sachets with approximately 60 mg of CBD per sachet, while the powdered teas (Mighty Matcha and Golden Milk Turmeric) contain 100 mg and 200 mg per package, respectively.

Cost and Potency Breakdown of the Hemp-Derived CBD-Infused Teas
Product Image Product Name Total CBD Total VolumeTotal Cost CBD Potency (Per Serving) Cost per mg of CBD
Loose Leaf Tea
(8 flavors available)
180 mg 3 tea bags $15.00 60 mg/teabag $0.08
Mighty Matcha 100 mg 7 servings/bag $15.00 14 mg/serving $0.15
Golden Milk Turmeric 200 mg 2-4 servings/bag $15.00 50 – 100 mg/serving $0.08

2. Capsules

Brothers Apothecary CBD Capsules

$15.00 – $49.99
The Brothers Apothecary

Brothers Apothecary CBD Sleep Aid Capsules 21 – 84 Capsules

4.33 / 5

  • Total CBD:

    168 – 672 mg

  • Potency:

    8 mg/capsule

  • Cost per mg CBD:

    $0.07 – $0.09

  • Extract Type:

    Whole Herb

  • THC Content:

    <0.3%

The Brothers Apothecary offers 6 unique herbal capsule formulations starring hemp-derived CBD.

Each capsule formulation addresses different health concerns and includes complimentary medicinal herbs along with coconut milk powder as a plant-based lipid the cannabinoids bind to for increased bioavailability.

Cost and Potency Breakdown + Active Ingredients of the CBD Capsules
Product Image Product Name Active Ingredients Total CBD Total Volume Total Cost CBD Potency (mg/capsule) Cost Per mg CBD
Immunity Support High CBD Hemp, Turmeric, Black Pepper 168 mg & 672 mg 21 & 84 capsules $15.00 -$49.99 8 mg/capsule $0.07-$0.09
Sleep Aid High CBD Hemp, Valerian Root, Chamomile, Skull Cap 168 mg & 672 mg 21 & 84 capsules $15.00 -$49.99 8 mg/capsule $0.07-$0.09
Super Greens High CBD Hemp, Spirulina, Chlorella, Wheatgrass, 168 mg & 672 mg 21 & 84 capsules $15.00 -$49.99 8 mg/capsule $0.07-$0.09
Digest Well High CBD Hemp, Licorice Root, Ginger Root, Peppermint, Fennel 168 mg & 672 mg 21 & 84 capsules $15.00 -$49.99 8 mg/capsule $0.07-$0.09
Mental Clarity High CBD Hemp, Ginkgo Leaf, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Rhodiola 168 mg & 672 mg 21 & 84 capsules $15.00 -$49.99 8 mg/capsule $0.07-$0.09
Cleanse High CBD Hemp, Wild Chaga, Dandelion Root, Activated Charcoal 168 mg & 672 mg 21 & 84 capsules $15.00 -$49.99 8 mg/capsule $0.07-$0.09

3. Hemp Flower

Brothers Apothecary Hemp CBD Smoking Blends

This is The Brothers Apothecary’s most unique product offering. These herbal smoking blends are tobacco and marijuana-free.

In going back to traditional uses of medicinal herbs, The Brothers introduced its own blends of smokable herbs using only Oregon grown hemp and several synergistic botanicals.

Each package contains 6 g of herbs — 4 of which is premium CBD flower.

According to the label, there is approximately 17.27% CBD in the 4 grams of hemp — this percentage makes sense for this format of CBD. It’s difficult to get an exact mg of CBD for natural hemp flower products as every batch may vary.

To get a rough idea of the mg per container so that we can compare prices across other brands, we’ve done some math:

[4000 mg hemp] x [0.1727] = 690 mg
Cost and Potency Breakdown + Formula Differences of the Hemp CBD Smoking Blends
Product Image Product Name Botanical Ingredients Total CBD Total VolumeTotal Cost CBD Potency (%) Cost Per mg CBD
Sacred Hemp CBD Flower, Mullein, Marshmallow Root, Lemon Balm, Tulsi, Rose, Wild Dagga 690 mg 6 g $40.00 17.27% $0.06
Relax Hemp CBD Flower, Mullein, Mugwort, Calea, Wild Dagga 690 mg 6 g $40.00 17.27% $0.06
Peace Hemp CBD Flower, Mullein, Lavender, Rose, Blue Lotus, Spearmint, Wild Dagga 690 mg 6 g $40.00 17.27% $0.06
Center Hemp CBD Flower, Mullein, Pink Lotus, Wild Lettuce, Wild Dagga 690 mg 6 g $40.00 17.27% $0.06

View our list of the top CBD hemp flower brands on the market.

4. Topicals

A) Brothers Apothecary CBD Essential Oil Rollers

The Brothers Apothecary carries 6 CBD Essential Oil Roller blends and categorizes them under “skincare” under its website.

We wouldn’t call these rollers skincare, as these products aren’t formulated to enhance the appearance and condition of the skin.

These roll-ons combine a CBD isolate with oils. They can be applied to the forehead, neck, and pulse points to gain the aromatherapy benefits. The Pain Away Oil can be applied to areas that may require some mild muscle pain relief.

Cost and Potency Breakdown + Formula Comparison of the CBD Essential Oil Rollers
Product Image Product Name Oils Total CBD Total Volume Total Cost CBD Potency (mg/mL) Cost per mg of CBD
Pain Away Copaiba, Marjoram, Sweet Basil, Frankincense, and Arnica 100 mg 10  mL $25.00 10 mg/mL $0.25
Love Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Jasmine 100 mg 10  mL $25.00 10 mg/mL $0.25
Focus Tangerine, Ginger, Clove 100 mg 10  mL $25.00 10 mg/mL $0.25
Insight Clary Sage, Ylang-Ylang, White Fir, Blue Tansy, Frankincense, Jasmine, Juniper 100 mg 10  mL $25.00 10 mg/mL $0.25
Restful Lavender, Marjoram, Chamomile, Bergamot, Ylang-Ylang, Valerian 100 mg 10  mL $25.00 10 mg/mL $0.25

B) Brothers Apothecary CBD Buzz Balm

The Brothers Apothecary has a lip and under-eye balm made with CBD infused coconut oil, shea butter, and sustainable beeswax.

Each tube contains 5-10 mg of CBD. This is an approximation because the recipe doesn’t use an extract.

CBD infused coconut oil is created by infusing hemp flowers in coconut oil, similar to how you can get herb-infused oils for cooking.

In terms of medicinal benefits from this topical, you won’t get much — however, The Brothers Apothecary doesn’t claim this product to help with aches or pains. The recipe itself makes for a lovely moisturizing and skin protecting balm.

Cost and Potency Breakdown of The Brothers Apothecary CBD Buzz Balm:
Product ImageProduct Name Total CBD Total VolumeTotal Cost CBD Potency (mg/g)Cost per mg of CBD
CBD Buzz Balm 5-10 mg4.5 g $9.95 1.11 – 2.22 mg/g $1.00 – 1.99

5. CBD Edibles

Brothers Apothecary CBD Honey

Is there a more complimentary sweetener than CBD honey for your CBD-infused teas?

This is a fairly unique product offering. What makes its CBD honey unique is that it’s hand-made using rosin.

As opposed to most extracts seen on the market that use CO2 extraction or other solvents, rosin is made by pressing cannabis flower between two hot surfaces with high pressure to extract the resinous sap from the bud.

Rosins maintain most of the cannabinoids and terpenes — which holds the majority of flavor and aroma — blended with raw wildflower honey.

It’s available in 2 oz and 4 oz jars, honey sticks (3-pack and 5-pack), and flavored honey (3-pack and 5-pack).

Cost and Potency Breakdown of the CBD-Infused Honey
Product Image Product Name Total CBD Total Volume Total Cost CBD Potency (mg/mL) Price per mg of CBD
Wild Rosin Honey (2 oz jar) Approx. 250 + mg 60 mL (2oz) $40.00 4.16 mg/mL $0.16
Wild Rosin Honey (4 oz jar) Approx. 500 + mg 120 mL (4oz) $80.00 4.16 mg/mL $0.16
CBD Honey Sticks
(3 pack)
Approx. 15 mg per stick 3 pack $15.00 2 mg/mL $0.33
CBD Honey Sticks
(5 pack)
Approx. 15 mg per stick 5 pack $22.00 2 mg/mL $0.29
Lavender CBD Honey (3 pack) Approx. 10-15 mg per packet 3 pack $15.00 0.7-1 mg/mL $0.33-0.50
Lavender CBD Honey (5 pack) Approx. 10-15 mg per packet 5 pack $22.00 0.7-1 mg/mL $0.29-0.44
Orange Turmeric CBD Honey (3 pack) Approx. 10-15 mg per packet 3 pack $15.00 0.7-1 mg/mL $0.33-0.50
Orange Turmeric CBD Honey (5 pack) Approx. 10-15 mg per packet 5 pack $22.00 0.7-1 mg/mL $0.29-0.44

6. Tinctures & Oils

Brothers Apothecary CBD Tincture

The Brothers Apothecary has one tincture offering called Dragons Lair made with 500 mg full-spectrum hemp extract.

Dragons Lair is a simple formula of CBD and MCT coconut oil marketed to help customers get a better night’s sleep.

Cost and Potency Breakdown of the Dragon’s Lair Full-Spectrum CBD Tincture
Product Image Product Name Total CBD Total Volume Total Cost CBD Potency (mg/mL) Cost per mg of CBD
Dragons Lair 500 mg 60 mL (2 oz) $50.00 8.33 mg/ mL $0.10

What Does The Brothers Apothecary Do Well?

1. Unique Herbal Formulas

What makes The Brothers Apothecary stand out is its understanding of hemp in herbal medicine applications.

Hemp has been used for centuries for its myriad of medicinal uses. When combined with other medicinal herbs, you can better target hemp’s use for your condition and symptoms.

Instead of using isolates, The Brothers Apothecary uses hemp flower in its capsules, teas, and smokeable blends and rosin for its honey to keep in line with the company’s ethos to produce more natural applications of hemp.

2. Transparent Hemp Sourcing and Lab Tests

The Brothers Apothecary has dedicated a subpage to testing its products and educating visitors on how to understand these tests.

The hemp is proudly sourced from organic, local farms in Oregon and has been tested both in-house and with reputable third-party labs.

Where Could The Brothers Apothecary Improve?

This brand is doing well to differentiate itself in a saturated CBD industry with its premium quality hemp and interesting applications with other medicinal herbs.

If we were to nit-pick on an area of improvement, it would be to offer higher concentrations of CBD in its formulations for those who may require stronger CBD doses.

Safety & Third-Party Testing

As mentioned, Brother’s Apothecary does third-party testing on all its products and uses organic herbs whenever possible.

Although the company doesn’t have USDA certified organic hemp at the moment, we expect this will change in the coming years as organic hemp becomes more readily available.

You can find all Brother’s Apothecary tests on this page on their website. The company gives you detailed information on how to read these tests and offers a link to a Dropbox account that has all the recent testing for their products. This is constantly updated as new reports come in.

Unfortunately, few of these tests include heavy metal, pesticide, residual solvent, or microbial contaminant testing. Most of these tests are focused on the cannabinoid content of the sample product.

Brother’s Apothecary Shipping & Returns Policy

At this time, Brother’s Apothecary only ships to the United States — but told us they were planning on expanding to include Canada, some parts of South America, and Europe. Not date given.

Within the United States, all orders are sent through priority mail and should arrive within 1–2 days.

Final Verdict: The Brothers Apothecary Is A Brand We Can Stand Behind

The Brothers Apothecary has unique product offerings with a wide range of formulations so customers can personalize their CBD supplements.

If you’re looking for a more natural and holistic approach for your CBD supplementation, we highly recommend The Brothers Apothecary capsules and smoking herbs.

It uses whole hemp flowers and a blend of medicinal herbs to better leverage the effects of CBD for the desired condition.

The Brothers Apothecary

4.83 / 5