A unique little shop from Fort Worth has quietly rolled into Austin. Rawsome, a family-owned mini-chain selling handcrafted cannabinoid — or CBD — oil just opened on Austin's east side.
CBD oil is a naturally occurring compound found in cannabis plants. Unlike marijuana, which has high levels of THC (the chemical compound that gets users high), CBD oil usually carries less than 1 percent. As a result, CBD oil is used to treat everything from insomnia to seizures to arthritis without the psychoactive side effects. (Oh, and it's legal.)
Though the product has been available at stores around the state, Rawsome is different in that it is dedicated solely to CBD oil.
"What we offer is a quiet learning environment and our missions: only two ingredients, which are certified organic and wholesale pricing for everyone," Rawsome's Gina Andres says.
Rawsome's 100-percent organic, small-batch CBD oil is available in "Essential Strength," "Performance Strength," and "Extra Strength," as well as higher concentrate options.
After finding success in Fort Worth with the launch of its first store, at 2907 Race Street, in 2017, Rawsome set its sites on the Capital City for location No. 2, which officially opened on March 17.
Before setting up shop in a new town, co-founders Andrew Clarkson and his mother, Lori Thomson, turned to Andre to open the Austin locale. "Lori and I have been friends since seventh grade, so that makes me as good as family," Andre explains.
Rawsome continues to bottle its products in Fort Worth using organic CBD oil purchased from Colorado. The Race Street store is open from 10 am-6 pm Tuesday through Saturday.