Though the product has been available to Austinites at stores around the city, Rawsome is the first store 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 tells CultureMap.
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.
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.)
After finding success in Fort Worth with the launch of its first store in 2017, Rawsome set its sites on the Capital City for its second location, which officially opened on March 17. Before setting up shop, 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,” says Andre.
A buzzy new shop has quietly opened on Austin’s east side. Rawsome, a family-owned mini-chain selling handcrafted cannabinoid — or CBD — oil just rolled out at 1210 Rosewood Ave.
“I run with scissors and eat paste,” Thomson joked. “I just point the scissors down so nobody gets hurt.”
Thomson’s friend of 43 years Gina Andre lives in Austin and had seen the positive effects of CBD from a relative who was using it. She did some research online before dropping into Rawsome while in Fort Worth during Christmas.
The Race Street retailer of cannabidiol (CBD), a controversial in-demand hemp extract related to marijuana but that won’t get you high, is jumping on an offer too good to refuse.
Though Austin police have confiscated some CBD products in the past, Rawsome co-owner Lori Thomson isn’t scared. She said her store’s supply comes from a Colorado grower who’s certified organic, federally regulated, and state licensed. Plants that contain fewer than 0.3 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, a.k.a. the stuff that gets you high, are considered industrial hemp and legal, according to the Texas Hemp Industries Association.
“She walks in and says, ‘OK we’re ready to move Rawsome to Austin,’ ” Thomson said.