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.
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 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.
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.
Rawsome continues to bottle its products in Fort Worth using organic CBD oil purchased from Colorado. In addition to its brick-and-mortar, the company also sets up a weekly stall at the Sunday HOPE Farmers Market on East Fifth Street.