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What You Need to Know about Pets and CBD

With CBD’s growing popularity among humans for easing conditions like anxiety and pain, many pet parents are hopping on the CBD bandwagon for their furry family members.

Dr. Stacy Mozisek

CBD: Perhaps you’ve noticed those three little letters everywhere lately. From skin care to breakfast cereal, it seems CBD is the ingredient du jour and is being added to almost everything. But there’s good reason why. CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the active components of cannabis, yet because it is not psychoactive, it doesn’t result in the euphoric effects often associated with ingesting marijuana. However, CBD has been found to alleviate a variety of health ailments.

Because CBD is a component found in the cannabis plant, it is often confused with the mind-altering substance THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is what causes the “high” from marijuana. While CBD and THC both exist in the marijuana plant, CBD on its own isn’t mind- altering. In addition to marijuana, CBD can also be extracted from marijuana’s close cousin, the hemp plant. The main difference is that hemp contains almost no THC and is harvested, in part, for its health benefits.

With CBD’s growing popularity among humans for easing conditions like anxiety and pain, many pet parents are hopping on the CBD bandwagon for their furry family members. If it’s OK for humans, does that mean it’s OK for pets?

Once relegated to holistic health-care providers, CBD is skyrocketing in popularity, even in veterinary circles. Dr. Stacy Mozisek, a veterinarian and the medical director at Firehouse Animal Health Center, says there’s a growing curiosity about CBD for pets.

“Although I can’t prescribe CBD to my patients, I’m glad they’re discussing it with me,” Mozisek says. “However, it’s not a treatment in and of itself.”

Mozisek explains cats and dogs have the same endocannabinoid system as humans. Their bodies have receptors that respond to CBD the same way the human body responds, which is why CBD reacts similarly in both humans and animals. Researchers are studying CBD’s effectiveness for treating such issues like chronic pain, seizures and anxiety in animals.

“An arthritis study showed promising results on increased comfort and mobility with the use of CBD,” Mozisek says. “Another study pertaining to seizures in dogs was less profound. However, both studies prompted more research. We expect CBD to become part of our medication toolbox as we gather more data and once there’s more regulation as it pertains to animals.”

There’s currently no regulation on CBD for animals, leaving veterinarians with a looming problem.

“Many products are marketed for animal health, and almost none of them have CBD as advertised. That’s not to say reliable products don’t exist, but if people choose to give CBD to their pets, they need to purchase from someplace trustworthy and read labels,” Mozisek cautions.

Shayda Torabi
Shayda Torabi courtesy of Restart CBD

Shayda Torabi, co-founder of Austin- based Restart CBD, shares a similar sentiment.

“One of the biggest reasons that Restart exists is because there wasn’t anyone available to translate all the information about CBD,” she says. “People need to trust where they’re getting their CBD from, and that’s why in addition to our online presence, we have a brick-and-mortar store.”

Restart’s CBD products are extracted from hemp, which means there’s zero to only trace amounts of THC in the company’s products. Torabi explains when purchasing CBD from an unknown source, it’s essential to look at how many milligrams are in the product. If you don’t see the dosage, you’re likely buying a product with a lot of filler.

Should you decide to try CBD for your pet, it’s important to know how to administer it and how much to give.

“Our human customers usually get their dosage through a dropper under the tongue,” Torabi says. “Since most people would rather not stick their hands in their pet’s mouth, that method doesn’t always translate well for animals. We recommend mixing the CBD oil in their pet’s food, water, or they can offer CBD-infused treats.”

The animal’s weight determines the starting dosage.

“The thing to understand about CBD is while there’s a minimum starting dosage, the upper limit for what ultimately provides relief doesn’t exist,” Torabi says. “Offer the smallest dosage first and work your way up, with 1 milligram per 10 pounds as a starting baseline.”

Unless your pet is extraordinarily talented and can share that he or she is getting relief with CBD, observation will likely be the best indicator of how it’s working.

If you’re interested in using CBD to ease pains for a fluffy family member, Mozisek and Torabi note to check with the vet first, read labels and buy from a reliable source.

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Austin’s CBD Sisters: a higher calling

It’s not uncommon for a major life event to lead people to their higher calling. But for Shayda Torabi, finding that calling was a bit more painful than she would have liked.

After being hit by a car in 2016, Shayda suffered from a fractured sacrum, pelvis, and nose. After 8 months of physical therapy and numerous steroid injections, she was still in considerable pain. Rather than committing to surgery and yet more recovery time, her mom suggested that she try CBD. No stranger to cannabis, Shayda was happy to give it a try. Within a few months, her pain had been drastically reduced, and she was a believer.

Shayda’s athlete sister Sydney soon began to partake as well, using CBD to soothe sore muscles and promote recovery. So in 2018, the sisters brought their passion for wellness and hemp together to found ReStart CBD in North Austin.

Setting Up Shop

Shayda and Sydney found very quickly that not all CBD is created equal. In an industry that’s experienced such explosive growth (expected to nearly triple by 2022), it’s inevitable that not all products will meet the same quality standards. In fact, a 2017 study showed that 70% of CBD products didn’t contain the amount of cannabidiol indicated on the label.

So it was important to the Torabis that they provide a premium, reliable product. ReStart CBD is organic, vegan, non-GMO, and American-grown. They use a difficult cold CO2 extraction method, preventing degradation of the oil or tainting it with chlorophyll from the plant. The sisters even provide lab test results on their website, so you can verify how much CBD you’re getting — and how much THC you’re not getting.

As for the shop itself, it looks more like a minimalist salon than your stereotypical cannabis shop. Clean white walls, glass cases, and fresh greenery send a clear message — this is a health product. ReStart focuses on healing, recovery, and overall wellness through consistent low dosage consumption. Although CBD sellers have to be very careful about their health claims, early evidence indicates that CBD can help with sleep, anxiety, pain relief, headaches, and even epilepsy.

The signature product line includes Replenish for wellness, Repair for chronic pain, and Relax for stress relief (yes please). These oils come in smart little bottles and are taken in drops under the tongue. They also have topicals like salves and roll-ons for pain management, as well as plenty of GRAV tasters and steamrollers if you prefer to smoke CBD flowers.

And since it’s Austin and we’re all obsessed with our dogs, there’s obviously a pet line as well.

Regulation and Education

Before Restart CBD, both Torabi sisters were big-time local bloggers, separate from their CBD business. Shayda has run food and lifestyle blog With Shayda since late-2016. And Sydney’s Spin Syddy health and wellness blog has been dropping fitness knowledge since mid-2015.

That experience has been invaluable in their new role as ambassadors of CBD — a highly misunderstood product.

The 2018 Farm Bill removed CBD with less than 0.3% THC from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s list of Schedule 1 controlled substances. So far, so good. But it had no bearing on the Federal Drug Administration. Under FDA rules, CBD is still technically not allowed in food, drinks, or supplements — although you wouldn’t know it with the number of CBD-infused seltzers, gummies, and chocolates currently on the market.

Updated CBD regulations are still pending, despite industry insiders clamoring for guidelines. And to date, the FDA has taken a “hands-off” approach, providing little information and less enforcement on the product. So the sisters have used their blogging skills to create an “education-first” brand.

Blog posts like “What are cannabinoids” and “CBD and Drug Testing” help to dispel the myths around a still-stigmatized substance. And their CBD 101 page is a wealth of information. It covers subjects like dosage, product considerations, CBD isolate, industry research, and too many other topics to list. They bring their messages offline as well, attending CBD expos, dinners, and speaking on panels to spread the good word.

When asked how they feel about building a business in a highly unregulated industry, Shayda said:

“Presently we’ve been doing our best to keep up with the legalities, but there’s only so much caution you can have…When everyone is running to market, we don’t want to be so cautious we hold ourselves back. But we also see a lot of bad products and misinformation hitting the market, and just try to do our best to get proper resources to the end consumer in a way that abides by the current legal landscape…The best thing we can do is educate consumers enough to make the best decisions for themselves. We say it’s your body and you should know what’s going in it.”

Some confusion still exists about who should use CBD. Is it medicinal? Recreational? The Torabis seem to put it in the same category as massage. People with chronic pain can use it as a tool to promote healing and reduce discomfort. And the rest of us can use it as a tool to ease stress, relieve mild aches, and promote relaxation.

But unlike a massage that costs $100 a pop, CBD is self-care we can afford. Treat yo’ self.

ReStart CBD is located at 2521 Rutland Dr #150A, Austin, TX 78758. If you’re not in Austin, don’t worry — they ship to all 50 states.

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ATX AF Podcast Parts 1 + 2


Local business owner Shayda Torabi started Restart CBD with her family in August of 2018. Since then she has stepped to the forefront of both the CBD “trend” as well as Cannabis activism in Austin and all around the country, speaking at conferences in front of thousands and being featured in every media form imaginable. See how Restart separated itself in the marketplace by both it’s branding strategy and many collaborations with local brands. Learn the backstory behind the business and Shayda as well. With Shayda: IG: @withshayda Co-Founder of: @restartcbd Restart CBD • Web: • FB: • IG: @RestartCBD • Youtube:… USA CBD Expo • Web: • IG: @usacpdexpo


Local business owner Shayda Torabi started Restart CBD with her family in August of 2018. Since then she has stepped to the forefront of both the CBD “trend” as well as Cannabis activism in Austin and all around the country, speaking at conferences in front of thousands and being featured in every media form imaginable. In Part 2, she discusses the many uses of CBD from helping with sleep all the way up to a pet line of CBD products. With Shayda: IG: @withshayda Co-Founder of: @restartcbd Restart CBD • Web: • FB: • IG: @RestartCBD • Youtube:… USA CBD Expo • Web: • IG: @usacpdexpo

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Shayda Torabi, Restart CBD Co-Founder Speaks at USA CBD Expo in Miami, Florida

Shayda Torabi Speaker USA CBD Expo in Miami Florida August 4, 2019

Building and Marketing a CBD Brand in an Unregulated Market, Speaker Shayda Torabi
USA CBD Expo, Miami Florida, August 4, 2019
Shayda Torabi, Featured Speaker

Shayda Torabi - Co-Founder of Restart CBD Speaker USA CBD Convention Miami Florida, August 2019

Shayda Torabi has been called one of the most influential Women in WordPress and now she’s one of the women leading the cannabis reformation conversation in Austin. She’s currently the Co-Founder of RESTART CBD, a THC free CBD wellness company. And has formerly held marketing positions at WP Engine and WebDevStudios.

Additionally, she runs an Austin based travel and lifestyle blog called “With Shayda” which has afforded her opportunities to work with brands ranging from Texas Monthly and SoulCycle to The Westin. When she’s not busy looking for the best vegan ice cream on the road, you can find her in her hometown of Austin, Texas pursuing her passions for fitness, wellness, and self care.

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Popular Austin Blogger Sisters Fight the CBD Mystery at Their Family Cannabis Shop

RESTART CBD Aims to be a Place for Healthy Learning

They say never to go into business with your family, but sisters Sydney and Shayda Torabi are proving that notion wrong. The Torabi sisters are the founders and owners of RESTART CBD, which claims to be Austin’s first locally handcrafted organic CBD wellness brand.

RESTART aims to be a safe space to ask questions, get educated and discover how CBD products can fit into your life.

The Torabi sisters pursued other careers before opening RESTART at 2521 Rutland Drive. Shayda was working in web development and expanding her ever-popular blog and Instagram, With Shayda,. Sydney was pursuing work as a nutritionist and working as an Under Armour sponsored athlete and fitness trainer while having a popular Instagram and blog in her own right.

Cannabis and related products have been a significant part of the Torabis’ home life. Beyond just the two sisters, the whole family was deeply interested in the medicinal and healing properties of CBD. Shayda was injured in a car accident that left her with two fractures in her pelvis, and after almost a year of traditional recovery methods, she was still in chronic pain.

“As the story goes, I found incredible recovery through consuming high doses of CBD based products,” Shayda Torabi says. “Within three weeks I found myself able to find relief from the pain.”

And after seeing the benefits of CBD in her own life, Shayda was inspired to join forces with her sister Sydney to answer questions those curious about CBD have. The sisters understand that the market is very unregulated right now — and that it can be a scary place for unsure consumers.

“We happily serve baby boomers, millennials, veterans, professional athletes, medical professionals,” Shayda says. “And the reality is no matter what age you are, what background you have, pain is universal.”

Maintaining access to high quality CBD is all about putting quality plant-based medicine in the hands of the people, according to Shayda.

RESTART CBD originally launched with tinctures, but what really sets the sisters’ brand apart is the launch of an isolate based CBD oil, which is void of other cannabinoids (like THC), making them flavorless and extremely effective.

From there, the store expanded into pet products, topicals and edibles. And, the Torabi sisters commitment to quality means that none of their products have additives, preservatives, or flavorings.

“CBD is a personal journey, everyone’s body is going to respond to CBD at a different milligram,” Shayda says. “So we really just want people to feel confident in making decisions for themselves.”

The Torabi sisters are committed to educating consumers on the trendy ingredient they’re putting in their body, which can now be found in soda, candy, and even cookies. They encourage carefully reading ingredient labels, and considering how much CBD is in the bottle, the size of the bottle and the ingredients listed.

RESTART CBD is located at 2521 Rutland Drive, Suite 150A in North Burnet, Austin.

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