CBD IS ARGUABLY one of the top wellness trends of the last year, and its popularity continues to grow. With the introduction of SXSW’s Cannabusiness track to the cleverly named little green shops that have popped up throughout town, for anyone interested in improving their health CBD is a great place to start. While laws very throughout the U.S. and are constantly changing, t’s fully legal to consume CBD in Texas, whether it’s in oil form, vaping, topicals, edible or in tea.
What is CBD?
CBD is a cannabinoid, a chemical compound found in cannabis that is similar to chemicals made by the body that influence appetite, memory, pain and movement. It’s one of hundreds of phytocannanoinoids found in hemp. But unlike another cannabinoid, THC, it won’t get you high. Instead, research suggests it may be helpful in relieving inflammation, anxiety, chronic pain, depression, gut conditions and other health issues. CBD may also be neuroprotective and have anti-cancer properties. Across the country, there’s been an explosion of CBD products of all kinds to boost wellness. Here’s a look at some of the brands making the most of the CBD boom in Austin:
The “CBD Sisters” Shayda and Sydney Torabi are the founders of Restart CBD, a family-run, education-first business selling a variety of smokables, edibles, oils and pet products through their North Austin brick-and-mortar shop and an e-commerce site. Both users of CBD themselves (Shayda found relief from CBD after shattering her pelvis in a car accident), they decided to start their business after growing uncomfortable with the products that were on the market. “The industry is unregulated and there are a lot of variables,” Shayda says. The sisters thought if they were having questions and concerns, so were other people. Plus, they were excited to teach the community about the benefits of CBD and destigmatize the act of entering smoke shops with an airy, bright and plant-filled store. For the most bioavailable and fastest acting effects, Shayda suggests smokables like their pre-rolls. But for non-smokers they suggest CBD-infused caramels or Pure CBD no THC oil made with MCT oil, an organic coconut oil that provides energy and promotes brain health.