Over the past decade or two Austin, Texas has slowly gained the mystique of cities like San Francisco, Seattle, or Portland: as a mecca for hip, tech-centered, artistic urbanites .
Many big tech companies have a headquarters in Austin, and Austin’s economy is one of the fastest-growing of any American city. Austin has been dubbed the “Live Music Capital of the World” and some of the world’s biggest music, film, and art festivals are held there.
Austin is also known as an oasis of more progressive cultural values in Texas. LGBTQ magazine The Advocate even named Austin one of the Gayest Cities in America in 2012 (and it definitely hasn’t gotten LESS gay).
And the food is famously amazing: Thrillist recently named Austin the #1 city for barbecue in the US.
Given all this, it’s no surprise that the Austin cannabidiol (CBD) scene is starting to thrive.
What’s the legal status of CBD in Austin (and Texas)?
Until recently, CBD was wholly illegal under Texas state law: it couldn’t be cultivated (via hemp), sold, or purchased. These laws were only very partially enforced, and you could still find CBD-infused products if you knew where to look.
But recent legislation is poised to cause a sea-change in the Austin CBD scene: in June 2019, Texa Governor Greg Abbott signed a bipartisan law legalizing the production, sale, and possession of hemp-derived CBD with less than 0.3% THC.
The floodgates are open and sweet CBD has begun to pour like rain (as Jim Carrey’s character said in Dumb and Dumber, the beer flows like wine!).
To celebrate the legislation we put together this one-stop guide for CBD in Austin:
- Find all the best CBD oil purveyors in the city
- Learn what they’re offering,
- Get some insights on the city’s local CBD culture from Austinites themselves.
Local Places To Buy CBD Oil In Austin
So let’s start with the basics: what are the best places to find CBD in Austin? Not CBD-infused foods or drinks, we’re talking the pure stuff: oils, tinctures, and so on. We tracked down every lead on CBD that we could get our hands on and came up with this list of CBD shops.
We favored stores that source their own CBD rather than just sell prominent national brands, since it helps cultivate a unique, local CBD culture.
Visit any of these spots if you’re on the prowl for a heavy dose of mellow.
Address: 2521 Rutland Drive, #150A, Austin, Texas, 78758
Hours: Mon-Sat: 11AM-5:30PM, Sun: 11AM-3PM
First up is Restart CBD! What’s not to love about Restart? They:
- Are women owned (started by two sisters)
- Source their own CBD
- Lab-test all products
- Use only organic hemp
- Offer both full-spectrum (w/ all hemp’s natural cannabinoids + terpenes) and isolate
- Use CO2 extraction (arguably the best CBD extraction method)
We can’t say enough positive things about them: the interior of their CBD store is gorgeous, and they offer a wide range of high-quality products (topicals, oils, edibles like CBD lollipops, CBD flower, tinctures; both full-spectrum and zero THC).
One of our favorite things about Restart CBD is that they’re very intent on building a CBD-centered community in Austin. They even have lessons on how CBD works and host local popups and other CBD-related events.
If you want to tap into the heart of CBD culture in Austin, Restart CBD is a great place to start.
1) Address: 4408 South Congress Ave, Austin, Texas, 78745; Hours: Mon-Fri: 10AM-7PM, Sat: 10Am-5PM, Sun: 12PM-5PM
2) Address: 3500 Jefferson Street, Suite 104; Hours: Mon-Fri: 10AM-7PM, Sat: 10Am-5PM, Sun: 12PM-5PM
3) Address: 1306 W Anderson Lane (Opening in November 2019!)
Like Restart CBD, Greenwave Naturals sources their own product and uses only organic hemp for their CBD. The interior of their store follows the chic-minimalist aesthetic that you often see employed by CBD joints (like Restart).
When we visited their location we were impressed with the knowledge and friendliness of the staff. If you go in seeking a remedy, they’ll go to great lengths to educate you about the benefits of CBD and help you find the right one based on your circumstances.
If, on the other hand, you know exactly what you’re looking for, then Greenwave is a great place to look: they have hemp oils, topicals, vape oils/cartridges, and pet-focused products. They also have hemp flower, which can be a bit tricky to find.
Address: 1210 Rosewood Ave, Suite 10, Austin, Texas, 78702
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10AM-6PM, Sun: 12-6PM
Rawsome makes only THC-free, organically sourced CBD tinctures and oils. Their storefront sells a selection of other products, though, including CBD topicals and gels (courtesy of Fort Worth-based CBD company NOCO). Their CBD oils and tinctures come in four strengths.
As with most of the Austin CBD joints that we visited, their staff was ever-friendly and helpful.
1) Address: 13860 US-183 C, Austin, TX 78750; Hours: Mon-Fri: 8AM-9PM, Sat: 9AM-6PM, Sun: 10AM-4PM
2) Address: 4018 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756; Hours: Mon-Fri: 8AM-9PM, Sat:9AM-6PM, Sun: 10AM-5PM
3) Address: 4201 Westbank Dr, Austin, TX 78746; Hours: Mon-Fri: 8AM-7PM, Sat:9AM-5PM, Sun: 12PM-5PM
Unlike the three CBD spots listed above, People’s RX is not CBD-specific; they are a pharmacy that doubles as a general health and wellness/supplement store. There are a lot of things we love about People’s RX: they have a long history (opened in 1980), and they’re not just about shoving pharmaceuticals down people’s throats. Instead, they focus on natural, holistic treatments (like CBD, of course). They even have a “People’s Deli” that’s centered on local, organic, gluten-free foods.
If your interest is a bit less CBD-specific and more on general wellness, then give People’s RX a visit.
Address: 5601 Brodie Ln #620, Austin, TX 78745
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10AM-9PM, Sun: 10AM-7PM
(New location coming to North Austin soon!)
Green Herbal Care is a small CBD-focused shop. A relatively new joint (opened in 2018), we were quite impressed with their selection of high quality CBD products: they sell CBD tinctures, sprays, balms, lotions, edibles, vapes, hemp flower, and more. They have 31 different types of edibles alone.
Another cool thing about Green Herbal Care: they sell a wide selection of CBD “bundles,” or kits that feature a number of diverse CBD products for wide-ranging CBD relief. They’ve got one for starters, one for more experienced CBD-heads, one for hair & skin specifically, and so on. So if you want to try CBD for a certain reason but don’t have a specific product in mind, Green Herbal Care might have a bundle for you.
Address: 902 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10AM-6PM, Sun: 12PM-5PM
Like Green Herbal Care, Joy Organics is a new kid on the block, established in 2018. Joy Organics puts a premium on quality, and their products hit all the checks that we’re looking for:
- Organic, non-GMO
- Pharmaceutical grade (manufactured in GMP facility certified by the FDA)
- Sourced from non-industrial hemp (industrial hemp is generally of lower quality)
They’ve got a great selection as well, covering the usual gamut: tinctures, oils, vapes, topicals, edibles, and more.
We also loved both the interior and exterior design of the store. Their products are beautifully arranged and they obviously put a TON of effort into the aesthetics and ambiance of the store. Five stars all the way.
Address: 6800 West Gate Blvd Suite #137, Austin, TX 78745
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10AM-7PM, Sun: 12PM-6PM
Speaking of new kids on the block, Greenbelt Botanicals just opened their first Austin location in February 2019. They stock a number of prominent CBD brands and also produce their own Greenbelt Botanicals brand in San Antonio. We loved their selection, though: in particular, they have a fantastic selection of hemp flower products (especially prerolls) and teas.
8. Green Cross CBD.
Green Cross is a relative newcomer to the CBD scene in Austin, and they’ve quickly made a name for themselves for their wide selection and the welcoming environment of their store. We particularly loved their customer service and willingness to help, and they also carry a bevy of top brands covering everything from tinctures and oils, to topicals, bath & beauty products, drinks, edibles, and more.
Sunup’s flagship store in South Austin is another new place of pilgrimage for local CBD lovers: their house brand offers a wide range of products: oils and tinctures, CBD-infused soap and bath bombs, topicals, and more. We loved their aesthetic: the products have a super cool black-on-black design, and their storefront is gorgeous.
This online store is based in Austin, Texas, and offers a full line of CBD products that use hemp sourced from small businesses and family farms. Each of their products is lab-tested, and you can find some interesting and exotic products in their line, including CBD-infused magnesium lotion, ayurveda oil, and rose elixir.
Austin Restaurants and Other Establishments Serving CBD-Infused Foods and Drinks
CBD-infused foods are the next big thing, and Austin features plenty of restaurants, juice bars, smoothie joints, cafes, and more with special CBD goodies.
This list features CBD breakfasts, CBD desserts, and everything in between, but it’s not exhaustive, and the list of restaurants offering CBD-infused foods and drinks is surely to grow rapidly. Many establishments only have one or two CBD-infused offerings, or feature CBD as an optional add-in. Find CBD-infused products by keeping your eyes open for signs, getting referrals, or searching for menus online to see what different businesses offer.
1) Address: 603 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701; Hours: Mon-Sat: 8AM-6PM, Sun: Closed
2) Address: 4200 N Lamar Blvd Suite 110, Austin, TX 78756; Hours: Mon-Sun: 8AM-6PM
Jugo is a new, gorgeous juice bar with their flagship store located in the heart of downtown Austin. You’ll see what we mean by gorgeous if you visit: the design combines finished wood panelling with marble countertops. The whole place screams upscale.
And their CBD options? They offer an arrangement of juices and smoothies with CBD as an optional add-in. If you’re looking for a fruity kick with your CBD (or a CBD kick with your fruit), then Jugo is the destination.
1. Address: 3101 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705; Hours: Mon-Sun: 7:30AM-11PM
2. Address: 4001 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704; Hours: Mon-Sun: 7:30AM-11PM
Wheatsville is one of the largest, most well known, and beloved grocers in all of Austin (they’ve won the Austin Chronicle’s Reader’s Poll “Best Neighborhood Grocer” 9 times). They’re also known as the city’s largest CBD retailer, featuring over 80 CBD products. You can add CBD to smoothies, or purchase CBD-infused honey from their local partner Bee Delightful.
For a wide selection of CBD products and a local neighborhood grocer vibe, you can’t do better than Wheatsville.
1. Address: 206 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701; Hours: Mon-Fri: 7AM-7PM, Sat-Sun: 9AM-4PM
2. Address: 3500 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705; Hours: Mon-Fri: 7AM-7PM, Sat: 9AM-5PM, Sun: 9AM-4PM
3. Address: 1625 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702; Hours: Mon-Fri: 7AM-7PM, Sat-Sun: 9AM-4PM
Blenders and Bowls, a popular fruit bowl and juice establishment, has partnered with one of Austin’s most prominent CBD spots, Restart CBD, for a special creation: the Restart Bowl. It’s a CBD-infused bowl with all your favorite fruit — raspberries, mango, banana, and pineapple to name a few — and since it’s straight from Restart CBD, you know it’s high-quality stuff!
Address: 1407 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Hours: Mon: Closed, Tu-Thu: 3PM-12AM, Fri-Sun: 12PM-12AM
Long one of Austin’s most popular dessert spots, Prohibition Creamery sells “boozy” (alcohol-infused) ice cream in flavors like Buttered Rum and Bourbon, as well as an absolutely amazing CBD-infused red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting (called “Afternoon Delight”). This is hands-down our favorite CBD dessert. Seriously, go get it, now.
Address: 2000 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Hours: Mon-Fri: 7AM-7PM, Sat-Sun: 8AM-7PM
Known as Texas’ first craft coffee roaster, Cuvee Coffee opened in 1998 and has been a go-to spot for Austin urbanites ever since. They offer canned, CBD-infused cold brew coffees OR you can request a CBD shot in your hot coffee or espresso drink. Their coffee bar is big, beautiful, and thriving: always chock-full of laptop-bearing tech folks and students. We love the energy, and would probably rank Cuvee as our preferred Austin CBD coffee joint.
Address: 3501 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Hours: Sun-Fri: 11AM-12PM, Sat: 11AM-1AM
Is it your dream to try CBD-infused waffles? Do you live in Austin, Texas? Then destiny has smiled on you: Kinda Tropical features a gluten free CBD waffle. It’s great.
Address: 10010 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78759
Hours: Mon-Th: 11AM-10PM, Fri: 11AM-11PM, Sat: 10AM-11PM, Sun: 10AM-10PM
Ah, now on to one of our favorites: CBD-infused beer! That’s right, NXNW partnered with SunUp CBD to offer what they call Dank Sinatra, a CBD-infused, watermelon flavored IPA. They’ve also got excellent breakfast, lunch, and dinner selections, so check out their brewery if you want a combination of CBD boozy goodness and soul food.
Address: 515 E. 6th St., Austin, TX 78701
Flamingo Hemp produces a line of organic hemp-derived CBD products, and recently opened the Flamingo Hemp Bodega, a picture-perfect little coffee shop. You can add a CBD shot to any coffee drink, or purchase CBD-infused pastries from Austin company Keep Austin Baked.
If you best prefer your CBD served with a healthy jolt of caffeine, give Flamingo Hemp a shot.
25 locations, including:
1. Address: 1625 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704; Hours: Mon-Sat: 7AM-9PM, Sun: 8AM-9PM
2. Address: 120 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 ;Hours: Mon-Sat: 7AM-9PM, Sun: 8AM-9PM
3. Address: 4500 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751; Hours: Mon-Sat: 7AM-9PM, Sun: 8AM-9PM
One of Austin’s oldest and most prominent juice bars (with 25 locations around the city), JuiceLand has long offered CBD shots as an optional add-in. Their selection of fresh cold-pressed juices and smoothies is probably the best in town, so check them out if you’re a smoothie-lover.
Address: 7714 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757
Hours: Mon-Fri: 11AM-10PM, Sat-Sun: 9AM-10PM
We’ve covered CBD beer so far, but for CBD cocktails there’s no better destination in Austin than Wild Chix and Waffles. Their CBD sparkling cocktails include: Dirty Sprite, Coco Loco, Orange Vodka, and Orange Creamsicle with Deep Eddy.
What Austinites say about the local CBD culture
Due to CBDs odd legal status, Austinites aren’t sure what to think about it.
“I buy drinks at my local corner store but am not sure how long that will be available – or if I could get in trouble” said Kevin Jones. But with the recent law, KJ is more optimistic.
“I’m hoping that my favorite drinks will become more readily available, and store owners won’t need to feel sketched out about selling them.”
“Austin is an open place, and the CBD movement here really reflects that,” mused Tracey Wallace. As the CBD movement picks up steam, “I expect Austin to really adopt it through both retail and community movements.”
Keep in mind that all this is only the beginning; CBD was formally legalized in Texas just in June 2019! You can already find nearly any CBD-infused product in Austin somewhere, but expect CBD-infused drinks, food, and more to slowly infiltrate your neighborhood grocery stores, corner stores, and even supermarkets. Indeed, this list might be quite a bit different by this time next year! So keep your eyes peeled for “CBD sold here” signs and your ear to the ground, because the Austin CBD scene is just getting started.