Whether it’s relieving anxiety and depression or providing a better alternative to melatonin to combat insomnia, there’s no shortage of the physical and mental benefits provided by CBD. However, understanding the difference of CBD verses CBD with THC is something you should know.

As you’re perusing CBD products online or in brick and mortar stores, you may notice that some items contain various amounts of THC. Should you consider these options, and what are the pros and cons?

Let’s get down to brass tacks to give you an understanding of standalone CBD products versus CBD with THC options.

CBD: What You Need to Know

If you’re new to the world of cannabidiol, let’s quickly clear up some misconceptions. Unlike its THC counterpart, CBD is not a psychoactive agent providing a “high” sensation. It’s extracted from cannabis plants, often diluted with coconut or hemp seed oil, and can provide relief for everything from muscle soreness to cancer medication side effects.

Your dog can even take it.

In a nutshell, CBD “supports the natural neurotransmitter in our bodies. CBD binds to a receptor that triggers serotonin release leading to a reduction in stress and anxiousness, which balances moods.”

CBD is legal in the United States, so it’s perfectly kosher to have it shipped to your doorstep or purchased at major retailers like Whole Foods. You can even travel with it domestically.

The benefits of cannabidiol can’t be overstated, but what about CBD items possessing THC as well?

CBD with THC: What You Need to Know

CBD products with THC should be treated differently than CBD-only items.

Depending on how much THC is in each product, you could find yourself relatively “high,” euphoric, or sleepy, making the CBD-THC combo ideal for falling asleep or back to sleep.

It can also be an excellent way to unwind at the end of the day, similar to a glass of red wine (but without the unwanted calories and red teeth).

CBD with THC can also provide a one-two punch considering research has shown they both help with anxiety, nausea, and various types of pain and discomfort.

There are a few issues to keep in mind if you decide THC with CBD is right for you. Cannabinoids store in your body fat so that the THC can show up on potential drug tests, which could cost you your job depending on your state’s laws.   

You’ll also want to adhere to the cannabis maxim of “You can always have more, but you can never have less.” That is to say, start with a minimal amount versus eating a 50-milligram chocolate bar right out of the gate. Not sure how many milligrams to begin with? Consult your doctor, and dispensaries always have experts to assist you online, over the phone, and in the store.

Most importantly, it’s critical to check your state laws regarding THC products of any amount because what’s perfectly legal in one state could be highly illegal in another.