What is THCv, and How is it Different from THC?
Medical cannabis contains at least 545 compounds, including over 140 phytocannabinoids with similar THC and CBD characteristics. THCv is one of those minor cannabinoids. It has several benefits that scientists are still exploring.
Overview of THCv
THCv was isolated in the early 1970s, and unlike other cannabinoids, it’s a derivative of CBGVa. The compound synthesizes to THCv when it’s first exposed to sunlight. THCv is part of the delta 9 cannabinoid family, but it doesn’t produce a high like THC. However, THCv still has plenty of benefits without the psychoactive response for medical cannabis patients.
Skip the Munchies with THCv
Scientists are reviewing the minor cannabinoid for its potential for helping manage obesity. Studies show THCv interacts with the cannabinoid receptors that interact with the chemicals involved in appetite control. Whereas THC increases hunger, THCv decreases it.
This advantage can help patients struggling with weight control and related conditions, such as type two diabetes. It also has the potential to help in other ways with diabetes control. Research indicates THCv may improve insulin sensitivity.
It’s important to point out the study’s results occurred by ingesting the compound in small amounts. Large doses responded similarly to THC and increased appetite.
THCv is an Anti-Inflammatory
THCv shares some properties with THC. Studies show that it’s an excellent anti-inflammatory. The mice in the study had reduced swelling four days in a row without developing a tolerance to the cannabinoid. As more information becomes available, THCv may be another medical cannabis option for pain relief without the high, similar to CBD.
Neuroprotective Properties of THCv
Current reports indicate that the phytocannabinoid has promise for helping patients with Parkinson’s disease reduce motor inhibitions. The research shows THCv blocks the CB1 receptors while activating the CB2, which may mitigate other Parkinson’s disease symptoms. More data is necessary to confirm these results, but it could be good news for patients.
High-THCv Strains to Try
THCv is relatively new. But there are a few medical cannabis cultivars with measurable amounts of the minor cannabinoid.
- Pineapple Purps is a sativa-dominant flower that’s uplifting and energizing.
- Durban Poison is a legendary African sativa landrace that energizes and improves focus.
- Pink Boost Goddess is a new cultivar that’s a pure sativa with 4.24% THCv and 18.7% THC.
Other Ways to Use THCv
You can also try THCv extracts. These are relatively new, so finding them is a little more complicated. It’s even more expensive to purchase because it’s more complex to remove the compound from the biomass. The process used for THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids is relatively unchanged for THCv.
Experts are still learning about the fantastic benefits of THCv and all 545 compounds found in medical cannabis plants. THCv is unique with its ability to reduce rather than induce hunger. The advantages of cultivars with more of the minor cannabinoid are looking good for a blend of patients, including consumers with pain issues working on weight management to improve their overall health.