There are so many ailments that cannabis has successfully treated. We are just scratching the surface as to what this plant can do. Cannabis has over 100 cannabinoids that perform various functions. One cannabinoid in particular that has been a hot topic is Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV). Below we will explore this cannabinoid and how it is considered to be the next best thing. 

 

What is THCV?

As there are more widespread support and acknowledgement about the potential of cannabis the more research and discoveries we will make. Now that Canada has legalized cannabis and the United States is on a brink of legalization, more doors will open. One discovery is that of THCV. This is a cannabinoid similar to that of THC and structurally THCV is similar to THC as shown below. 

The structure of THCV. 

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrahydrocannabivarin
The structure of THC. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrahydrocannabinol


THCV vs. THC – What is the Difference?

  • The structural difference between THCV and THC molecules is that THCV has a propyl (3-carbon) side chain rather than a pentyl (5-carbon) group that THC has.
  • It is psychoactive like THC but it does not last as long
  • Does not stimulate appetite as THC does
  • The boiling point of THC is 315 °F while the boiling point of THCV is 428 °F Important to understand when vaping. 


What are the Benefits of THCV?

THCV binds to CB1 and CB2 receptor cells in the endocannabinoid system unlike THC, which mainly binds to CB1 receptor cells. 
 
Since it binds to both receptors CB1 and CB2, the results are different as compared to THC. 
 

Research has shown that THCV is effective in the treatment of a variety of symptoms and conditions. Examples for which it is particularly effective in providing symptom relief are:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (The feeling people describe when taking high strains are that is calming and relaxing which helps reduce stress and PTSD triggers)
  • Panic Attacks
  • Anxiety (Studies have found that it helps neutralize the flight or response system that occurs when experiencing anxiety and panic attacks)
  • Parkinson’s
  • Alzheimer’s (It is a neuroprotective thus prevents early on set Alzheimer’s)
  • Appetite Suppressant (For those looking to lose weight and maintain proper diet control)
  • Reduction of blood sugar in diabetics (Particularly helpful for type 2 diabetics)
  • Promotes bone growth (Ideal for those suffering from bone density issues and osteoporosis)

How Do you Get THCV?
THCV is found in various strains, they have been engineered with levels of a high concentrated amount in mind.
 
Some of these strains are difficult to find but if you were to grow them you could have your own supply, one particular strain high in THCV is Durban Poison, but there are others.
 
You can also go to your nearest dispensary and consult with a budtender to discuss the various strains available.
 

To find out more, check out this great video that sums it up from WeedMaps.TV

 
 

Who Should Not Try High Strains of THCV?

Considering that THCV suppresses your appetite it is not recommended for patients suffering from anorexia and other immune deficiency illness, such as Chemotherapy patients.
 
It is always best to speak with a qualified healthcare provider prior to use.
 
Do you have a success story to share about using high THCV strains? Share your thoughts below!
 

References:

British Pharmacological Society. “Symptom‐relieving and neuroprotective effects of the phytocannabinoid Δ9‐THCV in animal models of Parkinson’s disease”. Available at:https://bpspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1476-5381.2011.01278.x (Retrieved: Oct 28th, 2018)
 
University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha, USA. “The impact of marijuana use on glucose, insulin, and insulin resistance among US adults”. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23684393, (Retrieved: October 29th, 2018)
 
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