What is THCV, you ask yourself as you look at the back of your typical plastic dispensary jar.
If you're anything like us, the surprise of finding out about yet another cannabinoid related to THC always puts a smile on the face as well as a little confusion. "Well, I like THC, so will I like THCV?"
As states continue to legalize the beautiful flower, we learn more and more about different aspects of cannabis all the time. The magical plant never ceases to amaze. THCV is a little known, extremely understated cannabinoid amongst the ranks of THC and CBD. This compound could replace different types of medicine. You begin thinking, what are you missing out on? How is it different from THC?
Well, you want to know what THCV is? Want to impress your snobby weed friend with your absolute cannabis knowledge? Put your jar down and let’s take a peek at THCV.
THCV was discovered in the early 1970s. It was known as a minor cannabinoid due to being found in lesser concentrations within a marijuana plant. The cannabinoid affects receptors in your brain associated with different parts of your body.
THCV won’t really get you high. It is only psychoactive when ingested in high doses. When stoned in high doses, it’s known to feel stimulating with a sense of clarity and euphoria. THCV has a fast on-set time with a fast off-set time. If you are someone who suffers paranoia or anxiety when smoking weed, you may benefit from trying THCV for the speed through one’s body. In low doses, THCV shines as a great way to gain a medley of health benefits.
For those vaporizer users out there, THCV handles high temperatures much better than THC. THCV is typically found in African sativas.
The most common strains are:
Cannabinoids have many different benefits on your body. Low doses of THCV have been known to show results in areas of healthcare. In higher doses, THCV is converted to THC. This action nullifies any benefit of the THCV.
THCV doesn’t affect you like being stoned except at high doses. For some people, this is exactly what they’ve been looking for. THCV is known to be a treatment for a variety of human ailments. It's even being looked at as an alternative to certain medications.
The cannabinoid slows/prevents degenerative bone diseases like osteoporosis. THCV achieves this by promoting brain growth. It binds to receptors in your brain in which regulate bone mass/growth. THCV also has the added benefit of our cannabinoid receptors being found throughout our skeletal system. A perfect match.
Strains with high levels of THCV are being looked for by those who seek relief from continuing panic attacks. These sativas and hybrids are known to knock-out an oncoming panic attack. In individuals with PTSD and various stress disorders, THCV helps these patients mentally while maintaining themselves without feeling they are suppressing any emotions. The cannabinoid inhibits any ability to feel panic while other emotions remain "open."
If you’ve ever found yourself with the munchies far too often, try THCV. Trust us, we’ve been there and gotten that T-shirt. THCV is an appetite suppressant, the anti-munchies if you will. THCV is good for people worried about gaining weight from munchies or gaining weight in general. The cannabinoid blocks the receptor in your brain that triggers the body’s hormones for hunger. Typically, a good choice to combat any obesity worries.THCV isn’t just some substitute either. THCV burns more calories with the output of energy it provides. THCV has no known side effects. Obesity medications can cause side effects like depression, anxiety, and other disorders.
Type 2 diabetes can be tamed with THCV, this may be very important to some of you out there. The cannabinoid has the ability to regulate blood sugar levels. It also reduces insulin resistance in the body. This keeps your medicine only needed for emergencies. THCV provides insulin level stabilization. Keeping sugar levels in their place. Blood sugar levels are important to regulate and maintain.
THCV has been known to be effective in brain conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and schizophrenia. The cannabinoid is known to keep convulsions from happening as convulsions are common. The antioxidant properties of the chemical have been studied showing a slowing in these brain conditions. It also hydrates the brain, allowing some protection from degrading further. This provides unbelievable relief for those with such ailments.
THCV appears to reduce tremors, decrease the effects of brain lesions, and improve some motor control. Unfortunately, Studies have only just started to gain momentum into just how beneficial THCV is in treating Alzheimer's patients.
THCV and THC are similar as seen through their names but are a little bit different from one another than you’d think. Their similarity being that they will both get you high, but with THCV you can only achieve this effect with really high doses. Otherwise, they have different outcomes. THCV is a fairly heavy appetite suppressant whereas THC is known to create munchies. Someone with cancer would benefit from having an appetite and thus, THC is often recommended. Someone with obesity and weight problems benefits from THCV and its appetite suppressant effects. THCV can be used as a day to day medicine for certain conditions where THC provides pain relief. Both have their place and are highly respected in their own right.
Next time someone says, what is THCV? You’ll be able to tell them just what they’ve been missing out on. With so many different benefits, THCV is definitely something you should ask your budtender about next time you are in the dispensary. You just might like it.