THCv - Tetrahydrocannabivarin Explained

Cannabis contains dozens of cannabinoids, which are the chemical compounds in the plant that affects our bodies in different ways. Some cannabinoids get us high, some have health benefits, and most are poorly understood compounds that need to be researched further.

In this series, we will take a look at a few of the most well-researched cannabinoids that are found in cannabis.

Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is one of the lesser-known cannabinoids, but it’s fast gaining popularity. While the name suggests it’s similar to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), THCV isn’t exactly the same thing.

THCV and THC have similar molecular structures, and both THC and THCV can get you high - but the two cannabinoids produce different effects on the body. Because of this, they seem to produce different health benefits.

What are the health benefits of THCV?

THCV is said to have a number of health benefits, but these are mostly unconfirmed. These potential benefits will have to be researched further before we can definitively say whether THCV can treat certain conditions.

So far, research indicates that THCV might be able to do the following:

Hopefully, THCV will be studied further in the future, and we’ll find out exactly how THCV can affect our bodies. For now, many optimistic people use THCV for the above reasons.

Where can I get THCV?

THCV seems to be high in African strains, such as Durban Poison. Certain strains have also been bred to have a high level of THCV. Some companies have also made oils and tinctures that are high in THCV.

If you want to use cannabinoid products of any kind - whether its THC or CBD or THCV - it’s a good idea to do some research beforehand. Ensure you buy high-quality products from reputable companies. Cannabinoid products should be tested by a third party and you should be able to view the lab results online.

It’s also advisable to speak to your doctor before using THCV. We aren’t yet sure how safe or well-tolerated THCV is, and there’s little research on whether it can interact with other medications. Rather be safe than sorry, and seek medical advice from a professional.