THCv is a cannabinoid gaining in popularity due to its reported neuroprotective and anti-anxiety properties. It’s well regarded among patients seeking relief for symptoms related to PTSD, Parkinson’s, lack of appetite, and plenty more. It’s also known for its interesting ability to suppress appetite and counteract the negative psychoactive effects of THC.
Continue reading to find out everything you need to know about THCv and how to get the most from cannabinoids’ various benefits.
What Are Cannabinoids?
You’ve definitely heard of the cannabinoids THC and CBD. The truth is, as far as we know, there are over 100 different types of cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant. The most well-known cannabinoids include THC, CBD, CBG, and CBN.
Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant that plays a role in our endocannabinoid system. Cannabinoids are developed in the plant resin glands (trichomes), leaves, and flowers on the plant. Cannabinoids interact with two main receptors CB1 and CB2 in the Endocannabinoid System. The endocannabinoid system interacts with the cannabinoids in the plants to create different effects on the body.
What is THCV?
Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is a psychoactive cannabinoid most common among Cannabis Sativa strains. THCV is known to have appetite-curbing and energy boost properties. THCV seems to be particularly effective with medical patients seeking relief for symptoms related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is also believed to display neuroprotective properties, which makes it a potential therapy for a range of conditions.
As with other phytocannabinoids, THCV is synthesized in the trichomes of the cannabis plant. It then binds to the body's various cannabinoid receptors. THCV is far less well-known than THC and CBD. That means there’s a need for more research to fully understand its various effects and how it positively interacts with our bodies.
What Are the Effects & Benefits of THCV?
THCV is recommended as a daytime cannabinoid due to its tendency to produce motivating, energizing, and euphoric effects. It’s also thought to act as a stress reliever that may help with panic attacks and generalized anxiety. As mentioned, these properties make THCV a great option for those looking for PTSD symptom relief.
Another interesting characteristic of THCV is that it’s an appetite suppressant unlike THC, which will give you the munchies. Therefore, it may not be recommended for those suffering from anorexia, cachexia, or similar conditions. Interestingly enough, THCV is thought to counteract some of the psychotic and paranoia effects that can occur with THC. THCV also acts as a neuroprotective making it a potentially effective treatment for the conditions like Parkinson's Disease, seizure/epilepsy, and Alzheimer's Disease.
Once again, the current research on THCV is promising, but still somewhat limited. More research needs to take place for us to be able to conclude this cannabinoid’ benefits with a greater amount of certainty. With that being said, the cannabinoid is known to be just as safe if not safer than regular THC. There are also no known side effects specific to THCV.
Popular Cannabis Strains That Contain THCV
In order to get the benefits from CBG and the overall entourage effect, you must either smoke fresh flower or concentrates that are 100% live resin extracted to retain all plant materials. For example, URSA’s premium Liquid Diamond Sauce Carts are filled with contents 100% from the strain listed. That’s because all input material is fresh-frozen right at peak harvest. This ensures a high concentration of terpenes and cannabinoids including CBG.
THCV-Rich Cannabis Strains
If you can’t find one of these strains in a dispensary near you, we have a few tips for finding strains high in THCv. First of all, you should look for sativa-heavy strains and particularly those with landrace strains that originate from Africa. This is something a budtender may be able to help you out with and some brands explain their genetics on the packaging or their website.
Learn More About the Cannabinoids & Terpenes in Our Strains
When you’re not smoking flower, high-quality full-spectrum extracts are the best way to get the benefits of THCv. That’s because live concentrates are produced without harming the various terpenes and cannabinoids that give us the entourage effect and a more full-bodied high. To learn more about URSA’s available strains and their various plant properties. Check out our Terpene Vault.
You can also find URSA Extracts products in your area by clicking here. We recommend our premium 100% live resin Liquid Diamond Sauce Carts.