What is THCV?

November 1, 2022
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What is THCV? Diet weed explained

You've probably heard of THC and CBD, but what about THCV? 

Even if you're familiar with THC and CBD, you may not have heard of THCV. That's because it's a cannabinoid that is just starting to get attention.

In this article, we'll answer all the questions you have about THC-V such as "What is THC-V & what are the benefits," "Does THC-V get you high," "What is THC-V good for," and "Is THC-V legal."

Plus, we'll dive into ways THC-V is consumed and if popular consumption methods like THC-V infused mints work.

If you're ready to learn about THC-V and its benefits then read on!

What is THC-V? Does THC-V get you high?

Let's dive right in and answer the questions "What is THC-V?" and "Does THC-V get you high?"

Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is a psychoactive cannabinoid that is naturally found in some Sativa cannabis strains. Its molecular structure includes a 3-carbon side chain, shorter than delta-9-THC's 5-carbon side chain.

THCV is created when cannabigerovarin acid (CBGVA) is converted to THCVA. When exposed to light or heat THCVA becomes THCV.

Just like THC, THCV can be consumed through inhalation (i.e. smoking and vaping), ingestion (i.e. edibles and tinctures), and topically (i.e. salves, creams, patches, oils).

How does THCV work in the body?

So, how does THCV work in the body? THCV is a "neutral antagonist/inverse agonist" of CB1 receptors. A neutral antagonist does not have activity if there is no agonist or inverse agonist present, but it blocks the activity of either. Inverse agonists bind to a receptor like an agonist but exert the opposite effect.

So if THC is an agonist of the CB1 receptor, it binds to the CB1 receptor and reduces neuronal excitability. THCV can either stop anything else from attaching to CB1 receptors, or exert the opposite effect of THC. As a result, THCV can counteract some of the effects produced by THC, such as hunger and intense mental highs, when consumed at low doses.

However, when high doses of THCV are consumed, it may exert different effects. THCV activates the CB1 and CB2 receptors resulting in psychoactive effects and various therapeutic benefits. Cannabis strains with THCV are often found in Afghanistan, Africa, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Thailand.

Is THC-V psychoactive?

THC-V's short 3-carbon side chain is responsible for the cannabinoid's mild psychoactive effects. THC-V has approximately 25% the potency of delta-9-THC. It will get you high, however the euphoric and psychoactive effects will be mild.

What is THCV good for?

Research has shown that THCV may have many potential benefits including:

  • Appetite stimulation (at high doses)
  • Appetite suppression (at low doses)
  • Bone health and bone formation
  • Clear the mind
  • Focus
  • Pain relief
  • Reduction of anxiety
  • Stress relief
  • Sleep promotion
  • The treatment of acne
  • Uplifted mood
  • Weight loss promotion

Commercially THC-V is most known by consumers for its properties to help individuals focus and for its appetite suppression properties. It's these properties that have dubbed the cannabinoid "diet weed" and "weederal," which is playing with the word Adderall, a pharmaceutical amphetamine used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Is THC-V legal?

THC-V is legal in 37 states and illegal in 14 states.

THC-V is legal in: "Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming."

THC-V is illegal in: "Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New York, Rhode Island, Utah, and Vermont."

Do fasting mints work?

One of the most popular ways THCV is being consumed is through the use of THCV daytime mints. The mints are used to promote energy, to reduce brain fog, enhance focus, and reduce hunger and food cravings. The mints have received high reviews and given way to the creation of companies that sell THC-V mints, coupled with personal coaches that provide coaching sessions to support THCV mint consumers through the mental and physical effects of food cravings.

What weed strain makes you lose weight?

Popular weed strains that contain THCV and can potentially promote weight loss include:

  • Doug Varin: 3% THCV
  • Dutch Treat: 3.3% THCV
  • Pineapple Purps: 4% THCV
  • Pink Boost Goddess: 4.24% THCV
  • Durban Poison: 0.5% to 1% THCV
  • Malawi or Malawi Gold: 0.5% to 1% THCV

So, what is THC-V? It's a cannabinoid that is found in cannabis Sativa strains. THC-V has many benefits for both mental and physical health. It can help with things like pain relief, weight loss, focus, sleep, and more. While THC-V isn't as psychoactive as other cannabinoids like THC, it still produces mild psychoactive effects and is legal in some states.

What are THCv cartridges

THCv cartridges are a relatively new product on the cannabis scene. THCv stands for tetrahydrocannabivarin, and it is a psychoactive cannabinoid with distinct effects from THC. Like THCa, there is an acidic form of THCv called THCva that must undergo decarboxylation to become THCv. While there is not much research into THCv, it has been shown to have some promising medical effects like reducing appetite. You may find it surprising that THCv reduces appetite. Unlike THC, THCv is a CB1 antagonist similarly to CBD. As a result, it has the opposite effect on appetite as THC, which reliably stimulates appetite in animals with an endocannabinoid system. While there aren’t many products that focus on this compound yet, you can expect to find more THCv distillates, THCv cartridges, and THCv isolate for sale in the coming years.

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