THCV: What are the benefits and effects?

THCV: What are the benefits and effects?

THCV, or tetrahydrocannabivarin, is a compound in cannabis that offers a unique array of effects and medical benefits that sets it apart from other cannabinoids like THC and CBD. Whether you’re a medical marijuana patient looking for a particular type of relief or a casual consumer chasing a specific effect, we’d like to introduce you to this fascinating compound that’s sure to make major waves in the cannabis world as we discover and utilise its full potential.

What are THCV’s Effects and Benefits?

As its name suggests, THCV is similar to THC in molecular structure and psychoactive properties, but it provides a variety of pronounced and altogether different effects. A note for vaporiser enthusiasts: It has a boiling point of 220°C, so you’ll need to turn it up higher than you would THC.

  • It is psychoactive (in higher doses). It intensifies the euphoric high of THC, but with only about half the duration.
  • It is energetic. It provides a clear-headed, stimulating buzz.
  • It is an appetite suppressant. In contrast to THC, this cannabis compound dulls the appetite. This may be good for consumers focused on weight loss, but THCV should be avoided by patients treating appetite loss or anorexia.
  • It may help with diabetes. Research shows promise it’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance.
  • It reduces panic attacks. It appears to curb anxiety attacks in PTSD patients without suppressing emotion.
  • It may help with Alzheimer’s. Tremors, motor control, and brain lesions associated with Alzheimer’s disease appear to be improved, but research is in progress.
  • It stimulates bone growth. Because it promotes the growth of new bone cells, THCV is being looked at for osteoporosis and other bone-related conditions.

Where Can I Find THCV?

So you’re looking for the effects mentioned above, for high-content strains and products - most strains only contain trace, undetectable amounts of THCV, making it difficult to achieve the desired therapeutic effect. We can assume that more THCV-rich products will be introduced alongside its growing popularity, but in the meantime, here are some useful hints for locating this rare therapeutic gem.

  • Look for African sativas. Lab results show that this compound is most abundant in sativas, particularly landrace strains from Africa. Durban Poison is one of the more common high-content strains, but other options can be found in the strain list below.
  • Ask about parent genetics. Having trouble finding an African sativa? Plenty of strains have hybridised African genetics that predisposes it to a higher THCV potential. Cherry Pie, for example, may express a high THCV content by way of its Durban Poison parent.
  • Request test results. Genetics alone can’t promise a high-THCV content, and cannabinoid contents can vary from harvest to harvest. If possible, ask your budtender for lab-tested strains to ensure that you’re indeed getting a THCV-rich product.

High THCV Cannabis Strains

This list is by no means comprehensive, but it includes strains best known for their tendency toward higher-than-average THCV contents. These strains can be consumed in flower form or they can be processed into extracts, oils, and edibles for a higher concentration of cannabinoids.

A few of the strains below, like Doug’s Varin and Pineapple Purps, were specially bred to contain higher levels of THCV. Again, be sure to steer your choices toward African sativas as they tend to contain the most compound.