Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV, THV) is a homologue of tetrahydrocannabinol, having a propyl (3-carbon) side chain instead of a pentyl (5-carbon) group on the molecule, which makes it produce very different effects from THC. This terpeno-phenolic compound is found naturally in Cannabis, sometimes in significant amounts. THCV is a new potential treatment against obesity-associated glucose intolerance with pharmacology different from that of CB1 inverse agonists/antagonists.
Not only can THCV help you fit into that new pair of jeans, but it also has anti-convulsive properties. THCV seems to raise the seizure threshold for those with epilepsy. As a result, they experience fewer seizures. Although tetrahydrocannabivarin does affect the same receptors in the brain as THC, it produces a much different high. THCV is psychoactive, but causes more of a psychedelic, clear-headed effect. THCV relieves stress, and research shows it can help to reduce or even prevent anxiety and panic attacks. For this reason it plays an important role in the treatment of post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD). It is also neuroprotective, so it is ideal for treating conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.
Unlike THC, THCV works to suppress the appetite, so it is not recommended for patients suffering from cachexia or anorexia nervosa. People who medicate with cannabis plants that are high in THCV tend to feel the effects much quicker than a plant with no THCV.THCV is an important cannabinoid lending to the complex chemistry of the Cannabis plant.
One can expect soaring, creative highs and psychedelic experiences from bud containing higher levels of THCV. You may believe THCV is the proverbial needle-in-a-haystack cannabinoid, but as more research is done on THCV, you can expect to see more focusing on this cannabinoid. In the near future you may see a “High THCV” label on the dispensary shelves.