THCV, or Delta Nine(Δ9) – Tetrahydrocannabivarin, is one of the hundred compounds of the cannabis plant family. Unlike THC, the Delta 9 compound contains no psychoactive properties, i.e., it won’t make you ‘high.’
Its claim to fame is its appetite suppressant qualities. Also known as ‘diet weed,’ the compound originates from the marijuana plant, unlike its cousin brothers CBD and CBG.
The question arises- Is the cannabis industry shooting blanks, or is there anything unique about each of the derivatives? A quick look at initial research on rodents suggests THCV helps deal with obesity and type 2 diabetes.
While most marketing agencies tend to use fancy words as smokescreens, we are here to clear your doubts. Let’s find out what is THCV and whether it is the answer to munchies, aka cravings.
What is THCV?
THCV is found in many cannabis strains in extremely low doses. Nevertheless, it’s one of the rarest and hardest compounds to extract.
At first glance, there is a striking similarity between the chemical composition of THCV and THC, with the exception of two hydrocarbon molecules. Nerd talk perhaps, but surprisingly, the results and effects produced by the two compounds are worlds apart.
Although this may be true, at high doses, THCV may produce psychoactive effects similar to THC. The ‘highs’ are stimulating, euphoric, fast-acting, and even quicker to fade off. However, here is where the similarities end.
THCV is more prevalent in African Sativa cannabis strains such as Durban Poison. However, as it gains popularity, growers focus on cultivating yields that have a higher THCV content.
How Does THCV Work?
THCV binds to both receptors, CB1 and CB2, in the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This system is responsible for regulating various body functions and is prevalent in the nervous and immune systems.
How it affects the receptors is determined by at what dosage it is consumed. At low doses, it works as an opponent to CB1 receptors, which means it blocks out extreme highs.
On the other hand, at high doses, it activates both the receptors acting like its older brother THC.
THCV is, indeed, a fascinating compound that offers a unique array of effects and medical benefits that set it apart from CBD and THC.
Here are a few potential benefits of THCV.
Weight Loss by Suppressing Appetite
THCV is famously referred to as ‘skinny-pot,’ highlighting its appetite suppressant qualities. Studies have proved that THCV dulls the appetite and makes you feel satisfied. It works by blocking the endocannabinoid receptors responsible for activating the hunger hormones.
One of the key characteristics of the marijuana plant is cravings, making it ideal for patients dealing with AIDS or cancer who are too nauseous to eat. Now, this is not the effect all marijuana consumers are chasing.
Meet THCV, which not only curbs appetite but provides you with a surge of energy, helping you increase activity. The dual effect is enough to help you lose weight.
Note that the effects are only visible when you consume THCV in low doses. At high doses, you might be too stoned to feel the effects.
Blood Sugar Regulation
Diabetes is a chronic disease that has lifelong implications for millions of people globally. Currently, the only treatment for patients is directed towards symptom control.
Thankfully, there is evidence that THCV can potentially regulate blood sugar levels. This is good news for patients who have Type 2 Diabetes.
According to a study, this cannabinoid can improve glucose tolerance and regulate insulin levels. As a result, it stabilizes blood sugar levels.
Moreover, researchers have concluded that THCV decreased fasting plasma glucose and cell function in patients with type 2 diabetes.
While research is still in infancy, it’s touted as a new remedial agent for glycemic control.
Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease that has affected more than 6 million Americans; It is also the leading cause of Dementia.
We know that cannabinoids work by attaching themselves to the endocannabinoid receptors in our bodies. When THCV binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body, it provides neuroprotection.
In simple terms, THCV can prevent tremors and seizures associated with Parkison’s, Alzheimer’s, and ALS.
The research suggests the cannabinoid that binds itself to the CB1 receptor reduces the chances and extremity of seizures.
Unfortunately, comprehensive research on humans is still missing.
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Stimulates Bone Growth
It’s not news that the endocannabinoid system regulates mood, sleep, and appetite. However, new research suggests that it also affects bone cell activity and remodeling.
The results suggest that THCV may have the potential to improve the growth of bone cells and also prevent further degradation. This is obviously good news for those dealing with degenerative bone diseases like Arthritis and Osteoporosis.
Although this may be true, further research is necessary before its full potential can be explored.
Like CBD and THC, THCV also has the potential to reduce inflammation, which is the leading cause of death in the US.
It works by activating the CB2 receptors in your body. As a result, it decreases signs of inflammation and the pain accompanied by it.
Thus, it is derived that THCV may be a potent anti-inflammatory agent, reducing pain, swelling, and discomfort.
Boiling Point of THCV
If you are interested in vaporizing THCV, note that it evaporates at a whopping 220 degrees Celsius/428 degrees Fahrenheit. So you will need to blow up your torch higher than you would for THC.
Similarly, it makes a welcome addition to your edibles since it won’t burn or evaporate before you want it to.
THCV is quickly becoming the center of attention for researchers and consumers due to its potential health benefits. Moreover, at low doses, the cannabinoid does not produce psychoactive properties, a massive game-changer.
Since it is naturally found in low quantities in most strains( less than 2%), it dodged the spotlight for too long. Not any more! Many cultivators are cross-breeding to produce THCV-rich strains.
It might not be long before the compound famous for curbing the appetite, regulating blood sugars, and reducing inflammation make it big like CBD and THC.