What is THCV and what are the benefits?

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Those with certain eating disorders and those who need to regulate food intake better may be in luck – THCV has been found to be a good appetite suppressant together with other great benefits.

In this article (5 minute read):

  • Appetite suppressant function of THCV
  • Weight loss and THCV
  • Bone health and  THCV
  • THCV for Alzheimer’s patients 
  • Other THCV benefits

Is THCV the same as THC?

NO. Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is a totally different cannabinoid than the famous THC. Sill extracted from the cannabis plant like CBD and CBG.

Cannabinoids work by interacting with various receptors throughout the body. THC acts as a CB1 agonist, which is why it creates a high. At the low doses found in most hemp strains, THCV acts as a CB1 antagonist, meaning it blocks that receptor. This means that small amounts of THCV actually work to moderate the effects of THC, counteracting its high.

THCV’s other effects may not be as noticeable when it’s used in a full spectrum CBD oil. They are powerful, however, when the cannabinoid is isolated and studied on its own. In its concentrated form either as an isolate or a distillate, THCV holds great medical potential.

THCV will not show up on a drug test.

If you want to read more about CBD/THC on drugtesting read our article CBD and drugtesting

THCV is an appetite suppressant

We all know how frustrating weight loss can be. On a diet and the more you restrict yourself in not eating what you really want, guaranteed that is the only food you can think of. It’s like glued to your brain. Some of us can live a short while with denying the temptations and pushing those thoughts out of the head. 2-3 week in – Diet success! But can you deny yourself for 6-8 months?? This is where the THCV can be of help.

Woman declining chocolate cake thcv Appetite SuppressantTHCV is an opposer of the CB1 and CB2 receptors, this means that THCV blocks THC, which prevents cannabis users from getting the munchies. And here comes the important part………….

Although THC is known to enhance the appetite (Munchies), THCV has the opposite effect. Rather than THCV stimulating the appetite, it suppresses the appetite.  Other research findings point to THCV removing the pleasing feeling that sometimes occurs after eating something delicious.

With this being said, people who has certain eating disorders and people who struggle with obesity and need to regulate their food intake better, may be ideal candidates for THCV consumption.

THCV Promotes Weight Loss

THCV is one of the minor cannabinoids found in cannabis and hemp. The term minor does not come from its lack of strength, but due to the fact it is found in smaller quantities than the major cannabinoids like THC and CBD.

There have been several studies that highlight the appetite suppressant effects of CBD, but more and more research is coming out linking THCV and weight loss. A paper published last year by C4 Laboratories in Arizona cited evidence that THCV decreased body fat and boosted energy metabolism in mice.

Not only can it help with weight loss but it can potentially help stabilise insulin levels for individuals who have glucose intolerance

C4 Lab study

THCV has many other benefits too

seashore with seaguls thcv and other benefitsTHCV could help with diabetes. Research shows promise in THCV’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance.
THCV may reduce panic attacks. It appears to stop anxiety attacks in PTSD patients without suppressing emotions.
THCV may help with Alzheimer’s. Tremors, motor control, and brain lesions associated with Alzheimer’s disease appear to be improved by THCV.
THCV stimulates bone growth. Because it promotes the growth of new bone cells. THCV is being looked at for osteoporosis and other bone-related conditions.
THCV is an antioxidant. It’s neuroprotective properties make it a promising candidate for treating or delaying symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
THCV is a stimulant, and it provides a clear-headed, energetic experience that’s short-lived compared to the mellow buzz that THC produces.