THCV 101: A Rundown on the Rare ‘Sports Car’ Cannabinoid
THCV, which stands for tetrahydrocannabivarin, is a cannabinoid that was discovered in the early 70s. Almost 50 years later, it’s nowhere near as famous as other cannabis compounds like THC and CBD, but that’s not to say it is lacking in the psychoactive or medical departments, which are the two main reasons people seek cannabis. On the contrary, the unhyped but extensive research on THCV has shown that depending on the dose, the fairly rare cannabinoid can produce a vast array of effects that both THC buffs and CBD users can enjoy and benefit from.
What is THCV and how is it different from THC?
THCV is a cannabis compound mostly found in Sativa strains. Despite being overshadowed by its more famous cousin, THC, it still has been the subject of relatively wide research. Years of study have revealed that like THC, THCV also has some psychoactive effects, although not as slow-hitting as the former and not as long lasting, hence the nickname. The mood-altering effects of THCV are swift and intense—like a sports car! Unlike THC, however, THCV can only get you high at extremely high doses.
On the other end of the spectrum, THCV at very low doses can attenuate the effects of THC that some users find unpleasant, like dampened motor skills and untimely food cravings.
What are other THCV effects and benefits?
Though research on THCV has been quite wide-reaching, it hasn’t been exactly conclusive—at least not yet. But as more information ab