Dosing: Take a half to full gummy as needed.
Nicknamed "diet weed," THCV has become known for its energizing qualities and is especially popular in the intermittent fasting community. And unlike its cousin Delta-9 THC, THCV does not cause a high in small amounts.
What is THCV and how to use it?
THCV is a cannabinoid but it’s not the same thing as THC. While lesser-known than its more famous counterpart, THCV holds a range of therapeutic potential that may just make it your new favorite cannabinoid.
What is THCV?
Molecular structure of the cannabinoid THCV also known as tetrahydrocannabivarin.
THCV, or tetrahydrocannabivarin, is a minor cannabinoid—meaning it is found in lower concentrations than the major cannabinoids THC and CBD. THCV can be found in cannabis and hemp plants where it can either be consumed in plant material or taken as an isolated extract, most commonly in oil form.
THCV is slowly starting to gain more visibility, and it is particularly gaining a reputation for its health benefits. It induces its effects on the body through its interaction with cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. These receptors are responsible for the subsequent cascade of effects in the body, depending on their location.
What does THCV feel like?
THCV has a strong energy-boosting component to it, which makes it especially popular among students and athletes.
The psychoactive effects are very mild and much more cerebral than delta 8 THC. People using delta 8 described their feeling as more relaxed, having a strong sense of inner peace. With THCV, however, you feel alert, awake, and clear-headed. This cannabinoid has very little impact on headspace, which means you’re able to think and act normally, but may experience some perceptual differences.
Perceptual differences associated with THCV include:
Slower or faster perception of time
Alterations in depth-perception
“Tunnel vision” effect (feels like you’re zoned into whatever you’re doing)
Colors appear more vivid
Sounds & music “feel” different
What strains are high in THCV?
THCV isn’t common in hemp or marijuana. Only a few specific strains contain THCV in concentrations over 1%.
This cannabinoid is highest in African landrace sativa plants, but even in these species, the concentration of THCV rarely exceeds 3%.
India, Nepal, Thailand, Pakistan, and western Africa are particular hotspots for THCV-rich strains. It’s unclear what biases these regions to produce plants with higher concentrations of THCV.
There’s a strain of marijuana called “Doug’s Varin” that’s being developed that reportedly contains THCV concentrations at around 6 percent — which is a long way off the 25 or 30 percent delta 9 THC in marijuana.
Is THCV natural or synthetic?
THCV is a naturally occurring cannabinoid in cannabis plants.
THCVA, a byproduct of cannabigerol acid (CBGA), eventually converts to THCV when exposed to heat or light.
The process of extracting THCV requires the use of lab equipment, but there’s no synthesization process involved.
How is THCV made?
THCV products are made directly from cannabis or hemp plants.
Manufacturers extract THCV from the cannabis or hemp plant using a similar process as the one they would use to extract THC. This involves a process called chromatography, which separates different constituents of the plant based on their molecular weight.
While THCV products are less common than THC products, you can find many similar items containing THCV, like tinctures, tabs, vape carts, and pre-rolls.
Is THCV legal?
THCV is not a scheduled drug in the United States, according to the Convention on Psychotropic Substances.
As such, it’s an internationally unregulated substance. Many countries differ in their treatment of THCV, meaning regulations vary depending on where you live.
In the United States, THCV regulation is nuanced. THCV is not a Schedule I Drug, but marijuana extracts are — making it somewhat ambiguous what the federal position is on THCV.
The 2018 Farm Bill states that hemp plants and all derivatives of the plants are legal on a federal level, so many companies abide by this law and still provide THCV to customers by only extracting the substance from hemp plants.
However, marijuana and THC are federally illegal in the United States. If THCV is considered a THC analog, it could be controlled in the future by the same rules as THC under the Federal Analog Act.
This act states that any substance that shares a similar molecular profile as a known prohibited substance — it’s included in the same drug Schedule classification. If THCV is considered a THC-analog, it would therefore be listed as a Schedule I drug.
With that said, THCV derived from hemp is currently legal in the United States. There are no indications the DEA seeks to change this and outlaw THCV.
What are the effects of THCV?
Proponents of THCV report that it produces an intense burst of energy and makes them feel euphoric without the mental cloudiness caused by THC. Contrary to CBD, THCV is less commonly used for potential therapeutic benefits.
The effects are super mild compared to THC. The effects are almost exclusively cognitive — yet somehow have very little impact on headspace. It’s hard to describe — you think as though you’re sober, but you still feel the perceptual effects of conventional THC.
1. THCV & Focus
People often describe the acute effects of THCV as energizing, aiding their concentration, and boosting their productivity.
This cannabinoid creates what we consider a “tunnel effect.”
It feels like you’re extra tuned in to whatever you’re working on. We use it to enter a deeper flow state while working, studying, or exercising. It’s as if you’re in a tunnel, and the outside world is no longer able to distract you.
2. THCV & Appetite Suppression
Some THCV users claim that the substance leads to appetite suppression. This is a common effect of other focus-enhancing substances as well. It’s as though THCV removes the distraction of other bodily processes (like hunger) in order to preserve resources and attention to cognitive tasks instead. So compared to other products in the cannabis industry, THCV seems to have the opposite effect on appetite. It operates as an appetite suppressant instead of an appetite stimulant.
Does THCV Help With Weight Loss and Overall Health?
A 2013 study analyzed the effect of THCV on genetically obese mice. The results showed promising effects on diabetes-related symptoms including an increase in insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance without changing plasma lipids. THCV may play a hand in glycemic control since in mice it ameliorates insulin sensitivity. This study revealed the positive effect of THCV on glycemic and lipid parameters, however, further research would need to be performed to solidify the accuracy in humans.
While recreational cannabis is commonly associated with the 'munchies' and potential weight gain, there is speculation about the use of THCV for weight loss. One 90-day randomized, double-blind, human clinical study assessed the influence of THCV on weight loss. Participants that followed the THCV regimen every day all experienced weight loss of up to 22 pounds. Over half of users reported a decrease in hunger, cravings, and anxiety while taking THCV. In the placebo-controlled group, only 30% of participants saw a reduction in weight loss. Compared to 100% in the THCV group, there is promising evidence that the substance may reduce appetite resulting in natural weight loss.
At Lake Country Growers, we don't promote using THCV to lose weight at unhealthy extremes. We hope it can be a substance that enriches your life in a positive way!
Will THCV Help Patients With Alzheimer's Disease?
Due to the neural effects of THCV, there are many studies being conducted on the effectiveness of THCV on Alzheimer's disease. THCV has been shown to have potential brain-protective effects by reducing oxidative stress and preventing damage from glutamate toxicity. Studies have shown that THCV may reduce inflammation and nerve cell death in the brain. While the findings are promising, scientists continue to perform further research to verify the connection of THCV to common brain-related diseases.
How Strong is THCV?
The effects of THCV will differ from person to person. It is known as having a much milder effect compared to other related products in the cannabis industry. If you have never tried THCV, start small to evaluate the strength that works best for you. It all comes down to how your body metabolizes the substance, so use your better judgment to personalize the dosage.
How Does THCV work?
Cannabinoids produce biological effects in the human body by interacting with endocannabinoid receptors.
The two primary endocannabinoid receptors are “creatively” named cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2).
CB1 receptors are located in the nervous system and interact with neurotransmitters in the brain to produce mind-altering effects. Interaction with CB1 sites is what gives some cannabinoids — like THC — their psychoactivity.
THCV is a bit tricky to understand because it’s primarily a CB1 antagonist, meaning it has the opposite effect as THC. Yet somehow offers a similar psychoactive experience.
While scientists are still seeking to understand this process, it appears THCV is able to block the effects of CB1 in low doses and stimulate them in high doses.
CB2 receptors are found mostly in the immune system. THCV is a partial agonist of CB2, but the effects of this partial activity aren’t well-known, and it seemingly has no discernible impact on THCV users’ experience.
Will THCV Get You High?
Yes, but only in large doses. It is not associated with extreme intoxicating effects contrary to other medical cannabis products.
That may sound like a confusing answer, but, unfortunately, THCV’s psychoactive properties aren’t straightforward.
As mentioned in the previous section, THCV is a CB1 antagonist in low doses — which is the exact opposite effect of delta 8 and delta 9 THC. This could mean that THCV counteracts some of the psychoactive effects of THC.
This effect could explain why people who use THCV feel so clear-headed — especially compared to the notorious “fogginess” induced by delta 9 THC.
Higher doses of THCV are a little bit different. Once you reach doses of around 30 mg, the effects flip and become much more psychoactive. Start small with your dosage so you can gauge how your body responds, and the extent of the physiological effects.
THCV vs. THC: What's the difference?
The differences between THCV and THC stem from their different chemical structure. While THC has a 5-carbon side chain, THCV has a 3-carbon side chain.
The length of the side chain directly affects the potency. THCC, another THC-analog, only has one carbon and virtually no psychoactive effects.
THCP, on the other hand, has 7 carbons and is nearly 33 times as potent as delta 9 THC.
THCV and THC are treated differently legally as well, with regulations often being stricter for THC than for THCV.
Specific laws vary by country, but in the United States, THCV is considered legal if made from hemp and restricted if made from marijuana — even though both versions are chemically identical.
Will THCV Fail a Drug Test?
Yes, THCV may result in a positive drug test depending on the formulation. There are a few reasons that you may need to be cautious about taking a drug test after THCV usage. Here are the most common things to take into account.
Dosage & Strength: The body uses THC-COOH to break down THCV, so the more you are taking, the high chance your results may come back positive. If you are using THCV in very small doses, you may not have an issue.
Frequent Use: Similar to other substances, how often you use THCV will influence how long it stays in your body. Weekly usage will have less of an effect in comparison to daily use.
Method of Consumption: Smoking THCV flower will have an immediate effect, and stay in the body for a shorter period of time. Edible THCV gets metabolized and enters the bloodstream, resulting in a longer period where it may show up on a drug test.
Individual Experience: Some people will experience stronger results from THCV at a lower dose. Take notice of how much THCV affects you, and utilize your better judgment when it comes to drug tests. If you aren't experiencing a lot of effects, you may not have as much of an issue with the occasional use of THCV and passing a drug test. Things like metabolism and body weight can make a difference.
Wrapping Up: Is THCV right for you?
THCV is a close chemical cousin of THC that shares some of its properties — albeit milder and more “clear-headed.”
People who gravitate towards THCV-derived products like it because of its milder, cleaner, more level-headed experience compared to other forms of THC.
If you decide to try THCV, make sure to check your local state laws to determine what kind of THCV is legal to buy and use where you live. THCV derived from hemp is federally legal if you live in the United States, making it as accessible as CBD in most jurisdictions, at least legally. We offer THCV legal products to individuals that are 18 years of age or older.
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