What Is THCV and Why Should I Try This Brand New Cannabinoid?
Quick, say tetrahydrocannabivarin five times fast. Can’t do it? Don’t worry; just because THCV has a highly complicated name doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy the effects of this tremendous new cannabinoid. But what is THCV, and why should you try it? After all, in an age of endless possibilities, where consumers have myriad options, including Delta-8 THC, Delta-10 THC, CBD, HHC, THC-O, Active CBD, and more, how can THCV vie for your attention? What makes a cannabinoid like THCV stand out above the rest?
Well, for one thing, THCV is quite unique among the recent spate of cannabinoids to hit the market. Adorned with nicknames like “weederall” or “diet weed,” THCV is purported to not only curb your appetite but also energize you and give you focus as well. It’s a vast difference from the cannabinoids that relax and knock you out (we’re looking at you, THC-O).
“As its name suggests, THCV is similar to THC in molecular structure and psychoactive properties, but it provides a variety of pronounced and altogether different effects,” writes Leafly. “THCV is an appetite suppressant. In contrast to THC, THCV may dull the appetite. This may be good for consumers focused on weight loss, but THCV should be avoided by patients treating appetite loss or anorexia.”
In addition, writes Leafly, can help with a few different ailments as well — but we can’t promise anything other than a good time because the FDA forbids it. However, you should know that THCV is one of the more unique hemp-derived cannabinoids to hit the consumer market over the past few years, and it’s definitely a compound worth giving a try.
THCV is so unique because it has such a different effect than your garden-variety THC product. Users over the years have become accustomed to cannabinoids that give off relaxed, chill feelings. With Delta-9 THC, most people sit back and chill out with some Netflix or Playstation or something fun. But since the advent of Delta-10 THC, consumers have become used to compounds that give them energy. THCV takes that feeling to the next level.
“Anecdotally, people report that, when [THCV] is used in combination with THC, THCV can mitigate [the intoxicating] effects of THC,” one researcher told Healthline.com. “[And] while most people associate cannabis with increasing appetite, THCV might have the opposite effect. Still, the majority of the evidence around THCV and appetite is based on animal research, according to Saorise O’Sullivan, PhD, a researcher and scientific advisor to Artelo Biosciences, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company.”
So, what is THCV, and why should you try it? Let’s find out!
THCV Is a Safe Cannabinoid That Gives You Energy
Remember Delta-10 THC, the all-natural, hemp-derived cannabinoid that gives you a boost of energy mixed with focus. You know the one we’re talking about — Delta-10 THC. It spurs your creative juices to the point that you can paint a masterpiece or write the next great American novel. We first introduced it with Hyper Brand Vapes and Gummies and have since expanded our offerings because you love Delta-10 THC so much.
Well, THCV is like Delta-10 THC is Delta-10 THC took Delta-10 THC. Does that make any sense? In other words, THCV is the energy-boosting cannabinoid for those of you looking to go to the next level. It has a boiling point that’s pretty high — 428 degrees Fahrenheit — so you’ll have to burn it pretty hot to get all of that energy. But it’s worth it.
“So you’re looking for the effects mentioned above, but you aren’t sure where to start your search for high-THCV strains and products. Most strains only contain trace, undetectable amounts of THCV, making it difficult to achieve the desired therapeutic effect. We can assume that more THCV-rich products will be introduced alongside its growing popularity,” writes Leafly.
In other words, like many new cannabinoids introduced over the past 18 months, THCV is found in trace amounts in the hemp plant. However, thanks to some magic in the lab, we’ve managed to develop ways to increase output while still maintaining the compound’s all-natural profile. It really is a “best-of-both-worlds” situation.
And with THCV, you get it all. This cannabinoid offers you energy, excitement, and appetite suppressing benefits that will knock a few pounds off of your waistline. But such benefits also come with great responsibility. You shouldn’t use THCV if, for any reason, you’re already losing weight or need to keep on the pounds. But don’t worry, this cannabinoid is safe.
“While there’s still much to learn about THCV, O’Sullivan says it’s mostly safe to try. No major side effects have been reported in the few human studies that exist, which involved doses of up to 10 mg per day, for as long as 13 weeks,” wrote Healthline.com. “She notes, however, that some participants reported feeling a bit more tired than usual, so you may want to avoid driving until you know how it affects you. And you’ll definitely want to avoid the road if you try a product that also contains THC.”
Sounds good to us!
Great! What Else Should I Know About THCV?
Now comes the critical question — is THCV legal. You know you wanted to ask it; after all, everyone around here does. You asked it when we introduced Delta-8 THC, and when we brought you Delta-10 THC, and we introduced THC-O and HHC. Either we have a consumer base that’s very cautious, very curious, or very afraid of the law — but don’t worry, we don’t judge.
Here’s the good news — THCV is federally legal, thanks to the Farm Bill that was passed in 2018. You remember the one. Back in 2018, our good friends in Congress actually came together and agreed for once on something. And that something was hemp. At the time, we all thought it meant that CBD would officially become legal, and it did, but we had no idea the world that was about to open up to us. When the Farm Bill passed, we got access to all sorts of cannabinoids and all sorts of highs.
It was wonderful.
Now, just because THCV is federally legal doesn’t mean it is necessarily legal in your state, so be sure to check local laws. But, if it is legal, we promise you’re going to love it. “A normal dose of THCV alone should offer a clear-headed, stimulating feeling akin to caffeine with less risk of the jitters or upset stomach. People also report feeling less hungry and even forgetting to eat. THCV is therefore not recommended for those with anorexia or eating disorders. (Scroll down to see scientific studies on THCV for weight loss.),” writes Leafly.
So that’s THCV. Give it a try and tell us what you think!