THCV. More psychoactive than THC
THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin) is a cannabinoid whose effect, until a certain point, is similar to THC. It is highly psychoactive, more than THC. The effect is stronger but it lasts much less. In fact, if you have the opportunity to try a variety with this compound you will experience that the effect lasts between 5 or 6 minutes. It is a short time, true. But quality time! The effect is remarkable psychedelic and those who had tried it say it is quite similar to LSD. It is indeed quite hallucinatory.
Before going ahead we should say that strains with this compound shouldn’t be smoked by novices. And it should be avoided too by people who suffer from anorexy , because as we will see later, THCV is excellent to fight obesity because it reduces the appetite.
It is true that its ludic potential is enormous. But its medical potential is equally important. It is a shame that the scientists cannot study more deeply the potential of the 111 cannabinoids discovered since 1964. This is due to illicit nature of cannabis. Fortunately the situation is changing very rapidly.
In 1964, Raphael Mechoulam, Doctor in Brain Chemistry isolated and synthesized THC for the first time and from then on the science community keeps investigating all the different cannabinoids. Anyway, we now know THCV is one of the most important cannabis compounds.
Medicinal possibilities of THCV
The studies carried out so far prove that THCV is efficient to treat these disorders
Anxiety and posttraumatic stress syndrome
Diabetes type 2
Treatment of certain addictions like alcoholism and smoking
Some studies have proved that THCV is very efficient when it comes to obesity because it decreases the appetite. Probably this is due to the remarkable increase of strength after consuming THCV. It is curious because THC increases appetite. This is a consequence of the interaction with receptors CB1 and CB2. Taking in to account that THC interacts ttoo with both receptors, we can conclude that the effect of increasing or decreasing the appetite in related to the amount of each cannabinoid the variety we consume has. Unfortunately the studies carried out so far have been made with rats. But the expectations with humans are enormous.
It has been demonstrated already that varieties with higher contents in THCV are far more stimulants. Some laboratories have proved that THCV prevents stress and the anxiety of the “bad trips” after smoking cannabis.
It is a great antioxidant too. THCV is a neiroprotector that helps easing the symptoms of Parkinson disease. It reduces the tremors of this terrible disease and the brain injuries too. It also reduces the seizures of epilepsy and the frequency with which they are produced.
GW Pharmaceuticals demonstrated in 1982 that THCV is very useful to treat diabetes type 2. They discovered it has a great potential to regulate the levels of sugar in blood and reduce resistance to insulin.
Although there is much left to investigate, many experts in human brain chemistry believe that THCV is very efficient to treat certain addictions like alcoholism and smoking due to its interaction with CB1 receptors.
Most of strains containing THCV don’t have more than 2%. But there are some strains that can reach a 24 %. It is a big difference!
What are the strains that contain higher amount of THCV? Although we don’t know everything about this cannabinoid, we know at least which are the strains that have the highest amount of it. Basically they are sativa varieties from South Africa and some landraces from Afghanistan.
The highest concentrations of THCV are located in the upper buds of the plant.