Although cannabis has been used for centuries and is bordering on mainstream for the last few decades, the newest trend in the world of flower is buds that are low in THC but have a variety of other dominant cannabinoids.
By now, most people are familiar with CBD flowers and many have been learning about CBG (cannabigerol) dominant flowers during this last harvest, but another top contender in today’s market is THCV flower. The psychoactive effects of THCV are said to be similar to THC, but effects differ significantly.
For example, where THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) causes the “munchies”, THCV is actually used to suppress appetites! But more on that later, let’s start with the basics.
What is THCV?
As the name indicates, THCV – or tetrahydrocannabivarin – has a similar molecular structure to THC but due to some slight differences, the benefits offered are completely different. Aside from a few unique effects though, not much sets THCV aside from THC.
Most strains are naturally low in THCV, but there are a few African-origin sativas that regularly test high for this cannabinoid. As this cannabinoid becomes more popular, more specific strain breeding will occur to develop plants that are high in THCV.
What are the benefits of THCv and THCV flowers?
THCV is most commonly used as an all-natural weight loss supplement, which could be a helpful aid in combating the rise of obesity in the United States and other developed nations. Additionally, these effects on appetite are believed to be a factor in regulating the blood sugar levels of diabetic patients.
Because of this, GW Pharmaceuticals – creator of the first FDA-approved CBD medication, Epidiolex – is working on a drug made with THCV to treat Type II Diabetes and other diet-related health conditions. Unfortunately, they’re stuck in phase II of the clinical trials so it might take a while before this treatment is available on the market.
More studies published in the British Pharmacological Society Journal have looked at tetrahydrocannabivarin’s role as a neuroprotectant and an anti-convulsant, both of which have shown promising results.
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Where can I find THCV flowers?
As mentioned above, lab results indicate that certain sativas are higher in THCV, most notably landrace strains from Africa. The most well known high-THCV strain is Durban Poison, an old school pure sativa that originates from the South African port city of Durban. Other flower strains and hybrids these days can also be found to contain high levels of THCV.
There are few retailers that sell these flowers but because of how new they are, it can be hard to find them. One company that’s been working with this cannabinoid for years now is Doug’s Varin from California. Through their online shop, you can find flower prerolls with THCV-rich strains as well as THCV vape cartridges.
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