What is THCV? Overview and Dosage Information
Posted on January 25th, 2023 to Education
While major cannabinoids like CBD (cannabidiol) and delta-9 THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) may garner the most attention when it comes to cannabis, other cannabinoids can be just as important. One of the latest to emerge in scientific discussions is THCV, even though THCV was discovered over 50 years ago. What is this newfound type of THC? How does THCV work? Take a look at the latest information about THCV below.
What Is THCV?
Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is a delta-9 THC propyl analogue, which means it offers a highly similar structure as THC but does not function the same. Another interesting thing about THCV is that it is a biphasic cannabinoid, which means THCV may offer different actions depending on the dose.
THCV is psychoactive. However, the cannabinoid is only a fraction as intoxicating as THC, and may not be intoxicating much at all in low doses. Most anecdotal reports claim that THCV is slightly psychoactive when consumed in large doses.
Potential THCV Benefits
THCV has shown promise as a therapeutic cannabinoid, even though there is still a lot to be examined. For one, THCV has been identified as one of only a few cannabinoids that act as an anticonvulsant.
Strains high in THCV are also colloquially known as “skinny weed” strains, which is because THCV may act as an appetite suppressant. This particular trait has garnered attention to THCV for its use to target things like obesity and diabetes.
Much like other cannabinoids, THCV seems to be beneficial for inflammation, but in relation to bacteria. Therefore, the cannabinoid has been examined for skin conditions like acne. Interestingly enough, the way THCV works may also be beneficial for people with certain psychotic disorders.
THCV vs THC – A Recap On How the Two Differ
- THCV is not as prominent in most cannabis strains; while THC is a major cannabinoid in traditional cannabis
- THCV is a biphasic cannabinoid; THC is not as its effects and mechanisms of action are relatively consistent
- THCV has not been well-researched, while THC has been studied extensively
- THCV may suppress appetite, while THC is known for appetite enhancement
- THCV is only mildly psychoactive; THC is highly psychoactive
- THCV may suppress THC intoxication on some level
What’s the Right THCV Dosage?
Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut recommendation when it comes to THCV dosage. However, the research done to date seems to indicate that most people will need somewhere between 5 and 50 mg per dose to achieve desirable effects. The human and animal trials available have relied on a vast range of doses to test efficacy for different conditions. Therefore, finding an accurate dose may take a bit of patience and a start-low, go-slow approach to measure effectiveness for you.
What Products Contain THCV?
The market for THCV products is basically brand-new, which means there are not a lot of available products just yet. Nevertheless, this cannabinoid is starting to show up in products like:
- Tinctures and oils
- Vape carts and disposables
A lot of products contain a mixture of THCV and other cannabinoids. For example, you may find products that contain THCV, as well as CBD and CBG. At Southern Sky Brands, many of our tinctures also contain a mixture of major and minor cannabinoids. This is because these compounds tend to offer a better therapeutic action together due to the entourage effect.
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