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What is THCV?

What is THCV? There are many different cannabinoids, and THCV is one of the cannabinoids some people still aren’t fully aware of. Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is a psychoactive cannabinoid that when it interacts with your body's endocannabinoid system, can produce certain feelings. According to research it is commonly found in Sativa plants as opposed to Indica plants. It is also very common in strains that originate from South African and Central Asian countries. How is THCV different from THC? Sure THCV is less popular than THC and they’re molecules look similar but they are actually pretty different. One of the first differences is they are derived from two different molecules. THC is derived from the molecule called CBGA (cannabigerolic acid). Whereas, THCV is derived from cannabigerovarinic acid (CBGVA). Another big difference is that one has a 3 carbon molecular group while the other has a 5 carbon molecular group. How does THCV work? How THCV works with our body is actually very similar to how other cannabinoids do. The cannabinoid binds primarily to our CB1 and CB2 receptors that are present in our brain. What are THCV’s effects? There is still research being done to check all the effects using THCV has in regards to some ailments and conditions. However, some of the most common are THCV being used as a remedy for weight loss and to help reduce inflammation. There are also research studies that are ongoing to see if THCV treats PTSD, Alzheimers, Seizures and Parkinson's Disease.


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