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You are not alone if you are baffled by the difference between THCV and THC.

THCV has just barely started making waves within the cannabis industry, so the fact that you know about THCV enough at all–enough to be actively reading this blog–puts even you, dear reader, ahead of most of the population. 

The fact is that THC and THCV are pretty different from each other, despite being closely related to cannabinoids. Their molecular structure is different, as are their side effects and therapeutic appeal.

A high dose of THC will cause the psychoactive effects you are probably already well aware of; an increase in appetite, body highs, decreased motor skills, sleepiness, and a sense of calm. 

A THCV high, on the other hand, requires a THCV dosage in a much more potent quantity than a mere hit of cannabis from the dispensary.

Moreover, while present in many strains of cannabis, THCV is not present in the same highly potent amounts that drive the cannabis industry today; CBD’s high presence in hemp, for example, has led to widespread knowledge about that particular cannabinoid.

For marijuana plants, THC’s omnipresence has also caused it to be one of the most studied compounds in recent decades. 

So what is the deal with THCV, and what could it mean for you, the consumer, and the legal cannabis industry?

Is it psychoactive? What can it do for your health? Will it serve to legalize THC more broadly throughout the country? Some of these questions are ones we will attempt to answer on today’s blog. 

Effects of THC 

The effects of THC are well documented. First, a little refresher on THC, at least on a scientific level.

THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, a complex molecule that latches onto the body’s endocannabinoid receptors when smoked or ingested, flooding the zone and temporarily suspending the body’s normal endocannabinoid processes.

These receptors are responsible for pleasure, coordination, appetite, memory, and concentration. 

The stimulation of these cells creates a sense of euphoria in the body, as well as stimulating appetite and impairing motor skills.

In addition, THC changes your mind’s usual way of thinking and other mental processes and impairs the development of new memories, which is probably where you heard the popular stereotype of “stoners” having poor memory or moments of “ditziness,” for lack of a better term to use. 

These effects are not necessarily negative, even though they have been painted as such for many years.

The effects are temporary, for one, and the stimulation of appetite is helpful in an assortment of medical situations – you can only imagine what it does for those undergoing intense treatments like chemotherapy or being put on medications that otherwise affect appetite or cause unpleasant side effects. 

Euphoria and short-term memory effects, while easily spun into being negatives due to their habit-forming potential or affecting long-term cognition, are not a whole lot different than the effects of alcohol, a compound far more damaging but spoken about as an “okay” thing to have even by our own CDC, at least in strict moderation.

Currently, PureKana has no reason to stick our necks out for THC since we do not carry any products that have THC.

But we set up this conversation to illustrate how a name, especially one with the initials THC, sometimes belies its true benefits. 

That’s what brings us to THCV. 

Effects of THCV

The effects of THCV are quite different from those of THC. THCV is not much of an appetite suppressant at all.

In fact, instead of interacting with certain endocannabinoid receptors in the body, it blocks them, creating opposing effects from those of THC.

Appetite is suppressed as a result, and there is less of a euphoric effect; THCV has been said to induce clear-headedness in users.

Because it takes much longer to hit its boiling point, THCV’s likelihood of psychoactive effects is lower than that of THC. 

THCV is in a state of limbo; many are not sure that it even has effects on the human body much more than other inert cannabinoids, some claiming that it would take an extremely high dose of THCV to begin feeling any of these effects.

If you have ever heard of “Sativa” strains of marijuana, these are the types of cannabis that tend to have the highest amounts of THC.

And as you will see in the following sections, which outline these particular strains with high THCV, the presence tends to change the effects of traditional THC, almost acting as a buffer or counteractor.

We will outline some of these strains below, so you know what to look for.

Cannabis Strains With High THCV

Pineapple Purps is a strain of marijuana that has a legacy of sorts; its heavy Sativa lean means you are getting a very potent THCV dose. In addition, this strain has a vivid green color, giving it a tropical aroma that is immediately identifiable.

This strain has made a name for itself as an appetite-increasing strain of weed. However, this strain is not recommended for novices; it is a strong head-high. 

Red Congolese is another highly potent Sativa strain of marijuana that also doubles as one of the highest THCV strains. This strain is popular for its pain-relieving properties, as well as its ability to suppress appetite.

This strain is also famous for its ability to inspire concentration and creativity, making it a popular strain for artists of any type. 

Doug’s Varin, a very rare strain of weed, mainly because this is the only known strain to have been bred and grown for the sole purpose of maximizing its THCV content. Users will have a tougher time locating this strain at their local dispensary as a result.

The effects of this THCV-laced strain of marijuana are not psychoactive at all. Instead, this strain inspires feelings of creativity, crushes appetite, and invigorates the body with a burst of energy.

This strain has been said to produce a feeling of happiness and clear-mindedness, making this a dual-action, therapeutic experience. 

Levels of THCV – Picking the Dose 

As of this writing, there are multiple enterprises throughout the internet marketing their standalone THCV products, and though there are limited options, we can at least get somewhat of a window into what a proper dose of THCV may look like. 

So far, gummy and edible versions of THCV are almost unanimously dosed at 10 mg of THCV per gummy, regardless of the brand.

This seems to be the sweet spot for the edible crowd, at the very least.

On the tincture side, a brand based out of North Carolina called Uplift gives you 6.7 mg of THCV per 2 sprays under the tongue; this, however, is customizable, as there are 75 servings per tincture. It can be taken multiple times a day. 

Watch this space for more developments on THCV, which is likely to continue its growth in the cannabis market. 


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