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Anytime something new emerges on the market, particularly in the cannabis industry, people get divided into 2 camps: those who rush to try it out, damned the consequences or hype, and the others who wish to sit back and see what emerges as time passes on.

Sometimes this can be a source of annoyance; without getting too political here, sometimes people enjoy the contrarian viewpoint just for the sake of it, which can be as irritating as bandwagon jumpers who don’t enjoy much critical thinking in their life.

But, we digress. We are on the precipice of a true hemp renaissance in the United States where we are finally able to freely use, enjoy, and experiment with the multiple compounds that make hemp such a complex and fascinating botanical.

Phytocannabinoids in the hemp plant have already had quite a splash in this country as now you cannot go too far without being inundated with CBD products. But what about THCV? 

Now that we are getting into the THCs of hemp, what can we say about this compound that will help set itself apart from its much more famous cousin?

Furthermore, what is it supposed to do? What are the benefits of THCV? Could it have some negative effects as well? Read on for a quick overview of all of those questions. 

What is THCV? 

THCV is short for Tetrahydrocannibavarin. Yes, that is both very difficult to say and spell. No, you do not need to remember it. That’s just the name!

The short of it is that THCV is similar to THC in its chemical composition, and both are derived from CBGA, the parent molecule.

However, the further you look into THCV, the more you see it does not have a ton in common with its famous cousin. For starters, THC’s famous side effects come from the fact that it is an agonist of the body’s cannabinoid receptors, while THCV needs a lot more heat and potency to do the same.

In real-world terms, this means that THCV can give you a lot of THC’s pleasant health effects, without the side effects, and it can give you its unique effects that you would otherwise not get via CBD, CBN, or THC. 


THCV, as stated above, is a CB1 antagonist at low doses, meaning it functions as a mirror image of THC when consumed at a lower level, which in studies has typically hovered around 10 mg. 

THC, however, is a major agonist of CB1, meaning that when this receptor is activated and flooded by THC, it gives you the famous side effects that you may or may not enjoy.

This includes drowsiness, impaired motor function, ravenous appetite, and lessened cognitive function. 

THCV, at lower doses, does different things in the body as a receptor agonist. And it is nothing if not interesting! 

THCV Benefits

If THCV’s role in the body is in direct opposition to the role that THC plays, you can probably guess where I am going when it comes to outlining the benefits; benefits that are unexpected in the world of cannabis. 

First, some have deemed THCV the “weederall,” the “diet weed,” or the “race-car” cannabinoid due to its energizing, focused effect on the mind.

With far lower (if any) psychoactivity, the benefits come from increased energy. But that is not all there is in terms of THCV effects.

THCV is also a promising appetite regulator. Studies have shown that around 5-10 mg a day can curb appetite and aid obese patients with cravings and a separate study showed that daily use can mitigate the body’s resistance to insulin, as well as improve pancreatic cell function. 

Lastly, an anti-inflammatory function has been observed when researchers observed a marked decrease in inflammation in mice thanks to the activity of CB1 and CB2 receptors. 

Side Effects: What to Watch Out For

Though the psychoactive elements are virtually non-existent at the doses currently being used, and the benefits of THCV sound promising indeed, this does not mean THCV is without side effects.

There have been reports of psychoactivity occurring in higher doses. And higher doses can mean anything; so please make sure to take it as directed. 

Also, THCV is an energy-boosting product at the end of the day and produces a focused, creative feeling, so do not expect CBD-like traits from this cannabinoid, as you may be dealing with restlessness or insomnia if taken at the wrong time. 

Our Take

After being spoiled for years with the innocent, almost completely side-effect-free CBD, it was inevitable that we would have to talk about side effects when speaking about THCV cannabinoid benefits. 

Do not get discouraged, however. Increased energy is not necessarily bad unless you truly do not need more of it, and controlling your dosing and paying attention to product labeling should not be a challenge if you are over the age of 21.

Thanks to the studies already produced, we can comfortably say that THCV is worth your attention and time, and we will no doubt keep you apprised of further breakthroughs involving this unique cannabinoid. 

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