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Let’s keep it real, the words “diet” and THC do not normally go together.

The word “munchies” has been efficient at keeping the (well-founded) reputation of marijuana mired in controversy as a substance that impairs motor skills (true) and makes users obese (not true).

It bears admitting that THC does have a bit of a reputation that precedes it.

Though it’s not THC’s fault (more so the fault of politicians), other products like CBD are thus affected by THC’s checkered past and notoriety.

Even now, individuals curious about CBD hesitate to dip their toe in, for mostly understandable reasons.

After all, even if CBD is not permitted to have more than 0.3% THC in an extract, that 0.3% is still 0.3% too many for some.

Testing positive for THC on drug tests, and the fear of psychoactivity (even if the risk is non-existent) are all valid concerns. As a result, many cannabis or hemp-oriented products face skepticism.

This is definitely the truth with THCV, a compound that has a steep road to climb if it ever becomes a widespread wellness product the way CBD has.

Of course, the notoriety that precedes something with a name like THCV will be of huge help in a sort of reversed way.

Users are curious about trying a perfectly legal over-the-counter compound that contains the letters T, H, and C will no doubt be a novelty sought by many.

Longtime on the US government’s list of controlled substances, anything THC-related remains a fascinating taboo for many.

And once the cat is out of the bag that THCV can serve as a diet aid, all bets are off.

CBD made waves via its health-promoting, zen-like cumulative effects – what could happen with THCV once it is deemed the cannabinoid responsible for appetite suppression? In America, that is just asking for a rush of curiosity. 

In today’s blog, we will attempt to explain why THCV may be the cannabis-oriented compound that has the potential to help individuals lose weight and aid with appetite suppression.

First, we will inform you about how the science works for THC so that you have more clarity on its relation to THCV.

For our complete overview of THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin), check our blog entitled “THCV – everything there is to know.”  

The Reason Why THC is *NOT* Good For your Diet

So why does THC have such a reputation for causing individuals to overeat as a result of an insatiable appetite? The answer lies in the body’s endocannabinoid system.

This system governs an array of bodily processes, and it is something that can be found in all mammals.

This system governs immunity, appetite, memory, and mood. Our body gets on fine with its own cannabinoid molecules, and this system governs itself without the need for any outside nutrients or stimulating compounds.

The body makes its own cannabinoids that attach themselves to receptors in the endocannabinoid system and uses them as needed. 

This of course all changes once cannabinoids are introduced into the body.

Cannabinoids like THC overwhelm the system and block the body’s natural molecular process, and this is what causes the famous effects of THC – euphoria, sedation, appetite surge, and creativity. 

Though the claims of users of THC being obese or broadly overweight are mostly unfounded, it would be dishonest of us to claim that THC is a net positive for anyone’s diet.

The cravings one experiences when using THC are overwhelming and have most users reaching for the sweets or the carb-heavy snacks.

So enough about THC, what about THCV, and how is it going to help with appetite suppression – and more importantly, will you lose weight? Is there such a thing as a weed diet to lose weight? We unpack this further in the next few sections. 

How THCV Works Within The Body 

So, THC causes increases in appetite due to its interaction with the body’s endocannabinoid receptors.

THCV is leagues different in this regard.

THC is an agonist at CB1 receptors, meaning it promotes enhanced activity at the site of these receptors, spurring the appetite surge and the euphoria, as well as impaired motor skills and short-term memory.

THCV however, is an antagonist at these receptors, meaning it blocks activity at the site.

Instead of impaired motor skills, users feel alert. Instead of short-term memory loss, users feel creative and focused. And most importantly, the effects of THCV cause users to feel a marked decrease in appetite.

In addition, like CBD’s semi-antagonist effects at receptor sites, users get an anti-inflammatory effect. 

This means that users benefit from THCV in very vital ways, and this does not even need to be done with very high doses. 

How Much THCV Should I Take? 

Because THCV is so new to the industry, there remains a lack of consensus about how much THCV one needs to take in order to achieve the desired effect.

At PureKana, we have yet to develop our own THCV brand, so we have had to do some of our own research in order to assess the landscape of THCV as it stands today, as of this blog post. 

So far, the marketplace has several versions of THCV available for purchase, and it is so far dominated by edible THCV in the form of gummies.

One other option that we have tracked to be available to consumers is in tincture form, which one can use as an oral spray. 

Both of these versions keep their dosing of THCV to around 6-10 mg per serving.

While this seems to be the current, tentative standard, we at PureKana know this is likely to change as more users report their results and more research is conducted on just how much the average consumer needs to enjoy THCV’s famed benefits. 

For those of our readers who regularly enjoy marijuana, certain strains contain more THCV than others.

Among these are strains like Pineapple Purps, Doug’s Varin, and Red Congolese. These strains of marijuana are exceptionally high in THCV and are favorites among those who like focus and creativity to be part of their THC and/or THCV experience. 

Blood Sugar and THCV 

Studies have shown even more beneficial effects of THCV, and these extend to blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes is an infamous problem in America, and any therapeutic solution to this involving is worth exploring. 

A study in the United Kingdom with several dozen individuals incorporated placebo, THC, CBD, and THCV in a controlled study for 13 weeks found a marked decrease in fasting glucose.

This, in addition to the effects outlined above, contributes even more reasons for THCV to be marketed as a dietary aid in the future. 

To be clear, this was specifically tied to THCV – as subjects in placebo, CBD, and THC groups showed no significant change or worsening of fasting glucose. 

We will update you with further blogs on THCV once we get more studies and products – so watch this space!

Sources:

THC and THCV: What are the Differences? (Multiple Sources Within)

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