What is THCV? A Weight Loss Cannabinoid?

What is THCV

THCV, or Tetrahydrocannabivarin, as it’s called (a mouthful, I know), is a cannabinoid that acts on the same CB1 and CB2 receptors as typical THC products. The endocannabinoid system is incredibly complex, and has a number of effects that are different depending on the cannabinoid that is being consumed. Cannabis products have become increasingly tailored to every individual’s needs, and wants.


This is a cannabinoid with psychoactive effects, albeit lesser than Delta 8 or 9 THC. It acts on the CB1 receptor, the same that produces a high from cannabis, but rather than giving the user intense hunger, THCV has shown promise as an appetite suppressant. Rather than aggravating the receptor, it actually suppresses it, while stimulating the CB2 receptor and creating immense relaxation for the consumer, and offering anti inflammatory benefits, although that is not considered a main effect of the cannabinoid.


THCV has seen tremendous growth in both the medical cannabis, and hemp markets. Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) has shown promise with a number of therapeutic effects for those struggling with ailments such as Parkinson’s disease, as well as multiple sclerosis. 


What is THCV


The British Journal of Pharmacology has published a study showing that THCV in higher doses, when derived from Delta 8 has been shown to have potent anti-nicotine effects, as well as causing reduced appetite in mice. 


THCV has also shown to be effective for those dealing with type 2 diabetes, as THCV has been shown to help regulate sugar and glucose levels within the body. This is obviously encouraging, as treating an illness such as diabetes requires intense medication therapy. THCV might offer relief for those who are looking for alternatives to extremely expensive insulin, or as an enhancement to preexisting diabetes treatment.


THCV Effects


Tetrahydrocannabivarin THCV acts on the cannabinoid receptors, specifically the CB1 and CB2 receptors, the same ones that both thc and cbd act upon. The cannabis plant is one that is full of cannabinoids, each with their own unique benefits and effects. THCV is no different, and has shown to have its own unique benefits and effects as well.


NOTE: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Here are some of the effects of THCV:


Appetite Suppressant– THCV has been shown to suppress appetite, rather than increase it like many of its cannabinoid relatives.


Help with Diabetes- THCV has shown promise in reducing blood sugar levels in Diabetes patients.


Anxiety/Panic Attack Relief-  This cannabinoid has been shown to relieve anxiety and help to prevent panic attacks with patients suffering from PTSD

What is THCV

May help Alzheimer’s patients- Research is preliminary on the subject, but, THCV has shown promise with Alzheimer’s patients with relationship to memory, and tremors. Like many other cannabinoids, THCV is a neuroprotectant, so this may be why there is research showing a link between an improvement of Alzheimer’s patients symptoms while using THCV.


Stimulates Bone Growth-  It has been shown to promote the growth of bone cells, as such, conditions such as osteoporosis has been looked at as something that can be helped by THCV.


The Bottom Line


THCV is an incredibly interesting, and quickly growing cannabinoid due to its number of unique effects and benefits. As the market for this cannabinoid grows, more effects, benefits or side effects, will become more apparent. For now, it represents a cannabinoid with tremendous potential, in particular in the medical cannabis landscape.


However, it has been noted that this cannabinoid should not be used by those with eating disorders such as Anorexia or Bulimia Nervosa. Due to this cannabinoid’s appetite suppressant properties, it could create issues for those struggling with eating disorders, or exacerbate the issues.


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