If you keep up with news about cannabis and marijuana in the United States, you’ve no doubt heard of THC and CBD, the two most prominent substances found in cannabis. Each cannabis strain contains a ratio of these two chemical compounds, which dictates how the cannabis will affect the human body when ingested. However, cannabis contains hundreds of other chemical compounds, known as phytocannabinoids.
Enter THCV, often referred to as “diet weed” or “Delta 9”.
What is THCV?
THCV is a lesser-known phytocannabinoid found in some strains of cannabis. Its full name is delta 9 (Δ9) – THCV. THCV is very similar to THC, but a slight difference in its chemical makeup gives THCV some very unique properties.
How is THCV different from THC?
The most significant difference between THCV and THC is that THCV does not have any psychoactive properties, meaning it will not give you the “high” feeling commonly associated with marijuana. But, that’s not all! When taken with THC, THCV is also believed to mitigate the psychoactive properties of THC, reducing the “high” feeling and allowing your body to receive the medicinal benefits of both substances without being impaired physically.
Another difference between THCV and THC is THCV’s fame as “diet weed” because it has been shown in clinical studies on rats to actually suppress appetite and increase satiety. This is a huge deviation from the increase in appetite most marijuana users report when using strains that do not contain THCV, often called “the munchies”.
Those same studies found that THCV ingestion is also associated with:
- Pain relief
- Reduced inflammation
- Lower fasting blood glucose levels
- An up-regulation in energy metabolism
- Neuroprotection and a reduction in seizure activity
- Fewer muscle tremors
- Less anxiety and panic attacks
- Nausea and vomiting prevention
- Slowed bone degeneration
How does THCV do all of this?
Phytocannabinoids work by binding to receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system, which can have a variety of physiological changes. The hundreds of different phytocannabinoids found in cannabis all have different effects on the human body, many of which we do not yet fully understand.
More research is needed
The only clear answer we can get from the limited scientific research and anecdotal evidence about THCV is that we need more research to really know all of the health benefits it can bring. As the stigma associated with marijuana eases, and it is legalized medicinally and recreationally in more areas, we will see an increase in research interest and funding that will hopefully answer some of these questions!
How can I get medical marijuana with THCV?
If you qualify for medical marijuana in Florida, you can seek out cannabis strains that contain the phytocannabinoid THCV at a state-approved dispensary. Dispensaries, known in Florida as MMTCs, hire and train knowledgeable staff that can discuss the specific chemical makeup of each strain that they offer. One of the more popular strains containing THCV is called “Dayslayer”.
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