A blog discussing THCV, how it works, and its effects for cannabis customers in Berkeley.

It might not be one of the most well-known cannabinoids, like THC or CBD, but THCV is quickly becoming one of the most heavily researched cannabinoids thanks to the extremely promising benefits it seems to provide.

In this post in our series on cannabinoids, we’ll explore what THCV is, the effects of THCV, and products where you can find this exciting cannabinoid at Bud and Bloom.

What is THCV?

THCV, or tetrahydrocannabivarin (say that five times fast) is a cannabinoid, or chemical compound found in cannabis. Other cannabinoids include THC, CBD, CBN, and nearly 100 others. Each of these cannabinoids has its own unique properties and effects.

When it comes to its chemical composition, THCV is very similar to THC. But the way these two cannabinoids interact is actually very surprising. When you take a bit of THC and introduce a small amount of THCV, it actually reduces the effects of the THC—resulting in a dampened high. But when you introduce a large amount of THCV, it actually makes the THC stronger.

This phenomenon, where combinations of cannabinoids interact in surprising and often beneficial ways, is known as the entourage effect.

Effects and Benefits of THCV

THCV, like THC, results in a euphoric high. But many cannabis consumers say that the high they experience from THCV is distinct, often describing it as a clearer, more energetic high than they get from other cannabinoids. This high often tends to be shorter, making it a smart choice for shorter cannabis sessions and more manageable experiences.

Additionally, THCV is being shown to have other benefits as well.

Reduced Appetite
Unlike THC, which often causes increased appetite, THCV is known to reduce appetite.

Treatment for Diabetes Symptoms
Some growing research suggests that regulating blood sugar and reducing insulin resistance are both benefits of responsible THCV use.

Anxiety Treatment & Reduced Panic Attacks
PTSD, anxiety, and panic disorders have all been shown to react promisingly to THCV use.

Treating Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s patients have been found to experience a reduction in tremors, motor control issues, and brain lesions thanks to THCV use in research trials.

Products that Contain THCV

A few products on Bud and Bloom’s shelves contain THCv in at least some percentage. You can easily identify how much of a specific cannabinoid a product contains relative to other cannabinoids by checking out the product description on the packaging or its listing on our online menu.

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Next week, we’ll discuss more of our favorite cannabinoids and their effects.

Until next time!

-Your Bud and Bloom team.