THCV is a cannabinoid that was first discovered in the early 1970s and is relatively common in cannabis plants. Though it isn't as populated as CBD and THC (yet), we have years of research to support its upcoming claim to fame.
Can THCV Get You High? The answer is yes it could, but with an important caveat: THCV is only psychoactive in extremely high doses, similar to CBN. At high doses in potent strains, THCV will produce psychoactive effects that are generally stimulating and promote mental clarity. They are also fast-acting and fast-dissipating (hence the sports-car reference).
One key benefit mentioned above is that THCV acts fast to produce its energizing psychoactive effects. It also dissipates fast, which can be a huge benefit for those who don’t want to experience the effects for long periods of time. In addition to its cognitive effects, THCV also exhibits profound medicinal value in studies to date.
THCV is a well-studied appetite suppressant, which may offer relief for people experiencing obesity. Some research indicates that low doses (5 to 7.5 milligrams) can reduce appetite by inhibiting the action of CB1 receptors. Other research, such as this study by the Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, suggests that THCV may be an effective weight-loss compound because it improves connectivity in the areas of the brain that are generally altered in people with obesity.
This study supported THCV for weight loss but did not support the appetite-suppression theory.
**It’s important to note that research supports THCV’s weight-loss qualities only when it is ingested at low doses. At doses high enough to get the person stoned, THCV does not act the same way. In fact, at high doses, THCV may actually increase appetite.
There is also evidence that THCV may help those who suffer from diabetes. In 2013, the Nutrition and Diabetes Journal studied THCV’s potential effects on Type 2 diabetes in mice. The study found that THCV produced an increase in energy expenditure and reduced glucose intolerance in obese mice.
THCV also increased insulin sensitivity in mice with diabetes. The study concluded that THVC may be a “treatment against obesity-associated glucose intolerance.” Another study in 2016 found that THCV improved pancreatic cell function in patients with Type 2 diabetes.
Research indicates that THVC may be a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, which can help stave off a variety of age- and stress-related illnesses. In a study by the Journal of Pharmacology, researchers found that THCV helps reduce swelling in mice. Moreover, the study found that the mice did not exhibit a tolerance to the cannabinoid, despite ingesting it for four consecutive days.
Another animal study in the British Journal of Pharmacology found that THCV, through its interaction with chemical receptors in the body, can decrease signs of inflammation as well as the pain associated with it.
Another benefit that we have researched to back is THCV’s ability to suppress tremors associated with illnesses such as ALS, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. Scientific research also supports the fact that THCV can reduce seizures associated with epilepsy. Moreover, research indicates that THVC could reduce not only the frequency but also the severity of seizures when they occur.
A study in the Epilepsia journal found that THCV worked when taken during a seizure as well as prior to seizures as a preventive measure.
A Testimonial shared with David Lamach, the maker of Doug’s Varin THC/THCV products, we discuss later in the post.
David, I have MS and it is the only product that is a real rescue medicine for me. I take 1 hit and if I am having problems walking or with MS fatigue it helps me get a boost for about 3 hours. With my MS I lose the nerve signal from my brain to my limbs and the DV seems to improve the signal.
It accomplishes this immediately so if I am out walking I can get to wherever I was going so I carry a disposable with me everywhere. I also really like it as a mood enhancer. In our political climate, I can really struggle to find some joy. As I am a therapist I find it absolutely vital sometimes to function without feeling stoned but also not in despair.
DV does that for me. I can't say enough good things about it. I have never recommended it to anyone who didn't love it. Thank you for improving my quality of life. -Bonnie