What Are the Benefits of Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)?

THCV, or tetrahydrocannabivarin, is a compound in cannabis that offers many medical benefits that sets it apart from other cannabinoids like THC and CBD.

A cannabinoid that’s been gaining a lot of attention is tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), a psychoactive compound found in significant amounts of many (but not all) cannabis strains.

THCV is a minor cannabinoid that offers several known benefits. It holds potential for medical applications, including the treatment of many stubborn diseases. If you are medical marijuana patient looking for a particular type of relief, THCV may be the answer.

However, it’s important to remember that everyone has a unique reaction to cannabis and not everyone will experience a high from THCV in the same way.

The Benefits of THCV

  • Counteracts feelings of anxiety, particularly mental stress triggered by the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Strains with high levels of THCV are sought out by medical patients seeking relief from panic attacks. Shown to be effective in PTSD treatment.
  • It stimulates new bone cell growth. Currently, THCV is being tested for use in treating osteoporosis and other bone conditions.
  • THCV is an antioxidant. The compound’s neuroprotective properties (coupled with its ability to block CB1 receptors and activate CB2 receptors) makes it a promising candidate for treating or delaying symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative symptoms.
  • Works as a stimulant. It provides a clear-headed, energetic experience that’s short-lived compared to the mellow buzz that THC produces. It has been shown that THCV intensifies the cerebral euphoria brought on by THC.
  • Suppresses the appetite. Beneficial for those who suffer from the “munchies”. On the other hand, strains with high levels of THCV should be avoided by anyone treating an eating disorder or appetite loss.
THCV has benefits for consumers
Biosynthetic pathway resulting in the production of cannabinoid acids. Each cannabinoid acid can be subsequently decarboxylated into a corresponding cannabinoid, such as THC, CBD, or THCV. via Leafly 
  • Regulates blood sugar levels and reduces insulin resistance. These beneficial effects help people with diabetes. This compound has been the subject of pharmaceutical trials as a treatment specifically for type 2 diabetes.
  • Appears to improve motor control, reduce tremors, and lessen the effects of brain lesions caused by Alzheimer’s disease. However, studies on how beneficial THCV is in treating Alzheimer’s are limited.
  • It has been shown that it can intensify the cerebral euphoria brought on by THC.