Overview of THCv
Found within the cannabis sativa plant, Tetrahydrocannabivarin is a compound that has many different effects that can benefit people in both a medical and therapeutic sense. THCv is relatively similar to the compound THC when it comes to its psychoactive effects and molecular structure, however, it does work differently in the body.
THCv is typically only found in trace amounts except in certain cannabis strains. Unlike the appetite-inducing effects that THC is known for. THCv may reduce appetite. This trait is suitable for individuals trying to lose weight or struggling with a binge eating disorder. However, THCv is not recommending for those struggling from anorexia or appetite loss.
Scientists have also been researching the effects THCv has on diabetes. In a 2013 study on mice, it was found that THCv has the potential to improve the production of insulin. It has also been found to potentially improve glucose tolerance. This feature is promising as it may allow those with diabetes to eat more of what they want while still maintaining safe blood glucose levels.
If this is found to be effective, it could change the lives of many Americans struggling with type two diabetes or even metabolic syndrome. Experts have found THCv is effective either when it is combined with other existing treatments or taken alone.
THCv is also known to induce alertness, motivation, and euphoria. These properties may have the potential to help reduce symptoms in people who struggle with mental illnesses like PTSD. The euphoric feeling THCv produces may help reduce uncomfortable anxiety levels that accompany the condition. Notably, it will not suppress emotions to the point where one would feel drained or zombie-like. THCv has also been found to reduce panic attacks.
Although there is still much research needed to be done, THCv’s effects on brain disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease seems to improve certain symptoms. There have also been studies on how THCv affects bone health. Researchers have found it may stimulate bone growth due to how the compound promotes the growth of bone cells. This fact could potentially change the lives of another group of individuals struggling with bone conditions like osteoporosis.
THCv shows amazing potential to change the lives of many individuals struggling with a variety of issues. It will be exciting to see what scientists uncover about this previously unknown cannabinoid.