THCV – Do you know that this unique cannabinoid can help with weight loss and obesity?
Our research has shown that THCV goes against the grain of the other cannabinoids such as THC, and can be an effective supplement for those suffering from type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Want to know more about THCV and how it can help you with weight loss? Read further to dive into the basics and the pros and cons of this powerful appetite suppressing compound.
The Basics of Tetrahydrocannabivarin
Differing in molecular structure compared to THC, THCV carries a propyl side chain rather than a pentyl group. Considered to be a homologue of THC, THCV has been known to produce psychoactive effects that give off a sharper, more energetic feeling of the classic relaxed high. THCV can be found in trace amounts mainly in Sativa dominant strains and hybrids.
THCV differentiates itself from THC by producing more energizing and alert effects, in fact, it actually acts as an antagonist to it as well, masking and blocking certain functions of THC while accentuating others. Research also suggests that THCV is a neuroprotective compound effective as a supplemental treatment for those who suffer from Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease.
Rather than having the typical effects of THC, which ravenously increases a person’s appetite, THCV is a known appetite suppressant that may also help to lower the satisfaction gained from consuming dopamine triggering foods.
THCV and the Endocannabinoid System
Within our bodies, we have a very complex system called the Endocannabinoid System. The system itself is responsible for the regulation of various different types of bodily functions such as appetite, memory, mood, and sleep to name a few.
Interestingly enough, THCV is not known to produce any psychoactive effects unless consumed in large quantities.
When consumed in lower quantities, THCV acts as an antagonist to the CB1 receptors in our endocannabinoid system, effectively blocking the psychoactive high. When consumed in large quantities, THCV actually has a tendency to swap protocols, acting as an agonist to our CB1 receptors instead. What this means, is that THCV will produce a sharp psychoactive high if consumed in large enough quantities.
THCV’s Link to THC
As we’ve previously covered, similarities between THCV and THC exist, but there is also a vast expanse of differences that separate these two. While THCV can somewhat mimic the euphoric high of THC, it deviates from the traditional high in many ways. Of the most notable of these differences is THCV’s ability to give its users a type of energetic alertness that facilitates creativity and productivity while simultaneously curbing the uproar of hunger traditionally associated with the cannabis high.
Structurally, THVC and THC are nearly identical, except for one key distinction. In terms of molecular structure, THCV is formed of a side chain of a propyl group while THC carries a pentyl group like most of the other popular cannabinoids.
The Medicinal Value of THCV
Like any other cannabinoid or consumable, THCV is not without its pros and cons. Here are a few properties you can expect from a THCV strain:
An Effective Appetite Suppressant
Unlike THC, which is great for helping those with appetite loss by accentuating the flavor and texture in food, Tetrahydrocannabivarin has the opposite effect.
Rather than acting as a stimulant for those with appetite loss, THCV acts as an appetite suppressant for those who are struggling to keep their calorie intake down. Research suggests that THCV may be involved in the regulation of endocannabinoid receptors throughout our digestive tract, altering the way we experience food.
Individuals struggling with weight loss may even further benefit from the after-effects of THCV as the appetite suppressing effects will help people steer further away from carbohydrate-dense foods, further improving their insulin sensitivity. As many people already know, your insulin response is highly linked to the storage of any excess fat. Increasing insulin sensitivity is not only the smart thing to do, but it also makes keeping the weight off much easier in the future.
Aside from its appetite-suppressing effects, this study has shown THCV to possess anticonvulsant properties which may help to decrease the likeliness of experiencing seizures and epilepsy by increasing the individual’s tolerance to these issues.
An Effective Insulin Fortification Tool
Anecdotal evidence suggests that the use of THCV could lead to a reduction in insulin resistance and an increase in insulin sensitivity. While those struggling with Type 2 Diabetes may use THCV to consume fewer insulin-spiking foods, the benefits may be able to cascade and compound over time given the right course of action. THCV’s ability to remove the satisfaction from carbohydrate-rich foods can result in more fortified insulin response, in turn lowering the risk of many insulin-related issues such as stroke, heart disease, and high blood pressure to name a few.
An Antagonist to THC’s Adverse Effects
While the effects of cannabis aren’t always peachy, THC is known to have a few unwanted side effects if consumed in large quantities. Fortunately, THCV is somewhat of a filter to these adverse effects by acting as an antagonist to THC. Many side effects such as anxiety, paranoia, and insatiable hunger will be masked and sometimes completely blocked when two are consumed together. This mechanism is known as the entourage effect and may help people refine the whole cannabis experience to a more customized individual level.
Certain phytocannabinoids possess neuroprotective capabilities. Much like CBD, THCV may contain neuroprotective properties being able to assist in the symptoms of those who suffer from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
Popular THCV Strains
Here are some of the most popular strains with high THCV:
One of the rarest species of THCV strains, boasting high levels of THCV compared to many others currently on the market. This Sativa dominant strain is a powerhouse in subduing panic attacks and treating muscle spasms. In addition to its high THCV content, Pineapple Purps is known for its potent psychoactive high, creating an uplifting and focused effect, suitable for daytime use.
A pure South African landrace Sativa. A nearly entirely cerebral type of experience, Durban Poison is known for its ability to ignite a state of mental clarity and focus without the heaviness of the typical cannabis high. A great choice for those who find themselves involved in creative endeavors as Durban Poison amplifies not only sight and sound, but also divergent thinking.
We hope this article enhanced your knowledge of THCV and the great health benefits it could bring.
Ultimately, with its sharp energetic effects, those who have eating disorders or problems with obesity may be the candidates for THCV and it’s powerful appetite suppressing effects.