A Cannabinoid That Helps With Weight Loss

Sure, most of us after we smoke develop a strong desire to eat - a.k.a the munchies. It's not unusual to pig out on snack foods or increase your appetite for a big meal but, did you know that there is a cannabinoid compound with the marijuana plant that can prevent the munchies?

THCV, or tetrahydrocannabivarin, is similar to the THC molecular structure and psychoactive properties but offers a unique array of effects and medical benefits that differentiate it from THC and CBD. According to Leafly, "THCV is basically the THC molecule with the end snipped off, just a few carbon atoms shy of what emerged as the family favorite."

In terms of its psychoactive ability, it has been determined that with low doses of THCV, it will not get you high. However, with higher doses, it does possess that capability. Scientists claim that the "buzz" is clear-headed and stimulating, but does not last long. THCV is said to intensify the euphoria of THC.

THCV is known to help with treating diabetes because of its ability to regulate blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance. Tetrahydrocannabivarin also promotes the growth of new bone cells, which could be beneficial for osteoporosis and other bone-related conditions. It also helps with the tremors, motor control, and brain lesions that are associated with Alzheimer's disease. THCV has also been said to curb anxiety and reduce panic attacks.

In contrast to what most are familiar with, THCV is an appetite suppressant. Therefore, for those looking to lose weight, high THCV strains are very recommended. However, if you are looking to appetite loss or anorexia, you should choose the opposite.

When researched on mice, the ingestion of THCV led to decreases in both food consumption and body weight however, doesn’t seem to turn off hunger completely. The mice that were deprived of food yet given THCV ate the same amount whether they were given THCV or not.

 Picture from Leafly

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There is still not a lot known about the THCV compound as research is still being done. However, it has been observed that, "most strains only contain trace, undetectable amounts of THCV, making it difficult to achieve the desired therapeutic effect." With more reserach and experimentation, there will be more THCV information and high THCV cannabis strains to come. For now, we can suggest that you look for African sativa strains. The latitude and African climate help produce strains with high THCV. Durban Poison is a good example of a high THCV strain.

If you are unfamiliar with or unable to get your hands on some sort of African sativa, do a little research for yourself. Look into the parent genetics of your flowers. Many strains have hybridized (combined) African genetics that make it more likely to have a higher THCV potential. "Cherry Pie, for example, may express a high THCV content by way of its Durban Poison parent. Look for lineage information in Leafly’s strain pages or ask your budtenders to point out their African hybrids."