What is THCV? THCV Effects, Benefits, and Products

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    Delving into the diverse realm of cannabinoids reveals Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), a lesser-known compound found in cannabis and hemp plants. But what is THCV? Unlike Delta 9 THC, THCV offers stimulating effects without the typical cannabis “high,” earning the better-known name of “diet weed.” With its energizing qualities, THCV presents a promising option for daytime use, potentially enhancing focus and clarity. While research into THCV is ongoing, early studies are looking into the potential THCV may have to help curb hunger, making it a compelling addition to the world of alternative wellness.

    What is THCV?

    Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is a minor cannabinoid found in both cannabis and hemp plants. Unlike its more famous counterpart, Delta 9 THC, THCV may offer stimulating and energizing effects without the high that Delta 9, and other THC compounds, provide. Without the powerful psychoactivity, THCV may be an excellent option for those seeking out a sativa-like product to add to their routine.

    What is the Difference Between THC and THCV?

    Psychoactive compounds can be found in a variety of compositions molecularly within hemp and cannabis, such as Delta 8 THC, Delta 9 THC, THC-O, and HHC. These different cannabinoid molecules are often sought after for intense relief that also comes with a mild to moderate high effect. However THCV, even as a THC molecule, separates itself by not offering the same high effect and instead offering potential effects that can be more motivating.

    Infographic of the differences between THCV and THC. With text: THCV: Reduced psychoactive effects, may help increase energy levels, may curb hunger cravings, may help improve mental clarity & focus | THC: Psychoactive effects based on users dosage, may help to relax & maintain a sense of calm, may stimulate appetite, soothes discomfort & tension. For our blog titled What is THCV? THCV Effects, Benefits, and Products 101

    What are THCV Benefits and Effects?

    THCV can seem misleading to many as traditional THC tends to offer effects such as increased hunger, increased heart rates, and even paranoia, but initial research alludes to THCV being quite the opposite (1). This makes THCV a valuable addition for daytime use with the possibility of added focus, alertness, and clarity without being debilitating for those looking to stay away from the traditional high feeling of THC.

    Are THCV Products an Energy or Weight Loss Supplement?

    THCV can help to provide an energizing effect similar to that of sativa terpene profiles but without the need to vape or inhale, as is common with traditional terpene intake methods. Similarly, if the uplifting effects of CBG offer some energetic effects but a stronger boost of energy is desired, THCV might be the perfect choice for its stimulating properties. THCV may also help enhance focus, making it an appealing option for those seeking a natural boost without the drawbacks of smoking or vaping.

    While research on THCV is still rather limited within the industry, one study has been able to suggest that THCV may be a helper in curbing hunger, making this cannabinoid a popular choice for those looking to reduce unnecessary snacking (2). Another study discusses how THCV has the potential to counteract nauseous feelings in rodents, but more studies are needed to understand these effects for humans(3).

    What are THCV Gummies?

    Incorporating THCV into your daily routine is now more accessible than ever with products like our Energy THCV gummies. Each gummy will have 10mg of THCV and 10m of CBD in a convenient and delicious gummy, offering a distinctive fusion of citrus, energy, focus, and potential hunger suppression. As with adding any new option to your routine, it’s essential to begin with a conservative dosage to gauge your response, such as half of a gummy each day.

    Is THCV legal?

    Compounds other than Delta 9 THC do not have federal limits as long as they are derived from hemp plants, according to the 2018 Farm Bill. However, Delta 9 THC levels exceeding 0.3% by dry weight in a hemp product remain federally illegal, even in states that have legalized recreational cannabis. For other molecules like THCV, it is important to check local regulations regarding these cannabinoids, as each state may impose its own restrictions for cannabinoids, potencies, and even specified product types.

    Will THCV Show Up On A Drug Test?

    Due to the vast differences in both personal body chemistry and independent drug screenings, guarantees cannot be made that using THCV products will not lead to a positive test result. Each body can break cannabinoids down differently and even when using THC-free options, tests can detect any cannabinoid leading to a positive outcome. As these results can vary so widely, it is always recommended to use caution when it comes to hemp products especially when tested regularly.

    Is THCV Safe?

    As with all cannabinoids, initial research is insufficient to fully understand the long-term effects of options like THCV. However, early studies suggest that doses of no more than 10mg may provide potential benefits without reported side effects (4). It is always advised to consult with a healthcare professional before introducing new options like THCV into a routine. Seeking out medical professionals can help guide individual doses and offer insight into potential interactions, especially for those taking medications.

    THCV: A Unique Cannabinoid for an Energizing Experience

    THCV emerges as a minor cannabinoid with unique benefits, setting it apart from the more familiar Delta 9 THC. Known for its stimulating and energizing effects without the usual psychoactive high, this “diet weed” molecule may have the potential to curb hunger and enhance focus. 

    Those looking to explore the effects of THCV can do so easily with our energy gummies, each with 10mg of THCV intertwined with 10mg of CBD, making this addition perfect for an uplifting daytime experience. While ongoing research continues to unveil its full range of benefits, readers are encouraged to do their own research to fully understand how THCV may affect them and always consult with their doctor to ensure this addition is right for them.

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    Works Cited:

    1. Englund A, Atakan Z, Kralj A, Tunstall N, Murray R, Morrison P. The effect of five day dosing with THCV on THC-induced cognitive, psychological and physiological effects in healthy male human volunteers: A placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover pilot trial. Journal of Psychopharmacology. 2016;30(2):140-151. doi:10.1177/0269881115615104
    2. Abioye A, Ayodele O, Marinkovic A, Patidar R, Akinwekomi A, Sanyaolu A. Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV): a commentary on potential therapeutic benefit for the management of obesity and diabetes. J Cannabis Res. 2020 Jan 31;2(1):6. doi: 10.1186/s42238-020-0016-7. PMID: 33526143; PMCID: PMC7819335.
    3. Duncan, Marni, et al. “British Pharmacological Society | Journals – Wiley Online Library.” British Pharmaceutical Society, 31 July 2013,
    4. “Unpacking the Hype Around THCV, aka ‘Diet Weed.’” Healthline, 19 Aug. 2021,
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