All About Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)

Tetrahydrocannabivarin, or THCV, is a cannabinoid that is found most often in sativa strains of cannabis, but can also be derived from hemp. Unlike some other cannabinoids, THCV has been known to make users feel more motivated and helping to keep consumers alert while giving them an extremely energizing feeling. These qualities make it a great cannabinoid for day-to-day use when needing a little boost while accomplishing your agenda for the day.

Now let’s look at what THCV is in depth, how THCV can benefit you, and what the difference is between it and THC.

What is it?

THCV isn’t anything new, it was discovered in 1973 and has been researched for years. It can be found in almost all strains of hemp. Just by looking at the name it’s hard to figure out what the difference is between THC and THCV. The main difference between the two is in the chemical structure. THCV contains the presence of a 3-carbon group while THC contain a 5-carbon molecular group. Another difference would be the effects associated with the two.

In smaller servings of tetrahydrocannabivarin, there are no effects that are like THC and can work to reduce the effects of THC. On the flip side, a higher serving of THCV will allow the cannabinoid to enhance its effects. These effects are the feeling of satiety, a decreased appetite, clear headedness and motivation.

A Few Benefits

Let’s get to the part that everyone came for, what are the benefits of THCv? Well, they are unique to the cannabinoid and can offer results many individuals are looking for, including:

  • Fighting Feelings of Anxiousness
  • Decreased Appetite
  • Promotes Clarity
  • Boosts Metabolism
  • Increase Satiety

THCV and Weight Control

Studies have shown that THCV helps to decrease appetite, increase satiety and boost metabolism, so it is a great option for those looking to control their weight. The THCV molecule looks similar to THC, but they are derived from different parent molecules and chemical pathways. According to a 2018 study, small servings of THCV may be able to help control appetite because the compound can inhibit the effects of CB1 receptors.

Difference Between THCV and THC: Legality

THCV and THC may have some things in common, but they still have their unique differences that set them apart from one another. One of the biggest differences between THCV and THC is that even though they share similar benefits, THCV is federally legal in the majority of states in the US.

There are a number of states that do not allow THCV. It is important for you, as a consumer, to research applicable state and local laws in regard to purchasing and consumption of THCV. The reason for its illicit status in these states vary, but most can argue it may be due to a poor stigma surrounding the compound or for political and financial reasons concerning the cannabis industry.

Going back to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp-derived products were legalized if the products contained less than 0.3% THC, exempting any hemp products that followed these guidelines from being barred due to legal reasons. If tetrahydrocannabivarin is derived from hemp, since hemp contains almost non-existent traces of THC, then, it would seem that THCV fits within federal guidelines to be considered legal.

Consumption Methods

There are many ways you can use tetrahydrocannabivarin, and it is up to you as the consumer to decide which consumption method would fit your needs the best. Currently, THCV can be found in oils, waxes and edibles. It can also be found in extracts, such as isolates and distillates, and is available in several full-spectrum hemp products.


THCV has a place in the hemp industry and will become more and more popular once people understand the potential this cannabinoid has. Whether you are working a 9-5 job, a stay-at-home parent or a college kid with a dream, THCV could help you perform at a higher level of function in your day-to-day so you can reach your maximum potential and performance.

FDA Disclaimer: The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.

Source: CBD Hemp Experts


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