What Is Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)?

While the official explanation of THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin) is a bit on the scientific side, the benefits and effects are palpably easy to understand and are particularly highlighted by the following quote: “High-THCV Strains Are a New Kind of Euphoric.”

THCV, like its counterpart THC, imparts a variety of effects on brain receptors. However, unlike THC, THCV (in high doses) produces a substantially different kind of high that is psychoactive with psychedelic elements combined with a clear-headed response.

In fact, THCV has been proven to influence THCs effects by enhancing feelings of euphoria, as well as effectively counteracting the commonly experienced negative feelings brought about by THC such as paranoia, anxiety, or a racing heart.

It’s well worth noting though that THCV in low doses does not create any kind of high. It is only when the dose of THCV is increased that a transformative effect occurs, resulting in a fantastically fast-hitting and stimulating high that comes along with a sense of clarity that augments the overall experience uniquely. THCV produces an exceptionally quick high but will dissipate very quickly, unlike the high one would get from THC.

The scientific explanation of THCV largely revolves around its contrasting relationship with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). In essence, THCV is akin to a cousin of THC’s propyl cannabinoid. This close relationship means that their chemical structures are identical but differ regarding how the two are created.

Due to their structural similarities, THCV is very adept at mimicking THC’s psychoactive effects, but only in large doses. Their structures are so similar, in fact, that their atoms are arranged in a near-identical fashion.

Despite the structural similarities, “THC’s side-chain is comprised of a pentyl group, while THCV’s side-chain is comprised of a pentyl group.”  This information is important to users because the most well-known cannabinoids originate from pentyl groups, but some cannabinoids are created via THCV’s propyl group.

differences between THC and THCV cannabinoidsOn a user level, one of the most distinct differences between THC and THCV cannabinoids is the fact that THCV is an appetite suppressant while THC is a notorious increaser of appetite that readily brings on the munchies. Interestingly, THCV can curtail the effects of THC and make it a prime cannabinoid for users who want to get but don’t want to experience the weight gain associated with THC use.

Recent research has even shown THCV has the potential to revolutionize the medical industry in the years to come as an efficacious treatment against glucose intolerance-based obesity.

THCV’s remarkable success in obesity-related research has much to do with its suppression of CB1 receptors, and when dosed at 3 mg per kg of body weight can result in immense weight loss.

The legal status of the THCV in the United States remains at a “not scheduled at the federal level.” or scheduled by the Convention on Psychotropic Substances. Despite its current legal status, it is important to note the multitude of benefits and unique effects that THCV provides.

This cannabis compound is on an entirely different level from the more ubiquitous cannabinoids like THC and CBD. It has the potential to be a game changer in the world of medicine and prove to be transformational for countless lives.

Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) Benefits

  • THCV is an incredibly efficient appetite suppressant that profoundly dulls the appetite and is currently being studied by researchers as a possible gamechanger in the years to come. In the future, THCV may be a significant option in medicine to treat obesity
  • In addition to curtailing the appetite, THCV greatly assists with diabetes via its ability to reduce resistance to insulin and regulate blood sugar levels
  • THCV has been shown to reduce panic attacks and lessen the degree of anxiety conditions, in addition to improving post-traumatic stress disorder conditions without any suppression of emotions.
  • THCV has been theorized to be of potentially great assistance to those with Alzheimer’s and its related side effects such as tremors, brain lesions, and lack of motor control. THCV appears to improve these side effects but requires far more research to make any conclusive findings
  • The stimulation of bone growth can be achieved by THCV. Due to its ability to promote the growth of new cells for bones, THCV has the potential to one day be a formidable cure for osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases. 

Finding THCV 

If you are looking for high-THCV strains and/or products, you should be aware the most strains contain nearly undetectable amounts of THCV, which will not provide an intense high or any kind of therapeutic effect.

Remember, for THCV to be a powerful force, it needs to be at a high dosage. In time, the availability of high-THCV strains will undoubtedly appear, but for now, you can make use of some rare, hard-to-find African landrace Sativa strains that are lab-proven to contain the most THCV.

Higher Than Average THCV Cannabis Strains

The strains listed below can be consumed in a few different ways. You can eat them in their flower form,or you can process them into oils, edibles, or extracts to produce an elevated concentration of cannabinoids.

Some of the strains listed below were intentionally bred (Pineapple Purps and Doug’s Varin) to contain higher levels of THCV; in any event, make sure that your search for high THCV focuses on African Sativa strains as they are proven to contain the highest levels of THCV currently available. 

  • Durban Poison is one of the most common high-THCV strains that can be found
  • Willie Nelson
  • Skunk #1
  • Leafly Power
  • Pineapple Purps
  • Leafly Doug’s
  • Jack the Ripper
  • Doug’s Varin
  • Power Plant
  • Red Congolese
  • Durban Cheese
  • Leafly Jack the Ripper


With its ability to powerfully treat a number of conditions from obesity, diabetes, different forms of mental illness, Alzheimer’s, Osteoporosis and other bone-related disorders, Tetrahydrocannabivarin has also been recently found by researchers to be highly effective in reducing side effects of Parkinson’s disease, lessening the occurrences of seizures, and treating children with epilepsy.

The vast array of medical benefits presented by THCV will render it a formidable treatment in the coming years as medical marijuana campaigns continue to grow in traction and overall popularity amongst the general populace realization of THCV’s massive benefits through ongoing education efforts detailing the way that this amazing compound can improve and ultimately transform lives.

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