With almost 120 different cannabinoids found in the cannabis, there are a lot of different properties each one can offer. One of the main and most researched cannabinoids is Delta 9. This cannabinoid is the psychoactive molecule responsible for the euphoric high consumers aim for. Closely related to this cannabinoid is Delta 8. This is another psychoactive cannabinoid which seems to be less potent and more controllable than its counterpart. Delta 8 is now more readily available to the general public thanks to the Farm Bill passed in 2018 by the USDA.
There’s a third psychoactive cannabinoid that is up and coming in products as well as in research. And it’s called tetrahydrocannabivarin, or THCV.
This psychoactive cannabinoid has an interesting effect to it. While Delta 8 and Delta 9 sort of slow the body down, THCV seems to produce a more motivated, alert, and energizing euphoric response. However, its known to decrease appetite. THCV is not recommended for those who struggle with anorexia or similar eating disorders.
One study says THCV could represent a new therapy component in sugar levels in patients with Type 2 diabetes. Another study shows THCV, similar to another cannabinoid called CBG, has neuroprotectant properties. This could be used medicinally for neurodegenerative diseases like MS, Alzhimer’s, and Parkinson’s. These neurodegenerative diseases don’t currently have cures, despite years of research and trials.
Research possibilities seem to be endless with this cannabinoid. Additional studies show THCV can reduce inflammation and pain associated with it. Unfortunately, research will still be hard to come by because of the classification of cannabis as a Schedule I drug. THCV, however, kind of fits into the new definition of hemp. It is found in some strains of Delta 9, but not all. That makes it hard to come by in a pure form. Creating a pure form of THCV involves breaking down Delta 9. However, any product containing more than 0.3 percent of Delta 9 is a Schedule I drug. Laws change, but it always takes time.
There is hope yet. THCV provides an amazing amount of support for the human body. There is definite incentive in the scientific community to further research and understand this cannabinoid. It just takes time.
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