Have you ever wondered what’s in hemp besides CBD and a trace amount of THC? When we talk about commercial hemp products, we always focus on the CBD itself, which is a cannabinoid native to the plant material. But we know that there is a whole world of fascinating plant compounds within the plant, and so many of them are criminally overlooked. The thing about hemp is that each of these exciting compounds plays its own unique role in the body, which is why understanding them better gives us a better idea of how hemp works and how best to consume it for desirable results. One such cannabinoid rarely talked about is THCV.
THCV is perhaps slighted because there’s such a small amount present in the hemp plant, especially when compared to other cannabinoids like CBD, CBN, and CBC. Never-the-less, THCV has some truly thrilling properties, and medical researchers are just beginning to learn more about it. This piece takes an in-depth look into THCV. However, you may be surprised by the many ways in which this compound is so unique from the rest. Then, we’ll explain how you can make sure that THCV is part of your hemp regimen.
Hemp Compounds and Your Body’s Endocannabinoid System
We are going to talk thoroughly about THCV in just a minute, but first, we have to talk about the body’s endocannabinoid system, as this explains how the body uses endocannabinoids like THCV in order to fulfill certain functions. Within the body of every mammal lies this important system, and scientific research tells us that it has a lot to do with homeostasis. The endocannabinoid system uses cannabinoid receptors located all over the body to produce chemical reactions that force the regulation of bodily processes we all rely on such as a healthy sleep cycle, a calm state of mind and a well-functioning immune system. But, in order to pull this off, this system requires cannabinoids.
Now, the body should produce cannabinoids on its own. But, it turns out that many of us are not so great at making them. The thing about cannabis is that it’s naturally rich in abundance of cannabinoids, which is one of the reasons why this plant is so unique. These cannabinoids are utilized by the endocannabinoid system to produce different effects via the regulation of bodily processes. We always talk about CBD as it is the leading compound in hemp, but the reality is that every cannabinoid found in hemp has its own job to fulfill as far as the endocannabinoid system is concerned.
THCV, as you would assume, is one of the many cannabinoids that may give the endocannabinoid system the ability to function properly by maintaining homeostasis within the body.
What Exactly is THCV?
THCV is one of the cannabinoids in the hemp plant, of which there are many. One thing that we know about THCV is that in comparison to other compounds, it’s in exceptionally low amounts in the cannabis plant. This is one of the reasons why we don’t hear about it much. We also don’t know much about it scientifically because it’s hard to extract a decent amount since it requires so much plant material. But, scientists are becoming more interested in this compound, which is why research is underway to determine its effects and properties.
THCV sounds a lot like THC, which is the psychoactive compound that is found in cannabis. As we know, the hemp plant has a trace amount of it, which is why it won’t get anyone high, and is also why it’s legal. In marijuana, there is a much higher amount, which is why it’s considered a controlled substance by the federal government. What we want to make clear is that like THC, THCV has psychoactive properties. But, again, it is so low in terms of volume within the hemp plant that it doesn’t make you high. Essentially, the only way to get high from THCV would be to consume an extract composed only of the compound, and no such extract exists. This is primarily due to the high cost of producing it due to the abundance of plant material required.
What’re the Properties of THCV?
THCV is a fairly new discovery, which is why there are not yet many studies about it. But, there are some things that we are aware of thanks to recent scientific research. We know that THCV may suppress the appetite, which is basically the opposite of what THC does to the appetite. We also know that it may have effects on anxiety, depression, and pain.
How’s THCV Made?
THCV exists naturally in the cannabis plant, and it can be extracted using a variety of extraction methods. THCV is most often decarboxylated, which means that heat is applied to it so that it becomes more bioavailable.
Where Can I Find THCV?
Are you interested in making THCV part of your hemp routine? Well, if you consume a full spectrum hemp extract, then you already take it regularly. Full-spectrum hemp extract contains every compound that naturally occurs in the hemp plant, and this includes THCV. And, even though it is such a low amount, you receive the synergistic effects of all of these compounds taken together, which means that the properties of THCV may be boosted due to its presence among all of the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. You can also consume hemp flowers.
THCV is also present in marijuana, but in most states, marijuana use is not legal. Therefore, it’s best to go with hemp.
THCV is One of Many Cannabinoids Found in Hemp
Moreover, it’s only recently been researched for its individual properties. If you’re interested in experimenting with THCV, simply opt for a full spectrum hemp extract or CBD flower. As of now, you can’t give your body THCV in any other manner.