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What is THCV?

THCV just might be your next favorite cannabinoid! THCV is a compound in cannabis that offers an array of effects and medical benefits that set it apart from other cannabinoids. Lab results show that THCV is most abundant in sativas. Researchers have not been talking about THCV for long, but you may have guessed from those letters, THCV is a not-too-distant cousin of THC. A side-by-side diagram makes clear THCV is basically the THC molecule with the end cut off.  At lower doses, THCV is non-pyschoactive!

Medical Research and Studies with THCV.

In rodent studies, THCV decreases appetite, increases satiety, and up-regulates energy metabolism, making it a clinically useful remedy for weight loss and management of obesity and type 2 diabetic patients. The effect of THCV on dyslipidemia and glycemic control in type 2 diabetics showed reduced fasting plasma glucose concentration when compared to a placebo group. The uniquely diverse properties of THCV provide neuroprotection, appetite suppression, glycemic control, and reduced side effects, etc.; therefore, making it a potential priority candidate for the development of clinically useful therapies in the future. Hopefully, THCV could provide an optional platform for the treatment of life-threatening diseases.

What are the most common uses for THCV?

* THCV is an appetite suppressant. In contrast to THC, THCV may dull the appetite. This may be good for consumers focused on weight loss, but THCV should be avoided by patients treating appetite loss or anorexia.
* THCV may help with diabetes. Research shows promise in THCV’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance.
* THCV may reduce panic attacks. It appears to curb anxiety attacks in PTSD patients without suppressing emotion.
* THCV may help with Alzheimer’s, tremors, motor control, and brain lesions associated with Alzheimer’s disease appear to be improved by THCV, but research is in progress.
* THCV stimulates bone growth. Because it promotes the growth of new bone cells, THCV is being looked at for osteoporosis and other bone-related conditions.

Where can I buy THCV?

You can buy THCV at CANVAS.  It is available on our dispensary website and  at our retail location C.B.D. Canvas Boutique and Dispensary in St. Louis, MO.  We selected two trusted brands to supply our community with THCV.


THCV Uplift Tincture 500mg

Rare Cannabinoid Company offers a naturally flavorless sublingual tincture with a unique pump dispenser that makes dosing much easier than using a traditional dropper.  Each pump or spray contains 6.7 mgs of THCV and there are 75 servings in the 1 oz bottle.  Spray 1 -2  times under the tongue, hold for 30 seconds, then swallow. You can spray more if desired. This 500 mg purified THCV extract may be taken as a wellness supplement on its own. To receive the additional benefits of the “entourage effect” combine it with a full or broad spectrum CBD oil.

What is THCV?

THCV Raspberry Dark Chocolate 25 mgs

The second THCV product we carry is from our favorite woman-owned hemp chocolatier company, Bhumi. We offer their single dose Raspberry Dark Chocolate Edible with 25 mgs of THCV.  This product is lovely when you want something decadent and sweet but also want to control portion size and not go back for more!

Bhumi THCV mini
References and Citations:
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Mcpartland JM, Duncan M, Di marzo V, Pertwee RG. Are cannabidiol and Δ(9) -tetrahydrocannabivarin negative modulators of the endocannabinoid system? A systematic review. Br J Pharmacol. 2015;172(3):737-53. PDF
Gill EW, Paton WD, Pertwee RG. Preliminary experiments on the chemistry and pharmacology of cannabis. Nature. 1970;228:134–136. PDF
Trial registration: NCT01217112.
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