A cannabinoid that's been gaining a lot of attention is tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), a psychoactive compound found in significant amounts of many (but not all) cannabis strains. THCV is a minor cannabinoid that offers several known benefits and holds potential in other medical applications, including the treatment of many hard-to-treat diseases. To help you better understand this minor cannabinoid, here we talk about what the benefits of THCV are, however, as research into THCV continues it's possible that the list of benefits will grow.
- THCV counteracts feelings of anxiety, particularly mental stress triggered by the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Strains with high levels of THCV are sought out by medical patients seeking relief from panic attacks, and the cannabinoid has been shown to be effective in treating PTSD without suppressing emotions entirely.
- THCV stimulates new bone cell growth and is undergoing tests for use in treating osteoporosis and other bone conditions. Also, since cannabinoid receptors are found throughout our skeletal system, THCV benefits us by promoting the overall health of bones.
- THCV is an antioxidant. The compound's neuroprotective properties (coupled with its ability to block CB1 receptors and activate CB2 receptors) make it a promising candidate for treating or delaying symptoms of Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative symptoms.
- THCV is a stimulant, and it provides a clear-headed, energetic experience that's short-lived compared to the mellow buzz that THC produces.
- THCV suppresses the appetite, and while this is a benefit for people who want to avoid “getting the munchies” or trying losing weight, strains with high levels of THCV should be avoided by anyone treating an eating disorder or appetite loss.
- THCV regulates blood sugar levels and reduces insulin resistance, which are both beneficial effects for people with diabetes, and the compound has been the subject of pharmaceutical trials as a treatment specifically for type 2 diabetes.
- THCV appears to improve motor control, reduce tremors, and lessen the effects of brain lesions caused by Alzheimer's disease. However, studies into just how beneficial THCV is in treating Alzheimer's are limited, and in the early stages, so we must follow the progress of research into using THCV as a treatment for this disease.