What Is THCV vs. THC? What To Know About the New “Diet Weed”

There are more than 100 different types of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. While you may know some of the most popular cannabinoids, like CBD and THC, many more have gone unrecognized for years. 

Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) may be one of the lesser-known cannabinoids, but it sets itself apart in the cannabis space. With its appetite-stimulating and energizing effects, THCV has been dubbed the “diet weed” or “weederall” of the cannabis space. 

Let’s break down how THCV differs from THC, as well as the unique benefits that THCV brings to the table. 

What Is THCV vs. THC? 

THCV and THC have similar chemical structures. On a molecular level, the two compounds look nearly identical — compared to THC, THCV is only missing a few carbon atoms. 

Despite the similar base structure, the subtle molecular changes have a significant impact on the way these two cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system.

THC typically binds with CB1 receptors in the brain, which is what causes the intoxicating “high” that cannabis is so well known for. 

THCV interacts with the endocannabinoid system differently. It activates and blocks different receptors, leading to a new range of effects. It contains limited psychoactive properties, producing a milder high with less mind-altering effects. 

THCV “Diet Weed”

THCV is known to produce a completely different effect than THC. While the research into this cannabinoid is limited, anecdotal reports from THCV users indicate that it provides an energizing and uplifting euphoria, without the mind-altering high. 

Research also suggests that it may impact appetite and energy levels much differently than THC. In addition to increased levels of focus and concentration, users also report a reduced appetite — hence the nickname “diet weed.” 

Early studies into THCV suggest that THCV may block the CB1 receptor, which is known to stimulate appetite. A 2009 study suggested that THCV may reduce food intake and weight gain. Another 2013 study found that it could even reduce glucose intolerance related to obesity. 

Due to its ability to block the CB1 receptor, some researchers also theorize that THCV could have an anxiety-relieving effect. It may even counter the anxiety and paranoia sometimes caused by higher doses of THC. Research from as far back as 2011 found that THCV inhibited the increased heart rate induced by THC. 

Unlocking the Unique Benefits of THCV 

While THC remains the most popular cannabinoid, there’s no denying that THCV is making its mark in the industry. 

From appetite suppression to a less psychoactive high, the distinctive effects may be beneficial for some cannabis users. Whether you want to use it to achieve dieting goals or simply increase your focus, THCV has the potential to unlock a whole new array of benefits. 

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