What is THCV and What Does it do to the Body?

The cannabinoid hemp industry is dramatically evolving to include exciting new compounds. One of the most recent to gain mainstream attention is THCV. In this post, we will discuss the cannabinoid and its effects.

While we haven’t developed a complete understanding of THCV, we’ll cover what we know today based on anecdotal accounts and recent scientific research.

What is THCV?

THCV is a naturally occurring cannabinoid typically found alongside Delta 9 THC. Unlike its close analog, THCV does not efficiently activate the CB1 and CB2 receptors causing the notorious marijuana high. The cannabinoid has emerged as one of the multiple hemp-derived THC cannabinoids due to the 2018 ‘Farm Bill’ and a decades-old campaign against the full legalization of cannabis federally.

What are the Effects of THCV?

While some experts report THCV having psychoactive effects in large amounts, THCV won’t lead to intoxication with a reasonable dose.

We have much to learn about the cannabinoid and lack sufficient high-quality studies, but we are beginning to see the demand increase rapidly alongside other hemp-derived cannabinoids like Delta 8, THCO, and HHC.

Does THCV Get You High?

THCV doesn’t get you high in the amounts you would purchase from a cannabinoid hemp company; however, there are many conflicting accounts online. Several factors could cause this:

  • Users are taking THCV alongside THC
  • The advertised potency isn’t accurate
  • THCV affects some people different than others

Most people don’t experience psychoactive effects with doses between 10-50mg. If you are trying THCV for the first time, we recommend taking it slow and avoiding getting behind the wheel for at least a few hours.


In the past, marijuana enthusiasts would seek out strains with high levels of THCV to enjoy a different cannabis experience. THCV produces some effects and benefits beyond THC and CBD’s scope.  

THCV Products

THCV products are becoming more available as the cannabinoid hemp industry evolves. Today you can find THCV gummies, tinctures, topicals, edibles, and other popular administration methods.

What are the Benefits of THCV?

We are still learning the potential of THCV, but as information comes out, we are more and more excited about the medical applications of the cannabinoid. THCV advocates believe the cannabinoid can offer a different range of benefits that THC and CBD may not be capable of.

Appetite Inhibitor and Weight Loss

In a rat model, THCV was found to “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.” 


THCV is also reported as having anti-anxiety properties. The cannabinoid could curb panic attacks in users who have PTSD without severe emotional changes. However, we still need more research to understand THCV’s potential and how it can be applied to patients who have PTSD.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Many cannabinoids with opposing effects as Delta 9 THC have been associated with memory improvements. CBD and THCV are currently being researched as viable treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease. While we’re still in the preliminary process of understanding how cannabis compounds can be applied to users suffering from the condition, the ECS significantly influences memory.

Is THCV Safe?

THCV is safe to use, but we strongly advise sourcing from a reputable company. You need to have confidence in a brand offering new compounds like THCV. Also, ensure the extraction process is transparent, and the company provides thorough 3rd party testing to ensure the products don’t contain harmful solvents, heavy metals, and pesticides.