What is THCV? Effects, products, properties and the best varieties

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THCV letters written on some marijuana leaves.
THCV letters written on some marijuana leaves.


THCV or Tetrahydrocannabivarin is another active compound in cannabis. It is found to a lesser extent than other cannabinoids such as THC or CBD, but the latest discoveries are proving its effectiveness in the medical field, so it is gradually gaining prominence.

This has sparked great interest in the THCV molecule from the international community, and hundreds of genetics are being analyzed for this component. In this post we include all the information about it, so I won’t make you wait any longer.


🚀 What is THCV?



It’s a minority cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. It is formed by the enzymatic action that transforms the precursor CBGVA into THCV, as well as with other cannabinoids.

Its chemical structure is very similar to that of THC, and it interferes with the CB1 receptor inhibiting part of the action of THC, causing therapeutic effects to those who consume it. Although they are quite similar, there is one thing they differ from each other. THCV evaporates at a temperature of 428º F. (220º C.) and THC only needs 314.6º F (157º C.).

Cannabis strains with a high THCV level are beginning to be highly valued for the investigation of their properties. A few years ago only traces of this compound had been found in some sativa genetics in Southeast Asia and Africa, but there are more and more plants rich in Tetrahydrocannabivarin.


Image showing the chemical structure of THCV*
Image showing the chemical structure of THCV*


✅ Varieties with high THCV


The best varieties of cannabis with THCV, or at least those with the highest levels of this cannabinoid, are:


Doug’s Varin

This is the cannabis plant with the highest THCV content found nowadays. It is a rare sativa with an earthy, sweet, citrus aroma, which provides very clean mental effects, which are not usually very long lasting.

Doug’s Varin has THCV levels ranging from 3% to 6%, and is a Harlequin cross created by David Lampach, and right now is one of the most widely used varieties to create medicinal concentrates and THCV cartridges.


Jack The Ripper

This Subcool genetics (RIP) has a brutal power, with a THCV content that can reach 5%. It is a cross between Jack Cleaner and Space Queen, and is really very complete, as it also produces a great layer of white resin.


Pink Boost Goddess

Flow Kana presented the Pink Boost Goddess as a great discovery, and it’s no wonder. This strain contains 4.24% THCV, and the best part is that it is not a sativa or sativa-dominant hybrid like most THCV-rich varieties.


Pineapple Purps

This strain is considered a sativa for its clean and psychoactive effect, but is actually a cross between 2 Skunk#1 selections, Pineapple and Cheese. It offers a great production in a short time, with a great taste and power. Its THCV levels can reach 4%.


Durban Poison

The pure genetics with the highest THCV levels ever found. This is a strain native to South Africa, which came to the U.S. in the 70s, and in recent years has regained importance by forming hybrids like Girl Scout Cookies, and especially by their levels of tetrahydrocannabivarin, approximately 1%.


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🎯 Other THCV-rich varieties


It is thought that landraces from Thailand, Congo, Nigeria or Swaziland may contain high levels of THCV. Within the commercial varieties, Tangie, Girl Scout Cookies, Willie Nelson, Dutch Treat or Novarine also contain a good percentage of this cannabinoid, but without reaching the content of those listed above.


👾 THCV Effects


The effect is similar to that of THC, stimulating, euphoric and energizing, although it seems that its intensity is lower or lasts less time. When you consume weed with high levels of THCV the effect is noticed earlier, lucid like that of pure sativas and with low physical load.

THCV also works by eliminating some of the side effects of THC, such as panic, paranoia, or tachycardia. It has not yet been possible to experiment too much with this cannabinoid, but we are sure that in the future they will find multiple uses for its effects.


📱 THCV Benefits


  1. THCV has been shown to be an appetite suppressant, so it can help with weight loss.
  2. It can be good for people with type 2 diabetes because it regulates blood sugar levels.
  3. Treatment for Parkinson’s, delays neurodegeneration by improving and prolonging patients’ lives.
  4. It reduces seizures in people with Epilepsy.
  5. It improves the symptoms of Schizophrenia.


🧐 THCV Products


Currently most commercial products with Tetrahydrocannabivarin are only sold in the USA and Canada, but it will not be long before they reach the rest of the world. In these countries you can already find pen-type vaporizers with THCV refill cartridges, different kinds of food, capsules, tablets and, especially, THCV concentrates.

Among the extracts, THCV oil stands out, the most sold by far since in some cases it concentrates more than 20% of this cannabinoid. The isolate or tinctures are also beginning to be widely distributed.




⚠️ Conclusion


THCV is going to revolutionize both medical and recreational cannabis markets. It is only a matter of time before we have varieties with more than 20% of this compound, and surely versions of known THCV-rich genetics. In Pevgrow we will be aware of the news to keep our customers as informed as possible. If you liked this article please share it, we thank you in advance.

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