What is THCv?

THCv (tetrahydrocannabivarin) is a cannabinoid found in some strains of the cannabis plant. It is similar in structure to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis, but has some unique effects on the body and mind.


Here are some key things to know about THCv:


THCv has a different psychoactive effect than THC.

  • While THC is known for producing a “high” characterized by euphoria, relaxation, and altered perception, THCv has a much milder psychoactive effect. Some users report feeling more clear-headed and energized when using strains high in THCv, as opposed to the sedative effect often associated with high-THC strains.


THCv may have potential benefits.

  • Like other cannabinoids, THCv has been the subject of preliminary research into its potential uses. Some of the areas of study include its potential as an appetite suppressant, its effects on blood sugar and insulin levels, and its potential as an anti-inflammatory agent. However, much more research is needed to determine the potential benefits of THCv.


THCv is found in relatively small amounts in most strains of cannabis.

  • THCv is not as widely available in the cannabis plant as THC and other cannabinoids like CBD (cannabidiol). It is found in higher concentrations in certain strains, such as African natives, but most strains contain only trace amounts of the compound.


THCv may affect the way THC binds to the body’s receptors.

THCv appears to interact with the same receptors in the body as THC but may have a slightly different effect on those receptors. Some research suggests that THCv may actually lessen the psychoactive effects of THC by competing with it for binding sites on the body’s cannabinoid receptors.

THCv is a fascinating and potentially helpful compound that is still in the early stages of scientific investigation. While much remains to be learned about its effects on the body and mind, it is clear that it has some unique properties that set it apart from other cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Rocky Mountain Cannabis will carry products high in THCv occasionally, so check with your budtender if you’re interested in exploring this cannabinoid further.