When looking at various cannabis strains, many users focus on the THC concentration of the strain under examination. Very rarely, they will look at the levels of THCV, or tetrahydrocannabivarin, that is found in the strain. THCV can offer some unique effects and potential medical benefits that truly sets it apart from THC and CBD. So, let’s take a look at THCV in greater detail.


What are THCV’s Effects and Benefits?


THCV is broadly similar in molecular structure to THC, and is also able to exert a psychoactive effect on the brain. Here are some other properties to look out for:


  • THCV can intensify the euphoric high that THC provides, but with a reduced duration.
  • THCV is energetic and offers users a clear-headed, stimulating high.
  • THCV is a known appetite suppressant. While THC is thought to increase appetite, THCV can reduce appetite. Therefore, strains containing THCV can be beneficial for users who are looking to lose weight.


  • THCV has been the focus of research by diabetes experts who believe THCV could have an important part to play in reducing the effects of the condition. It is thought that THCV can help manage blood sugar levels and decrease resistance to insulin.
  • THCV decreases the frequency of panic attacks. Research has found that it reduces anxiety attacks in PTSD patients.
  • THCV may have an important part to play in forming a medicinal purpose for patients suffering with Alzheimer’s. This condition is associated with tremors, reduced motor control, and brain lesions, and early anecdotal evidence suggests THCV can reduce these effects.


Where Can I Find THCV?


So, you may be thinking what strains are high in THCV? Most strains at the moment contain only small amounts of THCV, which make it difficult for the effects of THCV to be expressed.

We would recommend that you look out for African sativas. Laboratory results have shown that THCV is most concentrated in sativas.  Durban Poison is arguably the most well-known high-THCV strain.

If you are finding it difficult to find an African sativa in your area, there are many strains that have hybridized African genetics. Cherry Pie is a potential strain which may express a high THCV content, because its origin is from a Durban Poison parent. It is important to note that looking at genetics alone is no guarantee that the strain will contain a high concentration of THCV, as cannabinoids concentrations can vary widely from different harvests.

For more information, speak with your local dispensary. You can locate your nearest dispensary using the dispensaries near me open now tool on Cannabis.net. 

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