THCV, a variant of THC derived from hemp, has recently become popular online. A variety of different product types can contain THCV, and one product category that’s come to the fore is THCV gummies.
What are THCV gummies, are they safe, and are they legal? How do THCV gummies compare to other types of THCV products? Taking things one step further, what are the differences and similarities between THCV and other hemp-derived forms of THC?
We’ll answer all these questions and more in this guide. Read on to learn everything you ever needed to know about THCV gummies.
What is THCV?
Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is an analog of THC, meaning these two cannabinoids have very similar structures. The only difference between normal delta-9 THC and delta-9 tetrahydrocannabivarin is an additional chain of atoms at the end of the molecule. Conventional cannabinoids lack this “varin” chain, resulting in a different chemical structure and potentially different effects.
What are THCV gummies?
THCV gummies are chewable gummies that contain the cannabinoid THCV. Out of all the available types of hemp products, gummies contain the most ingredients and commonly include substances you shouldn’t ingest.
In exchange for masking the natural flavors of hemp and presenting this cannabinoid in a tasty package, THCV gummies often offer reduced potency while increasing the number of artificial ingredients you ingest. When using THCV or any other cannabinoid, it’s recommended that you steer clear of gummies and use more natural products instead.
Are THCV gummies good?
Most THCV gummies currently available on the market are low-quality. THCV is still considered a rare cannabinoid, limiting the number of producers who make this cannabinoid and reducing the pool of available THCV extracts.
As a result, THCV gummies are more likely to contain nasty-tasting or harmful ingredients than other types of hemp gummies. With CBD or CBG gummies, you have a lot more options to choose from, increasing the likelihood you’ll enjoy a safe and high-quality experience.
What does the “V” stand for in THCV?
The “V” in THCV stands for “varin,” the suffix at the end of this cannabinoid’s scientific name, tetrahydrocannabivarin. The presence of “varin” in THCV’s name denotes the added chain of atoms present at the end of this cannabinoid molecule. There are quite a few different types of cannabinoid variants that display this chain, and all of them have the suffix “varin” at the end of their names.
Is THCV the same as delta 8?
No, THCV and delta 8 are subtly different. THCV has an added chain of atoms at the end of its molecule, and delta 8 THC is simply missing one carbon bond in its structure compared to delta 9. Chemically speaking, THCV is slightly more different from delta 9 THC than delta 8, perhaps explaining why users commonly report the effects of THCV feel further away from the effects of delta 9.
What are the benefits of THCV?
For the most part, THCV appears to have the same benefits as conventional THC. There are a few seemingly unique aspects of THCV, though, that have caught the attention of cannabis researchers. Most notably, a considerable number of studies have sought to determine if THCV has appetite-suppressant effects, and THCV has also been investigated for its potential usefulness in treating diabetes.
Does THCV suppress appetite?
Researchers appear to be very interested in determining if THCV supports reduced appetite and weight loss. A 2009 study that found THCV reduced food intake is often cited.
Truth be told, though, we haven’t done enough research into THCV to determine if it reliably reduces appetite. A 2015 study, in fact, found that THCV made certain foods more tantalizing, so the science on THCV and appetite suppression certainly isn’t settled.
Is THCV good for diabetes?
A 2013 study suggested THCV might reduce insulin sensitivity, the main driving factor of diabetes. In 2016, another study investigated the potential usefulness of using THCV and CBD together for diabetes.
These initial studies are certainly promising. We’ll need to know a lot more about THCV, though, before we can conclude it might be useful for diabetes.
What effects does THCV have?
Most users report that THCV provides effects similar to those of THC. In some cases, though, users indicate THCV is slightly “weaker” than normal THC, leading to THCV becoming dubbed “weed lite.”
If you’re using THCV for the first time, expect the same effects you experience with normal THC but at a lower level of intensity. For a THC-like high that lacks this cannabinoid’s notorious paranoia, users generally recommend delta 8, not THCV.
Will THCV get me high?
Yes, expect THCV to provide an intoxicating effect. This cannabinoid is definitely in the THC family—it’s nothing like CBD or CBG, which won’t make you feel high no matter how much you use. Keep in mind, though, that the THCV high is usually reported as being less intense than the classic THC buzz.
Is THCV safe?
THCV is a natural cannabinoid found in certain strains of hemp. In its natural form, THCV appears to have about the same safety profile as normal THC.=
The vast majority of the THCV on the market, though, is converted from another cannabinoid. It’s possible to perform this process safely, but many producers lack the equipment to get it done. Trust established hemp brands to produce high-quality, reliable THCV products.
Is THCV a controlled substance?
THCV is generally classified as industrial hemp, placing it in the same category as CBD and other hemp cannabinoids. When converted from another cannabinoid, THCV can sometimes be considered “modified,” making naturally bred THCV more desirable.