As scientific knowledge about cannabis develops, the chemical composition of cannabis and the way it interacts with the body is revealed. And while CBD or THC are widely studied, some rarer cannabinoids such as THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin) are of increasing interest to scientists.
Over the past decade, human and animal studies have identified the potential of THCV to reduce appetite in people struggling to lose weight, regulate blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes, reduce seizures associated with epilepsy, delay neurodegeneration associated with Parkinson’s disease, and improve symptoms of schizophrenia.
Beyond the therapeutic potential of THCV, varieties rich in THCV offer energizing effects, particularly as they are derived from the Sativa lineage, known for their invigorating properties. And it is important to note that THCV itself does not seem to produce psychoactive effects at low doses. At higher doses, THCV behaves as a CB1 receptor agonist and produces stimulating and lucid psychoactive effects. Both appear to slightly reduce the psychoactive effects of THC.
6 varieties with high THCV levels to be aware of
The relative scarcity of THCV not only makes suitable varieties difficult to find but also makes THCV complicated to isolate and extract. Nevertheless, some varieties are naturally rich in THCV.
Durban Poison The legendary African Sativa, Durban Poison is native to the port city of Durban, South Africa. It was first imported into the United States in the late 1970s by Ed Rosenthal. With a natural THCV concentration of nearly 1%, Durban Poison excels at suppressing appetite while inducing the energizing and focusing effects of pure Sativa.
The discovery of Doug’s Varin, probably the most potent THCV variety available today, seems to be the result of a happy accident and a particular phenotype of Harlequin. It develops between 3% and 6% THCV and is sold in California.
Pink Boost Goddess
Pink Boost Goddess, is one of the new emerging varieties around THCV. It contains about 4% THCV to 18% THC and is touted as ideal for reducing anxiety and suppressing appetite. Unlike other high THCV varieties, which tend to be pure sativas, Pink Boost Goddess is an indica-dominant hybrid with a vanilla flavor and intense floral aroma.
Pineapple Purps is as rare as its genetics are complex. A cross between a Pineapple, a Skunk #1 and a Cheese, Pineapple Purps is considered a “super Sativa” because of its energetic, euphoric and anti-anxiety effects, with a level measured at 4% THCV. Both earthy and lemony, it does not leave one indifferent.
Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper THCV A cross between a Jack Cleaner and a Space Queen male, this variety rises to 5% THCV or more, with a THC content of about 15 to 25%. Jack the Ripper can nowadays be found quite easily in California dispensaries.
THC-Victory is a balanced ratio between THC and THCV, in the order of 6 to 8%, makes it a unique plant. It is available in feminized seeds.