Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCv) Cannabinoid Profile

Formula: C19H26O2

THCv Strains: Durban Poison, Girl Scout Cookies, Tangie, Pie Face OG, Hawaiian Dutch

THCv is comprised of two fewer carbon bonds than the more familiar THC. And although the psychoactive components of this compound are not fully researched many cannabis connoisseurs search out this cannabinoid in hopes of it’s coveted believed effects. Plants that are high in THCv usually derive from China, IndiaNepal, Thailand, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, as well as southern and western Africa. The strain that almost always shows high amounts of THCv and even tested with 1% THCv at the 2014 Seattle High Times Cannabis Cup is Durban Poison from South Africa.

Although this cannabinoid effect the same CB1 and CB2 receptors it also seems to have an adverse effect on some receptors and suppresses our appetite. THCv is also the cannabinoid responsible for somewhat psychedelic effects of cannabis and can be highly psychoactive. The mind remains crisp and clear with THCv strains which is just one of the many reasons that these strains are so highly coveted. Other studies show that this cannabinoid can stimulate bone growth, reduce panic attacks and help with Alzeihmer’s. It is also possible that THCv may help with diabetes.


  • Psychoactive
  • Energetic
  • Stimulate bone growth
  • Help with diabetes
  • Dulls the appetite
  • Curb emotions and Suppress anxiety attacks
  • Help with Alzheimer’s
  • Reduce Parkinson’s associated tremors


Cover photo sourced from Whaxy.com


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  1. You have an error on your information: “THCv is a cousin of sorts to THC but with a couple of extra carbons added onto the molecule.” Is wrong. It’s the other way around, THCV has 2 less carbon bonds than THC. -Jean Manzano Medicinal Cannabis Lab Director

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