Another difference in the high could be how hungry you might feel. Many smokers have had the experience after indulging in a heavy THC strain via bong, pipe or joint where they experience a hunger so powerful that it is almost impossible to combat it. Even if you are short on food, a plain slice of bread can seem as satisfying as a slice of cake at these time. This sensation is typically referred to as the “munchies”, for more than obvious reasons. However, THCV is reported to have appetite suppressant effects, making it a great strain for those looking to lose weight or simply those who don’t want to overindulge in food during their smoking session. With this said, the element of THC that helps to bring about a raging appetite actually has useful applications in cases of appetite loss and anorexia, so both cannabinoids are useful in their own unique ways when it comes to appetite.
THCV may be able to contribute to the domain of Alzheimer’s treatment. Although research here is very limited, THCV may lend to improve tremors, motor control and brain lesions that are associated with the disease.
A paper  published in the British Journal of Pharmacology states that the cannabinoid THCV has antioxidant properties and has the ability to activate the CB2 receptor of the endocannabinoid system, and work to block the CB1 receptor. The authors explain that cannabinoids such as THCV might be an effective therapy in alleviating the symptoms and delaying neurodegeneration that occurs in Parkinson’s disease, “THCV has a promising pharmacological profile for delaying disease progression in PD [Parkinson’s Disease] and also for ameliorating parkinsonian symptoms.”
THCV itself promotes the growth of new bone cells and is therefore being investigated for its use among bone conditions.
Cannabinoids may be able to influence bone health, with cannabinoid receptors actually found within bone. Researches  state that, “Recent studies have implicated the endocannabinoid system in the regulation of bone cell activity and bone remodelling. These studies showed that endogenous cannabinoid ligands, cannabinoid receptors, and the enzymes responsible for ligand synthesis and breakdown all play important roles in bone mass and in the regulation of bone disease.”
THCV is a cannabinoid similar to THC. It offers smokers a different type of high that comes on fast, wears off quicker and may reduce negative experiences such as anxiety. THCV is also displaying some serious medicinal potential under scientific analysis.
It is common knowledge now that cannabis is a highly medicinal plant, filled with cannabinoids that seem to be able to ease and treat a wide array of disorders through activation of the endocannabinoid system within the human body. THC and CBD are the mammoths in this domain, primarily because they have received the most attention through scientific research. THC is a renowned pain killer, whereas CBD is receiving praise due to its anti inflammatory properties and abilities to combat seizures. Also research is indeed in its early stages, THCV may one day join these giants on the medicinal pantheon.
Another difference that occurs with a THCV high is the duration, which has given the cannabinoid an association with a “racecar”. This is because the onset of the high is a lot faster than THC rich strains, but the effects wear off a lot quicker also. A THCV strain high could be looked at as a sprint, fast and intense, yet over hastily. Whereas a THC high is more like an endurance event, the effects take slightly longer to kick it, and the duration is longer. THCV is also reported to enhance the euphoric aspect of a THC high.
THCV strains may also make a great choice for those smokers who benefits off of smoking cannabis, but also struggle with some adverse side effects such as paranoia and forms of anxiety. An article  published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology documented how THCV can manipulate the effects of THC. The findings suggest that THCV may positively influence potential negative effects experienced after ingesting THC, such as paranoia and short-term memory impairment. The results didn’t stop here, THCV may also be able to stop or reduce increases in heart rate that THC can bring about. The authors of the study also state, that THCV, when administered alone, showed signs of improvement in subjects when carrying out a working-memory test, however slight increases of anxiety were reported here.
THCV is a less well-known cannabinoid approaching the limelight as a molecule capable of a new type of high as well as medicinal effects.
Unlike other high-THCV strains, which tend to be pure sativas, Pink Boost Goddess is an indica-dominant hybrid with a vanilla flavor and an intense floral terpene aroma.
With all the benefits this cannabinoid boasts, you’re probably wondering why there aren’t more high-THCV strains and cannabis products out there. THCV’s relative rarity makes it not only hard to find but difficult and costly to isolate and extract.
As our scientific knowledge of cannabis grows, we’re gaining a better understanding of how the plant’s complex chemical makeup shapes how our bodies and minds respond to different strains. From cannabinoids to terpenes and flavonoids, we’re learning that even the smallest molecules can have a big impact on how a particular cannabis strain makes us feel, along with the health benefits it can provide. A perfect example of this is the trace cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV).
Durban Poison originates from the port city of Durban, South Africa and was first imported to the U.S. in the late 1970s by one of America’s first international strain hunters, Ed Rosenthal. This award-winning medical sativa has been at the center of the newfound interest in high-THCV strains. With a naturally occurring THCV concentration of nearly 1%, Durban Poison excels at suppressing appetite while inducing energizing and focusing effects of a pure sativa.
Beyond the medical and therapeutic potential of THCV, consumers are increasingly turning to high-THCV strains for their energizing, stimulating and uplifting effects. And no wonder; cultivars with high levels of THCV tend to share a genetic lineage with landrace sativas known for their invigorating highs.
Still, there are a handful of cannabis cultivars that are naturally high in THCV, and almost all of them stem from landrace sativas originating in Africa. They may be harder to track down, but they’re worth the extra effort. If the many benefits of tetrahydrocannabivarin appeal to you, here are five high-THCV strains you need to know about.
Pineapple Purps is as rare as its genetics are esoteric. A cross between Pineapple, Skunk #1 (another high-THCV strain) and Cheese, Pineapple Purps has been dubbed a “super sativa” on account of its energetic, euphoric and low-anxiety effects. Those strong sativa genetics also mean Pineapple Purps has a very high THCV profile, with some lab results measuring the cannabinoid at 4 percent of the flower’s dry weight.
The cultivation of Doug’s Varin, likely the highest THC strain available today, appears to have been a happy accident. David Lampach, co-founder of Doug’s Varin (now owned by Oakland, California-based California Cannabinoids), said the original cultivar stemmed from a Harlequin parent. When the company identified the cultivar’s high THCV content, it began using it to develop a family of THCV-rich strains ranging from 3% to 6% THCV.
THCV is a minor cannabinoid usually found in trace amounts in most cannabis strains, or “cultivars.” But its slim profile hasn’t prevented THCV from gaining the attention of researchers and recently, a foothold in the health and wellness segment of the cannabis market.
THCV is a cannabinoid found in trace amounts in cannabis strains. Consumers are turning to high-THCV strains for energizing and uplifting effects.