Without body shaming you, what is THCV and how can it help you shed those unsightly pounds this summer (if shedding be your goal)?
For starters, THCV is another component of medical cannabis purported to contain very beneficial properties, namely being an appetite suppressant.
Many individuals experiencing the devastating effects of chemotherapy have reported that cannabis often helps with extreme nausea associated with radiation treatments. It has only been of recent that scientists have identified this anecdotal evidence as being linked to THCV, which has a therapeutic metabolic effect and can be used in diseases that affect appetite, such as diabetes or certain cancers.
Israeli scientists, who, along with their government sponsors have made monumental strides in the decriminalization and research of cannabis, claim that THCV has enormous health benefits. Here are some ways they discovered THVC can aid a person:
- THCV manages panic attacks which is crucial for PTSD patients;
- Reduces stress and anxiety;
- Does not suppress emotions only blocks fight or flight response;
- Reduces tremors, a common symptom of Parkinson`s disease;
- Stimulates bone cell growth;
- Ameliorate insulin sensitivity
- Suppresses appetite
This last benefit is what bodes well to many San Franciscans, who are notoriously health conscious (even if their city is not). However, scientists warn consumers to be mindful of THCV’s anorexic effect, which can wreak havoc on a body attempting to regulate itself during and after a workout.
Most dispensaries out here in the Bay Area do not include THCV in their descriptions of strains, as is often the case with CBD. However, due to its growing popularity among trendy and health conscious tokers, this might soon change. Below I’ve listed three popular cannabis strains high in THCV, two of which you can readily find in most dispensaries out here in San Francisco:
Durban Poison is a South African Sativa with a high THC percentage (24%) and a high amount of THCV (up to 1.8%). It has a strong anti-stress effect and is rather psychoactive. Medical marijuana dispensaries in San Francisco offer this strain for around $18 per gram, on average. However, most often you will find this strain in hash form, which is still just as rich in THCV.
Pineapple Purps is rarely sold out here in the Bay Area, but when it is around it goes quickly. Boasting the highest THCV percentage on this list at 4%, it also contains a minimal amount of THC, 12%, which is perfect for those utilizing cannabis in their workouts. This particular strain was created several years ago and is described as creating an intense euphoric mood.
Doug’s Varin is a powerful Sativa with an impressive ratio of 6:7 THC:THCV. It serves as a mood booster, helps to reduce anxiety and is recommended to patients with PTSD. It is also a bit difficult to find but with a little shopping around it is possible to smoke, eat or dab.
My name is Petey Wheatstraw, also known as Charles Stevens. I’m an avid marijuana smoker, writer, devoted father and non-profit minion– not necessarily in that order. A Chicago native I’ve lived off and on in the Bay Area since 1996. Seven years ago I finally settled here to capture the changing face of our communities.