THCV vs THC: What’s The Difference?
Rare Cannabinoid Company offers the largest selection of naturally occurring hemp cannabinoids, two of which are THC and THCV. But, what is the difference between THC and THCV? Despite how similar the two compounds sound, they are extremely different and offer almost opposite effects. Many people turn to THC for relaxation, whereas others seek out THCV weight loss products. Are those characterizations true? Read on to learn all of the unique differences between THC vs THCV below.
THCV vs THC: Similarities
THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are both natural cannabinoids, active compounds found in cannabis and hemp plants. All cannabinoids interact with the human endocannabinoid system (ECS) to produce various effects. The ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body, or balance. CBD, THC, THCV and other cannabinoids can help support the ECS to bring the body back into balance. They work by binding to cannabinoid receptors found throughout the brain and body.
THCV vs THC: Differences
The main differences between THC and THCV are their primary effects:
THC effects include:
- Relaxation / sleepiness
- Temporary relief from pain and inflammation
- Relief from occasional nausea and vomiting
- Appetite stimulant / increase in hunger
- May disrupt thinking and balance
THCV effects include:
- Increased energy
- Appetite suppression / decrease in hunger
- Increased focus, alertness
- Decrease in nicotine and substance cravings
- Does not disrupt thinking and balance
Hemp / Cannabis Varins
Another unique difference is that THCV is a varin. This is a sub-family of the 113+ cannabinoids known to exist in hemp and cannabis. Varins have shorter, 3-carbon tails. Whereas, THC, CBD and most other cannabinoids have 5-carbon tails. Another varin that is garnering interest these days is CBDV (cannabidivarin). CBDV has similar benefits to CBD but is also being studied for aiding sociability and reducing irritability in people with autism spectrum disorder and for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
Differences in breeding & extraction
Delta-9-THC is the primary active compound found in cannabis. It is found in abundance and is easily extracted to make THC-rich cannabis products. Delta-9-THC can also be extracted from hemp plants, although it occurs in much smaller quantities compared to CBD. Delta-9-THC can be sold outside dispensaries as long as it is naturally derived from hemp and there is less than 0.3% THC by dry weight in the finished product.
THCV, on the other hand, is a much rarer cannabinoid. It is found in very small amounts, primarily in African landrace cannabis sativa plants, and in recent hemp production, and is more difficult to extract. This makes THCV products much more expensive and harder to find than THC products.
How to take THC and THCV
Now that you know the difference between THCV vs THC, you may be wondering how to take each one. Both cannabinoids can be consumed in a variety of ways, including smoking or vaping, consuming edibles, tinctures and topicals. However, there are many more THC products on the market than THCV.
Rare Cannabinoid Company was the first to offer a pure THCV oil tincture as well as a 1:1 blend of THCV oil with full spectrum Hawaiian CBD and THCV edibles (extra strength THCV gummies).
If you are tying to lose weight and are interested in taking THCV for appetite suppression, it is better to take THCV alone or with CBD. If you combine THCV with THC, the THC will still increase hunger to some extent.
Of course, if you want to take THC anyway, combining it with THCV will help curb the munchies quite a bit.
We now offer THC + CBC Mood Gummies. Each gummy contains 5 mg Delta-9-THC as well as high levels of CBC (cannabichromene) and CBD (cannabidiol). This unique hemp extract was chosen because Delta-9-THC and CBC have been found to improve mood and have the most antidepressant-like effects of all cannabinoids, followed by CBD.
Given the uplifting qualities of THCV and the relaxing effects of THC, many people enjoy having THCV in the morning or daytime and THC in the evening.
Combining THCV and THC
You can also use our full spectrum THC Mood Gummies as a base oil and enhance it with THCV or other cannabinoids. In fact, we always recommend taking pure cannabinoids with a full or broad spectrum CBD or THC oil for the entourage effect. This is the phenomena by which cannabinoids work together to produce a greater effect than they would if they were taken alone.
Taking THCV with THC will produce an energetic, elevated feel that some people describe as being akin to a cannabis sativa. The THCV will also help you feel less hungry than if you take THC on its own.