What is THCv?


THCv stands for Tetrahydrocannabivarin, which is a cannabinoid structurally similar to THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), except for a shortened side chain. THCv, or THC-v, is an alternative cannabinoid that comes with unique effects and benefits that set it apart from THC and CBD. THCv is a minor cannabinoid that is typically found in relatively low concentrations in most strains. However, when THCv is extracted and bred in higher concentrations, it produces a non-psychoactive effect that comes with unique therapeutic effects from its cousin, THC. 


While they may sound similar, THC and THCv have different pharmacological profiles. Key differences between THC and THCv include:

  • Psychoactive effects: When we think of THC, we associate it with a “high” feeling that comes with our D9 consumption. THCv does not produce a “high” effect, and is known to be non-psychoactive, some even use THCv for sleep issues.

  • Effects on appetite: THC-v gives users the effect of an appetite suppressant, which is the opposite of the munchies we may be used to with THC products. This is why some people call THCv “diet weed”

  • Receptor binding: Both THC and THCv interact with the central nervous system’’s CB1 and CB2 receptors. Evidence from a recent study shows that as THC activates and boosts the CB1 receptor, THCv suppresses the CB1 and CB2 receptor. Therefore, THC and THCv has an opposite effect on the body, as we see in the different ways these two compounds impact our appetite

  • Potential therapeutic effects: Both THC and THCv display therapeutic effects in different areas. THC has been studied for pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory, and anti-nausea effects, while THCv is being studied for opportunities for use with those experiencing obesity, diabetes, and seizures.

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    THCv effects include clear-headedness, motivation, and a suppressed appetite, which is how THCv received the nickname “weederall”. THCv as a standalone compound is known primarily for its non-psychoactive, diet suppressing effects. In newer studies, scientists have explored the possibility of THCv having a positive effect on individuals with diabetes, epilepsy, anxiety, Alzheimers, and bone density.

    Something to keep in mind when it comes to THCv is that it is typically found in trace levels, and when blended with other cannabinoids you may not receive the pure THCv effects that you read about online. THCv is an emerging cannabinoid that we are starting to understand and unlock new capabilities with, and the initial results are an exciting look into the universe of capabilities with the cannabis plant.


    When we talk about the strength of a new cannabinoid, each of us may have different definitions of strong. Factors like THC tolerance, frequency of use, the body’s metabolism, and the presence of other cannabinoids will always play a role that makes each cannabis experience unique. When considering how strong THCv is, what first comes to mind is the psychoactivity and intensity of the “high” effect produced by THC products. In low doses, THCv’s CB1 antagonist properties mean that it is non-psychoactive. However, when we start taking THCv in higher doses, it can switch and start behaving more like THC, giving a psychoactive buzz. 

    If you are wondering in general how strong THCv is in terms of potency, THC-v is not as strong as a D9 THC product and not as benign as a CBD product. Early studies suggest THCv is a quarter as potent as THC products, however when combined with other cannabinoids this may change. When it comes to trying a new cannabinoid, we always recommend starting low and slow, increasing your dose gradually as you determine what is right for you and your needs.


    Drug tests are tricky when it comes to testing Marijuana products, as the Mellow Fellow team has examined in the past with other cannabinoids. Alternative cannabinoids may not specifically have THC, however, when a drug test examines the presence of a Marijuana product, it’s likely that an alternative cannabinoid will show up. THC-v and other cannabinoids show up because drug tests detect the presence of THC metabolites. With that in mind, we would not recommend consuming THC-v if you have a drug test on the horizon. Better safe than sorry!

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    Mellow Fellow offers THC-v products in prerolls, gummies, disposables, cartridges, cereal bars, diamonds, and more. 

    We highly recommend Mellow Fellow’s Clarity Blend for a focusing experience. Known for being high on energy and low on anxiety, this blend is a trademark THCv and HHC blend that the Mellow Fellow team blended to bring the best of THC-v to you. When you're looking to take your productivity to the next level, or if you want to find a more natural way to find focus and peace of mind, da Vinci's Clarity Blend is the perfect solution.

    If you are looking for more of an energizing and stimulating experience, look no further than Mellow Fellow’s Charged Blend for a festive and invigorating effect. The Charged blend is designed to get you over any hump in your energy, getting you going in a way that makes you feel a little more vigorous with each puff.


    • Sir Adam M.

      The clarity blend I always come back to it. It tends to tantalize my senses, and being a Insta-anxiety be gone weapon I give it five of age shaven virgin asses up.

    • Sir Adam M.

      The clarity blend I always come back to it. It tends to tantalize my senses, and being a Insta-anxiety be gone weapon I give it five of age shaven virgin asses up.

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