Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is a cannabinoid that, if present in high enough doses, can interact with the body’s endocannabinoid receptors to induce psychoactive effects. THCV, like Delta-9-THC, can act as an agonist of the body’s CB1 endocannabinoid receptor, although the effects of THCV are much weaker than THC. At lower doses (10-20mg) THCV can behave as a CB1 receptor antagonist, meaning that it has the potential to attenuate some of the less-desirable effects of THC that are thought to be CB1 receptor-mediated, such as poorer motor control, lessened cognitive function, and even the food craving “munchies”.
Tinctures are the most common delivery method to take THCV and the one we recommend for daily use.
Tinctures have higher bioavailability than products like gummies, drinks, softgels, and capsules. THCV that you simply eat or swallow must be digested. Your liver must process the THCV before THCV is circulated in your bloodstream. THCV is absorbed into your bloodstream more quickly under the tongue.