THCV Strains You Should Look Out For: Strains With High THCV Content
An emerging cannabinoid, THCV (short for tetrahydrocannabivarin) has slowly getting more attention due to its appetite-suppressing qualities. Along with THC and CBD, THCV is one of the “big 6” cannabinoids that has been extensively studied by experts. THCV comes in several strains, perfectly fitted for every consumer’s needs, too!
Chill, as we tell you about THCV strains, how they feel and taste, and their respective therapeutic benefits and effects for cannabis connoisseurs to enjoy.
Get to Know THCV
The Journal of Cannabis Research defines THCV as “a cannabis-derived compound with unique properties that set it apart from the more common cannabinoids, such as Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or delta 8 THC.”
In rodent studies, THCV decreases appetite, increases satiety, and up-regulates energy metabolism, making it a clinically useful remedy for weight loss and management of obesity and type 2 diabetic patients. The distinctions between THCV and THC in terms of glycemic control, glucose metabolism, and energy regulation have been demonstrated in previous studies.
Unlike THC, THCV is only psychoactive when you consume a significantly high doses. THCV's “high” is faster-acting, clear-headed and stimulating, and it lasts for a short period of time compared to THC. In addition, THC causes the “munchies” or stimulates the appetite, but THCV suppresses it.
Overview on Cannabis Strains
In case you didn’t know about how cannabis strains work, we got you covered! Here are some important terms used when talking about strains, and we’ll use more of them in the next part of this post, too.
Sativa vs. Indica
When you hear about the terms sativa and indica, they pertain to the biological classification and physical characteristics of cannabis plants where strains originate.
In general, cannabis indica plants are shorter and have broader, dark green leaves. Cannabis sativa plants mostly grow taller and develop thinner, pale green leaves.
In terms of its respective effects to the users, both variants have unique feel to each user. Some consumers experience some effects of hemp indica-derived products as sedating.
Sativa-derived products are known for their “head high,” an invigorating, energizing effect that can help reduce anxiety or stress and increase creativity and focus.
On the other hand, indicas are typically associated with full-body effects, such as increasing deep relaxation and reducing insomnia.
Which Strains Have The Highest THCV? THCV Cannabis Strains You Should Look Out For
When you’re looking into strains with high amounts of THCV, look for sativa strains from the African continent. Although this is not clear why, they found out that indicas have minimal amounts of THCV.
If you are looking to try out a marijuana strain with appetite suppressing effects, here are some THCV strains you should look out for:
1. Dougs Varin
When it comes to THCV content, Dougs Varin is the most popular one. This strain is currently the most cultivated due to its high THCV content, ranging from 3%-5%. Dougs Varin has an earthy pine aroma with a hint of citrusy notes.
When consumed, it produces a clear-headed mental stimulation which doesn’t last long. As it has high THCV content, it also suppresses appetite, which aids in losing weight.
Dougs Varin is trademarked, and you can’t find it easily in most dispensaries if you want one. This strain can be found in vendor’s vape pens though, and if you happen to find it, their content can go as high as 25-30% THCV.
2. Pineapple Purps (aka Purple Pineapple)
Pineapple Purps is another sativa hybrid strain cultivated for its high THCV content, usually at 4%. This strain also has the usual THC content at 15%, meaning it has a THC-to-THCV ratio better than 3:1, most strong pot has a ratio of 100:1 and possibly higher.
This is a nearly-perfect example of what the best THCV-high strains can do that cannabis enthusiasts enjoy. Purple Pineapple is a sweet-smelling marijuana, which gives users a short-acting but powerful head high without body lock. This can potentially battle depression, anxiety, and pain – and suppresses the appetite, which means no more munchies.
3. Durban Poison
Durban Poison, an African landrace strain has been cultivated by stoners since the early 1970s. This strain has fathered many of today’s popular hybrids, some of which you’ll see on this list.
Named after South Africa's sunny city of Durban, this pure Sativa strain has strong genetics and high resistance to harsh weather conditions. Durban Poison is said to be one of the finest strains of all time, especially if you’re lucky enough to try the original phenotype of this strain.
Durban Poison gives off an energizing, uplifting buzz that is known to boost the creative side and even motivate you to keep on going on a challenging schedule.
This cannabis strain can contain up to 1% of THCV, which is considered a high concentration considering that the bulk of cannabis plants have far less, often below 0.2%.
4. Malawi Gold
This cannabis strain is named after where it’s from, the African country of Malawi. Malawi Gold (sometimes just “Malawi) is a sativa landrace strain that causes an energetic buzz, both mentally stimulating and uplifting.
When it comes to THCV content of this famous strain, there are no official lab data to give us the exact amount. However, it has been suggested that THCV levels in Malawi Gold are as high, if not higher, than in Durban Poison.
The THCV content of Malawi is enough to suppress appetite and promote weight loss as well.
5. Power Plant
Power Plant is a powerful sativa strain, with the African sativa as its parent. It has high THC content that ranges between 15%-20% and an equally high THCV amount as well. This strain has been around since the 1990’s and has even won several cannabis awards.
This cannabis strain offers a clear-headed, buzzy high that will make consumers feel happy and creative. Power Plant’s aroma is described as woody, earthy and pungent, while the taste is sharp and peppery. Fair warning, this strain has high THC content, only take it when you have high THC tolerance.
As far as growing goes, most cultivators say this strain has a fast growing time and will grow well in almost any type of environment.
6. Willie Nelson
This cannabis strain is named after the country musician Willie James, who supposedly tried it and bought the entire first crop. It is a hybrid cross between Nepalese and a sativa South Asian strain.
THC levels of Willie Nelson average at a high of 20-22%, so beginners must take note of this. Willie Nelson has a mix of sweet and sour taste with a hint of lemon grass. This causes a clear-headed high when taken in high amounts, and also a great choice if you want to suppress appetite due to its high THCV content.
7. Jack the Ripper (JTR)
Jack the Ripper is a popular hybrid marijuana strain that has won several Cannabis Cups and voted as one of High Times top 10 strains of 2006. Being considered a potent sativa-dominant strain, it causes instant cerebral lifting and mental stimulation, making users feel energized.
This strain produces a pungent sweet and sour lemon scent that can quickly fill the entire room. You’ll see notes of pine and tropical fruits emerging when you break apart JTR’s resinous buds. When smoked or vaped, get to experience an earthy and pine-like undertone, which complements its sharp and sweet lemon flavor.
When it comes to THC potency, levels can reach into the upper 20%, which should not be taken lightly, especially if you’re a novice consumer.
8. Pink Boost Goddess
Boost Goddess (a cross of the Pink and Boost Goddess F2 strains) is a limited-edition strain produced by Flow Kana. It is a cross between Black Garlic and Boost Goddess.
This cannabis strain has a delicious taste, with light notes of strawberry and mint, making it pleasurable to sniff and to puff. Pink Boost Goddess is a balanced hybrid strain that causes euphoric relaxation when taken in high amounts.
It has 4.24 percent THCV content, making it ideal for cannabis connoisseurs aiming to suppress appetite and lose weight. Aside from its appetite-suppressing qualities, it also offers numerous therapeutic benefits such as combating pain, reducing anxiety, and combating symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
ACDC is a 50/50 balanced sativa/indica hybrid with .11% THCV content. Some THCV benefits from using AC/DC cannabis strain include reducing stress and anxiety, THCV weight loss assistance, calming panic attacks, helping with epileptic seizures, and the spasms of Parkinson’s disease.
10. Chocolope Haze
Going into the high THC category as well, this 95% Sativa-dominant hybrid has a .066 THCV level and 21-24% THC content.
Although it has less THCV content, you can reasonably expect to experience THCV diabetes benefit with potentially lower blood sugars from this strain. This strain can also help reduce stress and anxiety symptoms, plus some appetite suppression – though not as much as some of the above-mentioned strains.
Chocolope Haze is also known for alleviating pain and fighting fatigue, making it sought-after by consumers aiming to feel therapeutic benefits.
Final Note on THCV Strains
THCV offers appetite-suppressing qualities, perfect for cannabis users aiming to lose or maintain a certain weight. It comes in several cannabis strains, as we mentioned, and offer respective health benefits to the consumers.
While these strains contain THCV levels, some have high THC content that can be too much for beginners. High THC content strains cause stronger psychoactive effects, which can be overwhelming and can cause serious complications. It is essential to consume pot in moderation and be aware of its potential side effects.
That said, marijuana can definitely be a relaxing experience when done the right way and of course, in the right amounts as well.