THCv & CBG: What We Know(ish)

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AUTHOR Nora Lenhardt

There’s more to leaf than THC and CBD. Get a better understanding of THCv and CBG, the latest buzzworthy cannabinoids found in new flavors of our Full Spectrum Hash Drops.

Here’s the thing about marketing weed: it’s still marketing. What gets lost in hyperbolic promises are unknown facts – of which there are many within cannabis. This is not said in disdain or decree; it’s simply how marketing works. Find a “selling point,” then sell that point in seven words or less.

This scenario is pervasive in promotions for emerging cannabinoids. Just as you were getting ahold of how THC or CBD jive with your body, market trends throw others in the mix – the latest darlings being THCv and CBG. A brief search for these boasts the former as “diet weed” and the latter as “the mother of all cannabinoids.” While there is some truth to those statements (we’ll get there) it’s not the full picture because, frankly, we don’t have the full picture.

As we hop on the bandwagon of buzzworthy cannabinoids with our new Yuzu Focus and Guava Refresh Full Spectrum Hash Drops, transparency is important. While scientific research about the complex chemical composition and therapeutic benefits of cannabis is lackluster, we do lean into the limited published data available. For the sake of integrity, however, know that a lot of information for this article was discerned from anecdotal evidence on Reddit. Reddit can be like the Wild Wild West, but one thing is consistent: Redditors don’t hold back. Pages and pages of experiences and opinions were combined with what science says (so far) to reach an educated consensus on THCv and CBG.

The Lay of the Cannabis Landscape

Let’s turn to what we do know about cannabis – indisputable facts to keep in mind as you’re inundated with absolute claims. First, there are (at least) 500 chemical compounds in cannabis; 100 (ish) of those are cannabinoids. THC and CBD are the most prevalent cannabinoids in terms of both structure and current research, but due to cannabis’ place as a Schedule I drug, even their study is deficient. As you can imagine, research on the “newer,” more obscure ones is even less.

Cannabinoids are found in trichomes – the plant’s bulbous appendages.

Second, we each have a unique endocannabinoid system (ECS) that impacts how cannabis reacts in our bodies and minds. We’ll get into that system at a later date, but for now, remember that it’s a singular system that accounts for differing cannabis experiences. When you take your sesh “low and slow” and reflect on the ride, you’re tuning into your ECS and learning how different aspects of cannabis affect it/you.

The following information about THCv and CBG are collective generalizations, but they’re a great starting point for interpreting how these cannabinoids could show up for you. Without further ado, we love you THC and CBD, but it’s time for your siblings to shine!

THCv: A real go-getter.

Considering its abbreviation, it’ll come as no surprise that THCv (tetrahydrocannabivarin) is similar to THC in its molecular structure. However, it breaks with THC in how it binds to ECS receptors. THC binds with receptors all over the body and often provokes a high concentration of activity in the brain, which elicits its coveted euphoria. We still don’t know exactly how THCv interacts with the ECS, but current research regards it as non-psychoactive in low doses. “Low dose” is quite subjective and your ECS, your tolerance, etc., must be factored in; Reddit estimates that a low to moderate dose is in the ballpark of 15mg of THCv. For those seeking a more concrete stat, some sources equated THCv as being ¼ as intoxicating as THC.

It appears that THCv can both block and activate the same receptors that THC triggers depending on the dose. Often, it’s thought to “turn off” switches in the brain that THC “turned on.” For example, THC can arouse paranoia or increased anxiety, while THCv is often used to treat anxiety and PTSD. Fogginess or couchlock that can accompany THC isn’t noted by THCv proponents. Instead, they overwhelmingly note an alertness, motivation, and energy boost – a general “get shit done” attitude.

THCv’s greatest claim to fame? NO munchies. While that may sound too good to be true, almost every post on Reddit raved about THCv’s supposed appetite suppression. THCv isn’t going to make you lose weight per se, but it doesn’t activate the part of our nervous systems that signify hunger (like THC). It’s hypothesized to regulate blood sugar, making it a strong candidate for combatting diabetes, so perhaps there is a correlation between its glycemic control and “diet weed” prestige.

Besides the more immediate effects mentioned above, THCv is regarded for its ability to stimulate bone growth and tissue restoration, which may help those experiencing symptoms of osteoporosis. Lastly, THCv research is making strides for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, MS, Parkinson’s, and other neurodegenerative disorders because of its ability to improve motor functions and tremors.

Yuzu Focus Full Spectrum Hash Drops

 

THCv is generally found in sativa-dominant strains, so you’ll likely experience a boost of energy and a clearheaded high. Often compared to a cup of coffee, many enthusiasts like to start their day with the mild stimulation of THCv, and our 2:1 ratio of THCv to THC will help mitigate any paranoia or brain fog associated with THC. With 5mg of THCv apiece, you’re within the “low to moderate” dose, meaning that psychoactive effects won’t interrupt your motivation to move about your day. Plus, the citrusy sweet yuzu flavor will awaken your tastebuds better than your morning glass of OJ.

When your to-do list is miles from done, pop a Yuzu Focus Drop to pedal through the pressure – pleasantly.

CBG: A Rare Beauty.  

By nearly all accounts, CBG (cannabigerol) seems to be CBD’s twin, and perhaps the slightly more successful one? While people turn to CBD for many reasons, it’s primarily used for treating pain, inflammation, anxiety, and depression without psychoactive effects. The same goes for CBG, but as one Redditor illuminated to an applause of upvotes, “CBG simply does it better.” That statement certainly leans into CBG’s “mother of all cannabinoids” tagline, but the actual reason for its reputation is *exploding head emoji*.

CBG is – literally – the mother of all cannabinoids. Young cannabis plants are full of CBGA (the acidic form of CBG) and as plants mature, this acid becomes THCA, CBDA, and other cannabinoids through a chemical chain reaction. Because so much of CBG’s essence transforms into different chemical compounds, a fully developed plant contains only 1% of CBG at best. Knowing that it’s packed with potential benefits, growers are experimenting with genetic manipulation and crossbreeding to increase CBG’s presence. On the flip side, because CBG isn’t as abundant as other cannabinoids, scientific research hasn’t been able to fully comprehend its power.

Most (of the few) studies have found that CBG binds with ECS receptors directly, unlike CBD, delivering CBG’s benefits more efficiently. CBG is believed to strengthen neurotransmitters, which deliver messages all over our bodies to activate a response. CBG seems to have an affinity for a particular neurotransmitter, anandamide, which is connected to pain relief, feelings of motivation and happiness, and sleep regulation. Anandamide itself was discovered while studying cannabis’ effect on our bodies, which led to the realization that we have a whole system that helps us maintain homeostasis – the ever-elusive endocannabinoid system. Because of its positive persuasion, scientists named anandamide after the Sanskrit word for “bliss” – ananda. All this to say, if you deal with anxiety and/or depression or chronic pain, you’ll likely find a friend in CBG.

As if potentially easing the lives of millions of Americans isn’t enough, CBG also shows signs of helping with gastrointestinal issues and colon cancer by reducing inflammation of colon cells and restoring tissue. In addition, CBG is being investigated for its ability to slow malignant cell growth in cases of breast, skin, and brain cancer. While it appears that CBG isn’t as effective as other cannabinoids for reducing nausea associated with chemo, it can aid in chemo-related weight loss by making food more palatable. There’s also buzz around how CBG may help those with Huntington’s Disease, specifically in its ability to reduce seizures and improve motor skills. Finally, for the skin care gurus out there, you may want to add CBG to your routine. Its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties can strengthen your skin barrier, minimize redness and psoriasis, and address irksome aging concerns.

Guava Refresh Full Spectrum Hash Drops

 

Both CBG and CBD are non-psychoactive, so they’ll balance out THC’s floatier effects in our 1:1:1 recipe. As we learned, CBG stimulates neurotransmitters, elevating your mood and motivation. Some have equated this feeling to coming out of a cave or waking from a bad dream; in actuality, it’s cannabinoids hard at work to harmoniously restore your body and mind toward a state of homeostasis. The slightly tart yet sweetly floral guava flavor echoes this equilibrium in tangible delight.

If you’re feeling off, pop a Guava Refresh Drop to uplift apathy and ground back down to yourself.

Before you Drop…

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again (and probably again), start low and slow. It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours for edible effects to set in, and (*say it with me!*) everyone’s endocannabinoid system is unique. In terms of this truly extraordinary system and your exact reactions to specific cannabinoids like THCv and CBG, we don’t know what we don’t know until we know it. But what we know so far is shimmering with possibility.

 

 

 

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