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The ever-budding popularity of using marijuana as a dietary alternative has taken over social media and even self-proclaimed gym enthusiasts. While marijuana has had long-lived reputation for inducing munchies, there are particular strains that produce a cannabinoid that actually suppresses hunger. THC-V (or tetrahydrocannabivarin) is a psychoactive cannabinoid that helps to control and curb appetite and responsible for the euphoric high many seek to experience. THC-V also helps to moderate and reduce anxiety while still delivering the cerebral euphoria, and is now being studied for osteoporosis treatment.

There are only a few strains that contain THC-V and these strains can be helpful for many suffering from diabetes or obesity and can help to promote a healthy lifestyle to curb excessive calorie intake. THC alone has been shown to assist with the regulation of insulin levels and has the potential to lower body weight. Regular marijuana users showed higher levels of HDL (beneficial cholesterol) in comparison to non-users.

According to Whaxy, the British cannabis-focused biopharmaceutical company GW Pharmaceuticals has researched THCV. The company stated:

“In pre-clinical studies, THCV has shown effects on body weight, body fat content, energy expenditure, food intake, and other obesity-related parameters.”

THCV is much more common in sativa dominant strains, so try high THCV strains for a more energetic focused alternative. Durban Poison is a sativa strain also one of the more common high-THCV strains. If you are looking for a more relaxing effect, try high strains like Tahoe OG and Master Kush. For a hybrid with higher levels of both THC and THCV try Cherry Pie. Jack the Ripper, Blue Dream, and Skunk #1 are a few strains that contain THCV as well.

While THCV has a ton of data behind it as an appetite suppressant and could be a efficient instrument to battle against obesity, as it offers other therapeutic benefits as well. It has also been found to convey anti-convulsive properties, making it appropriate for epilepsy sufferers and helping them experience fewer seizures.

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