Researchers in the Bay Area have discovered a method to expand production on one of the rarest cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, THCV. Generally, THCV, or tetrahydrocannabivarin, is only found in trace amounts in most cannabis strains. But the compound, according to scientists, could provide treatments for diabetes, lower cholesterol, and other health benefits.
“The only thing that THCV does is it’s analgesic and anti-inflammatory, it’s neuroprotective, which means it protects the nervous system,” Dr. Michael Moskowitz, who has been studying THCV, told Mercury News. “It’s anti-nausea and vomiting. It helps with bone health and bone formation, it’s sleep-promoting, it’s anti-epileptic, it’s anti-anxiety. It’s a major anti-psychotic. And it helps with appetite suppression, it’s anti-diabetic and it’s anti-cholesterol.”
“Other than that it didn’t do that much,” Moskowitz added.
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Strains with higher THCV levels are believed to have come from Sub-Saharan cannabis plants. Because of a