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Beginner’s Guide to THCV

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Beginner’s Guide to THCV

The cannabis plant is full of compounds called cannabinoids. There may be more than 140 of them, and scientists are finding out new things about them every day. One of these helpful compounds is THCV, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabivarin. While we’ve known about THCV for about fifty years, the effects of this cannabinoid have only recently begun to be explored.

What is THCV?

THCV is a cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. It was first identified in the 1970s and is seeing an increase in interest and study due to its effects on inflammation and appetite. While some THCV research occurred in the 1970s and 1980s, most of what we know about it comes from more recent research. 

How is THCV Different from THC?

THCV has numerous structural and functional differences when compared to THC. While most cannabinoids, including THC and CBD, are byproducts of the CBGA precursor molecule, THCV is the final byproduct of CBGVA (cannabigerovarin acid). CBGV converts to THCVA, which eventually becomes THCV over time or when exposed to heat and light. THCV usually naturally occurs in low concentrations in the hemp plant.

Functionally, THCV interacts with the endocannabinoid system differently from THC. Regular THC binds with the CB1 receptors, which are responsible for transmitting signals throughout the body. This binding is what creates the euphoric effects of THC, as well as the increase in appetite and the cannabinoid’s ability to reduce nausea. 

THCV, however, blocks the CB1 receptors. This changes the way messages are sent in the brain, which gives THCV the ability to suppress the appetite. Research suggests that this happens best with low doses of THCV; high doses may actually activate the CB1 receptors.

Both THC and THCV bind with the C2 receptors, however. When a cannabinoid binds with the C2 receptors, it can have positive effects on pain and reduce inflammation. As a result, THCV is growing in popularity with people who want to address these issues.

Effects of THCV

The primary effect for which THCV is known is appetite suppression. This occurs because of the CB1 receptor blocking. This means that users who are seeking assistance with weight loss often enjoy these effects.

Another effect of THCV at low doses is actually a lack of effect. THCV at low doses does not have a psychoactive effect. While it can have this effect at higher doses, it is not the same kind of psychoactive effect as THC. It has a much faster onset and lasts shorter than a typical THC high. This only occurs at high doses. In most cases, the amount of THCV in cannabis somewhat counteracts the psychoactive effect of THC when the two are consumed together.

Benefits of THCV

Studies of THCV have shown that this cannabinoid has a number of important health and wellness benefits, some of which are unique among known cannabinoids.


THCV may help with diabetes. Research shows promise in THCV’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance. In 2016, a human test found that THCV significantly reduced fasting plasma glucose, a key issue in Type II diabetes.

Stress and Panic Disorders

THCV may reduce panic attacks. It appears to curb anxiety attacks in PTSD patients without suppressing emotion.


The antipsychotic effects of THCV can reduce and ease the symptoms of schizophrenia.

Inflammation and Pain

Another benefit of THCV’s ability to activate CB2 receptors is its ability to calm inflammation. While more study is necessary, THCV is potentially a good anti-inflammatory that could relieve many painful symptoms and conditions.

Liver Disease

THCV has been shown in in vitro studies to reduce lipids around the liver and could be a treatment for certain types of liver disease.

Parkinson’s Disease

THCV is a promising treatment for Parkinson’s disease. This is because in addition to blocking the CB1 receptors in the brain while stimulating the CB2 receptors, it is also an antioxidant. It has been shown to reduce symptoms such as tremors and may delay brain degeneration caused by lesions.


THCV stimulates bone growth. Because it promotes the growth of new bone cells and collagen production, THCV is being looked at for osteoporosis and other bone-related conditions.

Where Does THCV Come From?

Like all cannabinoids, THCV is extracted from the hemp plant. However, it currently cannot be synthesized or made synthetically, so it can be difficult to find. There are some companies that make THCV edibles and tinctures. But right now, the easiest way to get THCV is to buy strains of cannabis that are known for their high THCV content.  

The best place to look for high THCV content is in African-origin sativa strains– although some Asian strains have high THCV content as well. If you prefer hybrid strains, look for strains that have parent genetics from high-content strains. Here’s a quick list of strains known for their THCV, but be sure to check their labeling for full testing analysis.


  • Doug’s Varin: Doug’s Varin is a strain of Sativa specially bred to contain high amounts of THCV. It comes in at around 15%; most other hemp strains contain less than 2% THCV. Doug’s Varin is also known to be a powerful anticonvulsant and is prized by Parkinson’s patients. Users of this strain say that it is energetic and uplifting.
  • Pineapple Purps: Pineapple Purps has a THC:THCV ratio of 3:1, which is quite high. Users report that it is energizing and helps them focus.
  • Power Plant: A hybrid of several African Sativa strains, Power Plant is a potent strain with a THC and THCV content. Users of this strain frequently say that it helps with stress and makes them feel more positive.
  • Willie Nelson: This Sativa strain is known to be uplifting, and many of its users report a creative boost when using it. It is a hybrid of African and Asian Sativa strains and has been popular with people with chronic pain since its development.
  • Red Congolese: Red Congolese has an interesting history. While it may have started out as an African landrace, or naturally-developed strain, the version available in the US has mixed in Afghani and Mexican genetics as well. This has created a strain that has uplifting, euphoric effects, as well as a high THCV content.
  • Jack the Ripper: This strain is popular for its ability to relieve pain and stress. This is a strain with a very low CBD content. Taking CBD and THCV together at the same time has been said to reduce the THCV effects, so if you’re sensitive to CBD, this might be a good strain to access THCV.
  • Ace of Spades: Outside of Doug’s Varin, this strain of Sativa has the most THCV in any commercially available hemp strain. 


Do you have more questions about THCV? We’ve answered a few of the most commonly occurring questions below.

Does THCV get you high?

Potentially. At high doses in potent strains, THCV can produce psychoactive effects that are generally stimulating and promote mental clarity. These psychoactive effects are also fast-acting and fast-dissipating. However, it is important to realize that it is currently difficult to isolate THCV and much of it is consumed alongside THC– so some of the side effects may overlap. 

The psychoactive effect of THCV also depends on the dose. High doses of THCV will have a psychoactive effect. Low doses will not. 

Why is THCV called diet weed?

The “diet” in THCV’s nickname doesn’t mean that the THCV itself is less potent than other cannabinoids. Instead, it refers to THCV’s potential as an appetite suppressant. While THC is known for being an appetite stimulant, the reverse is true for THCV. THCV can also tone down the side effects of THC,

Is THCV the same thing as THC?

No, but it’s very easy to get the names confused. Cannabinoids are named after the molecules from which they are made up and how those molecules are structured. THC and THCV have similar molecular makeups, so they have similar names. However, they aren’t the same chemical and don’t even share the same precursor compound in the hemp plant.

Is THCV legal?

THCV legality is a little bit complicated, and depends entirely on what kind of product you are buying that contains THCV. 


If you can find a source of THCV that is hemp derived (i.e. from a cannabis plant containing less than 0.3% THC), it is federally legal. If your source of THCV is marijuana derived (i.e. from a cannabis plant containing more than 0.3% THC) it is federally illegal (as of October 2022) but legal in states with legalized marijuana. 


Here is a complete list of medical and recreational cannabis laws by state. 


Our mission at Myriam’s Hemp is to help you learn about your options for hemp-based wellness. We want everyone to have access to the best available information about cannabinoids and what they can do for you. Visit our blog to learn more about different types of hemp products and how they can help you.

5 Ways To Boost Your Immune System This Winter

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This winter is shaping up to be potentially fraught with health concerns. There are three major diseases that health experts are worried about: COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. While by now, most of us are familiar with COVID-19 and influenza, RSV is less well-known. It is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms, but can be dangerous for infants and older adults. The real danger of RSV is catching it at the same time as the flu or COVID-19.

All three of these viruses being active and infectious at the same time have earned the nickname “tripledemic.” Before the infectious season starts, you should prepare and boost your immune system to avoid catching and getting sick from these viruses. 

1. Feed Your Immune System with Good Food

Nourishing your body is one of the best ways to keep it healthy. Your body needs calories, vitamins, and minerals to function. Some nutrients are extra-good for your immune system and can be found in your favorite foods. These include citrus fruit, broccoli, spinach, poultry, almonds, shellfish, and fresh berries, just to name a few. 

One of the most important nutrients to boost your immune system is zinc. You can find zinc in meat and shellfish, along with legumes, nuts, and seeds.

2. Stay Hydrated

Your immune system depends on nutrient flow from your bloodstream and on your lymphatic pathways being clear. If you are dehydrated, these systems won’t work as effectively and it will be harder to stay healthy. You get a lot of water through the food you eat– about 22% of your daily hydration needs– but you should also be drinking water throughout the day

3. Avoid High-Stress Situations

Stress and the immune system are intimately linked. Multiple studies show that stress responses can cause clinically important immunosuppression and other types of immune system regulation problems. This is especially true in older individuals. 

While the exact mechanisms of the relationship between stress and the immune system are still being studied, the good news is that there are lots of ways to reduce the effect of stress on the body. Gentle exercises like stretching and walking, spending time outside, relaxing with loved ones, and finding something to laugh at are all ways to reduce stress.

4. Use Immune Boosting Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids can have a powerful impact on our immune system as well. Three, in particular, CBD, CBDA, and CBGA, are known to support immune responses. 

Cannabidiol – CBD

There is evidence that CBD is a potential treatment for COVID-19. It has been shown to block virus replication and protect the host from an overactive immune system in the late stages of infection. If you want to take CBD for immune support, we recommend a full-spectrum CBD tincture for the best results.

Cannabidiolic Acid – CBDA

CBDA is the precursor molecule to CBD and shares many of the same characteristics. A study at Oregon State University has demonstrated that CBDA (and a similar molecule, CBGA) can prevent the COVID-19-causing spike protein from entering cells in the first place. This may lower your chances of COVID-19 infection. A CBDA tincture is one of the easiest and most effective ways to take this cannabinoid. 

Cannabigerolic Acid – CBGA

As mentioned above, CBGA may also lower your risk of COVID-19 infection. CBGA is the precursor compound for many other cannabinoids, including CBGA– think of it as the grandparent to CBD. As with other cannabinoids, tinctures are a great way to take this compound. Taking CBDA and CBGA together may further enhance its effects.*

Terpene Blends

If you’re planning on trying a cannabinoid like CBD for immune support, you can also add an immunity terpene boost to give it extra terpenes targeted at strengthening the immune system. When you’re ordering your tincture, choose “Immunity Blend” under the Terpene Boost Blends option on the product page.

5. Get Plenty of Rest

If you’re not getting enough sleep, you aren’t going to be able to fight infection. This is because the initiation phase of an immune response happens during sleep. Adults need between 7 and 8 hours of sleep a night, but some people need more. Getting good sleep is the foundation of a healthy immune system. 

Every winter, lots of people try to learn what to do and how to boost their immune systems. The immune system is a powerful bodily system, but it needs help sometimes. If you listen to your body and don’t push yourself too hard, you’ll have the best chance of avoiding illness this winter. 

At Myriam’s Hemp, your wellness is our top concern. All of our cannabinoid products are designed to help you stay healthy, and our blog has lots of information about how you can improve your overall wellness. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about how you can use hemp to boost your immune system this winter. 


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

What Are Terpenes?

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Terpenes are a group of naturally occurring compounds found in plants and, on occasion, animals. Terpenes give plants their flavor, aroma, flavor, and physiological properties. It is all thanks to terpenes that different cannabis strains smell and taste different from one another, and give you different effects like relaxation, focus, or pain relief. 

More than 150 terpenes can be found in cannabis, and with intentional and selective breeding programs, cultivators can affect terpene levels, changing the scent and flavor profile of a particular strain. Perhaps more importantly, terpenes can also enhance the therapeutic effects of cannabis

Where Are Terpenes Found in Cannabis?

Cannabis terpenes are most concentrated within the trichomes of female cannabis plants. The trichomes are the sticky, almost crystalline glands that coat the exterior of cannabis buds, and produce a strong aroma, especially in later stages of growth. 

What Do Terpenes Do for Plants?

Terpenes are not merely for the benefit of humans but play an important role in the health and growth cycle of the cannabis plant. Terpenes support plant immunity, attracting useful and beneficial wildlife while deterring harmful pests. Terpenes also help to alert the plant to environmental risks and trigger immune responses to illness, injury, or infestation. 

Most Common Terpenes

Among the more than 150 known cannabis terpenes, there are five that you will encounter more often than others.

  • Beta-Caryophyllene: Spicy and peppery, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving, also found in cloves, black pepper, and rosemary.

Fun Fact! This is the only terpene known to bind to the CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, which is found in the immune system, and the first terpene to be known to bind to receptors in the endocannabinoid system period.

  • Humulene: Earthy and musky, anti-inflammatory and energy boosting, also found in balsam fir and ginger root.
  • Limonene: Citrusy, mood-elevating, and anti-stress, also found in lemons and grapefruit.
  • Linalool: Floral and herbal, anti-anxiety and pain relieving, also found in lavender and cilantro.
  • Myrcene: Earthy and herbal, anti-anxiety and pain relieving, also found in lemongrass and thyme.
  • Pinene: Pine-like, focus, and energy boosting, also found in Evergreen trees and basil.

How Do Terpenes Contribute to the Effects of Cannabis? 

Aromatherapy has been a popular health practice for centuries, but only recently have we made the connection between terpenes and their therapeutic effects. While terpenes can offer some benefits on their own, they become far more powerful when combined with cannabinoids. 

Acting in conjunction with cannabinoids like CBD and CBC, terpenes boost the beneficial effects of cannabis like stress reduction, improved focus, pain relief, and so on. Terpenes also contribute a host of unique benefits like anti-viral and anti-cancer properties, and may even be able to help activate the endocannabinoid system to enhance bioavailability. 

In the past, cannabis was primarily coveted for its key cannabinoids, but as the industry and our understanding of cannabis have advanced it has become evident that the full spectrum of compounds found in cannabis plays a role in the plant’s therapeutic benefits. 

Myriam’s Hemp Terpene Boost Blends

Our tinctures are always made with full-spectrum hemp oil blends, formulated to retain the essential nutrients and compounds that promote physical health, mental health, and wellbeing. While each of our unique formulas includes naturally occurring terpenes, customers can also add custom terpene blends designed to produce specific benefits for your unique needs. 

Choose from one of our pre-made blends, or create your own! Hemp isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, and you could need a blend as unique as you are. Our terpenes are USDA-certified organic, and specifically formulated to enhance the natural qualities of our tincture blends. To add any of our tincture boosts, simply scroll down and make your selection before adding a tincture to your cart. 

Want to learn more about the terpenes we offer for our custom boost blends? Check out our video covering everything you need to know about these therapeutic compounds. 

Immunity Blend

The immunity blend includes terpenes that boost your natural immune response and support your body’s response to pathogens, germs, and inflammation. 

Calm Blend

The calm blend takes the relaxing effects of cannabis to the next level for stress reduction and emotional well-being. Our calm blend has even been recommended by doctors as a natural treatment for OCD. 

Focus Blend

The focus blend gives you better, longer focus with a proprietary blend of mentally sharpening terpenes. Our focus blend has been recommended by doctors as a natural treatment for ADHD. 

Energy Blend

The energy blend helps to naturally support energy and stamina whether you need a boost after a sleepless night, want to ditch the caffeine or struggle with brain fog

Pain Relief Blend

The pain relief blend increased the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties of cannabis, giving you better rest, more peaceful sleep, and improved comfort throughout the day. 

Custom Terpene Blends

If you already know which terpenes you want to add to your hemp tincture, we also offer custom blends! Just remember that custom blends can’t be combined with our boost blends. Choose up to four terpenes to add to any of our tinctures: 

  • Alpha Pinene 
  • Beta-Caryophyllene 
  • Beta Pinene 
  • Delta 3 Carene 
  • Eucalyptol 
  • Geraniol 
  • Humulene 
  • Limonene 
  • Linalool 
  • Myrcene 
  • Nerolidol 
  • Terpineol 
  • Terpinolene 

Find your perfect terpene boost when you shop with Myriam’s! While you’re visiting, be sure to check out our blog for more information on all of our products. 

What Is CBC?

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CBC is one of the most significant cannabinoids in today’s medical research. It’s considered one of the “big six” along with CBD (cannabidiol), CBG (cannabigerol), CBN (cannabinol), THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin), and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). CBC, or cannabichromene, has more in common with CBD, CBG, and CBN than either of the two THC compounds because it is non-psychoactive.

Like all cannabinoids, CBC comes from CBGA, the main precursor molecule in hemp. CBGA breaks down into CBCA (cannabichromene carboxylic acid), and from there into CBC with exposure to heat or ultraviolet light. CBCA and CBC’s botanical function seem to have an effect on the hemp plant’s enzyme development towards the end of the flower’s maturation. We actually know more about what this cannabinoid does to people than it does to the plant!

Most of what we know about CBC is due to the plant’s medical potential. Read on to discover more of what we know about this helpful cannabinoid compound.

What Does CBC Do?

CBC interacts with the endocannabinoid system, or the ECS, like other cannabinoid compounds. The ECS is a huge, complex cell-signaling system that is distributed throughout the body. It plays an important role in regulating a range of functions and processes, including, but not limited to:

  • Sleep
  • Mood
  • Appetite
  • Learning and Memory
  • Pain Control
  • Inflammation
  • Immune Response

The ECS exists and is active in your body even if you don’t use cannabinoids. There are more ECS receptors in the brain than many other types of receptors, and since the system is distributed throughout the whole body, it can directly impact a great number of other bodily systems and body functions.

So how does CBC work with this system? Like many other cannabinoids, it actually forms very weak bonds with one type of ECS receptor: the CB1 receptors found in the brain. This means that CBC does not have any psychoactive effects, since strong bonds with = the CB1 receptors in the brain are what make us feel high when we use THC. Instead, CBC has a stronger effect on body receptors.

One notable set of receptors that CBC bonds well with is the vanilloid receptors (TRPV1). Activating the TRPV1 receptors creates a greater benefit for regulating bone density than the CB-type receptors that we usually talk about when we talk about the ECS.

What Are The Benefits of CBC?

In addition to improving bone density, there are many other benefits to taking CBC.

Anti Inflammatory

Like many other cannabinoids, there is great evidence that CBC reduces inflammation. Some of the first major CBC studies in the 1980s looked at CBC’s effect on edema and found that high doses of CBC were more effective than traditional NSAID painkillers. CBC has also been shown to reduce pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis in rats without the negative side effects of NSAID painkillers. Taking CBC for inflammation is one of the best-established uses for this cannabinoid!


CBC has some important analgesic effects that aren’t just related to long-term inflammation. Studies have shown that CBC has a painkilling effect in rodent models, looking specifically at short-term pain and how mice react when given CBC.


CBC’s anti-inflammatory properties may even let it function as a neuroprotector. CBC increases the viability of neural stem progenitor cells, which replace dead and damaged cells in the brain. This may be due to CBC’s chemical suppression of reactive astrocytes, which are a type of star-shaped cell found in the brain. Astrocytes are responsible for enclosing neural synapses, and because CBC inhibits the overproduction of these cells, it may offer a protective effect against neuro-inflammation, Alzheimer’s disease, and hepatic encephalopathy.

GI Health

CBC was found to reduce inflammation-related gut motility in rodent models. It has also been found to reduce nitric oxide production and ease the effects of colitis.


A study using human intestinal tumor cell lines demonstrated that CBC is an effective antitumor agent. The study looked at multiple cannabinoids and found that CBC and CBG both induced significantly higher rates of necrosis in these cancer cells compared to other cannabinoids.

How Do I Take CBC?

CBC can be taken like any other cannabinoid. We recommend taking it as an oil or using it topically. Taking it as an oil/tincture is one of the easiest ways to use this cannabinoid; simply place the dose under your tongue, wait about two minutes, and then swallow.

Tinctures that are sublingual have a greater absorption rate through the mouth than via the digestive system. The area under the tongue is made from a spongy, highly absorbent tissue that helps to deliver cannabinoids and other active ingredients directly to the bloodstream. The sublingual method is recommended not only for faster delivery but also because many individuals have trouble absorbing cannabinoids through their digestive system.

If you find that the sublingual method of taking tincture is uncomfortable, you can try swallowing it immediately or adding it to your food and drinks. Adding it to a drink is helpful if you have a particularly sensitive stomach, or if you struggle with oily textures.

Where To Buy CBC

Because CBC is totally non-psychoactive, it can be purchased from many sources. Wherever you buy CBC, you should ensure that the CBC is lab tested and safe. While you can find CBC for sale from a number of sources, not every seller offers high-quality, pure CBC, or high-quality, pure carrier oils and other ingredients that allow you to take it effectively.

Buy CBC At Myriam’s Hemp

At Myriam’s Hemp, we are totally committed to helping people manage their pain and other health concerns without having to rely entirely on the pharmaceutical industry. We are committed to using all-natural ingredients and using the highest quality cannabinoids. We want to help you by offering compassionate, hands-on support available anytime to help you find the right hemp product for you. If you’re thinking about trying CBC or any other cannabinoid, reach out and contact us today.


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