The breakthrough of hemp has taken the US economy by a storm, changing the way millions of people used to regard the plant as a threat to their mental and physical health. For years, all the misconceptions about hemp were tried to be dismantled by researchers, who conducted several studies to show people all over the world that this herb could benefit us more than we thought.
As a result, we are aware about cannabinoids such as THC, CBD and CBN. However, for a plant that has up to 100 cannabinoids in it, there is very little to almost none relevant information about other compounds that are just as beneficial as the most popular ones. In this article, we have decided to introduce you to what CBCV is, a compound that has been around for a long time, but it is only now it has started to gain recognition.
What is CBCV?
As it was previously mentioned, there are many cannabinoids that haven’t been studied just yet. The situation is starting to change, however, due to the growth of the cannabis market. As an example, compounds like CBG are starting to be produced to address several conditions that THC and CBD can’t because of their properties. So is the case of cannabichromevarin (CBCV).
CBCV is a cannabinoid that exists at lower levels than THC and CBD in most strains. This compound was discovered back in 1975, when a group of researchers at the University of Nagasaki in Thailand isolated it from a cannabis plant. Even though it could be considered as an important discovery, the restrictions against marijuana made it difficult for researchers all over the world to perform more studies on the plant.
To get a better understanding of how CBCV works -or could work- it is important to look at its structure; and don’t worry, even if we are not all aces at chemistry, this isn’t as hard to get as it seems.
The principal cannabinoids of hemp and marijuana, namely THC, CBD and CBN, are pentyl cannabinoids, which means they have “tails” of five carbon atoms. On the other hand, propyl cannabinoids like CBCV only have three-carbon atom tails. If you take a look at how propyl cannabinoids work, you’ll find out that, for instance, CBDV and CBD have almost the same effects on the body, but CBDV potentiates the health benefits of CBD. For this reason, we could say that CBCV could enhance the already wonderful properties of its counterpart, CBC.
As of now, the only function CBCV has in cannabis plants is to participate in The Entourage Effect. This phenomenon describes the synergy between all the cannabinoids and terpenes found in the cannabis plant, enhancing the benefits it provides to the body and mind. However, the small amount of research that has been done on CBCV doesn’t provide any relevant information about other potential uses, thus all the properties described below are just mere assumptions made by researchers.
This cannabinoid is not psychoactive, which comes as great news for consumers who do not enjoy the “high” provided by THC. In addition, because it is related to CBC, known for its antidepressant and anti-inflammatory effects, as well as antibiotic and antifungal we could say that CBCV may potentiate the effects of the first. Here is a list of conditions that could be treated with the CBCV cannabinoid
- Crohn’s disease
- Epileptic seizures
- Inflammatory conditions
- Major depression
- Parkinson’s disease
- Chronic pain
- Growth of cancer cells
One of the most important conditions for researchers to study is seizures in children. For example, researchers from the Regents University of California patented an anticonvulsant drug for children who suffer from seizures that has, among CBD and CBC, a small amount of CBCV in its list of ingredients. Thanks to this patent, we may see more research being conducted on the properties and benefits of CBCV.
Although there is not a lot of ground covered regarding CBCV, just as we can talk about potential benefits for the body, it is possible to find some effects when analyzing compounds like CBC, which are similar to CBCV.
The endocannabinoid system regulates important functions of our body like mood, appetite, sleep and digestion. Cannabinoids have been found to directly interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our brain, stimulating the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin to enhance our overall feeling of well-being and health.
For instance, even if some cannabinoids have great effects on the body, they can also bring some negative effects to the table. CBCV is believed to cause drowsiness, lightheadedness, low blood pressure and dry mouth, since similar compounds have delivered these types of effects. However, there is still a long way to go about this cannabinoid, and only further research is to say whether it generates such side effects or not.
As of now, the law does not specifically address the use of CBCV due to the little research related to it. On the other hand, the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp and hemp-derived products for its manufacture, distribution and consumption as long as they contain less than .3% THC levels. Since the reason behind it is THC being the compound that produces the “high”, products with high levels of CBCV are not a problem, because it is not psychoactive.
Where to buy CBCV?
Of course, after all the amazing benefits this cannabinoid seems to have, you would like to give it a try and see the effects it has on your body with your own eyes. As much as we would love to have an answer to this question, there are not CBCV products on the market just yet. You will certainly find it in products that have high levels of CBC, but it will take some time to see exclusive CBCV concentrates or flowers.
However, companies like Oregon CBD have started to breed seedless triploids, which include high CBCV levels in their components. These triploids are non-GMO and have been developed to increase yields, aroma and novel cannabinoids like CBDV, CBGV and CBCV, making up to 35%-65% of the total fraction of cannabinoids for each plant.
While performing research on CBCV may take some time due to the still existing restrictions on hemp and marijuana, we hope that the current growth of the market makes governments take into consideration the importance of studying more of the cannabis plant. For a herb that has been used for centuries to improve the human body and mind, the discovery and study of its multiple components will certainly dismantle all the existing misconceptions about it, allowing consumers to improve their lifestyles by encountering products with higher CBCV levels in them.