Substance Solutions: Is THCVa a Controlled Substance?

There’s a reason why forty million Americans regularly use cannabis products. Millions of people are discovering the wellness benefits that come with cannabinoids.

However, despite familiarities with popular cannabinoids, like THC and CBD, many people are unfamiliar with other variants. Nowhere is this more apparent than with THCVa, the molecular variant of THCV.

Despite the promising potential that both these cannabinoids show, research surrounding them has remained at a standstill. However, that’s starting to change. If you’re unfamiliar with THCVa, then you probably have lots of questions.

Like, what exactly is it? And is it legal? If you want to learn the answer to these questions, and more, then you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about this exciting cannabinoid and the future it holds in the industry. Let’s get started!

What is THCV?

Before we dive into the topic of THVCa, it’s important to first understand what THCV is. Even though it’s relatively abundant in cannabis plants many people are unfamiliar with THCV. In terms of chemical structure, THCV is quite similar to the THC cannabinoid.

This is because it’s its varin form. The atoms are both essentially mirror one another. However, the difference is that the side chains on THC fall in the pentyl group, while the side chains on THCV fall in the propyl group.

This distinction might sound too scientific, but it provides THCV with both some similarities and major differences to THC. For one thing, THCV suppresses appetites. This is markedly different from the munchies often produced by THC.

At low doses, THCV isn’t psychoactive, like THC. In fact, at these low doses, it acts as an antagonist to the CB1 receptors responsible for that euphoric high feeling.

However, interestingly enough, this isn’t true when you up the dosage. When you use higher doses of THCV it turns into an agonist for the CB1 receptors. That means that it will give you a high feeling.

However, it’s important to note that this high feeling is much more clear than the one provided by THC. It also lasts for a much shorter period. Now that we know a bit more about THCV we can discover its relation to THCVa.

What is THCVa?

THCVa is a carboxylic acid that is the precursor to THCV. Under certain conditions, THCVa will transform into THCV. This is done by exposing cannabis to sunlight or heat. When this happens the process of decarboxylation transforms THCVa into THCV.

However, it’s important to note that you can also use THCVa in its original acidic form. While THCVa is non-psychoactive, it does come with a lot of anti-inflammatory properties.

It also supports the immune system, relieves pain, and may contain anti-cancer properties. Isolating THCVa can be difficult, but not impossible. To do so, scientist CBGVa, which is the stem cell version of the acid. When enzymes are released, CBGVa transforms into THCVa. This can then be used to be transformed into THCV.

Is THCVa a Controlled Substance?

You might expect THCV and THCVa to be listed as controlled substances in the United States. After all, at large doses, THCV does have the potential to get people high.

However, as of the time of this article, neither THCV nor THCVa is scheduled by the Convention on Psychotropic Substances. As such, they’re both legal on a Federal level. This is likely thanks to the 2018 Hemp Farm Bill.

This law made all hemp derivatives legal, as long as they contain less than .03% of Delta 9 THC. It’s through this loophole that Delta 8, the more mild cousin to Delta 9, became legal.

However, as we’ve seen over the past year, many legislators are attempting to crack down on Delta 8’s legal status. As such, there might be a time when THCV and THVa are moved on to the controlled substance list. However, for the time being, it’s perfectly legal to have.

What Does the Future Have in Store for THCVa?

As of the time of this article, the potential for THCVa has been largely ignored in favor of the more popular THCV. In the next five years or so, this could very well change.

As THCV becomes more popular, THCVa must also become well known due to its role in production. As we mentioned before, THCVa provides potentially valuable benefits by itself.

However, for now, it’s looking like the future for the cannabinoid mainly lies in the production of THCV.

Since THCVa is needed to produce THCV, we can expect this to be its primary purpose for the time being. However, as this article shows, renewed research into the promising potential of THCVa isn’t that far off.

Is It Possible to Get THCVa?

While it’s not too hard to find a THCV product, the same isn’t true of THCVa. There are a few suppliers of bulk THCVa products, in the form of capsules or tinctures. However, these are fairly rare.

Another method is to find strains that are rich in THCV. Then, ingest it using a heat-free method, like raw bud juicing. Since the strain hasn’t been heated through decarboxylation, it still contains high amounts of THCVa.

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We hope this article helped you learn more about THCVa and the role it plays in the cannabis industry. As you can see, even though it’s currently legal, there isn’t much potential for THCVa on its own.

However, its role in producing THCV, and the entourage effect it has on other cannabinoids, might be the secret to optimizing its potential. As such, we can expect its name to be heard more frequently in the cannabis industry, especially as the country gradually becomes more use to the products.

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