You can find at least 85 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant that interact with specific receptors in your body to provide health benefits. One of these cannabinoids is called cannabidivarin (CBDV).
Cannabidivarin has the molecular formula C19H26O2. It has a similar structure to CBD, but instead of having a pentyl chain, it has a propyl chain. This means we consider it a propyl cannabinoid, and it has slightly different properties than CBD. You can usually find CBDV in indica strains that come from India, Pakistan and Mexico. It occurs more often in plants that have more CBD than THC in them.
Like CBD, CBDV doesn’t cause any psychoactive effects. This means it doesn’t make you feel “high” or cause hallucinations. Patients who don’t want to experience any mental impairment when they use their medication can take advantage of CBDV’s benefits without worry.
THC has a counterpart called THCV, and the two cannabinoids have a relationship like the one CBDV and CBD have. But, while THCV and THC have very distinct effects, CBDV and CBD are much more similar.
However, that doesn’t mean CBDV doesn’t have any unique properties at all. In fact, research shows CBDV could eventually transform into THCV when exposed to acidic conditions. Since THCV could have some effects that set it apart from other cannabinoids, we could use CBDV to develop THCV.
Although CBDV seems to have similar health benefits to CBD, it especially shines in specific areas. It could work as an anticonvulsant, meaning that it could reduce seizure activity. Researchers also think it has the potential to relieve nausea. CBDV could even help your stem cells rebuild your bones when they break or fracture.
Researchers and pharmaceutical companies are currently focusing on CBDV’s anticonvulsant properties. GW Pharmaceuticals, a company that develops cannabis-based medicine, has a patent for CBDV medicine for epilepsy. While the patent doesn’t 100% confirm CBDV’s benefits for epilepsy patients, it demonstrates the company has enough evidence to begin using it in development.
As we mentioned earlier, CBDV has similar medical applications to CBD. But, we can take advantage of its unique strengths by using it to treat conditions like:
This information is not provided by medical professionals and is intended only to complement, and not to replace or contradict, any health or medical advice or information provided by healthcare professionals. If you have any questions, please contact your doctor or other healthcare professional.