Although cannabis has widely been associated with its mind-altering properties and has been publicly pronounced as threatening throughout time, research behind the plant has uncovered a range of important values behind the herb. Discoveries related to its medical potential have helped shape a new mentality towards cannabis and we are seeing a number of countries already responding to the changing trends. Countries such as Canada, the USA, Spain, Chile, Italy, and more, have developed a more liberal approach to cannabis and have legalized the herb for medical uses.
This is made possible thanks to the scientific discoveries behind the plant, which have uncovered its positive characteristics. One of the most significant breakthroughs are the discovery of the plant’s cannabinoids and research into their influence on the human body. These powerful compounds have the ability to influence our immune system and trigger certain responses in the body thanks to their interaction with receptors from humans’ endocannabinoid system.
With the popularization of cannabis for medical purposes around the world, it is only natural that more and more people are starting to ask questions regarding its true potential and legitimacy. A lot of information is available on two of the most popular compounds in cannabis – CBD and THC. However, others such as CBV can easily be left behind in terms of popularity even when they deserve the center stage as equally. To help you better understand this valuable cannabinoid we will explore it in more detail and look at some of its uses.
As mentioned, CBV or cannabivarin is one of the 113 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Just like CBD, CBV is a non-psychoactive substance that will not lead to euphoric and mind-altering effects once consumed. CBV is actually in high profusion in Sativa cannabis and ranks second in terms of abundance from the cannabinoids. In terms of structure, the cannabinoid comes very close to that of CBN or cannabinol and possesses the characteristics of an oxidization product of THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin). It is unlikely that you will find CBV in raw cannabis.
In order to segment CBV’s unique characteristics, more research is required. The compound is commonly observed and researched in combination with other cannabinoids found in cannabis, which together create the “Entourage Effect” or an enhanced effect for the consumer. CBV and other cannabinoids have been closely associated with the treatment of cancer, psychiatric or other mental disorders, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or chronic pain. Sexual behavior is also influenced by cannabinoids due to their communication with receptors from the endocannabinoid system.
In addition, CBV and other cannabinoids can influence one’s appetite and metabolism and help with the regulation of weight for patients suffering from certain health conditions. The compounds can also be effective in recovering normal sleeping patterns and treating vomiting or nausea. Although further research is needed, CBV also falls under the same group of cannabinoids responsible for influencing the conditions mentioned above.
The good news is that consuming cannabis’ cannabinoids does not expose consumers to harmful side-effects typical for a number of standard medications. There is also no evidence of overdosing from the consumption of cannabinoids such as CBD and CBV.
Is CBV legal?
The regulations regarding cannabis will vary depending on the country. In the U.S., all cannabis falls under the Schedule I drugs approved by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Cannabis may be unaccepted for medical purposes on a federal level, each state has its own laws regarding the plant. A number of states have already legalized cannabis for medical or recreational use and have inserted certain age restrictions for its consumption for recreational purposes.
There are uncertainties regarding the legality of certain cannabis strains. CBV is generally considered illegal due to its nature of being a part of the cannabis plant and being part of a substance, which contains THC – the psychoactive element of cannabis. When performing drug tests, it is unlikely that the level of CBV in the body will specifically be determined. However, chances are that the level of THC will appear, as CBV is a naturally occurring cannabinoid and THC oxidization transformed into its new state. Even if the concentration of CBV prevails that of THC, it is THC that will appear on the drug test.
If you are interested in exploring the potential of a cannabis-related treatment, it may be useful to arrange a professional consultation with an expert who can provide more information regarding the different cannabinoids and suggest suitable products which can improve your health condition.