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What is CBDV & How is it Different From CBD?

In the ever-expanding world of cannabinoids, CBDV has gained attention for its potential therapeutic properties. Cannabidivarin, or CBDV, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. It shares some similarities with its well-known counterpart, CBD, but also possesses distinct characteristics and effects. 

Let's take a look at CBDV in this guide and answer the questions:

  • What is Cannabidivarin or CBDV?
  • How does CBDV work?
  • What Are the Potential Benefits of CBDV?
  • CBDV vs CBD: What’s the Difference?
  • CBDV vs THCV: What’s the Difference?
  • FAQs About CBDV

What is Cannabidivarin or CBDV?

CBDV is a naturally occurring compound found in cannabis plants, particularly in marijuana strains and industrial hemp with higher levels of CBD. It belongs to the same cannabinoid family as CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), but unlike THC, CBDV does not produce intoxicating effects. CBDV is structurally similar to CBD, with a minor variation in its chemical composition. 

How Does CBDV Work?

Like other cannabinoids, CBDV’s effects are unique to your body’s endocannabinoid system. While there is no evidence that CBDV binds with CB1 and CB2 receptors, it does seem to modify those receptors in certain ways, including blocking the cannabinoid signaling in your endocannabinoid system. CBDV can also interact with receptors outside of the endocannabinoid system.

What Are the Potential Benefits of CBDV?

As with all cannabinoids and cannabis research, it’s important to state upfront that we have no actual proof of what CBDV can do in the body. While some promising research is out there, it’s too early to come to any final conclusions. Right now, studies are being done to examine CBDV’s ability to help with gastrointestinal inflammation, convulsions related to seizures, and pain. It will take significantly more studies to prove any benefits that CBDV may have, so if you want to know if CBDV can benefit you, you’ll need to try it for yourself. 

CBDV vs CBD: What’s the Difference?

CBDV and CBD have some similarities, but they also have distinct differences. The main difference lies in their chemical structures; CBDV has a propyl side chain, while CBD has a pentyl side chain.

In terms of effects, CBDV is proven to reduce seizures related to Rett syndrome. CBD, however, is proven and FDA approved to treat seizures from Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes.

CBDV vs THCV: What’s the Difference?

We’ve only recently started to study the differences between CBDV and THCV. There is one thing we do know: CBDV is the precursor to THCV.  Beyond that, both cannabinoids are being studied for their unique effects on the body. For example, CBDV is being studied for its value as a therapeutic treatment for certain neurological disorders while THCV is being studied for its ability to help patients with Type 2 diabetes.

Answering FAQs About CBDV

We don’t blame you if you have questions about CBDV. It’s a complicated little cannabinoid. Here are some answers you might be looking for:

What strains have CBDV?
CBDV is most commonly found in cannabis strains that also contain CBD. It is also found in landrace strains that hail from Asia and Africa. Basically, when the THC is low in a plant, it’s possible to find more CBDV.

How does CBDV make you feel?
Only you can decide how CBDV feels in your body. That said, CBDV does not produce intoxicating effects or a feeling of being "high."

Is CBDV legal?
The legal status of CBDV can vary from state to state. CBDV is generally not considered to be a controlled substance, as long as the product comes from industrial hemp. CBDV harvested from marijuana plants must be sold in state-licensed dispensaries in states where cannabis has been legalized. You should always check your local laws before making a purchase.

More About CBDV

CBDV is an intriguing cannabinoid that shows promise in various areas of research. While more studies are needed to fully understand its potential benefits, CBDV's distinct properties set it apart from CBD and other cannabinoids. Until we definitively know more, you can try CBDV for yourself and decide how it may (or may not) benefit you and your body.

Recreational cannabis is not available in all states. Cannabis is for medical use only and may only be used by certified patients in Ohio and Pennsylvania. State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and certified patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations.