Cannabigerivarin (CBGV)

Definition - What does Cannabigerivarin (CBGV) mean?

Cannabigerivarin (CBGV) is a component of the cannabis genome. It is classified as a cannabinoid acid, but unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) it provides no psychoactive effects.

However, researchers are currently studying other possible health benefits of medicinal marijuana strains that are high in CBGV may offer. For example, CBDV has anticonvulsant effects, so it is currently being looked at a medicinal compound for people with epilepsy.

Plants with elevated levels of CBDV have been reported in landrace cannabis indica plants growing in the wild in northwest India and Nepal.

Hydrolife explains Cannabigerivarin (CBGV)

Sensi Seeds explains CBGV this way, "CBDV is to CBD what THCV is to THC." It is a naturally occurring phytocannabinoid present in small traces in some strains of the cannabis plant.

It is believed that the cannabis plant produces CBGV and other acids as a survival mechanism. CBGV may provide the weed plant with insecticidal defense and perhaps increased resistance to plant diseases.

Cannabigerivarin may not produce psychoactive effects when ingested, but researchers believe the cannabinoid acid may help the body’s cell receptors more readily accept and utilize THC when ingested. It may also assist cannabidiol (CBD) metabolism within the body and increase the overall benefits of medicinal marijuana.

CBGV appears to play a key role in helping CBD adhere to the body’s receptors once ingested. In order for CBGV to be converted by the body into usable CBD, it must undergo a decarboxylation process, which is created by the heating of the marijuana plant material. Through heat, the cannabinoids of the cannabis plant are more easily absorbed and used by the human body. Many cannabinoids are ineffective if not first heated.

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