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Cannabidivarin (CBDV): What is it and how is it different than CBD?

Cannabidivarin (CBDV): What is it and how is it different than CBD?

CBD is widely available across multiple industries in a variety of products from several different brands. But have you heard of Cannabidivarin or CBDV?

If you have seen Gentle Jane's Certificate of Analysis, you'll notice that in our CBD isolate, the cannabinoid breakdown is 99.41% CBD and 0.59% CBD-V.

You most likely have heard of CBD already, but have you heard of Cannabidivarin (CBDV) before? Before we get into CBDV, let's explore the context of cannabinoids to fully understand how CBD and CBDV differ.

So, what are cannabinoids?

Recent discoveries of the uses of cannabis include management of depression, anxiety, sleep, seizures from epilepsy, and nausea, but have you heard of individual constituents of cannabis?

Firstly, cannabis is comprised of a family of chemical compounds which are collectively called cannabinoids. Cannabinoids then contain different substances still under the same family. Examples of those substances include CBD, CBDV, CBDA, CBG, CBN and CBC. Each of these has its own beneficial and unique properties.

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants. It was first discovered in the 1960s in Israel with scientists reporting various effects of this compound (most of which are medicinal). In recent years, scientists have been able to discover over 110 types of cannabinoids.

How the body utilizes Cannabinoids

The body consists of the endocannabinoid system. With this system, the body responds to each cannabinoid in a different manner. Receptors of this system are scattered all through the body (mainly in the major organs such as spinal cord, brain and gastrointestinal tract). They act to regulate homeostasis, thus ensuring that the integrity of the internal environment is maintained.

When the receptors of these cannabinoids get activated by exposure to cannabinoids, they react by affecting body processes such as appetite, memory, alertness, and mood. The specific effect that it will exert will depend on the particular compound consumed as well as the receptor location in the body (there has to be a receptor-cannabinoid interaction for the cannabinoid to have any effect on the body).

What is CBD?

CBD is apparently the most popular cannabinoid. It is the short form for cannabidiol. Unlike some other constituent of the cannabinoid such as THC, CBD does not have psychoactive effects. This means one can consume it for medicinal purposes without getting high. You can consume it even before driving or going to work. Another unique feature of the CBD is the fact that it is very much adaptable. This means it can easily be converted into cream-like forms, oils, and gummies and can even be consumed as pills. They are well suited for different therapeutic purposes as they can be ingested in several ways.

One can say CBD is currently the most researched of all chemical compounds of the cannabinoid, and it can be applied in numerous cases. According to studies, CBD is useful for treating:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anxiety and other panic disorders
  • Skin conditions like eczema and acne
  • Epileptic seizures and other convulsive disorders

Other compounds are also closely linked with CBD but each exhibit certain distinct property that distinguishes one from the other.

What is CBDV?

This is not as popular as the CBD; however, it does share a similar property with the CBD at the molecular level. CBDV is the shortened form of cannabidivarin. Recent studies carried out on mice using this substance have shown its potential in treating people with certain neurological disorders as well as epilepsy. This means it can be useful in treating patients who suffer from Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and other diseases that may present with a common symptom of a seizure. Asides reducing the intensity and duration of seizures, it has the potential of actually preventing convulsion from happening in the first place. Research in this area is indeed a promising one.

Its use as an appetite suppressant has also been studied. It may be useful in treating nausea and vomiting. It can also help relieve symptoms of chronic diseases like multiple sclerosis and Crohn's disease. Just like the CBD, CBDV has been reported to be non-psychotic.

What are the skincare benefits of Cannabidivarin (CBDV)?

CBDV has already shown to provide skincare benefits according to some studies. Based on this study, CBDV has shown to be promising to fight against dry skin syndrome. In another study, CBDV was found to reduce atopic dermatitis, acne and seborrhea. Both these studies demonstrate that CBDV could be an ingredient used for more hypoallergenic skincare products.

Of course, more studies will have to be done to fully understand the impact of CBD and CBDV for skincare, but the early research looks promising.

What is the difference between CBD and CBDV?

CBDV and CBD share the same type of relationship their counterpart THC and THCV share even though THCV and THC have more clearly defined distinct effects, unlike CBD and CBDV. However, this doesn’t mean there are no unique properties that distinguish CBVD from CBD.

In fact, research has shown that when exposed to an acidic environment, CBDV can get transformed to THCV. This means CBDV could be used to develop THCV.

The first difference between CBD and CBDV is seen in their molecular structures. CBDV has three fewer carbons in its molecular tail as the pentyl side chain of the CBD is substituted for a propyl side chain in CBVD. The result of this is that it produces an energizing yet tranquillizing effect on its consumer.

It has also been revealed that CBDV occurs in certain populations of the Sativa and Indica, mostly the strains that originate from the Himalayas. Despite the fact that is 100% non-psychotic, agencies such as the FDA and DEA somehow reports it as a dangerous narcotic agent.

One unique property of the CBDV is its anticonvulsant effect which confers on it the potentials of treating epilepsy and other convulsive disorders.

Which cannabinoid works best?

After doing researches about the different cannabinoids found in cannabis, you might find yourself a little overwhelmed as the list is a lengthy one. The fact is that there is no ‘best' cannabinoid after all but there could be one that is more likely to address your issue. This is apparently because each has its unique property and what effect it exerts that makes it different from the others.

You have to narrow it down using the symptoms of your ailment. If the ailment is serious, such as a case of seizure or convulsion, then CBDV is much likely to be a better option. For other milder ailments, CBD could be an effective option.

It is important that you know you are not in a better position to prescribe or treat yourself. If you are dealing with the condition that is especially life-threatening, it is better that you consult a medical practitioner or a doctor that is knowledgeable in the field of cannabis. Most times, they have more access to groundbreaking researches and studies that are being carried out every year on cannabis-derived compounds such as CBD and CBDV.

Gentle Jane's products all use a CBD Isolate that have a very small amount of CBDV, mostly CBD.

 

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