Munchies are one of the major results of getting really high, so one must be mindful not to over-munch.

However, there is a certain part of the cannabis plant that acts as an appetite suppressant.

This chemical element is called tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), and in its pure form, it appears to have the capacity to subdue the irrational urge to overeat and even to stave off hunger.

THCV has gotten popular lately because of its high potency (and resulting fabulous high), as well as its promising quality of taming rather than provoking one’s appetite.

As the name suggests, THCV is similar to its cannabinoid cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); their chemical structures are nearly identical, but the processes involved in their creation are slightly different.

THCV, say researchers, could be a new weapon against obesity and can help treat type 2 diabetes, while also lowering cholesterol levels in the blood stream and fat in key organs such as the liver.

The problem is that THCV is only produced in tiny quantities in the pot plant, but it’s there.

Normally expensive and difficult to extract, one scientist referred to THCV as the needle-in-a-haystack cannabinoid, but advises not to lose hope.

Biotech firm Teewinot Life Sciences claims to be the first company that can replicate and produce this precious compound in commercial quantities.

Tweewinot’s use of a process called biocatalysis, which is the use of natural substances to speed up chemical reactions, allows it to manufacture cannabinoid molecules in a lab environment.

“Our technology removes the negative factors from the plant,” Jeff Korentur, Teewinot’s CEO, told Forbes. “We produce the same cannabinoid, just replicated outside the plant. It is identical in every way.”

But how does it work?

According to Medical Jane, “THCV is psychoactive, but causes more of a psychedelic, clear-headed effect. It causes the effects of THC to hit you much faster, and some think it could be the reason for those ‘1 hitter quitter’ strains. With that said, the THC effects also die off a bit more quickly with the presence of THCV.

Korentur said researchers are anxious to get a hold of such compounds for research and that they need large amounts of consistent product.

And they’re not the only ones.

While waiting for Teewinot to develop their appetite suppressant formula, we’re guessing lots of people would also like to find “large amounts” of product to conduct their own testing?

Popular strains like Tangie and Girl Scout Cookies, among others, are said to contain THCV. Some of the most beloved, popular sativas in the world are high in THCV.

But keep in mind that weed strains containing THCV energize the cannabinoid cocktail, are quick-acting though not long-lasting and are even considered to be euphoric.

They’re out there, so go get ‘em while you can.

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