What is CBDV?

Thursday, December 31, 2020 • 2 minute read

CBDV, or cannabidivarin, is one of many natural compounds derived from cannabis plants. These compounds are commonly referred to as cannabinoids. Other cannabinoids include the more researched CBD and its psychoactive cousin, THC.

CBDV is structurally similar to CBD (cannabidiol). CBDV, like CBD, is not psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t get you get high. CBDV is found in higher quantities in indica strains of cannabis. Generally speaking, CBDV is found in plants that are higher in CBD and lower in THC.

By law, CBD products in the UK cannot contain more than 1mg of CBDV per container.

What are the potential benefits of CBDV?

Research suggests that CBDV has neuroprotective properties that could be used in the treatment of epilepsy and autism. Much of the research around CBDV has centred around its effect on seizures. GW Pharmaceuticals, which developed the first licensed CBD medication called Epidiolex, is developing a CBDV-based drug known as GPW42006. They are currently exploring various treatment options for CBDV; which include Epilepsy, autism and a rare genetic disorder called Retts syndrome

Final thoughts

Although CBDV was discovered 50 years ago, research into this exciting compound is in its infancy. The cannabis plant is a treasure trove of natural compounds and there are so many other cannabinoids which seem to have their own potential benefits; terpenes and flavonoids all have distinguishing effects. We have only just scratched the surface with CBD and THC, watch this space