CBDV (Cannabidivarin): Effects, Benefits & More

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This post is part of a series on cannabis compounds. For more information and a listing of all other cannabinoids, see our Cannabis Compounds overview.

Cannabidivarin (CBDV) is a naturally occurring phytocannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It was first isolated in 1969 by German scientists. This compound is the propyl analog to Cannabidiol, popularly known as CBD. The two cannabinoids share a similar molecular structure.

CBDV Molecule

Activity: Non-psychoactive
Formula: C19H26O2 
Molecular Mass: 286.415 g/mol 
Boiling Point: 165 °C (329 °F) 

CBDV is created through the heating of its acid form, CBDVA. Through this heating process known as decarboxylation, the compound loses a carbon molecule, resulting in the 'active' cannabinoid.

This compound is found in much smaller amounts than its pentyl analog, the well known CBD. The compound is currently not well researched, but initial findings to point to some encouraging benefits.

What Are the Effects & Benefits of CBDV?

Just like CBD, CBDV does not carry any psychoactive properties. The molecule can be ingested without the "high". The compound has been studied to show two primary therapeutic actions:

  • Anti-Convulsant - The compound has been shown to provide anti-convulsant properties in a range of seizure models. This points to the compound's potential use in the treatment of epilepsy.
  • Anti-Nausea - Both THCV and CBDV have been shown to possess anti-nausea properties. This points to the use of these compounds in the treatment of conditions that carry nausea-inducing side effects or medicinal treatments including cancer, motion sickness, and HIV/AIDS.

Where Can You Find CBDV?

You won't find Cannabidivarin-specific products on the market today. This is in part because the cannabinoid is found in such trace amounts naturally. That being said, cannabis bred to be high in CBD (like hemp) tends to naturally have higher CBDV levels.

This means that a potent full-spectrum CBD product is the best place to look for this molecule. By association, these products will contain higher levels of this minor phytocannabinoid.

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