She has arrived and is as gorgeous as ever. We are ecstatic to have a fresh supply of Black Beauty, the infamous California THCV variety that evaded total destruction. What exactly is THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin) and the backstory on this sought after cannabis chemovar?

Black Beauty originally came from Oaksterdam in Oakland, among the other clones sold at the dispensary. When Richard Lee was busted by the Feds, the mother plants of Black Beauty were pulled out by the roots and shoved in garbage bags. Luckily the Feds never came, and George Bianchini retrieved the plants and nursed them back to health. Once the beauties were hearty enough to take clones, some were given out to a close knit community. The plant was known to have a low to average THC content, but came back from testing at Steep Hill as dominant in THCV. A select few folks began providing it to the public, including Medicone who released Black Beauty as a pre-roll.

We are pleased to be the part of the aim to make Black Beauty available to the public and see how the scientific studies compared to real world, patient experience. Our clients have found Black Beauty to be incredibly beneficial for mental health, anxiety,  and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This chemovar is also myrcene dominant, which is an antispasmodic terpene also found in hops. As reported by O’Shaugnessy’s “GW Pharmaceuticals’ studies established the safety and efficacy of CBD in the decade before the compound was rediscovered in California cannabis, their research into THCV can now provide guidance to doctors, cultivators and patients who have a couple of homegrown plants to work with.” If you give Black beauty a try, please let us know about your experience.

On the molecular level, there is only a slight difference between THC and THCV. But the way it affects the human body is quite distinct. Unlike THC, THCV has been found to halt hunger (aka the 'anti-munchies'). More than a decade ago, investigation on THCV was spearheaded by GW Pharmaceuticals who wanted to research its therapeutic potential in metabolic disorders and weight loss. Metabolic issues can cause high blood pressure, blood sugar imbalances, increased abdominal fat, and high or low cholesterol.

Since then, animal studies have found that the compound may decrease fat in the liver, balance insulin, reduce hunger cravings, improve bladder control, and have therapeutic potential for schizophrenia, Parkinson's, epilepsy, and nausea reduction. In human trials, THCV has been found to change elements of brain functioning related to food intake and improve blood sugar control for participants with type 2 diabetes. In laboratory studies, THCV has shown promise in decreasing inflammation, pain, liver damage, and may be useful as an anti-acne agent.

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