What Is CBDV Flower, and Does It Get You High?

Published July 21, 2021
What Is CBDV Flower, and Does It Get You High? - Secret Nature

Every cannabinoid comes from hemp flower, and CBDV is no different. Until recently, though, it was only possible to convert CBDV from other cannabinoids — naturally CBDV-rich hemp strains didn’t exist.

Now, Secret Nature offers hemp flower with concentrations of CBDV that would have been unthinkable only last year. The CBDV industry is evolving quickly, so evolve along with it by learning what CBDV flower is and the effects it provides.

What is CBDV? Quick Recap

Cannabidivarin (CBDV) is a variant of CBD that’s been on the radar of cannabis scientists for a few decades. It’s only recently, though, that CBDV has received significant attention, and researchers now think this previously obscure cannabinoid might be useful in a variety of different medicinal applications.

CBDV is like CBD in that it:

  • Is non-intoxicating
  • Generally has relaxing effects
  • Is considered hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill

CBDV is NOT like CBD in that it:

  • Has slightly different experienced effects
  • Might be useful for different conditions
  • Has a slightly different chemical structure

Right now, CBDV is usually converted from CBD or CBG, but CBDV-rich hemp flower strains are becoming available. We’re at the cusp of a revolution in CBDV quality and accessibility that will put this cannabinoid on the map like never before.

CBDV Flower — The Source of It All

Why does CBDV flower becoming available matter? Because hemp flower is the only natural source of cannabinoids, and deriving CBDV from flower is best.

Hemp consumers know a lot more about the cannabinoids they use than they used to. There’s still a pervasive lack of education, however, regarding the different types of hemp extracts and their relative efficacy and safety.

Isolating individual hemp molecules and rendering them down into crystalline or powdered forms is certainly the most direct and economical way to produce cannabinoid products. The quick and easy path leads to the dark side, though, and cannabinoid isolate is a substance you should only use sparingly.

It’s not that isolating cannabinoids makes them dangerous. It’s just that you miss out on so much — hemp flower extract is filled to the brim with a medley of hundreds of different beneficial compounds that all work together in synergy to deliver enhanced effects.

The difference is like that between a dry, arid wasteland and a tropical jungle teeming with life. Distillate, the purified type of hemp flower extract, is more like a well-tended garden, but it’s still very much “alive.”

Many operators in the hemp industry seem content that CBDV can be converted from other cannabinoids. We’re not so easily satisfied at Secret Nature, though. Our endless drive to be the best drove us to acquire the first-ever CBDV genetics the moment they entered the market, and our first crop just *dinged* at us to let us know it’s done.

What are the best CBDV flower strains?

Right now, there are only two CBDV hemp flower strains we know of any would recommend:

  • Pine Walker
  • Forbidden V

These are the two strains we landed on for our CBDV lineup. Along the way, we carefully selected the best phenos to deliver an optimized CBD smoking or vaping experience.

As far as we’re aware, any other strains of CBDV flower available online or in stores consist of CBD or CBG flower that has been sprayed with isolate CBDV. There’s a world of difference between sprayed and natural hemp flower, so you should at least know what you’re smoking before you dig in.

We’re right at the cusp of the CBDV industry’s ascent. Given a few years, plenty more CBDV strains will become available.

Does CBDV flower get you high?

No, CBDV flower will not get you high as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC. As industrial hemp, CBDV flower products must contain less than this federally designated delta 9 THC threshold.

CBDV and CBD may be different, but they aren’t different enough for CBDV to suddenly manifest intoxicating properties while CBD doesn’t have any. The only difference between CBD and CBDV, after all, is a couple fewer carbon atoms; otherwise, these cannabinoids are structurally identical.

FAQ — Will CBDV flower get me high?

There are a few other questions you might be asking regarding CBDV flower, what it is, and the effects that it has:

1. What is CBDV oil?

In recent years, some CBD oil manufacturers have started adding CBDV to their tinctures. Provided in isolated form, this oral CBDV is marketed as boosting the effects of CBD or providing added benefits.

The majority of CBDV tinctures, though, contain harmful ingredients or inferior forms of extract. At this time, we aren’t aware of any CBDV oil products we would recommend, and it’s our opinion that CBDV flower is the better choice.

2. What is CBDV used for?

People primarily use CBDV for the same conditions for which they use CBD. There’s a rising movement in the United States and around the world, however, of autistic adults and parents of autistic children turning to CBDV for help.

The research on CBDV and autism is still out, but there’s plenty of promising anecdotal testimony to keep us occupied in the interim. CBDV has also been researched for epilepsy, MS, HIV-related pain, and a handful of other conditions.

3. What’s the difference between CBD and CBDV?

CBD and CBD are more similar than they are different, but at the same time, these cannabinoids are clearly distinct compounds. The primary difference between CBD and CBDV is in their chemical structures — varin cannabinoids like CBDV have two fewer carbon atoms.

CBD and CBDV also appear to have significantly different effects: both in terms of experienced effects and bioactivity. CBDV, for instance, is currently the target of intensive autism research, not CBD. There are lots of conditions CBD has been studied for, though, for which CBDV is now also being looked at as a potential treatment.

It’s very likely that the differences between CBD and CBDV will eventually be overshadowed by their similarities. Like all the constituents of Cannabis sativa, CBD and CBDV work better together than they do separately.

4. Is CBDV similar to THCV?

CBDV and THCV are only similar in that they both have two fewer carbon atoms than normal cannabinoids. As “varin” cannabinoids, cannabidivarin (CBDV) and delta 9-tetrahydrocannabidivarin (THCV) are slightly different from their normal forms, CBD and THC.

This happenstance similarity doesn’t bring THCV and CBDV any closer than a taxonomical resemblance, though. That’s to say, CBD isn’t any more intoxicating with a “V” at the end than it is without it.

5. What’s the difference between CBDV and CBG?

CBDV and CBG are similar in some ways, but they’re also separated by significant divides. While CBDV is a “varin” cannabinoid, for instance (it contains two fewer carbon atoms than normal CBD), CBG is a “normal” cannabinoid, meaning it has the usual number of carbon atoms in its tail.

Otherwise, CBG and CBD are very similar regardless of the particular variant form in which they might appear. Both cannabinoids are, for instance, non-intoxicating, and they each appear to offer significant therapeutic potential without posing many risks.

CBDV and cannabigivarin (CBGV) are more similar to each other, but that’s like comparing a question mark to a total unknown. The conventional CBG market isn’t even established yet, so it will be a while until demand drives the formulation of any hemp products containing CBGV.

6. How many cannabinoids are identified?

Scientists have identified (discovered) more than 100 cannabinoids to date. The first cannabinoid to be discovered was CBN back in the 1930s, and THC then took the spotlight.

Recently, the international cannabis market has shifted more toward non-intoxicating cannabinoids like CBD, and similar substances like CBG and CBC are rapidly following suit. Semi-intoxicating cannabinoids such as CBN are now widely available, and delta 8 THC, an analog of THC’s conventional form, recently took the internet by storm.

Each cannabinoid has multiple forms, and it’s also possible to tease apart additional forms via enzymatic processes. With fully synthesized, artificial cannabinoids thrown into the mix, it wouldn’t be surprising if there were 1,000 or more cannabinoids within a couple of decades.

7. Where can I find CBDV for sale?

CBDV is still a pretty rare find. There’s plenty of CBDV available if you’re willing to trade by the kilo, but high-quality, consumer-grade CBDV products are few and far between.

Secret Nature is the first hemp company to offer high-grade, CBDV-rich smokable hemp flower. These genetics only just came into existence recently, and as soon as we learned, we started cultivating the world’s first CBDV hemp flower.

You can now buy Secret Nature Forbidden V CBDV Flower and Secret Nature Pine Walker CBDV Flower right here at Hemp flower with high concentrations of CBDV simply didn’t exist before, and Secret Nature CBDV flower always contains less than 0.3% THC, is indoor-grown, and comes with third-party lab tests.

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