Cannabidivarin (CBDV) is a naturally-occurring phytocannabinoid that occurs in small traces in certain strains of the cannabis plant. Although less studied than its more famous counterparts such as THC and CBD, research is beginning to uncover the medical potential of CBDV to treat epilepsy and other neurological conditions.
Structure and Properties of the CBDV Molecule
CBDV is to CBD what THCV is to THC. Both CBDV and THCV are known as propyl cannabinoids, and they contain a propyl chain instead of a pentane ring within the molecule. This subtle but important difference means that the propyl molecules can have very different properties to their pentane “parents”.
Although THC and THCV have almost opposite effects to each other, CBD and its propyl counterpart CBDV appear to have broadly similar applications in medicine. CBDV is non-psychoactive, and like CBD, it appears to have strong effectiveness as an anticonvulsant and antiepileptic.