Prepare to be intrigued as we delve into the world of THCP (tetrahydrocannabiphorol), a cannabinoid that boasts a potential potency up to 33 times greater than the beloved Delta 9 THC.
Curious about THCP and its significance? We’re delighted you’re interested! Let’s uncover its secrets together.
What is THCP?
THCP, standing for tetrahydrocannabiphorol, is among the vast array of over 120 cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant. As a minor cannabinoid, it occurs in minuscule amounts, varying in concentration across different cannabis strains.
In an unexpected turn of events, researchers stumbled upon THCP in 2019 while conducting studies on a natural cannabis sample provided by the Military Chemical Institute in Florence, Italy. The analysis of the plant material involved sophisticated scientific techniques such as mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography, adding a touch of scientific marvel to the exploration of this intriguing compound.
The Unique Attributes of THCP
Through the research, a fascinating discovery emerged—a compound strikingly similar to Delta 9 THC, yet distinguished by one crucial structural alteration. In cannabinoid molecules, there exists an alkyl side chain composed of a sequence of carbon atoms. This particular component facilitates the attachment of cannabinoids to receptors in the body, primarily the CB1 receptor.
While Delta 9 THC possesses five alkyl side chains, THCP, on the other hand, boasts an impressive count of seven. When the Italian researchers conducted experiments involving human receptors, they observed that THCP exhibited an exceptional 33-fold increase in effectiveness in engaging CB1 receptors, thereby influencing the body’s response to the compound.
Will THCP Get You High?
THCP is reported to elicit effects akin to a more potent version of Delta 9 THC, indicating that it indeed possesses psychoactive properties.
It is plausible that individuals who experience a heightened intoxication from specific cannabis strains may inadvertently be consuming elevated levels of THCP. Despite being a naturally occurring minor cannabinoid, THCP has always been present, even though its existence remained unknown until recently.
The effects of THCP closely mirror those of Delta 9 THC, albeit more pronounced. This heightened potency could potentially enhance pain relief, promote better sleep, and offer other therapeutic benefits associated with THC. Recreational users may find themselves enjoying a more profound state of euphoria.
Several users have reported that THCP tends to induce more of a cognitive or “head high” rather than a “body high.” When combined with high-quality terpenes and other cannabinoids, THCP has the potential to become a significant addition to the cannabis market.
It is essential to note that the THCP studied by Italian researchers was derived from hemp, rather than marijuana. Hemp cultivation and sale are legal in the United States under the provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill.
How Can You Use THCP?
Both consumers and cannabis manufacturers are thrilled about the emergence of this novel cannabinoid. THCP can be consumed in its pure form or incorporated into a wide range of products alongside different terpenes and cannabinoids to maximize its benefits. You’ll find THCP available in vaporizer cartridges, tinctures, capsules, dabs, and edibles.
As with all cannabis products, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all dose that suits everyone. Factors such as individual tolerance, metabolic rate, and hydration level can influence the effects of THCP on your system. We recommend starting with a lower dose for your initial experience and gradually increasing it until you achieve your desired results.
Stay tuned, as Hi On Nature will soon introduce THCP gummies to our product lineup. We eagerly await your feedback and can’t wait to hear what you think about them!