The facts about THC-P

Published Oct 11, 2021 09:30 a.m. ET
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It seems like just yesterday we were discussing the basics of lesser-known cannabinoids like CBN and CBG, but cannabis research is excelling at an incredible pace, which is why we’re back to discuss yet another new element that’s been discovered in this incredible plant. The big difference is that this time things are serious because, in the past, newly discovered compounds boasted milder effects that could slightly alter an individual's experience, and that’s not the case with this one.

What is THC-P

THC-P, aka tetrahydrocannabiphorol, was initially discovered in 2019 and it is far more powerful than its cannabinoid cousin THC. It is a novel phytocannabinoid that’s been isolated from cannabis Sativa strains and this naturally occurring molecule is much better at binding to CB1 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, which is why it seems to boast such intoxicating effects.

The effects of THC-P

Due to its unique binding abilities, naturally sourced tetrahydrocannabiphorol (THC-P) has proven to be immeasurably stronger than delta-8 and up to 30 times stronger than THC while boasting a very similar range of sensations and feelings. THC-P can induce euphoria, make you sleepy, relax those achy muscles, and of course, it can get you stoned, all in much smaller amounts than would be required of its counterparts. It offers both therapeutic and recreational benefits, but we have much less scientific evidence, so we aren’t yet entirely sure of its potential.

An accidental discovery

An Italian research team used mass spectrometry paired with liquid chromatography on a 100% natural cannabis sample to conduct an analysis of the plant matter up close. It was at some point during this process that THC-P was discovered entirely by accident. Those same researchers also discovered cannabidiphorol (CBDP), but it didn’t turn out to have such promising features, because much like CBD, it is nowhere near as effective when it comes to binding to CB1 and CB2 receptors.

Physiological effects

The team of researchers studied THC-P at length, and they discovered a few distinct physiological effects, including:

  • Hypomobility
  • Decreased rectum temperature
  • Pain relief

In essence, these effects match those of THC only with much more force. Unfortunately, without more substantial evidence to substantiate its medicinal uses, but it does show massive potential, something that could be amplified by pairing THC-P with other cannabinoids and terpenes.

Side effects

Potential side effects of THC-P at this time are unknown, but most experts say that it’s likely to inflict similar sensations as THC, especially in larger doses including:

  • Red eyes
  • Paranoia
  • Memory loss
  • Fatigue
  • Sickness
  • Anxiousness
  • Vomiting
  • Wakefulness
  • Nausea
  • Self-consciousness
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleepiness

Since THC-P is much more effective at binding with receptors, consumers should expect the side effects of the compound to be more intense than those induced by THC.

THC-P products

Just like with THC, delta-8, CBD and all of the other popular cannabis cannabinoids, THC-P can be put into almost any kind of product you could think of like:

  • Edibles
  • Drinks
  • Carts
  • Vapes
  • Tinctures
  • Oils
  • Capsules
  • Inhalers
  • Transdermal patches
  • Topicals

Though you might not be able to find this powerhouse cannabis product in a store near you, several companies have shifted gears to get ready to bring this incredible compound to the market, so you should see it soon.

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