THCP is a newly discovered cannabinoid that shows up in small amounts in some marijuana strains and can be synthesized in the lab by modifying CBD extracted from legal hemp. In 2019, Italian researchers came into it by accident while studying a specific strain of marijuana.
Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabiphorol, often known as delta 9 THCP or THC-heptyl, is the full name.
As a result of delta 8 THC's phenomenal commercial success, the cannabis business has discovered a number of cannabinoids derived from hemp that are competitive with delta 9 THC, the psychoactive component of traditional marijuana. It is now available to compete in the diversified cannabis market alongside delta 8, delta 10 THC, HHC, and THC-O.
While it has the potential to provide a novel and intense high for recreational consumers, it may also have important medical applications. The potential of this new cannabinoid has only just begun to be explored by scientists.
The possible uses and advantages
THCP is still new to the world of cannabis, and no research currently exist outside of the observations made by the original team that identified the cannabinoid. However, there is intriguing data and possible medical applications despite this.
Patients who need high doses of THC, such as those using Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) for cancer treatment, may get greater pain relief from THCP. Higher amounts of THCP may also cause calming effects similar to large dosages of THC and are potentially capable of easing sleeplessness or reducing intractable pain.
However, there is no good information on how exactly it affects humans or which strains might have higher levels of the cannabinoid. Also, although many have reported THCP to having a more intense or “pronounced” impact than THC, there is no solid evidence that the cannabinoid is more potent when taken.
How Does It Work?
The endocannabinoid systems binding affinity is the target of THCP's therapeutic effects. Cannabinoid receptors type 1 (CB1) and type 2 (CB2) are the most common types of endocannabinoid receptors. The actions produced by CB1 and CB2 receptors are distinct from one another.
When this cannabinoid binds to their CB1 receptors in the brain and central nervous system, they produce psychoactive effects.
A potent CB1 agonist like THC, THCP binds to the receptor and triggers an effect.
THE PRODUCTION OF THCP BY CANNABIS PLANTS
Cannabigerolic acid is the parent compound of nearly all the cannabinoids found in cannabis and hemp plants (CBGA).
So as not to devolve into a science lesson, suffice it to say that CBGA performs an enzymatic interaction with other acidic molecules in cannabis to create a precursor molecule for THCP called tetrahydrocannabiphorolic acid (THCPA).
The decarboxylation method is then used to gently transform THCPA into THCP within the cannabis or hemp plant.
How does THCP make you feel?
Because THCP binds to cannabinoid receptors so well, its effects are likely to be similar to those of delta 9 THC, or even stronger. Scientists used standard cannabis mouse tests to find out how the new cannabinoid affected the mice's bodies. At lower doses, mice were less active, and at higher doses, they went into a trance-like state called catalepsy. At higher doses, THCP also seemed to work well as a painkiller.
Because it binds so well to cannabinoid receptors in the body, it could be very useful, not just for getting high, but also for relieving pain, stopping nausea, and helping people sleep. Even though it hasn't been studied in depth yet, it seems likely that its ability to bind to human receptors better than any other cannabinoid will make it especially useful for treating these and other conditions.
In fact, it's possible that some of the healing effects of marijuana are already due to tiny amounts of THCP that were never noticed before. Scientists who found THCP in 2019 wrote that "the discovery of an extremely potent THC-like phytocannabinoid may shed light on several pharmacological effects not attributable solely to [delta 9 THC]" in marijuana.
The strong binding affinity of this potent cannabinoid could also make the unwanted side effects of THC worse, such as dry mouth and eyes, anxiety, and paranoia. It could even put users in danger. But we're mostly just guessing until we see the results of research on people.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THCP AND THC?
Both THC and THCP have almost identical chemical structures, with the length of the alkyl side chain being the defining feature.
The chain length of THC is five carbon atoms, while that of THCP is seven.
Not only is this structural variation a fun bit of trivia, but it also gives THCP its enhanced biological activity. Due to its longer sidechain, THCP has 30 times more bonding activity at cannabinoid type one (CB1) receptors than THC.
Would THCP be detectable in a UA?
There is no research to back up the claim that it will result in a positive drug test. Standard drug tests used by businesses and law enforcement would detect THCP since it breaks down into the same compounds as THC in the human body.
Would THCP be detectable in a Drug Test?
There is no research to back up the claim that THCP will result in a positive drug test. Standard drug tests used by businesses and law enforcement would detect it since it breaks down into the same compounds as THC in the human body.
The basic line is that no one knows for sure, therefore if your company performs drug testing, you should avoid it along with THC and any other cannabinoids derived from hemp (except safe forms of CBD).
The basic line is that no one knows for sure, therefore if your company performs drug testing, you should avoid THCP along with THC and any other cannabinoids derived from hemp (except safe forms of CBD).
Does Triangle Hemp Wellness Sell THCP Products?
Yes, we do sell THCP. We carry a vast majority of THCP vape carts and disposable vapes, as well as gummies.
You can buy THCP products from us online or in store with our other cannabinoid products made from hemp.