There are many components in the cannabis plant, the best known of which are THC and CBD. A new molecule has recently been discovered, THCP, short for tetrahydrocannabiphorol.
For now, this cannabinoid is legal, but its psychoactive nature may change its status in the future.
Tetrahydrocannabiphorol, or THCP, is a cannabinoid discovered in 2019 by a team of researchers. They managed to isolate this compound from the cannabis plant.
From a molecular point of view, THCP shows a striking similarity to delta-9 THC. This cannabinoid is famous for its therapeutic benefits and psychoactive effects.
The THC molecule has a pentyl chain (five carbon atoms), while THCP goes further, with a heptane chain (seven carbon atoms). This may seem like a minor difference, but the form of the cannabinoid significantly influences how THCP interacts with the human body.
Our body is equipped with a complex system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system is essential for maintaining overall balance (homeostasis) and well-being. The ECS reacts to cannabinoids like delta-9 THC or THCP through its CB1 and CB2 receptors.
Due to its extended carbon chain, THCP is believed to bind more strongly to the CB1 receptor than THC. This can potentially lead to more powerful effects.
THP is present in small quantities in the plant, with a level often less than 1%.
Extraction and isolation of THCP are complex processes due to its low concentration. As a result, most of the THCP available on the market does not come directly from the plant. It is in fact most often created in the laboratory. Other cannabinoids, such as THC or CBD, are transformed into THCP through specific chemical processes.
THCP was discovered alongside another rare psychoactive cannabinoid called THCB (tetrahydrocannabinol). Both being incredibly potent compared to their counterpart, delta-9 THC.
This increased power is also linked to a different carbon chain. THCB sports a butyl chain with four carbon atoms.
Despite their shared potency, the effects of THCP and THCB differ due to their unique chemical structures. They also interact differently with our body’s endocannabinoid system.
Both cannabinoids are believed to bind strongly to CB1 receptors, resulting in psychoactive effects. However, it is assumed that THCP, with its longer carbon chain, binds even more strongly. This can potentially lead to more pronounced effects.
The intensity of these effects depends largely on the person, dose and method of consumption.
As with any cannabinoid, especially those with psychoactive properties, caution is essential. You should start with a low dose and carefully monitor your body's reactions.
THCP and THC belong to the same family of cannabinoids. However, they differ considerably in their chemical structures (five to seven carbon atoms).
This structural variation has a crucial influence on their affinity for the body's CB1 and CB2 receptors. They therefore cause potentially different psychoactive effects.
In marijuana, the concentration of THC can reach up to 30%, making it the predominant cannabinoid.
The prevalence of THC means that it is available in many forms. They range from oils to edibles, sprays and topicals. It is also found in products derived from legal hemp plants. That is to say those which respect the rule of a delta-9 THC concentration of less than 0.3%.
In contrast, THCP hides in the verdant labyrinth of cannabis. It represents less than 1% of the chemical composition of the plant. This low concentration makes THCP a rare molecule compared to other more abundant minor cannabinoids such as CBD, CBN and CBG.
Therefore, isolating and extracting THCP from the cannabis plant is a complex task. This scarcitymeans that THCP-specific products are more difficult to find.
Due to its recent discovery, there is still little work on THCP, its benefits and implications for long-term users.
It is therefore necessary to carry out further work tounderstandand fully exploit the potential of THCP.
Nevertheless, initial studies suggest significant potency and great therapeutic promise due to better affinity with CB1 receptors.
Some consider THCP to be around 30 times more potent than traditional THC.
This means that the effects can be more pronounced and potentially lead to a stronger euphoric feeling.
Consumers have reported intense feelings of relaxation, altered perception, and increased introspection. In some cases, individuals have noted an intensification of typical effects associated with THC, such as enhanced sensory perception.
Although these effects may seem appealing, they may also be poorly tolerated. Care should therefore be taken for novices or those with a low tolerance to cannabinoids. Therefore, it is generally not recommended to start your cannabis journey using THCP.
For others who would like to try it, we recommend starting with a low dose. We then gradually increase depending on your level of comfort and tolerance.
Keep in mind that everyone's reaction to THCP may be different, as the effects of cannabinoids are often influenced by factors such as body type, method of consumption, and the presence of other cannabinoids and terpenes.
THCP is a potent psychoactive cannabinoid, meaning its effects on the mind can be strong and potentially impactful.
Users may experience psychological distress, including anxiety or paranoia, especially at high doses or in people unaccustomed to the psychoactive effects of cannabis.
Additionally, impaired perception and the potential for loss of decision-making abilities can lead to poor motor coordination. This may increase the risk of accidents or injuries, particularly if attempting to drive or operate machinery while under the influence of THCP.
Another area of concern regarding THCP is the quality and safety of the products available.
Due to the low amounts of THCP naturally found in cannabis plants, producing THCP products involves complex chemical processes. These methods can sometimes result in the creation of more or less safe products, particularly if manufacturers choose the least restrictive extraction options or dispense with quality control.
Additionally, as the cannabis industry continues to evolve, regulatory and testing standards for these new cannabinoids are not set.
This means that some THCP products may not have been tested for safety, purity, or potency. They may also not contain the quantity advertised or be harmful to your health.
You will have understood that this new molecule seems promising, but we are still in the early stages of understanding this cannabinoid and many are still asking the question "what is THCP after all?"
In particular, it remains to assess its long-term effects and its interactions with other substances.
If you want to try THCP, gradually increase the doses based on how your body responds. And be sure to source from a trusted provider who can provide third-party lab results.
Unlike delta-9 THC, THCP is not specifically listed as a controlled substance in France. As long as the THC level does not exceed 0.3%, a product containing THCP can be consumed.
THCA, or tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, is the non-psychoactive precursor of THC. It converts to THC when exposed to heat, in a process called decarboxylation.
THCP, on the other hand, is a psychoactive cannabinoid with a stronger affinity for the CB1 receptor than THC or THCA. Because THCP is psychoactive and THCA is not, their effects on the body may differ.
Most drug tests are designed to detect THC and its metabolites, not THCP.
However, because THCP has a similar structure to THC, it is possible that it could trigger a false positive. Additionally, if a THCP product also contains THC, its use may result in a positive THC test.
This is not yet established. Since THCP is present in very low amounts, strains still need to be identified and crossed to increase their THCP content.
THCP is a cannabinoid discovered in 2019, known for its high affinity for the CB1 receptor and its potentially powerful effects.
The chemical structure of THCP is similar to THC, but it contains more carbon atoms; which could influence how the molecule interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system.
Due to its low amounts in cannabis plants, the production of THCP products involves complex chemical processes, and the quality of these products can vary significantly.
THCP is thought to have more potent psychoactive effects than THC, resulting in an enhanced euphoric effect, but it may also cause discomfort or isolation in some people.
Research on THCP is still in its early stages, and its benefits, side effects, and long-term effects remain to be discovered.
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