Did you know that there is another cannabinoid in hemp besides THC? Well, there are various known variants of THC, that are Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC but have you heard of THC-P? This new cannabinoid known as THC-P is just starting to get the attention it deserves. It is said to be 33 times more potent than the regular Delta-9 THC.This blog will teach you more about this little-known cannabinoid and how it affects our bodies, as well as how to consume it.
Table of Contents
- What is THC-P?
- Does THC-P Get You High?
- In addition, researchers discovered CBDP
- How Long Does THC-P Take To Kick-In?
- Is it Safe?
- Is THC-P Legal?
What is THC-P?
To date, we are aware that hemp plants contain more than 600 molecules. Of these, only 140 have been identified as cannabinoids owing to their ability to interact with the human endocannabinoid system. CBD and THC stand out as the most vital of all 140 cannabinoids; however, scientists remain dedicated to learning more about this intriguing plant.
THCP is a cannabinoid that was recently discovered and only exists in very low levels within some types of cannabis strains and it can also be produced synthetically from hemp-derived CBD.
THC-P (tetrahydrocannabiphorol) is a phytocannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp plants that is an analog of THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis plants.
It was discovered by accident by Italian scientists in 2019 while studying a specific cannabis strain.
THC-P stands for Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabiphorol, but is more commonly known as delta 9 THC-P or THC-heptyl. You may also see it abbreviated as THCP, THC-P, and THCp.
Does THC-P Get You High? THC-P effects
To determine the impact of THC-P, more study is needed, but it appears that yes, it does get you high.
The effects of THCP are often described as an amplified version of THC by users. A lower dosage is required to experience the same general visual and psychoactive effects as THC because it is more potent.
THC-P activates the body's natural endocannabinoid system, which includes two types of cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2. THC-P binds to the CB1 receptors 33 times more frequently than Delta-9 THC.
While THC-O is said to be 3 times more potent than Delta-9 THC, THC-P is 33 times more stronger and potent than Delta-9 THC
Read more about What is THC-O?
When THC compounds bind with CB1 endocannabinoid receptors, the body experiences psychoactive effects. And as THC-P has a higher affinity to bind with the CB1 receptors, when compared to Delta-9 THC, this means that THCP could produce a much more intense high than THC – over 33 times more intense to be precise.
Some cannabis strains appear to be more intoxicating to users than other strains containing similar or even higher levels of delta 9 THC. The scientists that identified THCP say that the presence of small amounts of THC-P in some strains could explain this difference.
In addition, researchers discovered CBDP
Researchers also discovered cannabidiphorol (CBDP), alongside THCP. CBDP is a cannabinoid with a seven hydrocarbon chain, also formally known as CBD-C7 or CBD-heptyl.
Compared to other cannabinoids, less is known about cannabidiol policosanol (CBDP). Researchers think it’s unlikely that CBDP will have any efficacy with cannabinoid receptors simply because CBD itself has little binding affinity for these receptors. Therefore, it is unlikely that the extra two links in the chain will increase the likelihood of cannabinoid receptor binding.
How Long Does THC-P Take To Kick-In?
How long it takes for THC-P to take effect depends on how you consume it. For example, smoking leads to nearly immediate results. However, if you consume it in a food or drink that can be eaten, the effects may take anything from 30 minutes to two hours to become noticeable.
THC-P edibles like gummies or tinctures that are consumed orally usually take effect within an hour. The effects gradually become stronger over the next hour until peaking at hour 3. These effects will stay strong for approximately 2 hours before slowly wearing off. In total, the experience should last between 4 and 6 hours.
Vapes and THCP flowers, for example, work much faster within 15 minutes. The high point is at one hour and then fades away after that. The entire experience of inhaling THC-P lasts for a duration of 3 to 5 hours.
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Is it Safe?
There hasn't been enough study on this substance to determine whether it's safe. However, there has also been no evidence suggesting the contrary.
THCP has been shown to have the same effects on the body as THC, but with higher potency. It appears that THCP has the same safety level when taken at a reasonable dose as it does with THC. Because this stuff is so potent, taking too much of it may result in negative effects rather than desirable ones.
We at Delta 8 Emporium suggest that all users should start with a low dose and work their way up to find the perfect amount for them. As always, use caution when trying any new substance, and be sure to read all the warnings on the packaging.
Is THC-P Legal?
Hemp and its compounds and derivatives are now legal in all 50 states after being legalized by the 2018 Farm Bill—as long as they have less than 0.3 percent delta 9 THC.
States are already beginning to take action on their own to keep hemp-derived cannabinoids off retail shelves or confine them to licensed cannabis dispensaries. Several states have outright banned or restricted the sale of delta 8 THC alone.
THCP is a newer hemp-derived cannabinoid, and buying products containing it can be confusing. Most products with THC-P in the name actually contain THC-P mixed with more common cannabinoids like delta 8 THC, or they contain a blend of multiple cannabinoids.
So be sure to do your research before buying THC-P products and make sure you get them from a reputable source.
However, the legal status of THC-P is yet to be determined. For now, it’s best to check your state laws before buying products containing THCP.
The discovery of THC-P is a groundbreaking revelation that has the potential to change the legal landscape for hemp and cannabis.
Here’s what we know so far about THC-P. It is a naturally occurring cannabinoid in the hemp plant and it is 33 times more powerful than Delta-9 THC.
As researchers continue to study this cannabinoid, it will be interesting to see how its unique properties are used to benefit humans and animals.
The legal status of THC-P has yet to be seen, but stay tuned because we will keep you updated on any new developments.
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