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What Is THCP?

Tetrahydrocannabiphorol, or THCP, is a naturally occurring cannabinoid and analog of THC. The world first came to know THCP through an open-access Scientific Reports article in 2019. A group of researchers in Florence, Italy discovered it, by accident, by subjecting a natural cannabis sample to advanced mass-spectrometry and liquid chromatography. 

Since that time, cannabis enthusiasts have grown increasingly fascinated with the potential uses of THCP. Here is what we know so far about this new cannabinoid.

How Is THCP Different from THC?

The Italian team recognized that THCP is nearly identical to THC, with one significant difference. When compared to THC, THCP is seven times more effective at binding to your cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1). From a molecular perspective, this is because THCP has seven carbon atoms in its alkyl side chain, while THC has only five. The increased number of carbon atoms enhances the effects of the cannabinoid on your mind and body.

What Does THCP Do?

scientist studying thcpThe scientists who discovered THCP noted several physiological effects of the chemical when studying its interaction with the human body. These effects include:

  • Hypomobility (inhibited movement)
  • Analgesia (pain relief)
  • Decreased body temperature

Anecdotally, THCP’s effects are identical to those of THC but with an increased degree of potency. THCP may offer greater levels of pain relief as well as a more effective sleep aid for insomnia sufferers. From a recreational perspective, THCP consumption could produce a more intense and intoxicating euphoric effect than normal THC.

What Are the Side Effects of THCP?

Due to a lack of thorough research into this newly discovered cannabinoid, the side effects of THCP are still unknown within the scientific community. Due to its similarity to THC, we can assume that the side effects are similar as well. THC side effects include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Red eyes
  • Fatigue and sleepiness
  • Self-consciousness
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Temporary memory loss

Because THCP binds more effectively to your CB1 receptor, it may be safe to assume that the side effects may be more pronounced than those associated with THC. Keep this in mind if you decide to consume TCHP products.

Is THCP Legal?

is thcp legalAs is the case with cannabinoids such as Delta 8 and Delta 10 THC, the legality of THCP is unclear.

The only cannabinoid the Controlled Substances Act explicitly prohibits is Delta 9 THC. However, THCP is still an analog of THC. The Federal Analogue act prohibits all forms of THC by default.

Yet because THCP naturally occurs in hemp containing 0.3 percent THC or less, some argue that THCP has protected status under the 2018 Farm Bill. This critical piece of legislation legalized hemp and all hemp derivatives except for THC. 

Can I Buy THCP Products?

You can find THCP vape cartridges, tinctures, and gummies on the market. However, due to its ambiguous legal status and unknown health profile, it is recommended to use extra care and caution before you choose to buy, sell, or ship THCP products across state lines.

Contact Cannabutter Digest for More Information about Home Infusion Machines

If you want to learn more about how you can use infusion machines such as LĒVO II, LĒVO C, and LĒVO Lux to incorporate THCP or other cannabinoids into your homemade edibles, one of our representatives will be happy to answer your questions.

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