CBD-made products have seen a rise in popularity after the Farm Law 2018 legalized hemp and all its compounds and derivatives with a 0.3% quantity. Markets are capitalizing on all the newly found cannabinoids by selling products such as gummies, tinkles, and drinks. In this article, we will shed light on THCP, a newly found cannabinoid of cannabis known for its higher potency. Read on to know more about it.

What Are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are basically chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. They’re the ones responsible for the effects of marijuana on the body and mind. The most popular cannabinoid is THC that makes you feel high when you smoke weed. But there are also lots of other cannabinoids, like CBD, that don’t make you high but might have some health benefits. THCP is another newly found cannabinoid, which we will study in this article.

THCP (Tetrahydrocannabiphorol): Introduction

THCP is a cannabinoid also known as Delta-9 THCP or Tetrahydrocannabiphorol. It is known for its high potency, which may provide intense euphoria. Many products in the market are labeled with THCP; however, the original THCP is not easily available. Most of the products often use synthetically produced substances prepared in a lab using chemicals.

Natural Availability:

THCP, or Terrahydrocannabiphorol, is an organic cannabinoid found in a strain of marijuana. However, to have a real commercial value of this cannabinoid, it is required to produce it synthetically in the lab because its availability in the marijuana flower is too low to have any value.

Chemical Composition:

THCP has a longer side chain of 7 carbon atoms, which is responsible for its potency, while THC has a 5-carbon atom chain. This makes it unique and helps it bind with the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the human brain more strongly.


Feature THC THCP
Main psychoactive compound Yes, responsible for the “high” in marijuana Yes, potentially more potent than THC
Carbon chain Side chain with 5 carbon atoms Side chain with 7 carbon atoms
Known effects Euphoria, relaxation, altered perception Potentially stronger effects due to increased potency
Legal status Illegal in many places Legal status varies, often less regulated due to being less well-known
Research status Well-studied Still being researched, relatively new discovery

Insights Into The Effects

  • THCP binds with the receptors in the human brain and body, strongly resulting in more potent effects and euphoria.
  • THCP may help in dealing with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression and regulate the sleep cycle for insomniacs.
  • This cannabinoid is helpful in reducing pain and inflammation.
  • It may cause nausea and dizziness in beginners or if consumed in high quantity.
  • It is available organically, but in very low quantities in marijuana flower hence, it is required to produce it in the lab to fulfill commercial demand. This synthetically produced cannabinoid may or may not exactly replicate the behavior of the original THCP.
  • Due to its unavailability, manufacturers may use other cannabinoids while labeling THCP. Awareness about this newly found cannabinoid is required in the general public.

In Summary

Cannabis is getting widespread attention due to its therapeutic benefits. There are numerous cannabinoids available in the cannabis plant that create different effects such as THC is known for its psychoactive effects, while CBD is known for its calming effect. THCP is more similar to THC and even more potent than this. Not enough research and study is done on this cannabinoid, but it is getting placed in stores with its claimed benefits. It is required for the people to wait for the concrete results and do their own study to decide what is best for them.


What is the difference between THCP and CBD?

CBD and THCP both are the cannabinoids of cannabis. CBD is known for its therapeutic and calming effects. It doesn’t cause a feeling of ‘high’ and euphoria. THCP is known for its psychoactive properties, which cause a feeling of high, and if consumed in high doses, then it may create nausea and dizziness.

How many carbon atoms are there in the molecular structure of THCP?

The molecular structure of THCP contains 7-carbon atoms, making it more potent than other cannabinoids.

What is the legal status of THCP?

The Farm Bill 2018 made the production of hemp and its derivatives legal in the USA. However, many regions and the local government banned it. It is required to be aware of the rules and regulations before consuming THCP.

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