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The Most Commonly Known Marijuana Cannabinoids
THC – tetrahydrocannabinolTHC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol which is the main psychoactive hemp compound in cannabis, found in both marijuana and hemp. THC levels in hemp are far less than in marijuana. THC is what is responsible for the “high” feeling people experience when consuming marijuana.
CBD – cannabidiolCBD stands for cannabidiol, which is also found in both marijuana and hemp. Hemp contains far more CBD than marijuana. CBD works in the body to promote a sense of physical wellbeing. CBD and THC work with cannabinoid receptors that are part of the body’s natural endocannabinoid system. Both have been shown to have some medical benefit when used to manage certain conditions. CBD for example is often used by patients suffering from long term pain, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, digestive issues, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, depression, nervous system and other medical condition. CBD has been approved by federal law in the United States to treat seizures brought on by specific forms of epilepsy. CBD products made from less than 0.3% THC hemp have a federally legal status are becoming quite popular as a lifestyle and wellness tool.
What is Tetrahydrocannabiphorol (THC-P)?THC-P stands for tetrahydrocannabiphorol and refers to a THC cannabinoid discovered in 2019. This does not mean it is brand new, just a newly discovered psychoactive hemp derivative. THC-P is an analog of THC and is almost identical in chemical structure. THC-P however has 7 carbons on its alkyl chain, THC has 5 carbon atoms. This slight difference makes THC-P a powerhouse and much stronger than THC because it forms a stronger bond with cannabinoid receptors in the body. Researchers are looking into the idea that THC-P may be the reason some strains of cannabis are far stronger than others. It is believed that THC-P can be over 30 times more potent than THC. As one can imagine, the idea of synthetic cannabinoids that are much more powerful than THC is enough to pique the interest of many. It has potential for use both recreationally and medically and research has begun to learn more about this powerful “new” cannabinoid. THC-P is believed to be the strongest naturally occurring cannabinoid identified to date. THC-P is a relatively new area of study in the cannabis world as it was only identified a couple of years ago. It is believed to have similar effects to other THC hemp derivatives and can act as a booster. It is likely that THC-P has been consumed by humans as long as we have consumed cannabis, it simply was only discovered as its own compound recently. THC-P was discovered by Italian researchers in late 2019 who were looking to define the cannabinoid profile of a medical cannabis strain and found THC-P, the lookalike cannabinoid to THC. They also discovered CBD-P, cannabidiphoral, which appears to be a similar, yet more potent, compound as CBD. More research is being done there as well.
How To Take THC-PWhile much is yet to be learned about THC-P and the psychoactive effects, there are already products available that contain THC-P. While there is no agreed-upon dosage recommendation yet for THC-P, those who have used it report effects anywhere from 5 to 10 times stronger than traditional THC. THC-P is quite potent, so it is always best to start out with small amounts. THCp products such as gummies, tinctures, and vape cartridges are starting to be manufactured by some cannabis companies. Because this is a relatively new area There is still work to be done on creating high-quality THC-P products that are readily available for consumers.
What are the specific properties and chemical makeup of THC-P?
Intense Effects of THC-PAs mentioned, the psychoactive effects of THC-P are stronger, more intense than that of traditional THC-P. THC-P can amplify the psychoactive effects of THC, making the cannabinoid receptors experience far more intense than one might expect.
- THC-P can make one’s perception stronger and focus on things that otherwise may not seem of interest. It can make music sound deeper, may make colors appear more intense, etc.
- THC-P can have stronger mental effects, affecting how someone interacts with others, and how they make decisions.
- It is safe to assume because THC and THC-P are so similar in structure that they will have very similar side effects. If you experience medical conditions like anxiety, self-consciousness, paranoia, sleepiness, dry mouth, memory loss, nausea, nervous system, etc. from using regular THC, expect to experience some of those same, if not more intense, side effects when using THCp.
- Be prepared to experience a more intense mental and body high from taking THC-P, as well as amplified emotions and reactions while under its influence. Just as positive effects may be more amplified, negative effects should also be expected to be somewhat stronger.