THCP is a natural phytocannabinoid found in cannabis and related to the THC component, which is responsible for psychoactivity. THCP was only discovered at the end of 2019 by a team of Italian researchers and has been causing a stir in the cannabis community ever since. The researchers found evidence that THCP may have a greater effect on psychoactivity than THC itself.
Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabiphoral, or THCP is found in very low concentrations in the cannabis plant. It interacts with the endocannabinoid system similarly to THC, but it binds to CB1 receptors up to 33 times more frequently than traditional THC and its strength should be accordingly. It has a much longer string of carbon atoms than traditional THC (seven carbons vs. five carbons), which makes it stick more securely to receptors.
Beyond the diagnoses made by the original team that discovered THCP, there are still no further studies. Estimates are that it may provide more significant pain relief to patients, especially cancer patients. At certain levels there is an assessment that it can be relaxing, pain-relieving and prevents insomnia.
Since research on THCP is still in its infancy, one must be very careful when using it. It is estimated that there may be side effects such as dry mouth, dizziness and fatigue.
There are already several products containing THCP on the market. There are vapor products, tinctures, ointments and edible products. The prices in the world range from 18 to 120 dollars, depending on the quantities and strength.
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