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THCP: What is this new cannabinoid and Where to Buy It

The cannabis industry is evolving at a rapid pace, especially as more and more people embrace the medical benefits of cannabis. In response to this growing demand, researchers are further investigating both the benefits of cannabis, as well as potential new cannabinoids. Researchers have recently discovered two cannabinoids with a lot of potential, THCP and CBDP, one of which is available to consumers. Keep reading to see what they are and how you can purchase it or provide it to your customers.  

What are the differences between THC and THCP?

Chances are, you’ve probably heard of THC, which is officially known as tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the psychoactive and intoxicating ingredient in marijuana that gives people a high sensation, but a new cannabinoid might give it a run for its money. THCP, also known as tetrahydrocannabiphorol, is a newly discovered cannabinoid that is considered relatively similar to its better-known cousin, THC. 

Researchers have also found another new compound in cannabis, CBDP. CBDP is known as cannabidiphorol and is very closely related to CBD. 

Advanced chemical analysis has helped us identify these closely related cannabinoids, and it has also let us recognize what sets them apart from previously known substances. The remainder of this article will dive into this exploration in greater detail. 

What is THCP?

THCP molecule, now available for consumption from Spectrum Labs

THCP, or tetrahydrocannabiphorol, is a cannabis-derived cannabinoid with a 7-link binding chain. The new cannabinoid was discovered in 2020 by Italian researchers and is believed to be 33 times more active than regular THC on the CB1 receptors, and 5 to 10 times more active than THC on the CB2 receptors.

Spectrometry analysis allowed the Italian researchers to separate THCP from the hundreds of other cannabinoids found in cannabis. And this research revealed some interesting differences. For example, THCP has seven links in its one binding chain, compared with only five in traditional THC. There is some indication that the more significant number of links will increase THCP’s binding capacity. 

Cannabinoid’s efficacy, at least to a certain degree, is linked to how well it can bind to CB1 receptors. Initial research findings suggest that THCP binds on an order of magnitude better than traditional THC. As a result, THCP may do a greater job regulating anxiety, stress, pain relief, happiness, and other conditions targeted in the body by THC.

Experts also suggest that THCP might be 5 to 10 times more active than THC on the CB2 receptors. The CB2 receptors regulate inflammation and pain, enhance our immune response to pathogens, and protect against bone loss. Therefore, there’s great potential for THCP’s impact on the endocannabinoid system. 

What is CBDP?

CBDP molecule

CBDP, or cannabidiphorol, is another recently-discovered cannabinoid derived from cannabis. CBDP contains a 7-link chain, rather than the more common 5-link chain of CBD.

At the same time that researchers discovered THCP and its promises, they also found CBDP. As noted previously, CBDP is very similar to CBD, but there are some essential differences. Like with THCP, CBDP also has a seven chain link, rather than the more commonly seen five chain link. 

The binding affinity for THC and THCP is significantly higher than for CBD and CBDP. As a result, this means that a breakthrough with CBDP may have less of an impact on a person’s health and well-being. 

Is THCP Legal In The United States?

In a lengthy analysis of THC analogs, Rod Kight explains the legality of THCP, Delta-9 THC, Delta-8 THC and THCV in the United States.

Due to a complex legal history with Marijuana, THC is the only cannabinoid listed as a controlled substance under the Schedule 1 of the Controlled Subtances Act.

On the other hand, the 2018 Farm Bill states that hemp is legal as long as the delta-9 THC is no more than 0.3 percent:

the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.

Because THCP is derived from a legal hemp farm, is extracted to oil by an approved hemp processor, and the delta-9 THC levels are below 0.3%, THCP is legal in the United States.

Why Is This Important? 

THCP and CBDP discovery are important for several reasons. First, it underscores that the cannabis industry continues to evolve and craft new solutions. It demonstrates that scientists are looking to apply research and scientific methodology to cannabis. This newfound rigor will help medical doctors and patients who are looking to cannabis and cannabis-related products to treat a host of medical problems.

Second, it is crucial for the hemp industry to continue evolving beyond the novelty — and soon-to-be commodity — of CBD. For a plant that has been closely aligned with humanity’s history, we still have a lot to learn about it. We at Spectrum Labs are proud to bring a legal, safe and fun aspect of the plant to consumers nationwide.

Where To Buy THCP?

Alt/D9, a THCP product, by Spectrum Labs
Alt/D9 is a new hemp-derived tincture containing THCP.

👨 To purchase TCHP for personal use, please visit Alt/D9 to view available THCP products.

🏪 If you are a cannabis, hemp CBD retailer or distributor and would like to provide THCP to your customers, please contact us.

Summary: The Future of THCP

The future of THCP is promising for consumers. The ability to have an experience very similar to THC from a legal, hemp plant has great potential for consumers. For hemp business owners, the ability to bring THCP, a novel cannabinoid to their customers can help to separate them from the pack and provide a unique, personal experience.

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Jason De Los Santos
Author: Jason De Los Santos

Jason is CEO of Spectrum Labs.

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Jason De Los Santos

Jason is CEO of Spectrum Labs.

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