THCP: Cannabinoid Stronger Than THC
Italian researchers have found new naturally-occurring compounds in cannabis. One of them has been named tetrahydrocannabiphorol (THCP), and is thought to be much more potent than traditional tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The other one, cannabidiphorol (CBDP), may be stronger and more effective medicinally than CBD, but is yet to be researched. The study mainly focused on researching the potency of THCP, not that of CBDP.
Technical progress and the worldwide cannabis legalization trend are expected to let scholars completely unveil the composition of marijuana for the benefits of medicine. As of yet, one thing is known for sure - there is still a lot to study about the properties of marijuana.
Endocannabinoid System and THCP
The human body produces its own cannabinoids by a system called endocannabinoid system. The primary function of this system is to regulate homeostasis. It plays a role in regulating a range of functions and processes such as energy storage, nutrient transport, sleep, inflammation and pain. When a person consumes cannabis, its compounds overwhelm the endocannabinoid receptors and impair their functions.
It is not certain yet if this recently found compound, THCP, is 30 times more powerful than its well-known counterpart THC, but its ability to bind to cannabinoid receptors has definitely been shown to be 30-fold stronger. Its effects are currently studied and being tested on mice as it’s still not known how psychoactive it is in humans or how common it is in widespread marijuana strains.
Medicinal Prospects of THCP Effects
THCP is believed to be more psychoactive than THC because THCP demonstrates the properties of THC at lower doses. The research can be difficult as isolating all the different cannabinoids takes a long time. The scientists hope THCP as well as other yet-to-be-found compounds, can throw light on the variability in subjective responses to cannabis consumption.
Because THCP is hypothesized to be extremely potent, the researchers consider THCP to be potentially useful in various medicinal areas. Examinations are aimed to yield potential benefits in appetite-stimulating effects, movement disorders, and several dozens of other possible indications. The medicinal usefulness of cannabinoids is an evolving field of research. CBD has been allowed by the FDA to be used in the treatment of certain types of epilepsy, though its mechanism of action is not clear yet.