THCP is a relatively newly discovered cannabinoid that is derived from hemp. Unlike other cannabinoids that have been known for decades, THCP was only identified by a team of Italian scientists in 2019. These researchers stumbled upon this compound while examining hemp samples using advanced chromatography techniques.
While THCP might seem like a recent discovery, it’s important to note that it has existed in hemp plants since the beginning. The discovery was more about our awareness and understanding of this particular cannabinoid. The Italian scientists found that THCP interacts with the endocannabinoid system similarly to Delta 9 THC but with a notable difference.
What sets THCP apart and makes it fascinating is its potent binding affinity to CB1 receptors in comparison to traditional THC. Initial data suggests that THCP binds to CB1 receptors a remarkable 33 times more effectively than conventional cannabis compounds. For context, compounds like HHC are around four times more potent than Delta 8 THC but less potent than Delta 9 THC.
In fact, THCP’s potency stands out among all known cannabinoids. It’s estimated to be approximately 30 times more potent than any cannabis product you’ve encountered before. If there were a hypothetical “king of cannabis,” THCP could be likened to an extraterrestrial envoy descending from a spaceship to claim its throne. That’s how extraordinary THCP’s potency is in the world of cannabinoids.
While THCP’s discovery and potential are exciting, it’s important to keep in mind that research is ongoing, and much remains to be understood about its effects, benefits, and interactions within the human body. As the scientific community delves deeper into THCP’s properties, its potential applications could open up new avenues for both medical and recreational cannabis use.
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