Research and development of the individual cannabinoids in hemp has led to some amazing discoveries. These discoveries include cannabinoids that offer a variety of wellness benefits different from the ones observed in CBD. One of the latest discoveries made by an Italian team of scientists in 2019 is the cannabinoid THCP.
THCP is a naturally occurring cannabinoid. It is an analog cannabinoid of THC, which means it provides a similar psychoactive effect. However, due to its slightly different chemical structure, THCP binds to the CB1 receptors of the endocannabinoid system more effectively than THC. Reports indicate that THCP may have the possibility of up to 33X the potency of THC.
In all hemp strains, THC levels are low and CBD levels are high. The abundance of CBD in industrial hemp plants makes it cost-effective to use CBD to produce THCP.
Other cannabinoids, including Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC, can also be produced through the conversion of CBD. The production of THCP is still limited at this time, but interest in this cannabinoid continues to grow.
In addition to providing a better recreational high experience than Delta 8, Delta 9, or Delta 10 THC from hemp, the use of THCP from hemp may also extend into more significant wellness benefits.
The enhanced binding to the endocannabinoid system receptors may help to ease discomfort and increase relaxation for sleep.
More research needs to be completed to understand the full potential of THCP in the entourage effect. It is not currently available as an isolated cannabinoid for large-scale product manufacturing.