THCp: P is for Potency
, by Vivimu Blog, 3 min reading time
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, by Vivimu Blog, 3 min reading time
In the world of cannabis, there is one name that stands out from the rest. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the class of cannabinoid responsible for some of the more prominent and well-known effects of cannabis. This includes cannabinoids such as Delta-8-THC, THCa, THCv, and THCp.
Tetrahydrocannabiphorol (THCp) is a phytocannabinoid that can be found naturally on the cannabis plant in trace amounts, though it is typically made by extracting and converting other cannabinoids from hemp biomass. The most commonly sold isomers are Delta-9-THCp and Delta-8-THCp.
It has a higher affinity to the CB1 cannabinoid receptors than any other cannabinoid commonly extracted from hemp, such as Delta-8-THC, HHC, or THC-O, making THCp one of the most potent hemp derived cannabinoids available. Some studies estimate THCp to be about 33X more potent than THC, though many users report effects to be more in the 5-10X range.
It is best to start low with THCp until you know how it will affect you. The high potency of THCp means that most people are able to use less than they might use with other cannabinoids, while still achieving similar THC-like effects such as mood lift, dry mouth, sedation, or the munchies.
Pharmaceuticals like opioids and benzodiazepines cause physical dependency and carry the risk of overdosing. By comparison, no phytocannabinoid, including THCp, has ever been linked to these dangers. Current scientific trends lean towards the promising idea that many phytocannabinoids may be an effective solution to some issues currently being treated with prescription medications. However, THCp has not yet been proven by the FDA to have any medical benefits. You should consult with a qualified healthcare professional before using THCp.
When shopping for THCp, it’s important to buy a premium quality product. Improperly produced THCp can result in toxic byproducts, but you can avoid this by ensuring your THCp is sold with a COA (Certificate of Analysis) which displays full panel labs from a third party testing facility. You can find the COA by clicking on the product page. Buying products with full panel labs will also ensure that you are receiving products compliant with the 2018 Farm Bill, which requires hemp products to have less than 0.3% total delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol.
There are a few types of THCp you may encounter. Other than a COA with full panel labs, you can identify premium quality THCp distillate by its appearance, which should always be transparent, and have a color ranging from clear to amber, with a thick consistency when at room temperature. Distillates are a high purity concentrate that may contain several isomers or trace amounts of other cannabinoids, which can contribute to the entourage effect. By contrast, isolates are a high purity concentrate of a single isomer, and are often white and powder like in appearance.
Be sure that any edibles, such as gummies, have been stored well and are free of mold or other signs of spoilage. Some edibles may include cannabinoids other than THCp, and will have different effects than THCp alone. For the highest quality edibles, look for organic hemp products which are produced using environmentally conscious methods.
Cannabinoids like THCp can have different effects depending on the individual. Many people experiment before finding the product that is right for them. THCp is best suited to those looking for a more potent THC experience than other legal hemp products currently on the market. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide whether or not you want to use THCp. You should avoid using THCp if you are breastfeeding, pregnant, or have a serious health condition that may be exacerbated by the use of THCp.
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