THCp: P is for Potency
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is a class of cannabinoid found on the cannabis plant responsible for many of its well-known effects. However, THC is not the only cannabinoid found on the cannabis plant, and there are many other cannabinoids, such as CBD, CBN, and CBG, that are also gaining attention in the wellness industry.
What is THCp?
Tetrahydrocannabiphorol (THCp) is a phytocannabinoid that can be found naturally in trace amounts on the cannabis plant. However, 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.
The Unique Benefits of THCp
THCp 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 it one of the most potent hemp-derived cannabinoids available. Some studies estimate THCp to be about 33 times more potent than THC, though many users report effects to be more in the 5-10 times range.
It is important to start with a low dose of THCp until you know how it will affect you. Due to its high potency, most people are able to use less than they might with other cannabinoids while still achieving similar THC-like effects such as mood lift, dry mouth, sedation, or the munchies.
THCp vs. Pharmaceuticals
Unlike pharmaceuticals like opioids and benzodiazepines, which can cause physical dependency and carry the risk of overdosing, 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.
Choosing the Best Place to Buy 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.
Recognizing Premium Quality THCp
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.