There are so many different labels surrounding hemp that it can be difficult to keep up and discern them from others.
This is especially true if you are new to smoking weed. However, if this is true of you, it is important to note that you are not alone in your confusion.
It is even more important to note that we are here to help!
In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about the term “THC-P”, including what it means, its side effects, its legal status in the US, and more!
So, if you’re interested, be sure to read on.
What Is THC-P?
THC-P is a shortened term for tetrahydrocannabiphorol, a type of cannabinoid that naturally occurs in hemp.
Cannabinoids are separated from hemp and used in various products to be sold to the public, provided they meet state regulations.
THC-P was discovered in 2019 by a group of Italian scientists. It has a very similar molecular structure to Delta-9 THC, but its alkyl side chain is longer.
Because of its long alkyl side chain, THC-P can bind to receptors in the body more effectively and therefore is one of the most potent types of THC, and can produce much stronger psychoactive effects than other types.
THC exists in hemp in trace amounts, around 0.1%. It is a cannabinoid that is often created when hemp-derived CBD is converted.
How Does THC-P Work?
THC-P works in a very similar way to other types of THC. THC-P works by interacting with the endocannabinoid system, binding with its CB1 and CB2 receptors.
.The former receptors can be found in the central nervous system, while the latter receptors are typically found in the immune cells, in the peripheral nervous system.
What Are The Effects Of THC-P?
As previously mentioned, THC-P is extremely potent. Of course, everyone is different and will respond to all kinds of THC differently.
However, the typical response to THC is strong feelings of relaxation and relief. Many people like to take it at the end of the day because of this since it is excellent at helping individuals to unwind.
But how strong is THC-P exactly? Well, according to a 2019 study, THC-P was concluded to be around 10 x more active than other cannabinoids on the CB2 receptor, and 33 x more active than other cannabinoids on the CB1 receptor.
You can find the details of the study by clicking the link here.
However, it is important to note that this does not mean that THC-P produces the same effects as other types of THC x 33.
This is because there will be other factors that can influence the effects of THC-P, such as body makeup, tolerance, eating habits, and genetics.
Generally speaking, THC-P users state that it is around five to ten times more potent than Delta-9 THC.
It is also important to note that because THC-P is so potent, it is far easier to go too far and overdo it without realizing it, especially compared to using other types of THC.
If you do overdo it and take a dosage too high for your tolerance, then you are more likely to experience unpleasant side effects that last for a longer period of time due to how well THC-P can bind to the receptors in your body.
Currently, side effects of taking THC-P include:
- Dry mouth
- Increased heart rate
- Slowed reaction times
- Red eyes
- Coordination problems
Is THC-P Safe To Use?
THC-P is an extremely new discovery, so there is limited research on its safety, benefits, or effects.
Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that THC-P is more dangerous than other types of THC, but more research must be undertaken before this can be confirmed.
As previously mentioned, early studies on THC-P have suggested that it has potent, calming effects on the body and mind. However, there is a risk involved with taking it because there is a lack of testing and manufacturing requirements.
The industry responsible for hemp cannabinoids is unregulated, which allows a lot of untrustworthy brands to slip through the net.
So, if you want to take THC-P, make sure you research and find a trustworthy, credible brand that are fully transparent and have COAs – Certificates of Analysis.
These COAs exist to confirm the potency and purity of THC-P, so you know exactly what you are taking.
What Is The Legal Status Of THC-P In The US?
The legal status of THC-P differs depending on what state you are in. Currently, all THC-P products are legal under federal law thanks to the Farm Bill, 2018. However, legal THC-P must be hemp-derived, not marijuana-derived.
However, laws can differ from state to state, and all states can regulate the growing, selling, and purchasing of hemp and hemp-related products.
Therefore, THC-P may not be legal in your state or a state you are planning on visiting, and it is important to research this to ensure you do not get into trouble with the law.
Where To Buy THC-P
THC-P products are very limited since the cannabinoid is a new discovery. However, it can be found online and in various stores across the US. Just be sure you are purchasing your THC-P from a reputable brand!
Serving Recommendations For THC-P
If you have recently bought some THC-P, please be aware of the serving recommendations so you administer yourself the correct dosage.
It is best to give yourself a small serving of THC-P when you get started and increase as needed. Our guide is as follows:
- Beginner users: 0.5-2 mg of THC-P
- Intermediate users: 3-4 mg of THC-P
- Experienced users: 5-10 mg of THC-P
THC-P is a cannabinoid that occurs naturally in hemp. It was discovered in 2019 and is currently the most potent form of THC, providing very strong, calming effects on users.
However, since it is so new, little is known about this form of THC-P, and more research is needed before conclusions about its side effects and benefits can be drawn.
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