OCT 04, 2022 8:40 AM PDT

What Is THCP?

WRITTEN BY: Helaine Krysik

THCP, one of the most recently discovered naturally occurring cannabinoids, differs greatly from other forms of THC. For users who are looking for something as strong as possible, THCP will deliver more than users bargain for. This is a newsworthy development, as most newly discovered cannabinoids are non-intoxicating and will not get the user high.

THCP is different as not only will it get the user high, but it is so strong that it is said to be 30 times more active than Delta 9 (traditional) THC, making it roughly 10 times stronger. THCP is also estimated to be 60 times more active than Delta 8 THC.

That means for every 10 mg of Delta 9 THC – considered a standard dose – the equivalent in THCP is around 0.3 mg. Not surprisingly, users should tread very lightly, especially when consuming THCP for the first time.

Why would users even want to consume a cannabinoid so strong? Typically for medicinal reasons, as benefits are said to include substantial pain relief and soothing extreme insomnia, which are often related.

That said, users need to be aware that the compounds in THCP are full agonists, meaning they are very strong activators of the brain’s CB1 receptor – the receptor responsible for the high. Compared to traditional THC, since THCP is 10 times stronger, THCP can have a significant adverse effect on the user, causing extreme anxiety, hallucinations, and/or paranoia.

Even for users who tolerate the cannabinoid well, the risks of addiction are significantly higher, because of the extreme nature of THCP. Because of these factors, the cannabinoid may be best suited for those chronically ill and/or living with terminal illness.

While some research exists on THCP, much more needs to be done to know how the complexities of THCP will affect the user over time, for better or worse.


Sources: CFAH, Leafwell, Weedmaps

About the Author
Bachelor's (BA/BS/Other)
Helaine is a cannabis industry writer and marketing consultant. She has been active in the Illinois cannabis industry since 2020, and writes for a variety of national publications.
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