Those turning to hemp for health and happiness are having the time of their lives. With multiple analogs of THC newly available, you can easily find something that helps you relax and unwind. Some available options include Delta 8, Delta 10, and the most well-recognized Delta 9 THC. Recently, a new form, THC-P was also made available and quickly became popular for its powerful benefits.
Most of these new cannabinoids have mainly appealed to those looking for something with milder effects than Delta 9 THC. But what about those that want something that packs a bigger punch? If you find yourself in this latter group, your search for a THC compound that meets your needs might have come to an end with the arrival of THC-P.
Science suggests THC-P is the most powerful variety of THC, and people who have tried it agree. Discovered in 2019, THC-P and its benefits can anchor your body and mind in deep relaxation. Enjoy when you're ready to unwind at the end of the day or on uncomfortable days when you could use some extreme natural relief.
What is THC-P?
If you’re new to THC P, you’re not alone. Most people are just finding out about THC-P and its benefits. But like other cannabinoids, it’s always been a part of the plant. If you’ve tried other cannabis products, then you’ve likely taken some THC-P as well, just not in its isolated form.
THC-P or Trans-∆9-tetrahydrocannabiphorol is a naturally occurring analog of Delta 9 THC. The two share a similar molecular structure but differ in the number of atoms on the side alkali. Delta 9 THC has a side alkali with five carbon atoms, whereas THC-P has seven.
On paper, it’s a minor difference, but it has an astounding difference in efficacy. Because of that slight difference, THC-P is thought to be 33 times more active than Delta 9 THC.
We've learned a few other things about THC-P during its recent discovery. First, it's a naturally occurring compound in cannabis plants. But it only occurs in small concentrations. It also has a strong affinity for CB1 Endocannabinoid receptors – more on this later.
How Was THC-P Discovered?
The THC-P compound was discovered in 2019 by a team of Italian researchers led by Cinzia Citti. The group stumbled on the compound while working on an Italian strain called FM2 as they were sifting through different cannabinoids. Using their knowledge and skills in chromatography techniques, the team could separate the different cannabinoids with high efficiency.
After separating THC-P, they tested this novel cannabinoid and compared it to THC. The group also tested a small amount of the THCP on the human CB1 receptors and quickly realized the discovery was far more impactful than Delta 9 THC in potency and efficacy when binding to the endocannabinoid system. And that is how THCP was introduced to the world as a stand-alone cannabinoid. Its potency and efficacy have been the driving force behind its ravaging popularity.
How THC-P Compares to Other Common Cannabinoids
At first glance, the influx of THC derivatives and other cannabinoids from the same plant can be confusing. That’s why, with every new cannabinoid, most people want to know how it compares to other cannabinoids and forms of THC and what makes it different.
THC-P Vs. THC
Delta 9 THC remains the standard for all types of THC because it is the one most people have experience with. It's the "regular" version of THC and an excellent place to start the comparison.
Delta 9 THC and THCP share the same effects and side effects. But THCP binds more strongly to our system and produces stronger effects than Delta 9 THC. Both types of cannabinoid products, provided their compounds are derived from hemp and they contain no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight, are federally legal.
THC-P Vs. Delta 8 THC
Delta 8 draws a lot of comparisons to Delta 9 THC. It's known for its relaxing effects and is often called THC “lite” because of its milder intensity.
Compared to the effects of Delta 8, THC-P is far more potent. But the two compounds are often paired to create enhanced products containing the benefits of both cannabinoids and a more potent blend.
THC-P Vs. THC-O
These two are among the newest cannabinoids on the block. Research is still underway to determine their full potential, but some details are evident about each of them. Both are more potent than regular Delta 9 THC. THC-O is thought to be three times more potent than Delta 9 THC, whereas THC-P is potentially 33 times more powerful than Delta 9 THC.
Besides the difference in potency, the two compounds come in different forms. THC-O is a cannabinoid always created from other plant compounds, while THC-P or Delta P is a naturally occurring cannabinoid in the hemp plant that can also be created.
How they interact with the body is also different. THC-P binds to the CB1 receptors instantly. On the other hand, THC-O seems to take longer to bind to the endocannabinoid system, so it may take longer to feel the effects. On average, THC-P has ten times more potent effects than THC-O. Our blog comparing THC-O vs THC-P explains more.
THC-P Vs. HHC
HHC, or Hexahydrocannabinol, is also a new cannabinoid. It's similar to Delta 9 in its effects and potency. But, HHC tends to deliver relaxing benefits while keeping the mind clear, unlike Delta-P, which tends to have powerful effects on both the body and mind.
Legally, HHC and THC-P are similar. They are federally legal under the 2018 Farm Bill, and you can get them in various forms, including carts, edibles, and tinctures.
THC-P Vs. CBD
CBD is used for everyday wellness purposes and produces no uplifting effects. People often use it daily to help keep them balanced and functioning optimally. THC-P, on the other hand, has profound, uplifting effects and it’s primarily used as needed for powerful relaxation and relief.
Is THC-P Safe?
Considering how much stronger THC-P is than Delta 9 and that it is a new cannabinoid, some might be hesitant about it and its safety. There's still a lot of research needed to understand THC-P fully, its benefits, and its effects on the body. But so far, there hasn't been anything to suggest that it is unsafe.
Early reports and anecdotal evidence show that THCP has the same effects on the body as Delta 9, suggesting it has the same safety level. But considering the intensity of the effects, it’s best to consume lower amounts of THCP, especially for beginners with no previous experience with THC products.
You should also consult your doctor before adding any cannabinoid, including THCP, to your relaxation regimen, especially if you're on any medication or have a long-term illness.
Is THC-P Legal?
THCP is legal in the United States, thanks to the passage of legislation in 2018 that legalized hemp and its derivatives. The 2018 Farm Bill created an avenue for THCP products to be sold legally if they meet certain conditions: they must come from hemp and contain a limited amount of THC.
When it comes to the THCP products from Koi, the THCP is hemp-derived and contains no more than 0.3% of Delta 9 THC by dry weight. They are therefore protected under the Farm Bill, also known as the Agricultural Improvement Act.
As a fan of hemp and its benefits, you should take precaution when purchasing THCP products because they are only legal if they meet the standards sets in the Agricultural Improvement Act. Also, confirm that THCP is legal in your state before purchasing.
How Much THC-P Should You Take?
If you’re familiar with cannabinoids, you know the ideal serving varies depending on the person and other factors like previous experience and why you're taking the cannabinoid. THCP is not any different. The ideal amount will vary, and finding the correct serving requires patience.
Because of how potent THCP is, you need to take your time adjusting the servings until you hit that sweet spot. With most cannabinoids, 5 mg is a good starting point. But because THCP is more potent, we recommend starting with an even lower serving of 1 mg for beginners.
You can consume too much THCP mainly because of its potency. That's why you set yourself up for a good experience by taking time to observe how your body responds to the current amount before adjusting it upwards. If you take too much THCP, you may experience some temporary anxious feelings, nausea, and dizziness, among other side effects. The intense uplifting effect might also make you feel disoriented, especially for new consumers with no prior experience of the uplifting effects of different THC products.
That’s why you should practice caution and patience. It might take longer, but once you find the proper intake for yourself, it will be all bliss without the adverse side effects.
What Should You Do If You Consume Too Much THCP?
It's easy to get carried away as you enjoy your THCP and take too much too soon. If that happens, don't panic; it’s temporary, even though you might feel uneasy at the moment. You might feel nauseous, anxious, and lightheaded, but it will all pass with time. Here are a few things you can do to mitigate the effects:
- Take a cold shower –A cold shower won’t counter the uplifting effects, but it can help ease the passing of the effects. You don’t have to take a shower. Just turn on the cold shower and sit on the flower. Let the water run down your skin to help you relax and slow down your mind. The cold water will also help you breathe slowly to help reduce anxious feelings.
- Keep yourself distracted –Talk to friends or engage yourself in an activity and take a lot of water. Try not to go outside if you’re feeling lightheaded. Instead, you can change rooms in the house or go to the backyard.
You can avoid these effects by starting slow and allowing your body enough time to build a tolerance to THCP before increasing your intake.
How Does THC-P Interact with the Body?
Researchers are uncovering more details about how cannabinoids interact with the body.
After entering the body, THCP binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors found in the endocannabinoid system, a naturally occurring system in all mammals. However, THCP binds more strongly and instantly to CB1 receptors found in the nervous system hence its powerful, uplifting effects. Also, THCP seems to bind to CB1 receptors for a longer period which explains its efficacy and the strength of its results.
What to Expect After Taking THC-P
The effects of THCP vary from person to person. Because there isn’t a ton of research to explain to people what to expect, most reports we get vary, maybe because people have different experiences or because the actual effects are lost in the explanation.
However, some effects come up regularly, and we feel these can give you an idea of what to expect after taking THCP.
THCP is thought to help anchor your body and mind in deep relaxation, which is the primary reason it's getting a lot of attention. Reports show that THCP might provide relaxation and relief support in the same way that other cannabinoids do, just at a higher intensity.
Most THCP fans compare the effects to those of Delta 9 products, but they are stronger and more stimulating to auditory and visual perception. Most individuals report seeing richer colors and amplified sounds after taking THCP. For the most part, when taken in moderation and the right servings, the effects are close to those of conventional THC. The difference appears when you take more than the recommended amount.
Potential THC-P Side Effects
There’s no study highlighting the side effects of THCP yet. But there are some mild and temporary effects reported among THCP fans. These are commonly reported among those new to THCP trying to adjust to the new compound and those who take too much THCP too soon. Some of the reported temporary side effects include:
- Red eyes
- Dry mouth
From the anecdotal reports we’ve received, these side effects are mild and temporary. However, we recommend you start with a small THCP serving to see how your body responds and determine whether you should take more. This saves you from experiencing these side effects.
Why Koi CBD THC-P Products are a Must-try
Another way you can save yourself from potential unwanted effects is by buying quality THCP products. There are irresponsible manufacturers taking advantage of the limited information on THCP and the popularity of the cannabinoid to sell mislabeled and low-quality products that contain ingredients that might be harmful to your health and produce undesirable effects.
When buying THCP, you should look into the brand’s reputation and possibly get customer reviews on the THCP products you’re considering. Koi CBD has been around since 2015, and we have tons of positive reviews from customers that have tried our THCP products. Other reasons you should try out our THC-P products are:
THC-P products are only federally legal if the THC-P extract is hemp-derived. All our THC-P products, like our THC-P vape carts and THC-P disposable vapes, are made from hemp-derived THCP and adhere to the regulations of the 2018 Farm Bill. This ensures the products are federally legal and safe for consumption.
We work with partners that source the highest quality hemp grown in the US. Most hemp farms in the US have strict growth standards and ensure their hemp is organically and industrially grown. The hemp undergoes thorough testing to ensure it’s of the highest quality and meets the highest agricultural standards. It is grown in fertile soils following the best farming practices to ensure it has the perfect cannabinoid profile at harvest.
Using high-quality hemp produces a high-quality extract that yields top-quality THCP without common contaminants like pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals.
Third-party lab testing
Third-party lab tests have become an industry standard among responsible hemp manufacturers. We work with ISO-certified third-party labs to test our products for purity, potency, and safety.
Through third-party lab reports, the thousands of consumers who buy our THCP products get vital information like the composition of the products and screening for common contaminants. We provide consumers with certificates of analysis for every batch of THCP products containing all accurate information about the products they intend to purchase.
We pride ourselves on the quality and consistency of our products. We’ve achieved this by automating most of our production processes and limiting human intervention to reduce errors and cross-contamination. With our state-of-the-art production lines, you can enjoy the same quality and experience every THCP product in our lineup.
Understandably, information about THCP is still scarce. Most individuals only try THCP after a referral but find it hard to get credible information on their products. We have quality and innovative packaging that provides you with as much information as possible on the products you purchase from Koi CBD and keeps your THCP products fresh until you open the product. The packaging protects the contents from sun and light degradation and prolongs the products' shelf-life.