THCP - Scientists Discovered a New Cannabinoid 30 Times Stronger Than THC

THCP – Scientists Discovered a New Cannabinoid 30 Times Stronger Than THC

2020 is starting off as a great year for weed. After legalization in Illinois and thousands of people getting their weed-related criminal records deleted, Italian scientists just reported they discovered a new natural cannabinoid that is 30 times more potent than THC.

There‘s a reason why we call cannabis a miracle plant. Besides the two best-known cannabinoids THC and CBD there are around 500 other chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. Italian researchers studying a medical cannabis strain grown exclusively by the Italian military found unusual chemical signatures and decided to dig deeper.

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After taking a closer look, they succeeded in identifying and isolating two previously unknown cannabinoids, THCP (tetrahydrocannabiphorol) and CBDP (cannabidiphorol).

The “new” cannabinoid THCP is almost identical to THC, which we all know and love, but has a few extra carbon atoms on the molecule’s tail end. Those extra atoms seem to be what makes THCP so much more potent than THC.

THC, CBD, and all other cannabinoids work by binding to two receptors in our body called CB1 and CB2 receptors. Through those receptors, they interact with our endocannabinoid system to regulate all kinds of bodily functions, heal us, or get us high.

According to the study, THCP binds 30 times stronger to the CB1 and CB2 receptors than THC. The researchers tested THCP on mice and found that a tiny dose of 5mg/kg was enough to intoxicate them.

“Our in vitro experiments proved that THCP has a high affinity for CB1 receptors, about 30 times higher than that reported for THC in the literature,” Cinzia Citti, one of the team’s researchers told Medical Cannabis Network.

What does this mean for cannabis?

The study’s authors think that THCP could be the reason that there is so much variety in terms of effects from different strains of weed, which could help us get a better understanding of how cannabis affects humans.

“The presence of this new phytocannabinoid could account for the pharmacological properties of some cannabis varieties difficult to explain by the presence of the sole THC,” Citti said.

“The problem is that nobody has ever searched for these two compounds in cannabis. Maybe, the identification of THCP in other varieties could account for inexplicable effects not ascribable solely to THC.”

Citti also stressed that a lot more research is needed to get a better understanding of THCP and CBDP, as well as how they interact with our bodies and other cannabinoids.

“Everything beyond our preliminary experiments represents only a speculation,” she said. “Our main message is the importance to evaluate the exact chemical profile of a cannabis-based medicine and know each time the exact concentration of all active principles, otherwise it would be not reasonable to consider cannabis a medicine.”

Let’s hope this new discovery will lead to more funding for cannabis research and more great discoveries in the future.

13 responses to “THCP – Scientists Discovered a New Cannabinoid 30 Times Stronger Than THC”

  1. Dan Eder says:

    Do you deliver to NewZealand

  2. Terry says:

    How long a good buzz from smoking marijuana all we got around here in Virginia is garbage I want to get high what do you recommend for nervous and make you sleep keep you calm

  3. Cory says:

    Where can I buy this

  4. Sunday says:

    Wow this is very exciting news.

  5. David Altenburger says:

    When does it come to America? And can it be purchased at a local Marijuana shop?

  6. brian brandt says:

    “No one ever looked before” That is the most idiotic thing
    I;ve read in a long time, including Trump tweets. chemists have been sorting out what is in cannibus for a very long time, and these compounds are either NEW (almost impossible) or were missed on every single assay ever run on cannibus. I am a chemist, we use something called GC/MS, and the nice machines weigh every single atom, so theres no way they weren”t looked for, most of what we do is look for new compounds.

  7. brian brandt says:

    Also, a chemist in Israel created dozens of compound that were a hundred times as potent as THC, referred to as the “JWH series” I believe. Cannibus has never killed anyone, the same can not be said for synthetic CBD1 receptor agonists,

  8. Beyen welzig says:

    I live in Australia an struggling too get decent seeds please help I have alot of medical ailments that thc helps but Australia is so backwards please pint me in the right direction

  9. Melanie says:

    Terry, stick with Indica to treat the symptoms you have e such as. Purple Punch
    Granddaddy Purple
    White Rhino
    Bubba Kush
    Northern Lights
    Grape Ape
    Blue Cheese.

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  11. Tyrell loving says:

    I just want to know where I can order the seed from I’ve been living with A pinch sciatic nerve three herniated and two bulging disc in my back and pain pills doesn’t work anymore

  12. Gary Wietrzykowski says:

    Seem like I would like try puff this hope it get my relief pain and my immune system and hope that would solution my immune system from that kind THCP!

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