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What is THCP?

THCP, or Tetrahydrocannabiphorol, is an up-and-coming cannabinoid sourced from Hemp that’s gaining traction. It shares similarities with regular THC, providing psychoactive effects, but it’s astonishingly 33 times more potent! While both THC and THCP are cannabinoids found in Hemp, they’re not identical. There are distinct differences between these two compounds, particularly in how CBGA contributes to THCP formation. Here’s what you need to know about THCP.

THCP Production Process

THCP starts as cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), often called the “mother cannabinoid.” When the plant is heated, CBGA combines with certain molecules containing carboxyl groups. Interestingly, these groups aren’t active until they break off, unlocking the effects of cannabinoids like THCA or CBDA. Also, heating changes TCHPA and CBDPA into THCP and CBDP. Though they’re just a small part of the plant’s cannabinoids, these compounds are quite potent. In particular, THCP is a standout, packing a punch that’s stronger than regular THC. 

Understanding THCP's Psychoactivity

THCP’s psychoactivity stems from its unique molecular structure. Unlike regular THC, THCP features an extended alkyl chain, which contains seven carbon atoms. This structural difference allows THCP to bind more strongly to cannabinoid receptors in the body, particularly CB1 and CB2 receptors. As a result, THCP delivers intensified psychoactive effects, along with potent pain-relieving properties.

To put it more plainly, THCP’s enhanced ability to attach to receptors means it can produce a stronger high compared to regular THC. This heightened potency is something users should be aware of when consuming products containing THCP.

The Discovery of a Supercharged Cannabinoid

Even though cannabis research faces obstacles like legal restrictions and complex molecular puzzles, Italian researchers stumbled upon THCP by accident while studying a Sativa strain. What makes THCP stand out is its distinct chemical makeup, characterized by a longer alkyl chain. This feature sets it apart from regular THC and gives it a stronger impact on CB1 receptors.

Usage of THCP

THCP might be found in small amounts in different Sativa strains, and some strains could have a higher concentration. Users might not realize they’re consuming THCP, which could lead to unexpectedly strong effects. Like with any cannabis product, it’s important to pay attention to how your body reacts and to consider reducing your dose if you experience any side effects. Since THCP has the potential to bind to more CB1 receptors, its side effects might be more noticeable.


Exodus THC-P Products

If you’re trying out our elite collection, we recommend starting with small doses to gauge your tolerance. THCP is an area of ongoing research and could be a great option for those looking for a stronger experience.  Explore the diverse flavors of our THCP products and enjoy the unique experience they offer.