What is THCP?

What is THCP?

Tetrahydrocannabiphorol (THCP) is a naturally-occurring cannabinoid in the hemp plant, similar to Delta-9 THC. While THCP behaves much like Delta-9 THC, its longer alkyl side chain provides an easier route to receptors, allowing it to bind more directly. Because THCP only occurs in trace amounts, (well below 0.1%) scientists must extract and isolate it from the plant using chromatography techniques. This low concentration often results in the cannabinoid being converted from hemp-derived CBD. THCP is primarily known to produce a strong, euphoric effect.

How does THCP work?

The human body naturally produces cannabinoids which are commonly referred to as endocannabinoids. These compounds work within the endocannabinoid system to maintain homeostasis (balance) by binding with CB1 and CB2 receptors. THCP’s longer alkyl side chain contains seven carbon atoms (versus the five found in Delta-9 THC) allowing THCP to bind more readily with cannabinoid receptors in the brain and nervous system.

What are the different forms of THC?

When people refer to THC, they are usually talking about Delta-9 THC despite the multiple forms of THC found in the cannabis plant. You may be familiar with some of the following forms of THC:


  • Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) is a compound found in the cannabis plant, known to be a precursor to Delta-9 THC, and it may be beneficial in helping to ease nausea.
  • Delta-8 THC is a natural cannabinoid derived from hemp with psychotropic properties, meaning it has the ability to alter mood, behavior, and perception.
  • Delta-9 THC is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, and it can alter your perception by binding to the receptors in your body that affect coordination, thinking, concentration, and pleasure. Research indicates that Delta-9 THC may also have restorative effects to aid in pain relief, sleep, and appetite issues.
  • Delta-10 THC has similar effects to Delta-9 THC and Delta-8 THC, but it is much milder than these forms of THC. Its energizing effects also differ significantly from Delta-9 THC and Delta-8 THC. Many consumers have found Delta-10 THC beneficial for encouraging creativity, increasing focus, and promoting alertness
  • Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCv) is a lesser known cannabinoid present in low amounts in the cannabis plant. Its benefits may include reducing stress, relieving symptoms related to anxiety or panic attacks, and acting as appetite suppressant.
  • THC-O is a hemp-derived isomer converted from CBD with strong psychotropic properties, and it may also help reduce pain, promote relaxation, and decrease stress.
  • THCP is one of the strongest at binding with CB receptors, and typically found at 2% concentration in products. This molecule produces a much stronger effect, more potent than Delta-9 THC.
  • What are the effects of THCP?
  • THCP has nearly identical effects to Delta-9 THC, only much more intense. THCP binds 33 times more effectively with CB1 receptors in the brain and nervous system than Delta-9 THC due to its extended seven-atom alkyl side chain and regulates functions like sleep, mood, and appetite.

Is THCP legal?

The 2018 Farm Bill confirms “all derivatives, isomers, and cannabinoids in hemp are legal.” However, all final products must contain 0.3% (or less) of Delta-9 THC by dry weight. Although there are no current age restrictions from the federal government on hemp-derived products such as THCP, our company policy states you must be 18 years or older to purchase CBD products, and 21 years or older to purchase inhalants or smokables.

Does THCP show up on a drug test?

Metabolites are your body’s reaction to consuming any form of THC, including THCP, and these metabolites will trigger many drug tests. Different methods of delivery produce varying levels of metabolites within your body. As a precaution, you should not take these products if you need to pass a drug test.

How does THCP interact with CBD?

THCP can be combined with other cannabinoids, like CBD, creating an entourage effect which may enhance the effects of all combined cannabinoids. We not only offer a wide range of products that combine well with THCP and other cannabinoids but even have a pre-blended concentrate with Delta-8 THC and THCP for a boosted experience.

How much THCP should I take?

The amount of THCP you choose to take will vary depending on your specific needs and/or desired effects. Keep in mind, THCP is stronger than most cannabinoids, so you should start with a very small amount, and slowly increase as needed until the desired effects are reached.

What are the different ways to take THCP?

THCP is available in several forms including oils, tinctures, edibles, topicals, and concentrates.

How can I find the right product?

Finding the right THCP product will depend largely on your needs, wants, and preferences. Many customers find personal consultations helpful in determining which products and methods of delivery works best for them. Visit us in-store for a personal consultation with our doyens.

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