What is THCP? Legality, Side Effects, and Benefits

Mary Ekundayo

Posted by Mary Ekundayo on 01/23/2024 in Medical Marijuana


The most popular cannabinoids found in marijuana are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). However, did you know that the plant contains over 100 cannabinoids? In fact, there is the possibility that the ongoing research on weed will lead to the discovery of even more. One of the most recent kids on the cannabinoid block that has gained a lot of attention is tetrahydrocannabiphorol (THCP).

Although it is found in trace amounts in the marijuana plant, there are claims that THCP is 30 times more potent than the well-known delta-9 THC. In this article, we’ll be discussing what makes this cannabinoid special, as well as its legality, benefits, and side effects. Make sure you follow through to the end so you don’t miss out on any vital information. 

What is THCP?

THCP was discovered in 2019 by a team of Italian researchers, and it makes up only about 1% of the marijuana plant’s composition. The compound has a striking resemblance to THC, and as such, it interacts with the human body the same way THC does but with greater potency.

According to Italian researchers, the alkyl side chains in THCP are longer than THC, which makes it easy for the compound to bind more securely to the CB1 receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. To simplify, a given amount of THCP will have 33 times stronger effects than THC of equal quantity.

Although the benefits and potential risks associated with using THCP have already been identified, it is important to note that studies on it are still in their early stages. As a result, the long-term effects of using the compound remain unknown.

CBDP Was Discovered Alongside THCP

The Italian scientists who found THCP also discovered cannabidiphorol (CBDP) alongside. This cannabinoid is similar in structure to THCP, but it binds poorly with CB1 receptors. Aside from these facts, no tangible research exists at all for CBDP.

What Does Taking THCP Feel Like?

As we have stated emphatically, THCP is a new discovery, so we don’t have a wide range of human experiences to compare with. However, because of its greater affinity with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), you can expect a more intense and euphoric high with smaller doses.

Some users have reported greater feelings of relaxation, heightened introspection, enhanced sensory feelings, and altered perception. If you are new to cannabis, we strongly advise you not to begin your marijuana journey with THCP because it could be overwhelming for you. However, if you must use it, ensure you start with an extremely small dose and then work your way up based on your tolerance level.

Is THCP Legal?

This question lacks a definitive yes or no answer because its resolution resides in the middle. In U.S. states where hemp is legalized, THCP is legal when derived from weed. However, the prevailing reality is that laboratories mostly obtain THCP by chemically modifying other naturally occurring cannabinoids.

In states where all forms of THC are banned, THCP is most likely illegal. For states that have already legalized recreational marijuana, THCP may be illegal because it is not a well-researched compound. Ultimately, the legality of THCP depends on state laws. Ensure you cross-check your state laws before attempting to purchase THCP.

Benefits of THCP

The fact that THCP has a more pronounced effect than THC has led people to explore it for different benefits. Here are some of the values that THCP stands to provide:

  • Pain relief: It is believed that THCP can provide pain relief for patients who require a high level of THC for their treatment.
  • Mood elevation: The potent effect of THCP suggests that it can have sedative effects similar to larger doses of THC. This means it’s useful in treating mood-related issues like insomnia.

There is no conclusive evidence to prove the effectiveness of THCP for medicinal use, but the potential value is clear. More human studies still need to be done for us to appreciate the use of this powerful compound.  

Side Effects of Using THCP

Everyone responds to cannabinoids like THCP differently. This is because factors such as your body chemistry, the method of consumption, and the presence of other substances in your system are the ultimate determinants of your body’s reaction. That said, the most common side effects of THCP include dry mouth, dizziness, anxiety, paranoia, and temporary impairment in decision-making.

Risks Associated With Using THCP 

Here are some of the risks associated with using THCP. It’s important to keep them in mind if you use or plan to use this compound:

  1. Quality of the products: Because THCP occurs naturally in small amounts, some manufacturers can use unsafe substances or shortcuts to come up with THCP products. As a cannabis user, ensure to get your marijuana goods from trusted sources.
  2. Potent psychoactivity: THCP is a strong cannabinoid. As a result, you can experience overwhelming psychological distress and even poor motor coordination if you use more than you can tolerate. We recommend that you do not try to drive or participate in activities that require your attention under the influence of THCP.
  3. Need for more research: A lot of the information about THCP today comes from the initial research carried out on the compound. This means that there are still things that remain unknown about the cannabinoid.

Final Words

THCP exists in small amounts in the hemp plant. The chemical process of producing it is quite complex, and the quality of the product often varies. Only buy your cannabis products from reliable bud-tenders or dispensaries. Also, save yourself from the discomfort of using a THCP quantity that you can’t handle by either starting small or by speaking with a marijuana doctor today.

No Information on MarijuanaDoctors.Com should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition. You can view our Full Disclaimer here.

Doctors Near You

See a doctor online and get approved in less than 30 minutes. In most states, you can get a medical card within 24 hours.

Dispensaries Near You

At Marijuana Doctors, we make it easy for dispensaries to service medical marijuana patients in the area.
plus sign

Are You A Doctor?

get listed here

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Sign up for MarijuanaDoctors.com Free Monthly Newsletter! You Receive:

  • Exclusive Stories, News, Medical Reports & Articles, Fraud Alerts
  • Discounts, Coupons & Free Giveaways
  • Trusted Information