Although there are many different cannabinoids, they all mostly have similar structure as they begin life as the same molecule known as cannabigerolic acid (CBGA). It is commonly recognized as being the “mother cannabinoid”.
Cannabinoids found in raw cannabis are in their acidic form (THCA, CBDA, CBCA, etc). When contact with heat occurs, cannabinoids undergo a process known as decarboxylation. The reaction to the process results in a change of the cannabinoid from an acidic to non-acidic compound (THC, CBD, CBC, etc).
Without decarboxylation, cannabinoids in acidic form have little to no effect on the body. And this includes THCPA, as it also needs to undergo a heating process to become THCP. Contrary to most other cannabinoids, THCP is found in tiny quantities and is more than likely the reason it has gone undetected until recently.
THCP VS THC
THCP and THC have similar molecular structures. In fact, they are almost identical. Their side alkyl chain is the only thing that sets them apart.
A side alkyl chain is made up of carbon and hydrogen atoms that attach themselves to a molecule.
The alkyl chain in THC consists of 5 carbon atoms, while the alkyl chain in THCP consists of 7 carbon atoms. Researchers believe that the two extra carbon atoms on the side alkyl chain of THCP allows for a much higher potency than THC.
The reason for this is that the longer alkyl chain grants a much faster bind to cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). But it does seem to have a negative effect when the alkyl chain is too long as actions seem to decrease with more than 8 carbon atoms.
THCP Potency and Effects
More studies are being conducted on this newly found cannabinoid THCP. The effects are found to be somewhat identical to Delta 9-THC, but with much more added potency. Researchers believe that THCP is as much as 30 times more potent than THC.
THCP paired with other cannabinoids and terpenes has the potential to produce a substantial amount of pain relief or an effective sleep aid.
Effects will vary throughout energizing, soothing or sedating. If effects are similar then it must be recognized that commonly known THC side-effects may occur as well.
Use of THCP requires careful doses and should be monitored carefully to maximize benefits and diminish side-effects.
Start off with 1/4 or 1/2 of a dropper. Wait 4 hours for the effects to settle in. Increase or decrease the dose as needed.
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