There are more than 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis, but tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the most widely used. But the plant also contains many additional cannabinoids that have a variety of therapeutic and health benefits.
Tetrahydrocannabiphorol is one of the most recent cannabinoids to be identified by researchers who constantly discover new cannabinoids (THCP).
What is the THCP Cannabinoid?
A group of Italian researchers studying industrial hemp discovered THCP and cannabidiphorol (CBDP) instead by accident while researching Cannabis sativa, and they reported their findings in Scientific Reports in 2019. THCP is a phytocannabinoid that was initially derived from Cannabis sativa.
It is also possible to create this THC homolog in a lab.
A Cannabinoid More Potent Than THC
It’s interesting to note that the newly identified cannabinoid may have even greater potency than THC. In actuality, THCP is thought to be 33 times more effective at triggering CB1 receptors than THC.
Lower amounts of THCP produce the same effects as higher doses of THC because THCP is more psychoactive. Research also suggests that THCP, like its homologue, may have health advantages.
Is There a CBDP?
While THCP and its effects were the primary focus of the Italian study, CBDP was also discovered by the researchers by chance. Contrary to THCP, it is not yet known if CBDP is more potent than CBD. Additionally, there is still a great deal to learn about its potential therapeutic effects.
Years have gone into isolating each unique cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, and it’s possible that more are still to be found. The researchers are hopeful that THCP and CBDP will eventually shed light on the reasons why cannabis may have diverse effects on different people and species.