What is THCP?
THCP (Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabiphorol) is a newly discovered, naturally-occurring analog of THC.
It was discovered in 2019 as researchers investigated a specific strain of hemp. It is a cannabinoid found in small concentrations in both cannabis and hemp. The only difference between THCP from “regular” THC is the presence of 2 extra carbons in its chemical structure. Instead of 5 carbons on its alkyl side chain like THC, THCP has 7. This subtle difference is enough to make THCP substantially stronger than conventional THC.
While this cannabinoid was only discovered in 2019, it’s believed to have been around for a long time unnoticed. Some researchers believe THCP could be the reason why some strains of marijuana are so much more psychoactive than others despite having the same or lower THC concentrations.
How does THCP affect the body?
THCP is the strongest naturally occurring cannabinoid currently known. It’s most comparable in strength to synthetic forms of THC, like THC-O.
THCP is roughly 1.5 times stronger than THC-O, 5–10 times stronger than delta-9 THC, 10–20 times stronger than delta-8 and delta-10 THC, and nearly 40 times stronger than THCV.
THCP is not hallucinogenic, but the experience is often described as psychedelic-like. You won’t see things, leave your body, or experience any classical psychedelic effects, but it does push your perception away from the center point. You may find interest in things you normally wouldn’t, music may sound different than you remember, and colors may appear amplified.
Delta-8 and delta-10 THC are the only two cannabinoids that are considered to have a near-normal headspace experience. You feel high, but your thinking remains relatively clear. You still feel like you despite experiencing some differences in sensory perception.
THCP, THC-O, and delta-9 THC, however, tend to have a much stronger impact on headspace. They can all change the way you interpret events and alter your decision-making processes. This cannabinoid shares the same general effects as delta-9 THC, but with more stimulating action and a stronger alteration in visual and auditory perception.
The side effects related to THC are also amplified.
People who have a tendency to feel anxious or paranoid when using THC should consider avoiding THCP and opt for a more relaxing alternative like delta-8 THC instead.
Will you fail a drug test if you use THCP?
Conventional drug tests aren’t sensitive enough to differentiate between THCP and THC.
If you’ve used THCP within the last 14 days, there’s a chance you’re going to register for THC use on urine or blood tests. Research on THCP is lagging behind, and we still don’t know exactly how long THCP remains in the system.
It’s wise to avoid using any form of THCP for at least a month prior to a drug test.