A fresh cannabinoid dubbed THCP has inspired a wave of cravings-inducing headlines, due in large part to reports highlighting its potential for more than 30 times stronger potency than the old standard, THC.
The compound, full name tetrahydrocannabiphorol, was discovered alongside another previously unknown compound that's now being called CBDP. Per CNN, the latter is described as a "cousin" to the popular CBD, which is known for its assistance in anti-inflammatory and anticonvulsant matters.
Of course, as far as THCP goes, it's very much worth noting that these findings do not constitute a definitive declaration that it will give enjoyers a high that's 30 times stronger than traditional THC. Furthermore, it hasn't yet been determined if THCP boasts psychoactive effects in humans.
Still, it's (potentially) good news. And as for how THCP boasts the possibility of that 30-times-stronger distinction, a handy Leafly rundown of the two new cannabinoids from earlier this month explains that an elongated side chain in the molecule’s structure for THCP “appears to have an even stronger affinity” for the CB1 receptor than traditional THC. For a brush-up on CB1 facts, head here.
In the original report that houses these findings, published by Nature, researchers stressed the importance of carrying out a "comprehensive chemical profiling of a medicinal cannabis variety" and an investigation of the "pharmacological activity" of lesser known phytocannabinoids.
Despite such advances, there's still the whole problem of varying legalities across different states regarding the use of marijuana. While many progressive-minded states are years into fully legal (i.e. recreational) weed, others remain committed to treating it as preposterously akin to shit like heroin.