THC-P stands for tetrahydrocannabiphorol, and although this cannabinoid naturally occurs in the hemp plant, it was not discovered by Italian scientists until 2019.
While THCP is naturally present in hemp, it is not significantly abundant. In fact, in most hemp strains, THCP comprises less than 0.1% of all cannabinoids. This makes it challenging to easily extract and isolate the cannabinoid because there isn't much to work with. To isolate 5 mg of THCP, you would need around 35 grams of high-quality hemp.
As of today, there are no hemp strains with naturally high THCP content.
What Do Studies Say About THC-P?
Extraction labs began producing THCP either from CBD derived from hemp plants or more commonly through the use of biochemical precursors for synthetic THCP production in the lab. It's likely that in the supply chain of most THCP products on the market, there's no actual hemp plant involved.
The cannabinoid THCP is very potent, likely stronger than delta-9 THC, but without proper research, it's hard to say for sure whether it is always stronger than delta-9 THC.
In the Italian UNIHEMP study, one thing stands out most - the ability of THCP to bind to the body's CB1 receptor is 33 times better than delta-9 THC.
Is It Truly Stronger?
Although it might seem that way, it doesn't necessarily mean that THCP is over thirty times stronger than THC. The effects are indeed stronger, but this rough estimate doesn't take into account all of its potential influences. For instance, its binding capacity to the CB2 receptor is only 5-10 times higher.