What is THCP? And how potent is it?

THCP is the most potent THC analog so far. This THC analog is incredibly promising for all cannabis fans. 

There’s no shortage of THC analogs in 2022. The public has become interested in using delta 9 THC alternatives—such as delta 10 THC and delta 8 THC. However, more recently, a synthetic form of THC called THC-O has also become popular.

Nonetheless, there’s now an even more powerful alternative called THCP.

As you’d expect, there are countless questions regarding THCP—including whether it’s safe? Is it natural? And where to buy it from? 

Stay tuned.

We will tell you everything you need to know about THCP in this article!

What Is THCP?

THCP is a newly found, naturally occurring analog of THC. The only difference between THCP and THC is the addition of two extra carbons in THCP’s chemical structure.

THC, for example, has five carbons on its alkyl side chain. However, THCP has seven carbons on its alkyl side chain.

So what does that all mean in Layman’s terms? Simply, THCP is more potent than ordinary THC. It could make you feel considerably higher with a smaller dose. 

Although the UNIHEMP research project only found this cannabinoid in 2019, many suggest it has been around for years. In addition, many argue that’s why some cannabis strains are considerably more psychoactive than other strains—even though they have the same or fewer THC concentrations. 

The UNIHEMP research project only found THCP by accident. Initially, they examined the chemical profile of a strain named FM2 when they stumbled across THCP and CBDP. According to the researchers, CDBP has almost no interaction with the endocannabinoid system, so there’s little interest in further research. 

In contrast, researchers are particularly interested in THCP because they believe it has 30 times the binding affinity of THC. As a result, THCP could be 5 to 10 times more potent than THC. 

How Strong Is THCP?

Here’s what we do know: THCP is more potent than THC. The primary selling point of THCP is how psychoactive it is. The people who’ve tried THCP—and there aren’t too many—suggested the effects of THCP were 5 to 10 times stronger than regular THC. 

Some people have reported that THCP is 33 times stronger than THC; however, this is debatable. Yes, THCP has 33 times the binding affinity for the CB1 receptors than delta 9 THC, but that doesn’t make the effects 33 times more powerful. Let’s face it, that would be one hell of a high if the effects were 33 times stronger. 

As time goes on and more people try THCP, we’ll know more about just how potent it is compared to other THC analogs. 

What’s the Best Dose of THCP?

You’re probably wondering what the ideal dosage is for THCP—especially considering its strength. Unfortunately, there’s no defined best dose of THCP yet because there haven’t been enough reports on its potency. 

However, most people who’ve used this compound suggest it’s 5 to 10 times more potent than THC. So, you could use this to forecast the optimal range. For example, the active starting dose of delta 9 THC is around 5mg, but the standard psychoactive dose of delta 9 THC is 10 to 40mg. 

Therefore, the equivalent dose of THCP could be around 1 to 4mg. In addition, most people should start with a 0.3mg dose and work up from there. 

It’s easy to consume too much THCP. If you don’t adjust the dose accordingly, you could receive unwanted side effects—such as anxiousness, dizziness, nausea, and more. 

Is THCP Legal?

Suppose you’re worried about the legality of THCP? Well done for taking precautions. However, although THCP is not on the prohibited substance list, that doesn’t mean it’s legal. 

Most countries worldwide—including the United States and the United Kingdom—have laws that place analogs of illegal substances in the same category. Therefore, THCP—along with other analogs of THC—is likely to be illegal on a federal level in the United States. 

In the EU, most nations have similar laws—including France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, and Germany. Although in some countries in the EU, there’s a push toward the legalization of THC. Nonetheless, it’s far behind North America. 

Canada is the exception; they don’t have analog drug laws. However, there’s one major issue: it’s almost impossible to find THCP suppliers nationwide. But that may change in the coming years. 

How Does THCP Compare to Other Forms of THC?

Five years ago, people only referred to one THC compound: delta 9 THC. That’s because delta 9 is the primary ingredient in cannabis. Until now, researchers hadn’t discovered the other THC analogs—including delta 8 THC, delta 10 THC, and THCP.

So how does THCP compare? First, most THC analogs have the same effect on humans, including altered perception and feelings of euphoria. However, the differences come from potency, headspace, and qualitative effects. 

The most powerful naturally occurring cannabinoid is THCP. It’s comparable in strength to synthetic THC forms, such as THC-O. 

We know that TCHP is around 1.5 times more potent than THC-O, 5 to 10 times stronger than delta 9 THC, 10 to 20 times stronger than delta 8 THC, and almost 40 times stronger than THCV. 

So yes—it’s pretty darn strong. 

Potency refers to the intensity of each dose. However, there are two ways to gauge THC potency: by comparing the qualitative effects of two or more types of THC at the same dose, or by testing the binding affinity of the compound on the target receptors (CB1 and CB2 receptors.) 

How Does THCP Feel?

How Does THCP Feel?

There isn’t a tonne of information surrounding how THCP feels. However, from the few people who’ve tried it, they suggest the effects are similar to delta 9 THC with stronger alteration and more stimulating action in regards to auditory and visual perception. 

Although THCP isn’t hallucinogenic like magic mushrooms and LSD, people have often described the experience as psychedelic-like. You won’t see weird visuals or feel an out-of-body experience, but you may feel your perception leaving your center point. In addition, you may experience more amplified sounds and richer colors, which isn’t unique when consuming THC. 

However, the side effects of consuming too much THCP are also more significant. For example, people have reported feeling more anxious and paranoid when using THCP. If you struggle with anxiety when using delta 9 THC, THCP probably isn’t the best option for you. 

Although delta 8 THC and delta 10 THC don’t affect your headspace, THCP has a far more significant impact. Like THC-O and delta 9 THC, TCHP can alter decision-making and how you witness events. 

Is THCP Safe? 

When you try something new, it’s normal to feel concerned about the safety of a product. There hasn’t been enough research on THCP to determine whether it’s completely safe. However, there’s nothing to suggest it’s more dangerous than other THC analogs. 

THCP has the same effect on the body as THC, with more potent effects. Early reports also hint that THCP has the same safety level when consumed at the same dose. However, to avoid any nasty side effects, you should consume low amounts of THCP. If you’re a beginner, start with a 0.3mg dose. Anything more could give you an unpleasant high. 

Research has found that there are THC analogs with long tails that produce more harmful side effects than THC. Therefore, THCP could produce more negative side effects, but the research is inconclusive. 

As always, use this cannabinoid at your own risk. 

Will I Fail a Drug Test From Using THCP?

Drug tests are every smoker’s worst nightmare. Some companies may sack employees if they find cannabis in their system. Due to a lack of research on THCP, experts aren’t sure whether TCHP stays in your system longer. 

For the time being, it’s wise to compare THCP to all other THC analogs. Let’s look at how long THC stays in your system:

THC may stay in your urine for up to 30 days after your last use. However, it largely depends on how much you smoke. A urine test could catch moderate cannabis usage 5 to 7 days after your previous dosage, regular usage could be 15 days after your last usage, and chronic usage could be up to 30 days. 

Therefore, it’s wise to stop smoking THCP 30 days before a drug test. Urine is the most common test for cannabis, but there are other tests—including saliva, blood, and hair. The worst test is a hair test because it may detect cannabis usage 90 days after your last smoke; it’s a nightmare. 

If you need to flush cannabis out of your body, you can use various tactics. These include detox drinks, detox kits, creatine supplements, and activated charcoal products. You can also help flush THCP out of your system by staying hydrated. However, you may trigger a suspicious result if you drink too much water. But that’s when you can use creatine supplements to hide over-hydration. 

Find out more in our article on how long THC is detectable in urine.

THCP Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does THCP Cost?

Typically, the cost of THC comes down to two factors: how easy it is to cultivate and how much demand there is on the market. THCP is hard to produce in bulk because there’s little interest or knowledge in the public market. Therefore, it’s often very expensive. 

Other forms of THC—such as delta 8 THC, delta 10 THC, and THC-O—come between TCHP and delta 9 THC. Currently, the average THCP cost is around 50 cents per milligram. In contrast, the average cost of delta 8 THC and delta 10 THC is 7 to 15 cents per milligram, and the average cost of THC-O is 15 to 30 cents per milligram. 

Delta 9 THC is the most affordable because it’s abundant in cannabis plants, and the global demand is very high. Therefore, delta 9 THC often costs around 6 to 12 cents per milligram (four times more affordable than THCP.)

How Long Does it Take For THCP to Kick In? 

If you’re smoking or vaping THCP, you can feel the effects in up to 15 minutes. You’ll also experience the peak effects within 1 hour, but they will taper off after 2 hours. 

It could take an hour to feel the effects if you’re eating THCP via gummies or cookies. However, the effects often last for up to 6 hours. You should take a small TCHP dose and not consume more if you don’t feel results within the first two hours. 

What Are the Side Effects of THCP?

Due to a lack of study, the side effects of THCP aren’t well-known because there haven’t been enough anecdotal reports. However, THCP binds to the exact CB1 receptors as delta 9 THC. As a result, the side effects are likely very similar or worse due to the stronger binding affinity of THCP. Common side effects of THC include:

  • Paranoia 
  • Red eyes 
  • Anxiety 
  • Dry mouth 
  • Nausea 
  • Insomnia 
  • Fatigue 
What To Do If I Consume Too Much THCP?

What To Do If I Consume Too Much THCP?

So you’ve consumed too much THCP? First, don’t panic; you’re not going to die, even though it may feel like it. You’re likely to feel anxiety, nausea, and paranoia. It could feel rather unpleasant, but it will pass with time. Here’s what you should do:

1. Have Some CBD

The CBD market is booming worldwide because people are aware of its benefits. However, many people don’t know CBD is the perfect counterbalance to consuming too much THCP. If you have any CBD products, they can help to mitigate THCP-induced side effects. 

2. Focus Your Thoughts on Positive Things 

The paranoia after consuming THCP can be horrible; there’s no denying that. Your thoughts can spiral out of control. The best way to overcome this is by focusing on something you enjoy, such as your favorite computer game, walking your dog, or reading your favorite book. By focusing your thoughts on something, you can avoid overthinking and anxiety. 

3. Talk to Your Friends 

It’s a wise idea to speak with your friends when you consume too much THCP. They can help you through the high by talking about positive things, reassuring you, and offering you plenty of water. 

4. Take a Cold Shower 

A cold shower won’t completely remove your high, but it can make the side effects ease slightly. So switch on the cold water and sit down on the floor. Let the cold water flow down your skin and relax. The cold water will also force you to breathe, which is excellent for reducing anxiety. 

5. Change Your Environment 

Changing your environment might be a wise choice if all else fails. Go somewhere quiet or even change rooms in your house. If you go outside for a walk, be careful and ensure you’re fit enough to walk. 

In Summary

There still needs to be comprehensive research on THCP. However, the early research suggests it’s an excellent, more potent alternative to delta 8 THC, delta 9 THC, and delta 10 THC. If you’re interested in trying THCP, ensure you start with a small dose. 

Although the effects can be highly enjoyable, it’s easy to consume too much THCP. Start with a 0.3mg dose and work your way up. THCP is expensive and quite challenging to find in 2022—especially outside the United States—but this may change in the coming years.

Jules M
Jules M
Jules is our vaping font of knowledge. He has been a passionate vaping supporter since 2013 and spends his time trying to educate people with ‘facts’ on the safety and benefits of vaping.

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