You sometimes need an extra kick of THC that requires you to up the ante. Allow us to introduce THCP - a cannabinoid only discovered in 2019. It produces an intense high and may provide several benefits, including insomnia relief.
Scientifically speaking, THCP is the same as THC, except for an additional two carbons on its atom chain. Technically, THC contains five carbons on the alkyl chain, while THCP contains seven carbons.
Because of the extra carbons, THCP is much more potent than THC. You need a relatively small amount to achieve the same high you’ll get with THC. Discovered by accident, THCP is thought to bind 30 times better than THC - meaning strength of up to 10 times more than THC.
How Long Does It Take for THCP To Affect You?
It depends on your delivery method. If you’re vaping, for example, you’ll begin to feel the effects immediately. Tinctures, which your liver must process first, can take up to 30 minutes to feel the effects.
Edibles, like gummies or DIY brownies, take longer because your stomach has to digest them first. Unlike vaping and tinctures, however, edibles last longer. Most often, you’ll feel the effects last as long as 5 hours vs. only one or two hours.
What Does a THCP High Feel Like?
THCP is potent stuff. As mentioned, you’ll feel roughly 10x the effect produced by THC. Effects of a THCP experience include:
- Stronger than delta 9 (THC)
- Stronger than deltas 8, 10 and THC-O
- Euphoric high
- Much less needed to get high
- Intense perceptions
- Creative energy
Is THCP Stronger Than Delta 8?
Yes, up to 60 times as strong. Delta 8 is another THC derivative, quickly gaining traction because of its more subtle effects. For folks struggling with anxiety, delta-8 is preferred over other THC derivatives, like delta-10 and THCP.
If you’re new to THC, delta-8 is a good starting point. Because it’s not regulated, the FDA urges caution when using even mild THC derivatives, like delta-8.
Can You Overdose on THCP?
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), it’s unlikely you’ll fatally overdose on cannabis. You can, however, consume too much - especially when it comes to potent forms of THC like THCP. If you experience severe hallucinations, for example, it’s recommended to call your local poison center.
The CBD and THC industry is not well regulated, so it’s essential to know where you’re buying your THCP. Consider checking your prospective company’s website and see if they offer a lab report which clarifies how much THC is in each batch.
Side Effects THCP
If you’ve tried traditional weed, then you’re familiar with THC and its effects. If you struggle with conventional THC (delta-9) or lighter versions such as delta-8, then THCP may cause undesired effects, including:
- Increased heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Red eyes
- Dry Mouth
- Altered decision-making
- Should not operate machinery when using
What If THCP Effects Last Longer Than I Want?
If you’ve never had THCP and feel a little out-of-sorts, you can take a few steps to speed up its side effects. Newbies especially might get more than you bargained for. While there’s little chance of overdosing or having to call your poison control center, you can take the following steps to help rid your body of THCP:
- Focus On The Present Moment: A good technique is simply noticing and feeling your hands.
- Have Fun: Instead of focusing on fear, use the experience to laugh at small things.
- Exercise: Sweat it out, plus feed your body endorphins.
Does THCP Show Up on a Drug Test?
THCP is so new that little research has been conducted. What we do know is that it’s a form of THC. When it comes to drug testing, that’s what cannabinoid screeners are looking for. However, we’re not 100% sure how long THCP stays in your system, which means you may or may not test positive.
For argument’s sake, assume that THCP is no different than THC in terms of screening and testing. THC stays in your body for around one month. Organizations often screen drugs with a urine test, showing positive results around one week after the last use.
If you’re a heavy user, you may test positive one month after the last use. Other tests that may detect small amounts of THC include blood, hair, and saliva tests. If you know you have a hair test, consider stopping THCP use up to 90 days before the test, as DNA traces stay in your hair much longer.
Is THCP Legal?
Here’s where it gets a little murky. Delta-9, or conventional THC, is generally considered illegal, with a few exceptions. If you have a medical prescription, most states now allow the use of cannabis and THC.
In the U.S., THCP is considered legal as long as it’s sourced from hemp. In 2018, congress officially approved the Farm Bill Act, which legalized hemp. Unlike marijuana, hemp is considered a low-THC variety of cannabis.
Because THCP binds much more effectively, even a low amount sourced from hemp causes you an intense high. This leaves lawmakers in the dark about its legality. So far, most states don’t have any specific laws banning the use or sale of THCP.
How Does THCP Work?
THCP is one of over 140 cannabinoids found in cannabis Sativa. Cannabinoids work naturally with your mind and body through your ECS or Endocannabinoid System. Each cannabinoid offers different modalities to your system.
CBD, for example, helps relieve symptoms associated with seizures. CBG and CBN help aid sleep, while THC and its derivatives are most famous for their psychedelic effects.
Key Takeaways: Effects of THCP
If you’re new to THC, even with legal, hemp-based cannabinoids, consider starting with the smallest possible dose. Look for lab reports, which are typically published on the manufacturer’s website.
THCP is very new, and there’s still much to learn about its effects. So far, there doesn’t seem to be any concern about fatal overdoses. Most agree that it’s simply a more robust version of THC.
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