A lab has discovered a new cannabinoid named tetrahydrocannabiphorol, or THCP, which is believed to deliver 30 times the high of THC. The finds still need to be tested with experiments.
In the process, Italian scientist discovered a second compound and named it CBDP. You guessed it, a cousin to CBD. CBD is widely known for its antioxidant, anticonvulsant activity and anti-inflammaroty properties.
These findings were recently published. You may find them in the journal Nature, Scientific Reports.
The scientist were using a variety of medical cannabis known as FM2. They analyzed this weed using mass spectrometry and metabolomics to identify basic chemicals of the samples.
In a test tub, they were able to see the ability of THCP binding to human cannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoid receptors are located in the endocannabinoid system. This system’s job is to keep our body in equilibrium. It takes care of things like sleep, pain, appetite, inflammation, and more.
What was observed, was THCP’s ability to strongly bind to the receptors at a rate 33 times more than that of THC. This leads scientists to wonder if THCP is responsible for explaining why some strains are more potent than others.
Dr. Cinzia Citti, a post-doctoral at the Unversity of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy is quoted saying, “This means that these compounds have higher affinity for the receptors in the human body. In cannabis varieties where THC is present in very low concentrations, then we can think that the presence of another, more active cannabinoid can explain those effects.”
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