In the world of cannabinoids: THC vs. THCP
Cannabinoids are the natural compounds in the cannabis plant that have a variety of effects on the human body and mind. Two of these compounds, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and THCP (tetrahydrocannabiphorol), are the focus of our consideration. In this blog article you will find out everything about their similarities and differences.
Similarities between THC and THCP:
-Similar chemical structure
THC and THCP have a similar basic structure as they both belong to the group of cannabinoids. This similarity forms the basis for many of their effects.
-effect on receptors
Both THC and THCP act primarily on the body's type 1 cannabinoid receptors (CB1 receptors). These receptors are responsible for the psychoactive effect, which is why both substances are considered psychotropic.
-Potential in medicine
THC has long been used for medicinal purposes, particularly for pain relief. THCP could have similar potential and play a role in cannabis therapy in the future.
Differences between THC and THCP:
-affinity to receptors
The most significant difference is the affinity for the CB1 receptors. THCP has a much stronger affinity for these receptors compared to THC. This means that THCP can produce a more intense effect.
Due to its higher affinity for CB1 receptors, THCP produces a more "psychedelic" high compared to THC, making it appear more psychoactive.
The research on THC is more extensive and established than that on THCP. There are numerous known side effects of THC, while the long-term effects of THCP have not yet been sufficiently researched.
It is difficult to say whether THCP is the “better” cannabinoid because research is still in its early stages. However, it could be therapeutically relevant in combination with THC, as cannabinoids often work better together, which is known as the entourage effect. Therefore, it should not be considered as “THCP vs. THC”, but rather as “THC and THCP” to explore their combined potential.
If you would like to read more comparisons, we have already prepared them for you here. THC vs. HHC.
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