Ever smoked a joint of a lower-THC strain that unexpectedly knocked you on your ass? Maybe it was THCP! Scientists have recently discovered two cannabis compounds that have the potential to be 30 times more potent than THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana.
A newly discovered cannabis compound has been shown in the lab to potentially be 30 times more potent than THC, the most studied psychoactive compound in marijuana.
Whether the new cannabinoid, named tetrahydrocannabiphorol, or THCP, will deliver 30 times the high of THC — or any high at all — is unclear.
Italian scientists also discovered a second previously unknown compound they named CBDP. It appears to be a cousin of CBD, the medicinal compound known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticonvulsant activity.
The discoveries were recently published in the journal Nature, Scientific Reports.
That might explain why sometimes I accidentally get baked like grandmas apple pie! What really excites me about these findings are the health benefits. As someone who truly relies on marijuana as medicine, if researchers could identify which strains have the exciting new cannabinoids, I would be much more likely to purchase them!
CBD has mostly been the focus of studies on the health benefits of cannabis, but because THCP appears to show stronger binding abilities and potency, the authors think there is potential for health benefits.
Because this discovery is so new (which is because no one was really looking), there isn’t a test on the market to identify THCP/CBDP. But I’m going to give you a wild (yet well-versed) guess at a few lower-THC Oklahoma strains I suspect have a high percentage of one or the other — or hell, maybe even both — of these new cannabinoids:
Peyote Cookies at Starbuds Bricktown is 15.9% THC, 0.399% CBD. This THC percentage is the sweet spot for me…and a little CBD thrown in. Could that be CBDP? The name is also fun. Who wouldn’t want to try some Peyote Cookies?
Wonder Woman by Red Earth Gardens at 66 Dispensary is 16% THC. I don’t really believe in coincidences, so I’m almost positive that something we don’t yet know how to identify is happening with this strain. It’s super popular despite being lower in THC…and it has a badass name.
White Widow at The Joint Cannabis Club is 18.02% THC, 1.51% CBD. I love that this strain is a double hitter, with the combo of the THC and CBD. Real medical users nerd-out for that shit! I’m doubling my THCP/CBDP bet with this one.
G13 X Genius by Arbuckle Farms at Herbology is 21.19% THC, 2.58% CBD. These buds look like they have been frosted like a cake, and there must be some good shit in that frosting. A healthy dose of THC and CBD could indicate more of the alphabet must be in there, right?
XJ13 at Get Bak’d is 26.7% THC, 4.7% CBD. Admittedly, this is a higher THC percentage, but that CBD really makes me think this strain has some magical qualities. Weed Mom is a Happy Hom, when she can score an ounce of XJ. There’s a reason that shit does not go for $100 an ounce!
Cherry Pie at Bid Buds Cannabis Co is 14.52% THC, 0.11% CBD. Yum, Cherry Pie! THC with a hint of CBD always makes my heart flutter. In a good way. Out of all of the strains I’ve named, here, this is my top suspect for having a healthy dose of THCP/CBDP. A joint of Cherry Pie will even knock Weed Mom on her ass!
I find all the new discoveries surrounding cannabis fascinating! The identification of new cannabinoids may help us to understand why strains may look so similar but work so differently in our bodies. I hope scientists around the world keep stirring the alphabet soup of cannabis and come up with a cure for epilepsy — and all these other incurable diseases.
—Weed Mom knows having a broken brain or any lifelong affliction is a bitch!