BUZZ fam, scientists have discovered a new compound in cannabis that is potentially 30 times more potent than THC, the most studied psychoactive compound in marijuana.
But they are uncertain if this new compound called tetrahydrocannabiphorol, or THCP will deliver any high at all.
The compounds were isolated and identified from the Italian medical cannabis variety known as FM2 using mass spectrometry and metabolomics. This is the process used to find the basic chemicals of a sample or molecule.
The researchers assessed the ability of THCP to bind to human cannabinoid receptors found in the endocannabinoid system by sending the compound to a lab to be tested in a tube.
THCP bound strongly to both receptors — 33 times more than THC does, and 63 times more than another compound called THCV.
This finding caused the researchers to wonder if THCP might explain why some particularly potent cannabis varieties have a stronger effect than can be explained by the presence of THC alone.