Tetrahydrocannabiphorol, otherwise known as THC-P, has been causing quite a stir in the psychoactive cannabinoid game for a quite a while now. The Italian team who discovered the cannabinoid realized it binds more easily with the endocannabinoid receptors in our body, and can be as much as 33% more potent than traditional THC, making it a quick favorite of experienced cannabis users. With so much hype around THC-P and the claims that it can get you much higher, many people are left with two questions: “Is THC-P legal?” and “Where can I get some?”
What is THC-P?
THC-P is a naturally occurring cannabinoid that can be found in both marijuana and hemp, though only in small amounts. Because it can only be found in trace amounts, THC-P is commercially manufactured by converting from CBD, the most abundant cannabinoid found in hemp.
On a molecular level, THC-P has a longer molecular structure than other cannabinoids, which is why it can bind to our endocannabinoid receptors better than other cannabinoids with smaller molecular structures.
Is THC-P Legal?
One of the biggest questions most folks have is “is thc-p legal?”. For now, the answer is yes, but unless cannabis is federally legalized, that could change in the future. As the law is written now, products derived from hemp must contain less than .3% Delta-9 THC and must have third party lab tests done to prove it. THC-P sold online and in dispensaries has met this standard and is legal and in compliance with the Farm Bill.
However, the legality of THC-P may change in the future, as lawmakers with archaic and outdated ideas about cannabis are working to limit access to hemp derived cannabinoids across the country. THC-P isn’t explicitly named in any legislation pertaining to cannabis on a federal or state level, but some states do have sweeping laws prohibiting all forms of THC. Unfortunately, until cannabis is federally legalized, there will continue to be threats to cannabis access, but you can rest assured that the THC-P you’re using is legal, despite the ongoing efforts to change that. We recommend only using THC-P at home, responsibly to avoid any issues with law enforcement.
Change is Coming
Despite the ongoing efforts to restrict cannabis use and access, the US may be one step closer to federal cannabis legalization. Recently, a memo was confirmed to have been sent from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with the recommendation on behalf of the HHS that cannabis be rescheduled from a schedule I to a schedule III controlled substance.
This change in scheduling could represent huge changes for the legality of THC-P, Delta-9 and tons of other cannabinoids, moving them from a category reserved for drugs like LSD and ecstasy, to the same category as ketamine, anabolic steroids and testosterone. This recommendation marks a huge shift in the way the federal government would regulate cannabis and is the biggest step towards legalization maybe ever. While the decision is ultimately up to the DEA, the opinion of the HHS plays a key role in the decision, and historically, the DEA has always been in lock step with the HHS, implementing their regulations without resistance.
THC-P is Legal, But Can Still Get You Into Trouble
THC-P is a highly psychoactive cannabinoid, and will impair your cognition. This means that it’s never a good idea to drive after you’ve consumed THC-P and driving under the influence of even legal cannabinoids is a bad idea that can have serious consequences. Feel free to use THC-P in the safety and privacy of your own home, and always think twice before consuming in public, especially if you’re new to THC-P and unfamiliar with its effects. THC-P can have very strong effects – up to three times stronger than traditional THC and can produce effects that may even be too strong for experienced cannabis users.
What Kind of Products are Made with THC-P?
Like any other cannabinoid, THC-P can be formulated into all kinds of products from edibles to topicals to inhalables. Eighty Six has an extensive collection of THC-P products including gummies, disposables and carts. Gummies are available in Maui Wowee, Melon Dreams and Halle’s Berries and are a great place to start if you’re new to THC-P. Gummies come predosed so it’s much easier to understand and control a dosage of an edible than it is a dosage from vaping, so beginners don’t have to be worried that they may accidentally take too much. More experienced and adventurous cannabis users will love THC-P disposables, available in Runtz Pop, Sunshine ‘n’ Chello, White Rabbit, Golden Milk and Sunday Scaries. THC-P is also available in two cartridge flavors: Golden Milk and Sunday Scaries.
Does THC-P Have Therapeutic Uses
THC-P’s high potency gives it great potential for medical marijuana patients who often require much higher doses of cannabinoids in order to see the kind of benefits they’re looking for. Consuming enough cannabis to see therapeutic benefits can be challenging and THC-P along with other high potency products, like Rick Simpson Oil, present a much easier solution for cannabis patients. Though THC-P has great potential for medical use, it’s so new that there hasn’t been any real tests of any kind done on THC-P, so researchers are really unsure about how the effects differ from THC and more research on the subject is still needed.
If you’re a high tolerance cannabis user, or just looking to get a little more trippy than usual, you should definitely give THC-P a try, and you can rest assured that the THC-P you’re using is legal.