One of the most positive things to come out of cannabis legalization is the continued research and development of new cannabis products. Many people are already familiar with the major cannabinoids, like THC, CBD, and Delta-8; but many people may not realize that there are literally hundreds more cannabinoids. Most of these are still a mystery to us, but lots of work is being done to isolate and study them to better understand how they can benefit us.
One of the newest cannabinoids to be discovered is a powerful substance called THC-P. Despite its unassuming name, and the gentle appearance of its most popular form – gummies – this cannabinoid is very different from Delta-8 and even Delta-9 THC and believe us when we say, it’s not for the faint of heart. Read on to find out everything you need to know about this supercharged cannabinoid, and how it compares to Delta-8 THC.
- THC-P and Delta-8 are both naturally occurring cannabinoids
- Delta-8 is one of the most mild cannabinoids on the market; THC-P is the strongest cannabinoid on the market.
- Delta-8 gummies are great for everyone, for day use, and good for those who are new to cannabis
- THC-P is only for those very experienced with cannabis.
- Gummies are the ideal way to experiment with THC-P because they’re individually dosed so it’s harder to overindulge than with other edibles.
- Delta-8 gummies are some of the most gentle cannabis products on the market and are great for cannabis users of all experience levels.
What is THC-P?
THC-p stands for tetrahydrocannabiphorol and it’s a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in cannabis plants, though only in small amounts. THC-p was first isolated in 2019, so it’s still very new to the market and most recreational cannabis users have yet to encounter THC’s steroidal sibling.
Hands down the most important thing to understand about THC-p is that it’s not like other cannabinoids. Even the most potent THC can’t come close to the powerful effects brought on by THC-p, which, according to researchers, is around 30x as potent as THC. The reason for this extreme potency is the fact that THC-p has an increased ability to bind with the endocannabinoid receptors present throughout our bodies. It is this increased ability to bind to receptors that help THC-p to create such potent effects. THC-p is typically sold as either an infused edible, like gummies, or in a vape cart or disposable pen.
What is Delta-8?
As far as cannabinoids go, Delta-8 is pretty much the polar opposite of THC-p. Where THC-p is insanely potent and can create very strong effects in users, Delta-8 is much more gentle and mild. Delta-8 is typically converted from hemp plants, and because of its gentle effects, is widely available and widely loved, especially by inexperienced and newer cannabis users. Delta-8 is a great option for day use and for anyone who just wants to feel gentle relief rather than feeling high.
What to Expect From THC-P & Delta-8 Gummies?
With THC-p being somewhere in the neighborhood of 30x as powerful as Delta-9 THC, to say that a little THC-p goes a long way, is a bit of an understatement. One small gummy, even a half gummy is going to create much stronger effects than any other type of infused gummy. More research on THC-p is still needed, so the best estimate of the effects come from the personal experiences of users, who report enhanced feelings of euphoria, relaxation, introspection and altered perception. Some people do report being overwhelmed by these enhanced effects which can lead to anxiety, paranoia and panic.
Because THC-p is so much stronger, even in tiny doses, it’s not recommended for those who are new to cannabis or with a low tolerance. Basically, just one THC-p gummy is strong enough to have you melted into the couch for the rest of the day, and maybe even part of tomorrow.
Delta-8 on the other hand is just going to take the edge off any feelings of stress or frustration you may have. With Delta-8, one gummy will melt your worries away, but really won’t be enough to actually make you feel high. THC-p and Delta-8 gummies both offer unique and enjoyable experiences, they’re just very different and are designed to meet the needs of cannabis users at opposite ends of the cannabis tolerance spectrum, with THC-p being at the very top, and Delta-8 being very close to the bottom.
How Long Does the High from THC-P or Delta-8 Gummies Last?
When it comes to cannabis, there’s no exact formula to figure out how long your high will last because it’s affected by so many factors like how much you exercise, what you’ve eaten, your body size, your metabolism and your genetics, among other things. Generally, one serving of gummies, regardless of whether it’s a THC-p gummy or a Delta-8 gummy, will produce effects that last anywhere from 2 to 6 hours, give or take. The difference between THC-p and Delta-8 gummies boils down to the difference in the effects they produce, not how long those effects last.
Finding the Right Dosage
Finding the right dosage of cannabis for you is going to be a key part of having an enjoyable experience with it. Thanks to regulation in the cannabis industry, it’s extremely easy for consumers to find reliably dosed products from reputable retailers. Whether you’re new to cannabis or not, we always recommend that you follow the dosing instructions provided by the manufacturer of your edibles. For new users, gummies are a perfect place to start because they are conveniently individually dosed, so it’s easier to keep track of your consumption and control your dosage. When it comes to THC-p, we’d recommend using even more caution, regardless of your level of experience with cannabis, because the effects can be so overwhelming. Low and slow is always the way to go when it comes to trying new cannabinoids or cannabis products, and it’s even more important when you’re trying something as powerful and potent as THC-p.