THC-P vs. Delta-9 THC

September 19, 2021
THCP strong
THCP strong

In case you haven’t heard, a new cannabinoid is getting a lot of attention lately, and it was only discovered less than 2 years ago.  Tetrahydrocannabiphorol (THC-P) is a minor compound found in the hemp plant that has been already shown to have extremely unique effects that make it extremely desirable among any hemp enthusiast who likes compounds with psychoactive properties.

Tetrahydrocannabiphorol is so new that we can’t give a ton of information about it just yet, as we await more studies, which will undoubtedly be performed in the next few years.  Unlike other mainstream cannabinoids, we just don’t have access to a wealth of research showing what the compound is capable of. 

What We Know So Far About How THC-P Measures Up Against Delta-9 THC

Yes, we do know enough to be able to provide a nice overview of tetrahydrocannabiphorol’s characteristics and properties, and due to its similarity to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9 THC), we’re going to compare both cannabinoids in order to provide some clarity on what you can expect.

Psychoactive Activity

Perhaps the most talked-about thing with tetrahydrocannabiphorol is its psychoactive activity.  Delta-9 THC works on CB1 receptors through the endocannabinoid system, and this is what triggers the high that people experience.  Well, THC-P is about 30x as effective at binding to these receptors as delta 9, hence its psychoactive properties might be a lot more potent.  This could also mean that it’s a great option for those who struggle to feel the high they are looking for with delta-9, as some people may even have fewer CB1 receptors in the nervous system which gets in the way of a well-rounded psychoactive experience. 

Note: At this time, we do not have any information from people who have actually taken THC-P yet, so we cannot speak for the specific nature of what the “high” feels like, but it is believed to feel a lot like that of delta 9.

Effects on the Nervous System

Because tetrahydrocannabiphorol works on CB1 receptors, this means that at the very least, it likely offers some pretty strong effects to nervous system functions. 

  • CB1 receptors are found exclusively in the nervous system.
  • CB2 receptors are found in the immune and digestive systems. 

Essentially, CB1 receptors are tasked with regulating nervous system functions that have a significant impact on how we feel each day.  Delta 9 also works on CB1 receptors as well as CB2 receptors, and it’s likely that THC-P also acts on CB2 receptors, although we just haven’t identified this mechanism yet in research.


The scientists who discovered tetrahydrocannabiphorol did so by accident, but they wasted no time in studying its properties and comparing them to delta-9 THC.  It is presently believed that THC-P may have a role in pain, nausea, appetite, and mood, much like that which it is compared to.  Delta 9 is known for working on these processes of the body in a particularly powerful way, and due to the way in which THC-P binds to cannabinoid receptors so powerfully, its effects in these areas may be even stronger than delta-9.

Where It Comes from

Both delta-9 THC and tetrahydrocannabiphorol are once again, cannabinoids that naturally exist in cannabis, and so anyone who has used cannabis has consumed them.  In the hemp plant, delta 9 is found in about 0.3% of the entire plant’s chemical structure.  THC-P exists in even tracer amounts, which is partly why it has taken so long to discover this compound.  Of course, THC-P can be isolated and concentrated to produce formulas containing strong, active doses of the cannabinoid, just like we have done for CBN, delta 8, and so on.

#5: Research Behind It

Not to sound like a broken record, but tetrahydrocannabiphorol is such a new discovery that research is really lacking at the moment.  This is certain to change as researchers already believe that it’s a real gamechanger, not just for its psychoactive effects but for its potential useful properties.  Compare this to delta-9 THC, which has been vastly studied for decades, allowing us to know with certainty many of the properties that it’s capable of.

#6: Legality

Here is where things get tricky.  Delta-9 THC is federally illegal, as is the plant in which it’s the most prominent, marijuana.  But, a number of states have legalized marijuana, and in turn allow delta 9 to be used freely.  Meanwhile, tetrahydrocannabiphorol is federally legal as long as it comes from the hemp plant, because federal law (2018 Farm Bill) declares that all hemp derivatives except delta 9 can be used lawfully.  But, some states may ban THC-P in the future like they have delta-8 THC.  So, for the time-being, all we can say is that while delta-9 is federally illegal, THC-P is federally legal.

#7: Availability

Delta-9 THC is only available in states in which marijuana can be purchased legally.  tetrahydrocannabiphorol has not hit the market fully yet, but will very soon, and when it does, it will be legal for purchase online regardless of your state’s marijuana laws.  Also, keep in mind that marijuana cannot be sold online, even in states in which it’s legal, as it’s not permitted for the plant to cross state lines.  Therefore, THC-P will be a lot more accessible.

THC-P: A Totally One-of-a-Kind Cannabinoid

THC-P is another compound that is challenging our understanding of the hemp plant, and its properties are already proving to be nothing short of fascinating.  Measuring it up against delta 9 THC, a cannabinoid many of us are more familiar with, highlights what makes it so unique.  And, before long, you will be able to compare for yourself, as THC-P will be available very soon for purchase.