Two New Cannabinoids Discovered, THCP and CBDP

A team of Italian scientists recently discovered 2 new cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. These researchers were able to isolate these new cannabinoids which are called cannabidiphorol (CBDP) and tetrahydrocannabiphorol (THCP). 

With over 700 chemical constituents and 100 cannabinoids produced in the plant, only one, THC, delivers psychoactive effects. However, researchers have found a new cannabinoid, THCP, that might get you high as well. These researchers claim THCP is 30 times more potent than THC. It is still unknown whether this new cannabinoid can get you more high or is even a psychoactive at all. 

The other cannabinoid they discovered was CBDP which is similar to CBD. The difference between the two is the molecule’s structure, CBDP has a longer side chain of links than CBD. Since CBD does not bind directly with CB1 and CB2 receptors, a longer side chain may not result in a stronger binding. Therefore, further research is not currently a priority for CBDP.  

For years researchers have tried to figure out why different varieties of cannabis produce differing effects. One explanation is how the cannabinoid receptors respond to terpenes. The way cannabinoids and terpenes interact may be the reasoning behind certain effects. These new compounds could help scientists get to the bottom of the varied effects on different people.