Scientists have discovered a new cannabis compound that could potentially be 30 times more powerful than THC, the most studied psychoactive compound in marijuana, according to CNN.
Tetrahydrocannabiphorol, or THCP, was identified by Italian scientists during a process used to find the basic chemicals of a sample or molecule. The scientists published their discovery in the journal Scientific Reports.
The compound works in the same way THC does when someone smokes marijuana. Like TCP, it latches on to cannabinoid receptors in the brain and interferes with their ability to communicate between neurons. However, THCP bounds 33 times stronger than THC does.
It’s currently unclear if that means THCP will deliver 30 times the high of THC.
Scientists believe there could be a potential for health benefits with THCP. For now, CBD has primarily been the focus for studies on the health benefits on cannabis, but THCP has even stronger binding abilities and potency.
“Historically, many of our medicines have been derived by or inspired by natural products,” Dr. Jane Ishmael, associate professor in Oregon State University’s College of Pharmacy, told CNN. “By having new compounds that bind with very high affinity, that will give scientists a new probe into biological sciences.”
Scientists also discovered another previously unknown compound they named CBDP, which appears to be the cousin of CBD.
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