The industry was abuzz with news that Italian researchers isolated a new psychoactive phytocannabinoid called THCP (Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabiphorol), along with a corresponding non-psychoactive CBD homologue, CBDP.
- The new phytocannabinoids occur in minuscule measurements, but THCP is some 30 times more potent than THC.
- BC cannabis geneticist Ryan Lee stressed, “The current methods labs use are not sufficient to identify or quantify these newly identified compounds,” which required specialty equipment to discern.
- That means there won’t be consumer THCP boom for some time. Lee argued, “We need to trial these molecules for safety before we release them into the world for people to consume. If we don’t we get the same problems we’re seeing with the synthetic cannabinoids.”