Modified on: 13/01/2023
Marijuana has a new cannabinoid: thcp, which could prove invaluable in the medical and therapeutic fields in particular
Italian researchers have recently identified a new cannabinoid in a variety of Sativa hemp: THCP or tetrahydrocannabinol. These phytocannabinoïdes would appear to possess pharmacological and therapeutic power more than thirty times greater than THC.
As we know, more than a hundred cannabinoids are present in the cannabis plant, of which the best known, which are also the ones present in the greatest quantities, CBD and THC, are the ones that THCP is now added to.
This is undoubtedly an important discovery, especially for the possible therapeutic applications of cannabis, not least because, considering the greater efficacy of THCP, it may be possible to reduce doses considerably while still obtaining the same effects.
In this respect, it should be remembered that the pharmacological and therapeutic use of cannabis is only under medical supervision.
Which hemp varieties contain THCP
So far, THCP has been isolated in the hemp Sativa FM2, a cannabis variety in which a relatively balanced percentage of THC and CBD is already found. Now the researchers’ work will be to see if this valuable substance can also be found in other varieties of hemp because the amount in FM2 is minimal and insufficient for therapeutic use.
It is also essential to study how the human body reacts to this substance and how it can be used to obtain beneficial effects. The chemical structure of THCP is characterized by a relatively long side chain, which is why it is thought that it could be much more effective even at a low dosage.
CBD, the most popular element of cannabis
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or CBD, is one of the essential active ingredients contained in cannabis, and according to medical studies carried out recently, it appears to be able to provide the body with various benefits, from its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving action to its ability to play an antioxidant and mildly calming role.
Today, many people resort to the use of CBD as a dietary supplement in an attempt to reduce some relatively common problems. We are not talking about therapeutic cannabis, which requires, as we have said, the presence of a specialized physician and is generally administered with other conventional drugs.
What can be the therapeutic applications of cannabis
We have noticed that CBD can be taken directly, usually in the form of oil, as a multifunctional dietary supplement. It is also used for therapeutic administration, combined with other drugs or sometimes used when conventional medicine has failed.
It is used to treat pain and forms of inflammation, mental disorders and depression, muscle spasms, convulsions and other issues, especially those that have found no benefit with simple drug therapy.
It is good to consider that cannabis contains not only the two or three active ingredients we know but several hundred, mainly within the inflorescences. This means that the balance of the mix of substances in the different plant varieties is potentially beneficial to the organism.
The active ingredients of cannabis work because these substances can activate specific receptors, known as endocannabinoid receptors, which are responsible for regulating mood, pain sensations and memory.
In a drug therapy where cannabis is also present, extreme care must be taken with dosage, bearing in mind that CBD, THC and other active ingredients must act synergistically to achieve a pharmacological effect.
So far, the pathologies that have derived some benefit from medical cannabis refer to chronic pain symptoms. In contrast, its efficacy has not yet been proven, although it is still used in treating pain and spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and Tourette’s syndrome.
Do not confuse personal use with medical use.
Unfortunately, there is still a lot of confusion in the world of cannabis, and many are led to believe that everyone can take advantage of the supposed pharmacological virtues of this plant. In reality, the recreational use of cannabis and its use in medicine are two unique things. Neither traditional smokable cannabis nor all the possible alternatives available in specialist shops today should be considered a medicine.
CBD oil, often used as a dietary supplement, is not a medicine, although it could provide some benefit, especially for minor problems and disorders of an anxiogenic nature.
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