These two cannabinoids were discovered in a very different ways and have a considerable time gap. The claims are that the US Army Chemical Corps carried out a series of dubious and top-secret medical studies on THC–O during the Edgewood Arsenal Experiments, which took place between 1949 and 1975.
The discovery of THCP was a relatively recent event. It was discovered in a study by Italian researchers who were working on a UNIHEMP grant. To examine the plant’s parts, the researchers used cutting-edge technologies like liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. The researchers also discovered CBDP, which is a type of CBD.
Are THC-O and THCP legal?
Like many other cannabinoids, the legality of these two compounds is still a matter of debate. These cannabinoids are not prohibited by the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), but they are considered THC analogs with chemical structures similar to delta-9. This could place them under the Federal Analogue Act (FAA), by default. All chemicals are classified by the FAA as restricted substances in either schedule I or II.
They can, however, be legal under the Farm Bill 2018, provided they are derived solely from hemp plants and contain less than 0.3% THC per dry weight.
You can see that legalization is still a gray area for most cannabis products.
THCO and THCP are both forms of THC. However, they have different meanings. THCP is the most potent form of THC, while THCO can be used as a very useful variant of THC. THCP’s molecular structure has a seven-carbon tail. THCO is the addition of acetate to THC’s molecular structure. This can be done with virtually any cannabinoid including THCP. These compounds are far more potent than THC, despite many exaggerated claims.
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