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A group of Italian researchers have announced on December 30th the discovery of two new cannabinoid compounds produced by the cannabis plant, similar to THC and CBD.

THCP (tetrahydrocannabiphorol), one of two compounds found, is believed to be 30 times more potent than the well-known THC compound. This finding does not yet conclude it has psychoactive effects at the moment. However, when the chemical was administered in mice, in low doses, it was shown that THCP was more active than THC. The second compound to have been discovered is CBDP (cannabidiphorol), a 'cousin'-compound to the popular CBD.

The discovery of these compounds, could explain the reason why cannabis strains produce a variety of effects. Additionally, a correlation between the medicinal aspects of THC to treat nausea, and appetite loss and the discovery of THCP may turn out to be a discovery on its own. This relation has yet to be concluded by researchers.

Earlier in 2019, the same research team had also announce the discovery of two other previously unknown cannabinoid compounds: CBDB and THCB. Very little is known about these two properties as well.

The advancements in mass spectrometry, used by scientists to measure the mass of atoms which leads in the identification of compounds, will allow for researchers to discover new compounds in the near future.

Source: https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/akwd85/scientists-discover-two-new-cannabinoids

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