THCh VS THCjd: Benefits, Risks and Side Effects
THCh and THCjd are two of the latest cannabinoids known for potency that beats regular THC.
And yes. Both are hemp derived and legal under the 2018 farm bill.
Keep reading for our comparison of THCh vs THCjd.
THCh Is Natural
THCh was discovered by the same Italian researchers that also incidentallycame across and isolated tetrahydrocannabiphorol (THCP).
THCh is a natural phytocannabinoid found in the hemp plant, similar to how THC and CBG are found in cannabis.
However, THCh is found in such small amounts that it needs to be synthetically created to create THCh products en masse.
And yes. THCh has psychoactive and psychotropic properties. Meaning it does get you high. It is supposed to be up to ten times stronger than typical THC.
But THCh is still less potent than THCP, which is estimated to be 33x more potent than Delta 9 THC. These estimates and effects are yet to be confirmed by human studies.
Like THCh, THCjd is fresh in the alternative cannabinoid market. It is one of the latest phytocannabinoids to be found, and we don’t even know who discovered it!
Like THCh and Delta 8, it is a homolog of THC. This means that they share the same functional group and have similar chemical properties.
THCjd is found in trace amounts of the hemp plant like THCh is, too.
So any products that contain THCjd are made through cannabinoid conversion.
However, since THCjd is so new, we don’t know anything concrete about it or its effects outside of anecdotal reports. There are currently no published or peer-reviewed studies on it as of yet.
In time, we should have research, but right now, we are going on what consumers of THCjd have to say about it.
THCh VS THCjd
We know very little about these compounds at the minute, and most of the information is from consumers who’ve tried products on the market listed as containing these compounds.
Both Are THC Homologs
From the science perspective, both THCh and THCjd are homologs of Delta 9 THC.
As such, they are very similar in molecular structure and behave similarly when consumed. They probably interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors like other cannabinoids.
THCh is also known as Tetrahydrocannabinol-C6 or THC-C6. The C6 stands for the six-carbon length group attached to its alkyl side chain.
THC only has a five-carbon attachment to its alkyl side chain. Some theorize that it is due to the longer side chain in THCh that makes this particular cannabinoid more potent.
Yep, THCh is more potent than THC.
On the other hand, like THCh, THCjd has a longer carbon chain on its alkyl side chain. But where THCh has a hexyl (meaning six) carbon chain, THCjd has an octyl (meaning eight) carbon chain!
You know what that means.
If THCh has six carbons and is believed to have increased potency due to the extra carbon on the chain, imagine a phytocannabinoid like THCjd that has eight!
As cannabinoids generally bind with CB1 and CB2 receptors in our bodies through these side chains, it is believed that the length of the carbon chain appears to increase receptor binding and thus the cannabinoid’s psychoactive potency vastly.
THCjd appears to be about eighteen to nineteen times higher than Delta 9 THC if basing it on the size of the carbon chain as it falls somewhere between THCh and THCP.
In a research publication, the theory was postulated that the number of carbon atoms (whether they are hexyl, heptyl, or octyl) leads to an increase in affinity with CB1 and CB2 receptors that are found throughout our body.
Researchers believe that an increase in chain length leads to increased binding with the cannabinoid receptors. However, results are yet to be drawn specifically on new cannabinoids like THCh, THCP, and THCjd.
THCh & THCjd Products
These compounds are so new, and the manufacturers of these products mix in other cannabinoids, so we can’t be 100% certain about their individual effects.
For example, they regularly mix in Delta 8 with THCh in vape cartridges. So we don’t really know if it’s the Delta 8 responsible for the way people feel or if it is the THCh (or even other compounds).
Current products on the market that contain THCh or THCjd usually have four or five different cannabinoids in different ratios. Not to mention, they also add terpenes to create the individual tastes and effects of the “strains.”
These products are more or less THCh, or THCjd enriched, rather than dominant. And in most of these products, the predominant cannabinoid is Delta 8 THC.
Because of this, you are more than likely not getting the full effects of THCh or THCjd in isolation.
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THCjd & THCh Testing
When it comes to third-party testing standards, there is another major issue. There are no third-party testing standards since these phytocannabinoids are new to the market.
As these compounds are so new there are no established standards, which means labs do not have a baseline for what is 100% pure THCh or THCjd.
The best that you will find at the moment is a mass spectrometer, which is incomprehensible for most consumers as they do not know how to read one.
Basically, it is not as accurate or informative to a consumer as looking at a proper Certificate of Analysis would be.
Eventually, we do expect that these third-party testing standards will be set in the future but for the moment potency testing is unclear.
However, with certain companies who are known for providing sound and thoroughly tested alternative cannabinoids like Delta 8, HHC, or THC-O, these companies would be the best bet to get a product that at least truly does contain THCh or THCjd.
We are very early in the discovery process of learning the full potential of what these two phytocannabinoids can do. Their exact short and long-term health effects are still largely unknown.
It will be interesting to see what happens in the cannabinoid industry from here on out. Stay tuned for more information as it comes to light.
And if you are looking to try THCh or THCjd, consume it at your own risk and always do your due diligence in case consuming these products is illegal in your state. Enjoy responsibly.