If you’re interested in the world of alternative cannabinoids, you may have recently encountered some rumblings about a new cannabinoid called delta 9P.
Despite the tone of some articles published by major cannabis outlets, like this piece of sponsored content from High Times, delta 9P might be a bit of an innovation, but it's not truly a new cannabinoid. In reality, it’s a combination of two other cannabinoids that vendors say have been “bonded” to each other, though how exactly that works remains unclear.
Read on to discover what delta 9P is, who is pushing for its success in the alternative cannabinoid marketplace, what critics of the compound are saying, and information about how this cannabinoid affects you and how to try the cannabinoid yourself.
There have been no studies conducted about delta 9P. To get a handle on this novel cannabinoid blend, we’ll have to rely on companies with an interest in delta 9P’s success, as well as anecdotal reports from social media platforms.
One of the most outspoken companies pushing Delta 9P into the spotlight is a Los Angeles-based hemp vendor called Binoid. As the company explains on its website, “Delta 9P is brand new to the market, and not a naturally-occurring cannabinoid in hemp. Instead, it’s a combination of delta-9-THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) and THC-P (tetrahydrocannabiphorol).”
Both components of delta 9p are naturally occurring cannabinoids, and Jointly readers will likely be familiar with at least the first of the two listed.
Delta-9-THC is the most commonly occurring cannabinoid in non-hemp cannabis plants. It is credited with producing the euphoric high typically associated with cannabis consumption. Delta-9-THC is also responsible for producing most of the side effects that arise from overconsumption of cannabis products, such as dry mouth, drowsiness, and increased appetite.
The second cannabinoid in delta 9P, THC-P, caught the cannabis industry’s attention more recently than delta-9-THC. According to a 2019 report, initial study conducted in an in vitro lab setting after THC-P was first isolated revealed that the cannabinoid can bind to CB1 receptors in the endocannabinoid system thirty times more effectively than delta-9-THC.
Are the findings from the 2019 report generalizable to delta 9P? Binoid’s marketing team certainly seems to think so.
According to Binoid, combining THC-P and delta-9-THC creates a new compound “with the strength around 35x that of regular delta-9,” with similar, though more intense at a lower dose, effects to those of delta-9-THC.
Due to the cannabinoid blend’s strength, Binoid recommends that new users start their delta 9P dosing with a single puff for vape products and 5-10 mg for edible products.
The company describes the effects of delta 9P as “intensely euphoric and uplifting, while also being capable of causing couchlock,” and goes on to imply that future research may reveal more about the compound and its effects. It is even suggested that “it’s likely that delta 9p offers benefits similar to those of delta 9 and THC-P, like potential mood improvements, appetite enhancement, anti-nausea effects, analgesic effects, and anti-inflammatory effects.” This suggestion seems to be based on what the current evidence regarding the effects of THC-P has revealed.
In terms of the extremely limited number of anecdotal reports Jointly was able to find online, a comment from u/cannabiphorol, a moderator of the r/altcannabinoids Reddit forum, suggests that some of the claims regarding delta 9P’s strength might be overhyped.
“I've dabbed it straight back to back on several occasions trying to make something real interesting happen and nothing crazy comes. On such occasions I have used D9-THC after because THCP was still lacking in some areas,” they state. (Given that we can’t verify the user’s statement, take their review with a grain of salt).
Some cannabis companies have also criticized how delta 9P has been sold to the public.
“When companies use vague or misleading terms like Delta-9P, they're not providing consumers with clear information about what's in the product,” Waukesha, Wisconsin-based Ethereal Gold Dispensary wrote in a recent blog post.
“This lack of transparency can be dangerous. For instance, someone unaware of THC-P's potency might consume products containing it in higher amounts, leading to unforeseen reactions or side effects.”
The company hasn’t revealed its own process for combining the two natural cannabinoids to make delta 9P, and its marketing materials for delta 9P place significant emphasis on the compound’s strength.
That emphasis should set off some alarm bells for many wellness-oriented cannabis consumers. While delta 9P is made from naturally-occurring cannabinoids, the compound’s potency at CB1 receptors is reminiscent of the high potency of many synthetic cannabinoids.
It’s worth calling out the dismissiveness with which the marketing materials linked above acknowledge the lack of clinical studies — or, really, information beyond unsourced, anecdotal claims — supporting the use of delta 9P. Binoid also seems to be the only company producing delta 9P products as of this writing, further signaling that the company's claims regarding the compound are best viewed with healthy skepticism.
The company seems mostly interested in marketing to a specific type of consumer: folks looking for the most intense high possible without much regard for the potential consequences. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with seeking out cannabis products for their enjoyable intoxicating effects, we recommend doing so with an eye towards products that have clear (and, ideally, peer-reviewed) evidence to support their use and help users understand their effects.
If you are comfortable with the purported potency of delta 9P, Binoid seems to be the primary (if not only) vendor to turn to. They’ve got a huge, 5 gram disposable vape, as well as a 510-thread cartridge.
Before ordering, be sure to brush up on the local laws governing alternative cannabinoids and delta-9-THC analogues where you live. Recently, legislators have begun cracking down on alternative (but naturally-occuring) cannabinoids like delta-8-THC. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has also classified novel cannabinoids delta-8 THC-O and delta-9 THC-O as controlled substances, even when they’re produced from federally legal hemp plants.
It's possible that purchasing or possessing experimental cannabinoid blends like delta 9P could put you at risk of a tangle with law enforcement.
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