The Complete Guide to the Newest Cannabinoid on the Market: HHC
Ever since the 2018 Farm Bill made hemp production legal in the United States, there has been a surge in new cannabinoids available to consumers.
From CBD to all of the various delta THCs to THCO and more, the many hidden components of hemp are now being discovered, extracted, and explored by the cannabinoid-loving community, and it’s changing the way we look at the already miraculous plant.
HHC may not be one of the cannabinoids that are readily available in a hemp plant, but it still falls into the family of fascinating new hemp-derived products that are currently sweeping the country. But while it’s one of the fastest-growing among these new cannabinoids, HHC may be the one the public knows the least about, and there are a fair number of misconceptions circulating about it.
As you hopefully already know, it’s incredibly important to understand as much about a psychoactive substance as you can before you decide to experiment with it. That’s why we’ve created this comprehensive guide to the HHC cannabinoid. It includes everything from a detailed answer to the question “what is HHC?” to the effects of HHC to important legal and safety information regarding the cannabinoid and much more.
What is HHC?
HHC, or hexahydrocannabinol, is a form of THC that has had extra hydrogen molecules added to it through a process known as hydrogenation. It can be derived from CBD that has been extracted from the hemp plant, which makes it a largely legal psychoactive substance, at least currently.
A few distinguishing features about HHC make it stand out from your Delta 8s, Delta 10s, and just about all of the other legal cannabinoids currently on the market. One is that the hydrogenation process makes it far more stable than other hemp- derived products. It can last for many years without deteriorating, making it an ideal product for small business owners and doomsday preppers alike.
The other interesting attribute about HHC is that it has been suggested that it does not appear on drug tests, as consuming it may not cause your body to produce the metabolites which drug tests are designed to detect. While there is no hard evidence to confirm this information, the possibility that it may be true still merits discussion, particularly for anyone looking to pass a urine test somewhere down the road.
How Is It Made? The process of creating a usable form of the HHC cannabinoid is actually a pretty complicated one. The first step is to extract CBD from a hemp plant and turn it into a powder. After that, it’s best left up to the ladies and gentlemen in lab coats. All you need to know is that hydrogen molecules are ultimately added in, and you wind up with a whole new form of THC. What is the Difference Between HHC and Marijuana? There are various differences between HHC and marijuana, some big and some small. The primary difference is that HHC is a single semi-synthetic cannabinoid, while marijuana is a plant that is full of well over 100 different cannabinoids. No, HHC is not one of them, but Delta 9 THC, the main psychoactive component in marijuana, is quite close to it structurally. Both HHC and marijuana are psychoactive, meaning they’ll get you high; however, the highs they provide are not created equal. Delta 9 THC is believed to be stronger than HHC. This difference may be because the structure of the HHC molecule results in a reduction in its ability to be absorbed into the body.
Another clear distinction between the HHC cannabinoid and marijuana is the legal status of the two. While marijuana is federally illegal and has varying degrees of legality in each individual state, HHC is totally federally legal and legal in most states. What Is the Difference Between HHC and Delta-8? There are many similarities between Delta 8 THC and HHC. For instance, they’re both derived from federally legal hemp, making them legal in most states, and they’re both psychoactive like Delta 9 THC, yet not quite as strong as it. However, there are a few distinctions that you can draw between the two cannabinoids.
For one, Delta 8 THC occurs naturally in both the hemp and marijuana plants, while HHC must be synthesized from either Delta 9 THC or CBD. This difference is a somewhat important distinction because the synthesizing process of HHC may have a hand in its future legal status, which wouldn’t affect the legal status of Delta 8.
Another significant difference between Delta 8 and HHC is that HHC is a far more stable molecule. This stability means that HHC products will have a far longer shelf life. We’re not saying that Delta 8 doesn’t have a fairly long shelf life. It will last for somewhere between one to two years if stored under the proper conditions. However, HHC will last many years longer than that, even if the conditions aren’t quite as optimal.
Is HHC Safe?
This inquiry is perhaps the most important question of all. You should always educate yourself about potential health risks before consuming any cannabinoid and carefully consider whether those risks are worth it for you personally. The thing about HHC, and all of these new cannabinoids, is that there is almost zero research regarding any of them and the potential health issues that they may pose, which means that all we currently have to go by is anecdotal evidence. Fortunately, things look pretty good in that department. As of writing this article, there have never been any reports of health issues, adverse effects, overdoses, or deaths connected to the HHC cannabinoid.
That’s comforting information, but it’s important to remember that it is also incomplete. Until there are conclusive studies regarding the safety of HHC, it’s always best to proceed with caution before trying it yourself.
What Are the Effects of HHC?
Okay, so you’re past the “should I try HHC?” stage and onto the “what is HHC going to feel like when I try it?” stage. That’s fine, provided you’re aware of the potential risks and you’ve decided that they’re worth taking to experience this interesting new cannabinoid. The different effects that you can expect include:
● Sedation ● Relaxation ● Mood boost ● Mental stimulation ● Increase in creativity ● Altered perception
Then there are the reported health benefits that cannabinoids have to offer. Remember that there is no research regarding HHC specifically, but assuming it works like THC does (since it essentially is THC with extra hydrogen molecules), you may be able to enjoy the following from it:
● Pain relief ● Anxiety relief ● Sleep aid ● Anti-inflammation ● Appetite stimulation
It’s unfortunate so little study has been done on the compound’s ability to induce these effects. Can HHC Get You High? Didn’t we just cover this? Then again, talking about the “effects” of something is at least a little different than talking about the high that it offers. One is a more clinical approach to describing how the cannabinoid might affect you, while the other is more about the experience that it provides.
The high that you get from HHC is probably most comparable to Delta 8 THC. This comparability is due to similarities in the chemical structure of the two substances. Both HHC and Delta 8 are not quite as strong as Delta 9, but they provide a similar euphoric calm and relaxation. How Potent Is It? There isn’t any research out there that has offered hard data on this subject, but rough estimates put the strength of HHC at about 75% that of Delta 9. This strength makes it a good option for anyone looking to gently step into the world of cannabinoids to get a better feel of what they’re all about. Will HHC Show Up on a Drug Test? This inquiry is a very important question to know the answer to because if you’re asking it, it means you may be considering putting your career, or even your freedom, on the line based on the answer. If that’s the case for you, then obviously, you’re going to want to make sure that the answer you get is as accurate as possible, and we’re here to tell you that there are honestly no totally accurate answers outside of “we don’t really know.”
There is anecdotal evidence to suggest that HHC doesn’t show up on drug tests, but there’s far too much variability with that sort of information to take it seriously, particularly when it comes to something as serious as a drug test.
However, it does make some sense that this cannabinoid would not show up on a drug test designed to detect THC use. Drug tests are designed to detect certain metabolites created when THC enters the system, namely 11-hydroxy-THC, and HHC may not convert to that metabolite. There is no hard evidence behind this claim, though, so you are assuming quite a bit of risk by using HHC when you have an upcoming drug test. Your best bet is probably to avoid cannabinoids altogether.
Is HHC Legal?
The legality of the HHC cannabinoid is a rather murky subject. On the one hand, it is hemp-derived, and because the 2018 Farm Bill made hemp production federally legal in the United States, that should mean that HHC is permitted, as well. It also does not contain more than .3% THC, another stipulation for federally legal cannabinoid products, which points to it being legal. However, because HHC must be synthesized and is analogous to THC, it may be illegal under the Federal Analogue Act. The Federal Analogue Act is a part of the Controlled Substances Act, which is designed to prevent the creation and distribution of substances similar to Schedule I and Schedule II drugs to be used as an analog of those substances.
But wait, there’s more: some believe that, because you can find HHC in both the seeds and the pollen of the hemp and cannabis plants, this means that it is not a synthetic drug, which would make it legal. In other words, the legality of this cannabinoid is very much up for debate, which means that for now, it’s kind of, sort of, pretty much, totally legal.
What Does “Hemp-Derived HHC” Mean?
When a cannabinoid is hemp-derived, it just means that the source of that cannabinoid was the hemp plant. This distinction is significant because the hemp plant is now federally legal to cultivate, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. When something is labeled as hemp-derived, it’s most likely a means of saying, “this stuff is federally legal.”
Different Forms of HHC
HHC products are very new, so the selection isn’t quite as wide as something like Delta 8 THC. The forms of HHC you’re likely to find include:
They’re not incredibly common, but there are some HHC tinctures out there. Drop it under your tongue for accurate dosing, or use it for cooking up some HHC edibles.
They’re fairly new, but HHC gummies are popping up here and there. These are a convenient and tasty way to enjoy your HHC.
How Old Do You Have to Be to Purchase HHC?
There are no federal rules regarding a minimum age for purchasing HHC, so you’re going to want to look at what your state says about buying things like alcohol, tobacco, or Delta 8 products. Generally, the age is going to be 18, 19, or 21.
Where Can I Buy HHC Near Me?
Unlike Delta 8 and CBD, HHC hasn’t quite taken off just yet, so you may need to do a little searching to locate a store that sells it. Ordering off the internet may be your best bet; just make sure that you’re not breaking any laws by ordering HHC to your state.
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