Many hemp derived cannabinoids have hit the market since the Farm Bill made hemp legal once again. Delta 8, Hemp Derived Delta 9, Delta 0, Delta 10, CBD, CBG, and the list goes on. HHC is the least understood of these cannabinoids, and we are here to help with that. A web search will give you a host of information, but much of it contradicts other reports. This is problematic, especially regarding the legality of the cannabinoid. You undoubtedly want to know what to expect from the effects of HHC before trying it.
Is HHC Legal?
Part of the reason why information on HHC is so limited is that it just hit the market. If you are in a state where Delta 8 is banned, HHC offers a lot of promise for a legal cannabinoid since it is not THC. Bans are contributing to HHC’s exponential growth, but people need to know what they are getting into before trying this newly marketed cannabinoid. Since HHC is hemp derived, and not THC, many believe that it is perfectly legal. However, many people believe that it falls under the Federal Analogue Act. It was designed to combat spice and other new drugs created in labs by keeping molecules similar to banned substances illegal. Some are comparing HHC to Spice because of this. Possessing HHC could potentially come with legal problems. There are no firm answers on this question as of today, 9/16/22.
To stay on the right side of the law, try our hemp derived Delta 9 Cannaburst gummies while the legality of HHC is being sorted out. But only if you reside in a state where one or both of these substances is legal.
How is HHC Made?
HHC is found in the seeds and pollen of hemp plants. Roger Adams created HHC in the 40s by adding hydrogen to Delta 9 THC. Hydrogenating THC turns the molecule into hexahydrocannabinol, also known as HHC. Hydrogenation is the same process used for years to increase the shelf life of vegetable oils. Of course, the HHC on the market is derived legally from hemp.
The process for creating this cannabinoid can potentially be dangerous. Laboratories must make certain that everyone and everything stays grounded to ensure that no static discharges happen during the process, but this is not an unusual precaution in any lab.
How is HHC Different from THC?
The difference between HHC and Delta 9 THC is that HHC has a hydrogen atom attached to it that Delta 9 THC does not. Despite Roger creating it from Delta 9 THC, the HHC on the market today is created using CBD.
Is HHC Safe?
There is no research on HHC, as well as many other new hemp derived cannabinoids. Hemp derived cannabinoids are not subject to regulations, therefore, they are not required to be tested for purity or potency. Look for HHC retailers that have their products tested by a 3rd party to ensure purity and potency.
What Does HHC Feel Like?
Although there are no studies or data available, the general view is that the effects of HHC are milder than Delta 9 THC, and comparable to Delta 8. The psychoactive effects are less potent. However, each individual reacts to compounds differently. If you intend to try HHC, start small and get an idea of how it affects you. Tread lightly.
How Strong is HHC?
In addition to individual biology, there is another variable with HHC. There are two different HHC molecules. 9S HHC does not bind to cannabinoid receptors well, but 9R HHC does. The potency of HHC can depend on the balance of these two molecules. Once again, tread lightly if you are trying HHC for the first time, or if you change brands. Extractions are tested before they hit the market, and are at least 50% 9R HHC.
Does HHC Show Up on Drug Tests?
There are rumors flying that HHC does not metabolize into 11-hydroxy-THC, which is the metabolite that common drug tests detect. However, there is no evidence that this is true. Do not ingest HHC until there is substantial evidence to back up this claim.