What is HHC (Hexahydrocannabinol)?

HHC or Hexahydrocannabinol

Learn more about HHC, legal cannabinoids, hemp-derived cannabinoids, THC, HHC legality

So, we’ve already heard of delta-8 and delta-10 THC and their many benefits, but what about all these new hemp-derived cannabinoids hitting the scene? Our previous article provides an overview of some of these new compounds; HHC, THC-O and Delta 6a10a and their potential benefits. Out of all 3, HHC (hexahydrocannabinol) is quickly becoming a fan favorite here in Raleigh, but not without a fair share of questions and concerns. 

Is HHC a Naturally-Occuring Substance?

Just like delta-8 THC or CBD, HHC is a hemp-derived cannabinoid. However, it doesn’t occur in abundance in hemp plants like CBD. Its production involves adding hydrogen molecules to CBD or THC distillate. 

For legality’s sake, most cannabis producers making HHC use hemp-derived CBD as a base for production. So, while it may not be as natural as some other cannabinoids, its synthesis doesn’t involve harsh chemicals or illegitimate practices if sourced from the right producers. 

We know this may make some users wary of trying HHC. As with any new hemp-derived cannabinoid, there is little research into HHC’s effects on the body and potential side effects of long-term use. But, because of HHC’s mild effects, the general consensus is that it would take a very high dose of HHC to cause any negative effects.

 In addition, every company we source our HHC products from provides third-party lab testing to give users full transparency on what goes into their products. 

Is HHC Psychoactive?

The short answer is yes. HHC does provide a mild psychoactive effect for most users, but its potency remains a bit of a mystery at the moment, as more and more users report the effects. 

According to cannabis producers at Colorado Chromatography, HHC actually seems to be slightly less potent than delta-8 THC. But, HHC seems to provide a more cerebral, “head-high” effect that delta-8 seems to lack. For users who’ve built up a tolerance to delta-8, HHC may be a great alternative.  

Because HHC does provide some psychoactive effects, our advice to new users is to go low and slow until you know how your body responds to it. Vaping or ingesting a mild edible is usually the best way to start. As with any cannabis product, there is no standard dose to start with. If you need help deciding on how much to take, please consult with your friendly neighborhood hemp dispensary. 

Is HHC Legal?

Because HHC is a hemp-derived substance, it is protected under the 2018 Federal Farm Bill, making hemp and all hemp-derived materials legal in the US. While some states have started to crack down on delta-8 THC, HHC doesn’t seem to fall under that same category. 

Since HHC isn’t made from THC and is a completely different substance, there is no legal precedent to make the compound illegal. But, that isn’t to say that legality won’t change in the future. As of 2021 in North Carolina, you can legally purchase HHC products in dispensaries or even vape shops. 

What is HHC Good For?

So far, users who have tried HHC report a euphoric, albeit mild psychoactive buzz that focuses more in the head and less in the body. It also seems to provide some anxiety and pain relief too. So, if you like the buzz from delta-8 THC but want something more heady and cerebral, consider giving HHC a try. We currently offer HHC vape cartridges, disposable pens and edibles. 

If you ask our staff here at Modern Apotheca what we think of HHC, we’d tell you to give it a try! If you have questions about HHC and its effects, please stop by our Raleigh storefront for an in-depth consultation, or shoot us a message anytime! We’re always happy to answer any questions you might have.

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