What is HHC? About the New Hydrogenated form of THC
The era of conventional cannabinoids, such as delta 9 THC and CBD, is being replaced for the newly discovered and developed for alternatives. Delta 8 THC, being known for more relaxing experiences, delta 10 THC for energy and focus, the powerful THCP and THC-O for more psychedelic-like experience, and now the most recent, HHC. HHC vape cartridges, HHC disposable vapes, have been gaining a lot of notoriety in the cannabis world, because of how viable and long lasting this form of THC is.
HHC, going by it's scientific name, hydroxyhexahydrocannabinol, was actually discovered in the 1960's/1970's. The main goal was to find the most basic cannabinoid substance able to bind to the CB receptors. The HHC cannabinoid is a hydrogenated form of THC and has been discovered to be the most stable form of THC to date.
Essentially, the shelf-life of this cannabinoid is extended by saturating the molecule with hydrogen atoms, giving a subtle but different arrangement than THC's structure. Because it is less responsive to oxidation, this improves the duration HHC takes to begin losing it's potency, making this the most long lasting form of THC. This cannabinoid is very forgiving for improper storage because of it's resistance to heat and UV light.
What are the effects of HHC?
HHC has a very similar effect to delta 9 THC. Uplifting, stimulation, altered headspaces, changes in heart rate and body temperature are still produced and felt but slightly different. The effects have been reported to be comparable to delta 8's relaxing qualities because although it is more potent than delta 8, it is less potent than conventional delta 9. Some recent studies showing that animals have shown that it possesses painkilling effects.
Although there are not many research studies available, there is a lot of potential in regards to benefits. Most likely being able to carry the effects of many other forms of THC including helping with chronic pain, anxiety, reduce inflammation, and more. Side effects are comparable to most other hemp derived cannabinoids including dry mouth, anxiety, red eyes, and dizziness.
Is HHC Illegal?
HHC is a naturally occurring cannabinoid in hemp plants, making it ferally legal and potentially remaining state legal as well. The legality at the moment is still in question because this cannabinoid is technically semi-synthetic. To put it simply, hemp derived HHC is naturally occurring, it is just found in very small traces meaning that they must be made in labs to get a well supply. Whether it will be officially seen as a synthetic cannabinoid or not is up for debate.
The final product is under 0.3% delta 9 THC and is derived from hemp, which is why it is legal on the federal level in accordance to the 2018 Farm Bill. There are no available safe studies for HHC, which doesn't allow any information in regards to the safety of this cannabinoid.
There has been a lot of talk about HHC relating to it not registering on conventional drug tests. This had been one of the main surges in research of alternative THC forms like delta 8 and delta 10, but those do unfortunately register on drug tests. Even though reports are showing that it is possible to pass, it is still safe to understand that this is a hemp/cannabis plant derived compound.
What's the difference between HHC and THC?
HHC and THC have a very similar molecular structure. HHC is THC, just without any double bonds in the structure, being replaced and replaced by hydrogen. Alternative versions of THC are made by adjusting either the location of the double bond in the top of the chemical structure, or the length of the side chain from the bottom ring.
- Delta 10 is a double bond at the tenth carbon
- Delta 9 is a double bond at the ninth carbon
- Delta 8 is a double bond at the 8th carbon
- HHC having no double bonds
There are three different forms of HHC, although they are exact replicas, have different effects on the human body. HHC can bind to both (CB1 and CB2) cannabinoid receptors, but only being to activate one, depending on it's form.