What is HHC?
HHC (hexahydrocannabinol) is unlike most other psychoactive cannabinoids on the market because it isn’t actually a THC compound. It was created in the 1940s when a chemist hydrogenated Delta-9 THC, but now, it is produced through a very particular process involving putting CBD derived from hemp through a chemical reactor.
On the market, HHC can most commonly be found in vape cartridges, but it can also be bought in the form of flower and, much like other cannabinoids, HHC comes in a variety of strains.
As a cannabinoid, HHC attaches to cannabinoid receptors in the brain just like THC. While still delivering similar effects to THC, HHC is significantly less potent than Delta-9 and even Delta-8 THC.
When you take the same dose of HHC that you would THC, you’ll likely have a mild sense of calm and euphoria more so than a full-on high; you need to take quite a bit more HHC than you do THC to feel a strong psychoactive effect.
The particular potency of any HHC product depends on the ratio of active molecules to inactive molecules, which is typically 50/50 but may be higher on the active molecule end.
It has occurred to industry professionals that HHC may not show up on drug tests because it isn’t technically THC. However, more research needs to be done to confirm or deny this theory.
Is HHC Legal?
While state governments haven’t had the chance to directly address HHC, the states in which it is likely illegal based on other cannabis laws are:
- New York
- Rhode Island