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.
What is HHC-O?
HHC-O is a more potent and more synthetic version of the compound HHC. The added ‘o’ means the HHC has been blending with acetic anhydride. This process makes HHC-O approximately 1 1/2 times stronger than HHC.
Although little research around HHC-O has been conducted, users are reporting the same uplifting effects as HHC. However the effects tend to come on more quickly and are more potent.
What is HHC-P?
Although it is a derivative of HHC, HHC-P shares many aspects of Delta-9 THC and THC-P. The ‘p’ at the end of the acronym means the compound has a carbon tail. This tail allows the compound to bind to the CB1 receptor stronger.
This stronger bond leads to stronger effects. Many users have reported the effects of HHC-P to be similar to the effects of Delta-9.
Is HHC Legal?
HHC is legal because it comes from hemp-derived CBD, which is entirely legal on a federal level. States are scrambling to enact laws against all of the THC derivatives. The 2018 Farm Bill technically only addresses Delta-9 THC by name as an illegal cannabinoid, so many of the derivatives are in a grey area. However, HHC is more likely to stay legal because it is closer to CBD than THC.
Unfortunately, some local governments may still view HHC like they do THC, and it is always advised to check your local laws before making any cannabis purchase.
Although there are some disagreements on the interpretation of HHC’s legality, many trusted retailers like Dimo Hemp are legally and ethically selling HHC. Shipping to some areas may be illegal due to state regulations; since these are always changing, we recommend checking your local laws before purchasing HHC.
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
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