You heard of THC, CBT, and other cannabinoid compounds, but have you heard of HHC?
This is a newer compound that is gaining popularity in the wake of increasing cannabis and hemp product legalization.
Here’s everything you need to know about it HHC.
What is HHC?
HHC stands for hexahydrocannabinol. It is a synthetic cannabinoid that was synthesized by a researcher named Roger Adams in 1944. Adams synthesized HHC by adding hydrogen atoms to regular THC.
HHC was first created using regular cannabis plants, but is most often made from hemp plants today.
Is HHC Safe?
Here’s one of the tough questions when it comes to HHC.
HHC is relatively near when it comes to popular consumption. This means there isn’t as good of research when it comes to determining its safety. HHC is also not a regulated substance which means you want to find a reputable retailer that does list the concentration or dosage of their products.
HHC appears to be safe, but the jury is still out when it comes to research.
How is HHC Made?
HHC is made using a chemical process that transforms THC or CBD into HHC. The specific details of this process are currently a little hard to determine. Many facilities have proprietary chemical processes for converting CBD and HHC.
HHC has been described as a thick, golden oil when it is first synthesized. The product is then refined from there for other uses.
What are the Effects of HHC?
HHC has similar effects on the body and mind as regular THC. However, it’s important to recognize that HHC dosing isn’t standardized or regulated which means it’s a little hard to tell what kind of effects it has in general.
HHC is about 1/4 as powerful as a regular THC or about half as powerful as Delta-8 THC.
Does HHC Show Up on Drug Tests?
There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence that suggests that HHC does not show up in drug tests. However, it’s important to note that no studies have been done to confirm this information.
This is based on the fact that most drug tests look for 11-hydroxy-THC to detect cannabis use. Drug tests look for metabolites, the chemicals created when the body naturally breaks down chemical compounds, to detect the presence of certain drugs. HHC does not appear to be connected with the body’s production of 11-hydroxy-THC.
Is HHC Legal?
HHC exists in something of a legal gray area.
Some companies argue that HHC is perfectly legal because it’s also naturally found in seeds of some hemp plants. However, there are others who argue that this is speculative and HHC legality may not be as clear-cut as other products like CBD.