HHC: An In-Depth Guide for BeginnersMarch 1, 2022 2023-02-09 16:09
HHC: An In-Depth Guide for Beginners
HHC: An In-Depth Guide for Beginners
Wave after wave, various cannabinoids derived from hemp have been making their impressions over the last few years. It seems like every few months, a new contender steps up to get a lot of attention. While alternative THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) product options like delta-8 THC gummies have gained notoriety, HHC products are not so easy to find—yet.
HHC is a relatively unfamiliar cannabinoid when it comes to legal hemp products, so you may not find a lot on Google when you try to get a closer look. So, what is HHC and what are the HHC benefits and effects you should know? Here’s a quick rundown of what we know for certain so far.
What is HHC?
HHC is hexahydrocannabinol, which is a cannabinoid that comes from cannabis and hemp. A lot of people assume HHC to be some type of THC compound like delta-8 THC, but it is actually not a THC compound. However, HHC psychoactive effects can be similar.
HHC can be found in exceptionally low concentrations in cannabis, but the cannabinoid has not been isolated or examined in its natural form all that extensively. Therefore, HHC is most often a “manufactured” cannabinoid, which essentially means it is created or synthesized by manipulating other, more-abundant cannabinoids like CBD (cannabidiol) or THC.
Where does HHC come from?
In 1944, a chemist created synthetic HHC in a lab by combining delta-9 THC molecules with hydrogen molecules. This common scientific process, which is referred to as hydrogenation, transforms the delta-9 THC into HHC. This same process is actually used relatively commonly with consumer products. For example, a type of hydrogenation is used when converting vegetable oils into margarine.
Today, though, most HHC products you find are created by using chemical reactions to manipulate CBD from hemp so that it turns into HHC. The process is complex, usually involving complicated equipment like CBD supercritical extractors, distillation equipment, and chemical reactors. For this reason, high-quality HHC products can only come from an upscale laboratory.
HHC vs. THC: What’s the difference?
HHC and THC, whether you are speaking of delta-8 or delta-9, are cannabinoids and similar in form and how they affect the endocannabinoid system. And, HHC is psychoactive, just like delta-8 and delta-9. Nevertheless, HHC is far less potent than either. Delta-9 is twice as potent as delta-8, and HHC is much less potent than delta-8.
It is also important to note, HHC manufacturing processes can yield two different forms of the molecule: 9R HHC and 9S HHC. The 9R HHC binds to cannabinoid receptors in the ECS, while 9S molecules do not show such a noteworthy affinity. Unfortunately, separating the two different molecules during the synthesizing process is no easy feat, so what you get is a mix of active and inactive compounds. This means most consumers may need a larger dose of HHC to feel any form of psychoactive effect similar to delta-8 or delta-9.
Potential Benefits of HHC
So far, HHC has not been studied substantially enough to offer any definitive conclusions as far as benefits are concerned. There are only a handful of animal studies to show that HHC may have a few benefits that are worthy of attention.
HHC is thought to be good for bodily discomfort, and it may actually have long-lasting effects according to research published in 2010. It has also been noted that HHC may help support longer sleep durations, even though studies have only been performed on rat subjects.
Anecdotal reports from those who have tried HHC claim the cannabinoid helps with a range of things, such as:
- Promoting relaxation
- Enhancing energy levels
- Supporting good sleep
- Helping with bodily discomfort
- Soothing racing thoughts
However, these reports are only anecdotal and not well-established through clinical research.
Does HHC Get You High?
HHC is a psychoactive cannabinoid. However, its effects are much less intense than THC. Unless you take a larger dose, you may not feel substantial euphoric effects. Nevertheless, products that contain HHC should be consumed with the idea that they could cause intoxication. Therefore, it is best to only try these products while safely tucked away at home until you know how they will affect you personally.
Reported Effects of HHC
HHC can have different effects on the user depending on several things, such as:
- The ratio of 9S HHC to 9R HHC in the product (you can find different formulations like 2:1 and 1:1)
- How much of the product you consume
- Your own past experience or tolerance to cannabinoids
Some people claim that HHC leaves them feeling focused and energetic, while others say they feel more soothed and relaxed. A mild cerebral high may also be something to expect.
Does HHC show up on a drug test?
So far, there is not enough data to offer a definitive answer as to whether HHC will show up on a drug test. Drug screening tests are designed to detect specific levels of THC metabolites in the saliva, urine, or blood. What researchers do not know is how exactly the body metabolizes HHC and what metabolites it could produce in the process. With that being said, use HHC with caution if you are facing the possibility of a drug test.
Is HHC safe?
There is little research into the effects of HHC, either in the short or long term. While you could speculate that this cannabinoid would be just as safe as others, the fact is, this can’t be the surefire conclusion. If you do decide to try HHC products, be sure to look for products that have a certificate of analysis to show the HHC ratios and product purity. Further, always start with a low dose to see how you respond.
Is HHC legal?
This is a tricky question to answer. Technically, HHC derived from hemp is not THC but could be deemed as a THC analog. While several companies are selling HHC and shipping it across the country, in truth, the legality is not really clear or well-established. In theory, you will likely be within legal limits by purchasing HHC as long as the product comes from hemp but always do your research into the laws set forth by your state.
Get Ready for Blast Off with Galaxy Treats HHC
HHC is showing promise as the next cannabinoid to make waves! If you’re looking to experience HHC, you’ve come to the right place. Galaxy Treats offers a great selection of HHC products, including the latest additions to our product line up–Galaxy Treats Blast Bars HHC Disposables and HHC Gummies!
Galaxy Treats Blast Bars HHC Disposables contain 2 grams of hemp-derived cannabinoids and are available in 4 signature flavors:
- Lunar Lemon
- Planet Blue
- Cosmic Cherry
- Galactic Grape
If you prefer to stick with a more established cannabinoid-infused product for liftoff, be sure to take a look at the delta-8 THC collection at Galaxy Treats.
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