If you’ve been around the cannabis world lately, you’ve probably heard of the new cannabinoid on the block: HHC. Lots of users swear by it, but what is HHC? Is it the same as THC? Well, we’re here with the complete guide on everything HHC.
Spoiler Alert: You’re about to fall in love with this new hero cannabinoid.
Main Key Points
- HHC is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in trace amounts in hemp plants.
- HHC is a psychoactive cannabinoid; it will make you high.
- Anecdotal reports suggest that the HHC high is about 80% of that of Delta-9.
- Users report a clear high with stimulating and energizing effects due to HHC.
- Most users prefer HHC-infused organic gummies over smokables such as HHC vape pens.
- Hemp-sourced HHC is legal, on the condition that your HHC products contain less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC total dry weight.
- You can buy some of the best HHC gummies in stores and online here.
What Is HHC?
HHC stands for Hexahydrocannabinol, a hemp-derived cannabinoid found naturally in the plant but only in tiny trace amounts.
Due to the scarcity of HHC in the plant, manufacturers use a Hydrogenation process to get HHC from other naturally occurring cannabinoids such as CBD and THC.
What Are The Effects of HHC? How Does HHC Make You Feel?
You have to experience HHC to understand it fully; it’s that unique! However, the closest picture we can paint is that HHC provides an accelerated Sativa effect, where you feel a body-warming, calming euphoria but with clarity and energizing effects.
It’s a combo of the “life is beautiful, let’s just chill high” and the “let’s get this show on the road high.” (It sounds crazy, but HHC falls under the “you have to be in it to get it” kind of thing)
Where Can I Buy HHC Products?
You can find HHC products in stores, but with so many unknown brands hitting the shelves daily, it’s best and safest to buy HHC online.
Purchasing HHC Online
Buying online allows you to research the brand and read reviews about the product before you buy, making sure you get the best value for your buck, not to mention exclusive deals, and did we mention home delivery?
Ready to order? Try our all-natural vegan HHC gummies.
Benefits of HHC
Science is still exploring the potential benefits of this incredible cannabinoid, but the research tells us so far that HHC could
- Induce powerful euphoria without the fogginess
- Increase energy and focus
- Ease pain and discomfort
- Alleviate anxiety and stress
- Works similarly to a Sativa strain making it ideal for daytime use for many users.
How Does HHC Work?
Like other hemp-derived cannabinoids, the body processes HHC through the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS connects to all of our primary systems and organs, managing the body’s internal chemical reactions to keep us balanced.
The ECS consists of cannabinoid receptors, mainly CB1 and CB2, enzymes, and natural cannabinoids.
When HHC enters the body, it imitates the body’s natural cannabinoids activating the CB1 receptor, which connects to the nervous system, making us feel high and easing our anxiety.
Research suggests that HHC also links to our pain receptors, helping alleviate pain and discomfort. How effective it is is something you would have to experiment with.
Does HHC Make You High?
Oh yes! HHC has powerful psychoactive effects; as users report, the effects are slightly less than Delta-9 THC but with clarity, focus, and energy.
Want to know more about how HHC can make your feel high? Check our in-depth article here.
How to Dose HHC gummies
If you’re new to psychoactive cannabinoids, follow the golden rule of starting low and going slow. Start with half a gummy of our 25mg strength and see how it affects you, then work your way up to a larger dose of a full gummy of our 50 mg strength. Shop the strength you want to start with in sample sizes here.
Level Up Your HHC Experience.
A little trick amongst users to top up their experience is cocktailing, which means mixing different gummies together, and one cocktail that became a holy grail for many is HHC + CBG. HHC and CBG are a match made in cannabinoid heaven, where CBG enhances your focus and energy without undermining the mind-blowing cerebral effects of HHC.
A gummy of each together will have you on a whole new plane of excitement.
Read more about this star combo here.
Sneak Peak: This staple combo is so popular that we have new HHC gummies with CBG coming soon; sign up for our newsletter to get it first, along with exclusive offers.
Is HHC Natural or Synthetic?
HHC is a Semi-synthetic cannabinoid. Because it’s found in trace amounts in both the hemp and cannabis plant, it’s synthesized from other natural cannabinoids such as THC.
Is HHC Safe? How is HHC made?
HHC is a Hydrogenated form of THC that happens through the hydrogenation process. It is a common technique in producing consumer goods, such as margarine from vegetable oil.
Hydrogenation is a chemical reaction that combines two additional hydrogen molecules with each Delta-9 THC molecule.
As for the safety of HHC, it depends on the manufacturer. Chemical reactors, supercritical extractors for CBD, a metal catalyst, and distillation equipment are among the equipment used in this process. Because of the intricacy of the production process, only laboratories of the highest caliber can produce safe, high-quality HHC products.
Only purchase HHC products from reputable companies that offer a certificate of analysis from third-party labs. See example here.
Is HHC The Same As THC?
HHC may share a similar chemical structure with THC, but it’s still different on a chemical and molecular structure level; HHC has more hydrogen atoms than THC.
They’re different cannabinoids and have their individual effects on the body. (More on that later on in the blog).
Is HHC Stronger Than THC?
The fan-favorite HHC is extremely potent in terms of psychoactive effects; the word from most users is it’s about 2x stronger than Delta-8 and about 20% less than Delta-9 THC.
What Is The Difference Between HHC and THC? HHC vs. THC
HHC vs. THC isn’t a simple answer; there are three famous members of the THC family, and each one has its own thing going. Users enjoy each one for different things. (there are more than three, but we’ll focus on the famous ones briefly.)
HHC vs. Delta 8 THC
Delta-8 THC is the secret love of many because of its pain-relieving, anxiety-soothing abilities and relaxing high.
Delta-8 falls in the middle of the THC family, where it gives you a beautiful, clean, relaxing high without overwhelming your senses. Such a high is perfect for nighttime and sleep.
You can read more about Delta-8 for relaxation and sleep here. (Link to the Delta-8 gummies review)
While Delta-8 is relaxing and could be sleep-inducing, HHC provides about 2x the high of D-8 but with more energizing and stimulating effects.
For some delicious relaxation, try our Delta-8 gummies here.
For a clear and energizing high, then HHC gummies are what you’re after.
HHC vs. Delta 9 THC
The infamous Delta-9 or referred to as the traditional THC. This one is either a love or a hate relationship with users. Delta-9 is extremely powerful; if your body chemistry tolerates it, then you’ll enjoy the strongest cerebral effects you can get, along with an Indica-like feeling of deep body relaxation. Still, if your body doesn’t tolerate it, then it’s a ticket to paranoia land.
HHC, on the other hand, is tolerated and loved by most, with about 80% of the Delta-9 high but with more focus and energy similar to those of Sativa.
Not sure if Delta 9 is legal in your state? Read more here.
HHC vs. Delta 10 THC
While both are potent cannabinoids, Delta-10 invokes more creativity and energy, while HHC provides clarity and stimulation; however, when it comes to the psychotropic effects, Delta-10 falls behind, as it’s mildly psychoactive, unlike the more powerful HHC.
You can read more about the effects of Delta-10 here.
To sum it up, Delta-10 is great for those who don’t want a strong high and want something to fuel their creative juices, while HHC is more suited for those who like the strong stuff.
Do you feel torn with all the goodies that we’ve mentioned? Try a sample pack of all three Deltas here.
Will HHC show up on a Drug test?
Technically, quality gummies such as our 50 mg HHC edibles don’t have any traceable THC, so in theory, it wouldn’t show on a drug test. However, drug tests usually detect THC metabolites, each body interacts differently with cannabinoids, and your body could metabolize it into THC later on as they have a similar chemical structure.
So, if you’re expecting a blood test, there are two things you could do:
- Buy a drug test kit, take one of our 50mg HHC gummies, and see how it shows up on the test.
- Ease up on the gummies 2-3 weeks before your expected test.
Want to know more about HHC and drug test? We took a deep dive into the topic here.
Is HHC legal?
We can happily say; YES! HHC and other cannabinoids derived from hemp are federally legal thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. Under federal law, hemp-derived cannabinoids containing less than 0.3% THC of total dry weight are legal.
Is HHC Legal In My State?
Some states don’t look kindly toward psychoactive cannabinoids like THC, and you might think that because HHC is a hydrogenated form of THC that it’s illegal.
Guess what! Our 50 mg HHC gummies have no detectable THC contents, making them perfectly legal (until a new law passes specifically for HHC. See the lab report here.
Always check your local laws for any changes, or check our article here, where we break down each state.
Side Effects of HHC
HHC gummies are fan favorite, most of the users never reported any side effects, but some could experience mild symptoms such as dry mouth, red eyes, nausea, and in rare cases, disorientation for beginners starting with a full gummy of the 50mg potency.
Always consult your doctor if you have a medical condition or taking any medication.
HHC is a hero compound to many of us who don’t prefer Delta-9 THC or live in THC-banned states. HHC checks all the right boxes for us; it gives off strong psychoactive effects comparable only to that of Delta-9 THC, without the couch-locked feeling or the risk of suspecting your dog of being a spy.
It can provide clarity and energizing effects similar to that of Delta-10 and anxiety-soothing effects similar to Delta-8 THC, we can never do the HHC sensation justice; you have to try it firsthand to fully appreciate the incredible effects of this star cannabinoid.
Are you ready to get into the HHC world? Visit our website www.biowellnessx.com and shop some of the best HHC edibles on the market and get them delivered to your doorstep.
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The efficacy of HHC products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not a substitute or alternative to health care practitioners’ knowledge.
Before using any product, consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or complications. The Federal Food and Drug and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Hemp-derived HHC containing less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC is federally legal.
HHC has pretty potent psychoactive effects and WILL get you high! Users describe it as 80% of the D9 THC high but with more clarity and energy.
The beginner HHC recommended dose is half a gummy of the 25mg gummies and a gradual upgrade to a full gummy of the 50mg.
In theory, our 50 mg HHC gummies with no detectable THC won’t cause you to fail the test. However, your body could metabolize it into THC later; better to test it yourself or stop the HHC 2-3 weeks before the test.
Want to know more about HHC Gummies? We took a deep dive and created this article to explain how this new compound work. Read more here.