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Unless you have been living under a rock, you have likely heard about CBD; the second most active ingredient found in a cannabis plant.

CBD has been skyrocketing in popularity over the past few years due to its effective use in treating a wide variety of ailments.

However, with expanding legality and popularity, enthusiasts have been working to push beyond the limits of the expectations of cannabis – testing to find new, more specified ways to utilize the plant. 

So what exactly are the latest discoveries in the world of cannabis? While there is plenty that we could dive into, this article will focus specifically on one of the newest and most promising cannabis compounds on the market today, (and where to buy it): HHC.

While you are not likely to find a dispensary solely dedicated to selling just HHC, you should be able to find plenty of resources online.

Just remember that while HHC is federally legal, legality could vary from state to state.

What is HHC?

HHC stands for hexahydrocannabinol. While that might sound like a mouthful what it really is, is just THC with additional hydrogen molecules.

This subtle molecular change means that you may feel similar effects of the euphoric “high” of THC, with a substantially longer shelf life. 

Hydrogenation is not just limited to cannabinoid production. In fact, a similar process is used to convert vegetable oil to margarine!

HHC is said to have similar effects as THC; producing feelings of euphoria and stimulation, altered visual and auditory perception, changes in heart rate and body temperature, and altered headspace and cognition.

Many users also report that HHC is more potent than delta 8 but slightly less potent than delta 9 THC.

Ultimately, HHC is a bit of a complicated cannabinoid to understand since it has only recently reached the market and only a handful of retailers are selling it. Early research shows a lot of potential though, so do not be surprised if you start hearing about this cannabinoid trending amongst wellness and holistic healing circles. 

Is HHC Legal?

Currently, HHC exists in somewhat of a legal grey area.

Some argue that since HHC is a cannabinoid that is naturally found in the seeds and pollen of hemp, it is a non-synthetic cannabinoid. Making it federally legal thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill.

However, like many of the other THC analogs, it does not occur in any meaningful amounts in nature and therefore must be made in a lab in order to get any usable supply.

This means that HHC might fall under the scrutiny of the Federal Analogue Act. This law makes any analog of a listed Schedule I drug (such as delta 9 THC) illegal by proxy.

For now, HHC products exist somewhere between federally legal hemp and federally illegal cannabis. Until definitive legislation is announced, HHC consumers will need to weigh the risks and benefits of these compounds for themselves.

In Which States is HHC Legal?

According to, HHC can be legally purchased in 38 states. 

In other words, HHC is illegal in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New York, Rhode Island, and Utah.

In all other states, it is legal but bear in mind that this is subject to change if state legislators determine that it should be classified as a controlled substance. 

Therefore, before taking HHC, you should always check with state laws, as laws regarding cannabis are prone to sudden change.

Where Can I Buy HHC?

A quick Google search brought up about a dozen online retailers offering a variety of HHC products. Most sellers offer vape carts filled with HHC oil, and many have gummies.

Less common but definitely available are disposable HHC vapes, tinctures for oral consumption, and concentrates for dabbing. 

If HHC remains legally viable, and especially if it becomes less expensive to manufacture high-potency HHC, this promising cannabinoid will become more available in the diverse cannabis marketplace.

The Bottom Line

Currently, the legality of the entire alternate cannabinoid market is a big question mark. While some interpretations make these compounds appear legal, there are other laws that could make these compounds illegal already — such as the Federal Analog Act.

Whether you are new to cannabis or a faithful veteran, the market is constantly expanding in the diversity of products available to the public, and the products being produced are more specifically tailored per need than ever before.

Just make sure you do your homework and check with your own local laws, since cannabis laws are constantly changing.

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