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HHC is a cannabinoid with a bit of a twist – the twist being that we humans have played a role in its “ascent” into legal cannabis circles.

This differentiates it from all other cannabinoids, naturally found in hemp or marijuana plants, and has specific interactions with the human body. 

THC, a long time recreational cannabinoid for humans dating back thousands of years, has seen its fair share of human intervention, at least in the form of cross-breeding and isolating and botanical alterations.

But even with this enormous wealth of information, it’s hard not to feel a bit in the dark when it comes to cannabinoids of the exact nature as HHC.

This cannabinoid is not only new, but it is a bit of an enigma in terms of what it does to the human body.

Its status as a mysterious cannabinoid is due to change, however, as HHC is being rolled out in multiple markets and cannabis companies online as we speak, and with that comes user feedback and consumer anecdotes about what exactly HHC can do for you. 

The truth is that HHC *is* rare as is, found in only trace amounts in cannabis plants of any sort. I

n this sense, it is the polar opposite of THC, which is located in copious quantities in marijuana plants and smaller (though noticeable) amounts in hemp.

But HHC is directly related to THC through a process called hydrogenation. You may have heard the word “hydrogenated” before, perhaps in a negative context, particularly in pre-packaged foods and certain things like mass-produced peanut butter or cookie dough.

The addition of hydrogen atoms to these products extends the shelf life of these products by a long shot–however, at the price of introducing extremely harmful fats into the diets of the ones who consume these products. 

Hydrogenation is merely the process of adding hydrogen molecules, artificially, in this case, to a THC molecule. 

HHC: Basic Facts

When you add hydrogen molecules to THC in the hydrogenation process, you get tetrahydrocannabinol, the shorthand for HHC.

The close relationship between these two cannabinoids is such that they share such a compact molecular structure that they are hard to distinguish apart from the extra hydrogen and an additional ester atom in HHC to set it apart.

HHC is a bit of an untold “rival” to THC, not because it does THC’s job better than it does, but because HHC is primarily being extracted from hemp as of this writing. As we know, hemp is federally legal throughout the United States. 

HHC is made synthetically with human intervention through a semi-opaque process that involves the also fully-legal CBD, which converts into HHC at company plants that do this under a proprietary shroud of secrecy.

Users so far love HHC’s mild psychoactive effects and its mood-enhancing appeal.

It is more of a sedative cannabinoid than anything that will stimulate the brain too much, putting it more in the same category as Delta-8 THC. 

THC: Basic Facts

THC is a cannabinoid that packs a punch as big as its outstanding reputation.

THC, which is shorthand for tetrahydrocannabinol, is a compound found in the cannabis plant, most prominently in cannabis Sativa, cannabis Indica, and cannabis ruderalis. 

It binds to the body’s CB1 receptors and creates the euphoric, “stoned” feeling that users enjoy for its blissful, relaxing, and creatively inspiring benefits.

It can even help with glaucoma and chronic pain and is even used in some complex, long-term treatments like cancer, thanks to its hunger-stimulating benefits, a common issue during chemotherapy treatments. 

THC is legalized in 18 states as of this writing, and the future is relatively sunny for THC, considering the inevitability of more states legalizing it in the coming years.

That said, not all THC is created equal. THC with higher amounts of CBD will have a markedly different effect than other strains, as will THC sourced from either India or Sativa-based plant strains.

Sativas are more commonly used for daytime recreational use, while indicas are more suited for lazier, sleepier moments that call for a sedating effect.

Because of its strong link to HHC, expect any benefit you get from THC to be an order of magnitude more intense than that of HHC – with many comparing HHC to Delta-8 in terms of its psychoactivity, roughly about 50% of the psychoactive experience than that of a reasonable dose. 

HHC Compared With Other Cannabinoids

HHC has a few psychoactive qualities, making it share some things in common with Delta-8 THC and THCV.

However, the latter requires very potent dosing to induce psychoactive effects, so you may find that THCV is a poor option if you are looking for psychoactivity without THC.

HHC and Delta-8 may have a better chance of giving you the effect you are looking for.

HHC shares a few benefits in common with this cannabinoid when it comes to the very famous CBD.

Through our research at PureKana, we have found that it seems appropriate to label CBD as an adaptogen, meaning a compound that promotes the process of homeostasis within the body, which explains CBD’s popularity among such a wide range of individuals. 

HHC stands to provide the same type of benefits with the “perk” of mild psychoactivity – plus an overall feeling of wellbeing.

HHC and CBN/CBG only have one thing in common; the lack of significant studies!

While CBN seems to do well for those with sleep issues, and CBG seems to have some interesting antibacterial properties, we are still in the dark about the real benefits of these cannabinoids; the research will take time. 

Legal Parallels with Other Cannabinoids

Because HHC can be sourced in trace amounts from hemp, it is entirely legal in the United States. However, it is not free from the risk of controversy, as we saw with Delta-8.

The reason Delta-8 ran into issues was because it was prone to human intervention, with its chemical structure so similar to THC and its presence in the market as a dangerous “synthetic” version of weed.

HHC, with its similarities to Delta 8 both in its molecular link to THC and its proneness to being altered genetically in a chemical process induced by humans.

There is no reason to believe a ban or restriction on HHC is imminent (after all, you can still purchase Delta-8 in many states), but this is something to keep an eye on as we begin to learn more about HHC. 

Sources:

What Is Cannabis? Facts About Its Components, Effects, and Hazards?

What is HHC? Hydrogenated Cannabinoids & Apocalypse-Ready THC

What Is HHC?

HHC: Frequently Asked Questions

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