What is HHC? Benefits, Effects & FAQ

HHC or Hexahydrocannabinol is another cannabinoid with similar effects to THC. HHC is the doomsday preppers dream as it is resistant to oxidation, heat, and UV light making it lose its potency at a MUCH slower rate than THC. 

HHC is a hydrogenated form of THC. Hydrogenation is the process of adding hydrogen atoms to a chemical structure to stabilize it. This is the same process that turns vegetable oil into margarine. So, HHC is to THC what margarine is to vegetable oil. 

Where does HHC come from?

HHC occurs naturally in hemp, but is only found in trace amounts. In order to obtain a usable amount, THC is saturated with hydrogen atoms. This breaks THC’s double bond chemical structure and replaces it with hydrogen. In doing this, the cannabinoids effects and potency remain essentially unchanged. This alteration does however increase THC’s binding to the CB1 and CB2 endocannabinoid receptors and the TRP pain receptors. This also makes the structure much more stable and less prone to oxidation and degradation. 

What does HHC feel like?

Many users report that HHC gives a euphoric type of high along with a gradual increase in mood, and activity stimulation, all while still having the ability to remain in control. It can however change your cognition and headspace, so as with all intoxicating products we recommend not operating heavy machinery while using. 

What are the side-effects of HHC?

HHC reports similar side-effects resulting from high doses of THC including:

  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Increased Appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Rapid Heart Rate
  • Red Eyes

As with all of our products we recommend starting low and slow until you know your preferred dosage. If you are new to HHC you might not know your tolerance levels, but as a general guide, its potency is somewhere between the mellow high of Delta-8 and the more intense high of Delta-9. 

Sources

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“What Is HHC?” Cannabis Business Times, 9 February 2022, https://www.cannabisbusinesstimes.com/article/what-is-hexahydrocannabinol-hhc-hemp-derived-cannabinoid-thc/. Accessed 12 May 2022.

“What is HHC? Benefits & Effects of Hydroxyhexahydrocannabinol.” Area 52,
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