Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) Explained

What Is HHC?

Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) is a naturally occurring, hemp-based cannabinoid. Unlike its cousins Delta-9 and Delta-8 THC, however, HHC is a tamer compound that offers a “THC-light” experience. Natural HHC occurs in extremely low concentrations in the cannabis plant, but it has been successfully synthesized in a lab.

Synthesis relies on hydrogenation— the chemical process of adding hydrogen atoms to a molecule. HHC is the result of adding hydrogen to THC molecules, and the process has been around since 1947. With modern technology increasing production capabilities, this HHC cannabinoid has spread far and wide, boosting wellness and delivering a mellow high you won’t want to miss.

How Does HHC Work?

HHC can be ingested, vaporized, or applied topically, just like other cannabinoid products. It can be used as a sublingual tincture or as an excellent ingredient for edibles like gummies because it is soluble in glycerin and alcohol.


When you enjoy an experience, like eating a delicious meal, your body signals pleasure to the brain through neurotransmitters, which are regulated by the body’s endocannabinoid system. When you consume HHC, the cannabinoid is what leads to an increase in serotonin and dopamine, giving you that wonderful feeling of bliss.

How Does HHC Cannabis Make You Feel?

You’re going to feel chill and content with your surroundings. How happy you feel when you take HHC cannabis is determined by several factors, including the type of strain, the amount of HHC you take, and how you consume it. Other factors like your body weight and height, as well as your metabolism, will come into play. 

For most people, taking a small dose produces a feeling of mild relaxation, but if you take products containing the HHC cannabinoid in larger quantities, it can make you feel euphoric. Some users may also feel a sense of relief from aches and pains, especially if HHC cannabis is applied topically to the skin in the form of a salve or balm. 

According to many HHC customers, their ability to concentrate and focus is not affected when they consume HHC products, which is a common complaint of taking Delta-9 THC. They also like that it doesn’t give them a sense of paranoia.

Why Choose HHC?

There are multiple uses for THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids. The HHC cannabinoid is another safe derivative that can help provide effects similar to traditional cannabis. Hexahydrocannabinol’s benefit comes from its incredibly low level of intensity. The slower build-up provides you with more exact control over how you feel.

The HHC cannabinoid is a more mellow alternative to the intensity of THC or even Delta-8. According to anecdotal evidence, HHC can cause the effects of THC or even Delta-8, but only in very high quantities. It is said that HHC is about half as potent as standard THC.

In high doses, CBD, Delta-8, and Delta-9 THC may make you sleepy, but HHC is known for its potential energy-boosting qualities. Some users say they feel a slight easing of discomfort, as well as a sense of clarity when they take products that contain the HHC cannabinoid.

Right now, you’ll typically find HHC cannabis made into oil or packed into a vape cartridge or disposable vape. These products provide quick, potent effects in the right doses!

HHC Safety and Legality

HHC currently has no standard dose or method of federal legal regulation. As with Delta-8, each state sets its own rules. Since hexahydrocannabinol is technically found in the hemp plant, it is protected federally by hemp and agricultural law.

The HHC cannabinoid is easily synthesized in the correct lab with the right equipment. As long as the lab is grounded and protected from combustion, the creation of HHC is relatively safe. When it comes to the side effects of HHC, we only have the user’s personal experiences to draw from. Anecdotally, there are both positive and negative reactions to taking HHC – it may be able to ease occasional discomfort as well as soothe busy minds.

If you are looking for a new source of wellness with a mellow high, then HHC may be the right cannabinoid for you. Experience this natural hemp derivative first-hand with our line of White Series HHC disposable vapes. To learn more about HHC cannabis, visit the Eighty Six blog!

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