2nd Sep 2022

Battle of the Cannabinoids: Delta-8 THC vs. HHC

As extraction technology gets better and better, we’re going to continue to see new cannabinoid-infusions in more products as the market matures. With more and more options in front of us, it’s important that we understand what these different cannabinoids are and what they do before we decide which one is right for us. Let’s get to know one of the hottest minor cannabinoids on the market: HHC.

What is HHC?

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HHC, or Hexahydrocannabinol, is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in hemp. The first step is to extract and distill the CBD from the hemp biomass. From there, the CBD is converted to HHC in a proprietary process called hydrogenation. This process effectively changes HHC’s molecular structure to be more consistent with THC’s structure. This allows for a more cohesive binding process to the receptors in our endocannabinoid system, and get us high the way THC would.

Is HHC the Same as Delta-8?

While HHC and Delta-8 THC are similar to the extent that they are both hemp-derived, psychoactive, minor cannabinoids, they are very much not the same. Both are completely different cannabinoids that possess their own, unique properties which would only spell out a different experience for each.

The differences between HHC and Delta-8 start at how each of these cannabinoids are made. Remember that both HHC and Delta-8 are minor cannabinoids, meaning, they are not present in hemp in such large volumes as you would expect from CBD or Delta-9 THC. Both HHC and Delta-8 need to be converted from either of the more-abundant cannabinoids to then be manufactured into your favorite Eighty Six products you’ve come to know and love.

Delta-8 is often extracted through a process involving acids and solvents to initiate a chemical reaction that turns CBD into Delta-8. To create HHC, the THC converted from CBD is saturated with hydrogen atoms then exposed to metals to initiate the reaction that turns it into commercial-volumes of HHC. There are different chemical reactions that create two different byproducts: HHC and Delta-8 THC.

One other key difference between Delta-8 and HHC is that HHC’s newly attached hydrogen atom makes it extremely shelf-stable and much-less sensitive to heat and UV light than other forms of THC. This means HHC can be added to edibles, for example, and won’t lose its potency if it sits on the shelf for too long.

What does an HHC high feel like?

HHC is very similar to Delta-8 in that it’s a more-mild high than the heady, couch-lock high you experience from traditional Delta-9 THC. The high from HHC helps you stay clearheaded and productive with a lighter, more calming head high that helps you get things done throughout the day.

The psychoactive experience can be both relaxing and uplifting, depending on the strain, which would make it an attractive option for daytime use.

Our Nilla Mint HHC Disposable, for example, is great if you want a little boost but still have your wits about you to handle business.

But if you are looking for something to help you chill out and wind down at the end of a longer day, our Gush Rush HHC Disposable is the move. It’s made from indica-dominant strains: Gushers & Sunset Sherbet and delivers an intense, euphoric, and relaxing high that helps sink into dreamland.

Besides those who live in states where access to cannabis is either severely restricted or downright illegal, HHC is a great alternative for anyone who’s looking to dip their feet into the world of cannabis. It’s also a great choice if you’re a seasoned user and simply taking a tolerance break, or T-Break.

Where Can I Get HHC?

HHC is totally legal and can be purchased in all 50 states! Since it’s a derivative of hemp, it is federally legal nationwide. And since HHC is a “non-synthetic cannabinoid,” meaning the cannabinoid exists in larger quantities without the need to synthesize it from other cannabinoids, this means even states that ban Delta-8 THC would generally allow HHC.

All this being said, regardless of where in the country you live, Eighty Six got you, for everything you need to get nice & lit!

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