As we continue to highlight our latest hemp-derived products, we want to take some time looking at THC-O vs. HHC. You may have seen what one or both of them are in our most recent blogs. Or, maybe you’re just now tuning in.
Regardless, let’s take a closer look together. We’ll look at the differences between THC-O vs. HHC. Keep reading to find out more about THC-O potency, HHC potency, and how the two compare.
THC-O Vs. HHC: Looking at What They Are
We answer what is THC-O and what is HHC in past blogs, so be sure to check those out. Just two components of hemp, we continue to marvel at the plant’s capabilities. One of the fastest-growing plants across the planet, we think hemp and its derivatives could bring sustainability back.
It’s just one reason we chose hemp from which to derive our products. Multifaceted, we’re still discovering what the plant can do for us. For now, we celebrate what hemp can do by repping these THC-O and HHC products with pride!
Quick Summary: What is HHC?
Before we get into THC-O vs. HHC, let’s talk about the two separately for a moment. As a brief refresher, HHC is hexahydrocannabinol. The cannabinoid can be found naturally in hemp pollen and hemp seeds, but only in small quantities.
An easier way to get HHC in bulk is to hydrogenate THC. This converts the molecule entirely, making it a completely different molecule from THC and, therefore, fully federally legal. It’s also intoxicating, though we’ll get into HHC potency in just a bit.
Quick Summary: What is THC-O?
On the other side of our new products is THC-O, AKA THC-O acetate. The cannabinoid is a result of a series of conversions. To start is raw, CBD-rich hemp. Once extracted, that CBD gets converted into delta-8 THC. From there, acetic anhydride is added to the delta-8. The result is THC-O acetate, a precisely-made cannabinoid made under strictly controlled laboratory conditions.
While the process to produce it is a bit complex, it’s certainly worth it. We’ll get into the why later when we talk about the THC-O potency.
THC-O Vs. HHC: Key Differences
A big noticeable difference between THC-O and HHC is their molecular structure. The processes to make them are vastly different. It makes sense that the end results would be vastly different, too.
In fact, the process in which each cannabinoid is made qualifies HHC as assuredly non-synthetic. Creating sufficient amounts of HHC requires hydrogenation. However, because HHC is found naturally in the plant, this is still not a synthetic process.
As you can see already, there are many differences between THC-O vs. HHC. Now, it’s time to get into the potencies of the two. This factor may very well help you decide between the two cannabinoids.
What is the THC-O Potency Like?
Now we’re finally getting to the good stuff. You’re wondering: if it’s intoxicating, how’s the high? How intense are the effects — what can you expect from THC-O potency?
Much to many cannabis consumers’ delight, THC-O is actually stronger than the THC in marijuana. In fact, it’s potentially three times stronger than delta-9 THC, which is the THC abundant in weed.
It’s why it’s good to consume a smaller dose than usual your first time around with this new cannabinoid. That way, you don’t risk going overboard. Of course, everyone is different. Cannabinoids may provide you with different effects than they do others. Likewise, they could be more or less intense than they are for other people.
Our individual tolerance to cannabinoids comes down to numerous factors, including prior cannabis use, age, weight, and much more. With THC-O potency triple the potency in marijuana, you’re in for a wild ride.
Prepare however you feel comfortable for an intense high that can put the high from weed to shame. Still derived from the same plant, a THC-O high is like Weed 2.0. With that in mind, be sure to have water and a comfy place to sit or lay in advance. Maybe even have some snacks handy for when you get hungry. Having that chill oasis to enjoy while you’re under the influence of this new cannabinoid will make the experience that much better.
Allow the THC-O potency to take full effect before you increase your intake. Wait at least 30 minutes to see how it affects your mind and body. Once the effects do hit, decide from there if you want a more intense high or not.
What About HHC Potency?
Finally, we narrow in on HHC potency. We’ve touched on the HHC high before in another blog, so be sure to check it out. In the meantime, we want to compare the effects of HHC to other cannabinoids, including THC-O vs. HHC.
For starters, HHC is similar in effect to delta-9 THC, the THC most abundant in marijuana. On the spectrum of intoxicating cannabinoids, HHC is stronger than delta-8 and delta-10 alike. Again, it’s similar to delta-9, so it may feel like the same high you’d feel with weed.
The biggest benefit is that marijuana remains federally illegal, while HHC is in the clear. Hemp is legal thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, and HHC is a derivative of hemp. When you can’t buy the plant itself, a hemp derivative that feels the same way is just as good!
So, overall, HHC potency is weaker than THC-O potency. However, it’s still stronger than the typical delta-8 THC product.
Users often feel a cerebral buzz. They notice they’re in a more uplifting mood when HHC takes effect. Euphoria and motivation are also two common results. In addition, it provides the same wave of body relaxation that delta-8 does. Although, delta-8 has some sedative properties. It appears HHC provides relaxation without a sedative side effect.
THC-O Vs. HHC: Which Will You Try?
Both cannabinoids are at the top of the game right now, and we’re here on the ground floor of it. We know what potential THC-O and HHC both have. Now, we can demonstrate that potential with our new lines of THC-O and HHC products.
Have you ever tried HHC or THC-O? Which would you want to try first? This isn’t the end of what hemp has to offer, but both hemp compounds are worth trying. Experiment with them apart or even together for an all-new kind of cannabis experience. Then, bask in the fact that you’re paving the way for the future of hemp.