The wave of hemp-derived cannabinoids just keeps on rolling as we introduce a new one to our lineup. Maybe you've heard of Delta-8 THC and CBD. You might be aware of the lesser-known Delta-10 THC, or even THC-O acetate. Fewer have heard of HHC, the newest cannabinoid on the block. This begets the question, however, what exactly is HHC?
Googling that seems to bring up contradictory information. What is HHC's effect on the body? How does HHC differ from Delta-8 and can it get you high? Is it legal? And if we're bringing all this info to light, of course, we've got something up our sleeves for the new cannabinoid. Keep reading as we explore it all in this guide on everything you need to know about HHC!
WHAT IS HHC?
Roger Adams, an American chemist, first created HHC in 1944. He hydrogenated Delta-9 THC by adding hydrogen molecules to it. The result was the THC converting to HHC, otherwise known as hexahydrocannabinol. A similar comparison would be converting vegetable oil to margarine as the process also involves adding the same molecules to complete the conversion.
Nowadays, HHC can be derived from hemp rather than standard cannabis. While Adams pioneered the conversion, technology evolved since. Now, we can use legal hemp with a low-THC content to make the cannabinoid thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill.
HOW IS HHC MADE?
In a many-step process, HHC is converted through a series of reactions to other compounds. Through a proprietary method, we're able to produce an even more specialized hemp compound. Think like a gold, slightly dark, oil ambrosia then is then refine and distilled.
Essentially, as CBD goes in, HHC comes out. Neat huh?
IS HHC SAFE?
If HHC is created through reaction, does that make it safe? Is it safe to make HHC? In a well-equipped laboratory, yes. Risks rise as production scales, thus increasing the potential for static discharge. To remove this risk, HHC must be crafted in a completely grounded environment. An "explosion-proof" laboratory setting would do the trick. In other words, let brands like Eighty Six handle the manufacturing part of this.
As for consuming HHC, it's completely safe!
COMPARING HHC TO DELTA-8 THC
The debate is still out on HHC's potential efficacy. What we do know is that HHC can produce a THC-like effect on both the mind the body. Depending on the dosage size, it may produce similar effects to Delta-8 THC. It is worth noting, however, that most agree HHC is a little less potent than Delta-8. Likewise, Delta-8 is noted as being about half as potent as the more common Delta-9 THC.
This may bode well for users that enjoy the properties THC can provide without such an intense high. It may also be good for those who are new to cannabis in general.
HOW POTENT IS HHC?
Every user is different. How potent the cannabinoid is to you certainly depends on the concentration and how often you choose to consume it. If you have a high enough serving, you may feel a surge of energy, similar to that of a sativa strain.
You might even experience a pleasant, albeit mild, cerebral high. You'll have to see for yourself how HHC treats you and what you may notice from it.
WILL HHC SHOW UP ON A DRUG TEST?
This claim is purely anecdotal, as there's not a lot of research done on HHC just yet. However, the claim is that HHC may be able to evade drug tests as there is no standard testing regimen on it that would otherwise determine if you have enough of it in your body to generate a positive test. It is worth noting the lack of scientific proof that HHC breaks down as a THC metabolite in the body. And that if it doesn't convert into 11-hydroxy-THC as THC cannabinoids do, it will not show up on a drug test.
Are you willing to take that risk, though? Keep in mind that there is no concrete evidence on the subject yet, so this could be hearsay. However, it makes sense if the HHC is converted from CBD that it would be able to avoid a THC drug screening altogether.
IS HHC LEGAL?
The question we've all been waiting for! Is this new cannabinoid legal? For now, it looks like its in the murky legal gray zone. Hemp is legal federally but cannabis with more than 0.3% Delta-9 THC is not. But remember, HHC is NOT THC. in fact, it's not even made from THC, so it's not a derivative of the cannabinoid either.
Since HHC is not a THC, it should be federally legal just as hemp is. It's also naturally found in the seeds and pollen of hemp plants, thereby making it a non-synthetic cannabinoid. Technically, this clears the minor cannabinoid from legal scrutiny.
Furthermore, HHC is set to remain legal on the state level, too. While there may be exceptions and specific restrictions depending on the state, for now HHC is wide open for use. Until the cannabinoid comes under a state-regulated system, it'll be up to you decide if HHC is right for you.
EXPLORING THE WHITE SERIES HHC DISPOSABLES
Now, we wouldn't just drop an article about a new cannabinoid without offering a collection of it ourselves! Introducing, the White Series by Eighty Six Brand! Three delicious flavors all infused with a generous helping of HHC. And similar to our Delta-8 Disposables collection, all flavors consist of exotic strains crossed into one another for a truly full-bodied psychoactive experience. Check out our flavors below!
GUSH RUSH HHC DISPOSABLE
When you’re ready to settle down for the day, there’s only one vape to turn to: Gush Rush. The HHC Gushers strain mixes with Sunset Sherbet to create an indica-dominant vape that puts your entire body at ease. Enjoy intense euphoria and a smooth, relaxed experience that’s perfect for sinking into your couch after work. The best part? You get all of this plus the added flavor of sweet fruit snacks. What’s not to love?
Strain Crosses: Gushers x Sunset Sherbet
Strain Classification: Hybrid
Terpene Profile: Focused // Relaxed // Euphoric
nilla mint hhc disposable
Take the flavor of your HHC to a whole new level with Nilla Mint! A blend of sweet vanilla and refreshing mint, this vape packs a punch and keeps you coming back for more. Discreet and convenient, our HHC Gelonade strain disposable vape makes it easy for you to enjoy your high on the go, with friends, or in the comfort of your home.
Strain Crosses: Gelonade x Kush Mint
Strain Classification: Indica
Terpene Profile: Social // Relaxed // Happy
peaches & cream hhc disposable
Get your creative juices flowing with our Peaches & Cream disposable vape! This vape features a blend of HHC WiFi Cake and Slurricane strains to bring you a mellow, well-balanced high you won’t want to miss. A little relaxing, a little upbeat, and a whole lot of fun—all topped with the sweet, fruity flavors of fresh peaches and
Strain Crosses: WiFi Cake x Slurricane
Strain Classification: Sativa
Terpene Profile: Creative // Sleepy // Euphoric
WRAPPING UP ON EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HHC
As you can see, there's still a lot to learn about what cannabis can produce for us. HHC products are an exciting new addition to the hemp line; and we're excited to see this cannabinoid flourish among the rest as it gets attention and research. Try out our all-new White Series today to see if it's the right hemp-derived product for you. It may finally we what you've been looking for!