HHC, or hydroxyhexahydrocannabinol, is a cannabinoid derived from hemp found naturally in cannabis. It is a semi-synthetic compound created by adding hydrogen molecules to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. This process, known as hydrogenation, replaces the double bonds in THC with two hydrogen atoms, making it more stable and improving its lifespan. HHC is more intoxicating than THC delta 10 and has psychoactive properties that can give a sense of euphoria and inner happiness. To make HHC, the double bonds of delta-8 must be broken and two hydrogen atoms inserted to make it stable and ready for use.
There are several ways to produce HHC, including the use of acids (synthetic gastric juice) to convert THC to HHC, and the conversion of a terpene called citronellal or hydrogenation with catalysts such as palladium. It is essential that HHC products be tested for quality assurance. Only a few laboratories (KCA Labs and Colorado Chromatography) have reliable test parameters for HHC. Companies that don't test their products should be actively avoided. HHC can be made by isomerizing CBD to create Delta 8 and Delta 10, or by extracting it in its natural form.
The effects of HHC depend on several factors, including the amount taken, how the body processes it, and how often it is used together with other products.