Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) is a rare cannabinoid found in the hemp plant that has recently gained popularity as a legal alternative to THC. HHC was first isolated in 1944 by chemist Roger Adams, when he added two hydrogen molecules to Delta-9 THC, a process called hydrogenation. This process converts THC to HHC, and is also used in the food industry to convert vegetable oil into margarine. HHC can also be produced from CBD conversion using artificial gastric juice, and it is rumored that HHC has been made from the terpenes citronellol and L-carvone using the same process, although this has not been confirmed.
Hydrogenation is not a trivial process and requires sound scientific knowledge. It is a multi-step process that begins with the extraction of CBD from hemp plants and distillation in isolation. Each company uses a patented process to manufacture HHC, but at Exhale Wellness we believe in transparency and we don't mind sharing how we do it. HHC binds to the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a vast system of cell signaling receptors responsible for regulating several important homeostatic processes, such as mood, appetite and sleep.
It is likely that humans have unknowingly consumed small amounts of this cannabinoid for centuries, but it is only recently that it has become popular enough to threaten sales in the legal cannabis market. Although HHC has not been extensively studied, some promising research has been done. It is believed that its degradation of D9-THC forms HHC, which is the reduction of the carbon double bonds that would normally form the position of the delta isomer in the THC structure. Hydrogenation improves “stability and resistance to thermo-oxidative degradation”, meaning that HHC has a longer lifespan and is less prone to damage caused by ultraviolet light and heat.
For CBD enthusiasts who want to incorporate some natural potency into their wellness regimen, HHC is just what they're looking for. It offers the euphoric and energetic effect characteristic of THC but without the legal risks associated with it. They come in a delicious and refreshing strawberry flavor, making them even more appealing. It's important to always research your state's laws regarding HHC products before you buy them, as they may vary from state to state.
But if you're looking for an alternative to THC with similar effects but without the legal risks associated with it, then HHC might be just what you're looking for.