Hexahydrocannabinol, or HHC, is a cannabinoid derived from hemp that has been gaining popularity in recent years. It is similar to THC delta 8 and delta 9, but is less powerful than the D9 and more powerful than the D8. It has relaxing qualities similar to those of D8, but maintains the euphoric effects of D9 (especially at higher doses). HHC produces effects that are comparable to those of THC, but that last much longer. It is also more resistant to heat and UV exposure than THC. Although research on the safety of HHC is limited, everything suggests that it is no more dangerous than THC.
In other words, HHC may have similar effects to THC on the body and mind, but HHC is less potent, milligram for milligram, than THC delta-8.Delta-8 THC itself is generally considered to be about half as potent as standard delta-9 THC. The potency of HHC is between the delta-8 and the delta-9 of THC. Cannabinoids derived from hemp (including HHC) are not subject to cannabis regulations in statutory adult states, so HHC manufacturers are not required to test the purity and potency of their products. The safety of HHC is generally unknown, but no cases of overdose or death due to the use of HHC or its products have been reported. The most commonly reported experience with HHC is a body high that is much more noticeable than delta-9, especially when smoking or vaping, and is used to control chronic pain, as a potential sleep aid, or to experience elevating effects that can help with mood and creative thinking. Manufacturers of HHC manufacture it in a laboratory using a chemical process (hydrogenation) that extracts more HHC than is normally found in hemp.
HHC and delta-8 work within the body in much the same way as delta-9, but with some slight differences. The HHC is approximately 70-80% of the strength of the delta-9, and the delta-8 is about half as powerful, meaning that the HHC is stronger than the delta-8 in general. If you decide to use HHC or any intoxicating cannabinoid and you have a drug test soon, you must do so at your own risk. Kyle Ray, from Colorado Chromatography, noted that the company only manufactures its HHC in an “explosion-proof space.”HHC may offer many of the therapeutic benefits of THC, but not many studies have investigated it. We believe that delta-8 is a better option for pain relief than HHC and is best used together with CBD for more powerful analgesic effects.
Experts believe that HHC is 80% more potent than delta-9-THC, so people with a low tolerance to THC should use it with caution. Richard Sams, chief scientific officer at KCA Laboratories in Nicholasville, Kentucky, has been testing HHC products in recent months (including those from Bearly Legal). He noted that while the proportions of active and inactive HHC molecules may vary from batch to batch, they must be at least 50% active to pass the test. In conclusion, although research on the safety of HHC is limited, everything suggests that it is no more dangerous than THC. It has relaxing qualities similar to those of D8 but maintains the euphoric effects of D9 (especially at higher doses). It also has a body high that is much more noticeable than delta-9 when smoking or vaping.
However, people with a low tolerance to THC should use it with caution as it is 80% more potent than delta-9-THC.