You’ve probably heard about CBD and THC. Both are extremely popular cannabinoids that can be found in many products. But have you heard of HHC?
We know, it might be hard to keep track of all these different compounds in the cannabis industry. But don’t worry, we’re here to make it easy for you. HHC is gaining popularity in the wellness world and is often marketed as the way to experience a “legal high.” (Though we will talk more about the legality of HHC later on, so keep reading.)
But what is the HHC cannabinoid? Will HHC gummies make me high? How potent is HHC? We will answer these questions and more in this guide. Keep reading to learn more!
What is the HHC cannabinoid?
HHC stands for ‘Hexahydrocannabinol’ and it is one of the many cannabinoids found in the cannabis Sativa and hemp plants. However, this cannabinoid is only present in trace amounts.
For this reason, the HHC found in many products nowadays isn’t derived directly from the plant.
While HHC is a naturally occurring cannabinoid, only a very small amount is produced by the plants. It needs to be synthesized in order to cultivate it produce enough HHC cannabinoid for sale. This synthesized version of HHC is identical to the HHC made by the plants, and it has the same effects.
What is HHC cannabinoid made from?
HHC was first synthesized from THC in 1947 by Roger Adams, so it’s been around for a while.
Nowadays, HHC is typically made from the hydrogenation of CBD. This means that hydrogen (H2) is added to CBD.
Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC are two different THC molecules. Delta-9 THC is the common version of THC that most people are familiar with. Although both these molecules are psychoactive, Delta-9 is the most popular and produces the most potent “high.”
HHC is similar to both Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC. It has similar psychoactive effects, even though it is a different cannabis compound.
Is HHC stronger than Delta-9?
Many people wonder, “is HHC stronger than Delta-9?” Although we need more research to know exactly how potent each cannabinoid is, many claim that HHC is slightly less potent than Delta-9 THC. However, it’s said that HHC is more potent than Delta-8 THC.
The HHC cannabinoid effects and “high” are very similar to what you feel with regular Delta-9 THC. Many people are starting to choose HHC instead of THC because HHC is legal in many places, even where THC is not.
Delta-8 THC has a slightly different chemical structure, making it not as strong. CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, so it does not produce a high at all. CBD is known for its many potential therapeutic and medicinal benefits.
What does HHC feel like?
Just like the other cannabis-derived compounds, HHC interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) to exert mental and physical effects. Most people compare the effects of HHC to those of THC – euphoria, relaxation, improved mood, and an altered perception of reality.
This raises the questions: “Does HHC get you high?” and “How potent is HHC?”
From anecdotal reports, the short answer is yes, HHC can get you high. As mentioned before, it’s a less potent high than what is experienced from Delta-9 THC, but slightly more potent than Delta-8. The way some users explain it is that while Delta-9 THC gives you a euphoric high, HHC is more similar to Delta-8 THC in the way that it makes you feel more relaxed.