What Is the Effect of HHC? Is It Like Delta-8 THC, or More Like CBD?
We’ve been talking a lot about HHC, or Hexahydrocannabinol recently, the new (or not so new) all-natural, hemp-derived cannabinoid built on a foundation of CBD. Like the cannabinoids to come before it — CBD, Delta-8, Delta-10, THC-O, it’s beginning to take the hemp market by storm. In some ways, it’s becoming more popular than legal cannabis, allowing consumers who otherwise wouldn’t have access, to purchase a compound with a bit of a buzz.
But what are the effects of HHC? Does this new and novel cannabinoid really offer users a buzz they can feel? Or does this hemp-extracted compound feel more like CBD, giving you some benefits with a subtle undetected feeling that hovers in the background? More importantly, if there is a buzz, how strong is it? And what are the other benefits besides the psychotropic high?
As with any new cannabinoid to hit the market, so many questions need to be answered. Luckily for you, Diamond CBD is here to save the day.
Believe it or not, there is actually more than one type of HHC out there. In fact, according to science, there are 10 very distinct breeds of HHC. As one group tells us, “there are ten distinct types of hexahydrocannabinol. And we are not going to list them because, like algebra, it is information you will not use. But HHC is different on a molecular level compared to THC; it has no double bonds in its structure. HHC is the opposite of CBN (cannabinol). At the molecular level, all the double bonds are broken and then filled in (on the molecule chain) with hydrogen.”
So how do you tell the difference between the different types of THC and HHC? Well, from a scientific point-of-view, according to the Marijuana Doctors, it’s all about the double bonds. As the Doctors wrote in a recent blog article:
- Delta 10 THC = a double bond at the 10th carbon
- Delta 9 THC = a double bond at the 9th carbon
- Delta 8 THC = a double-bound at the 8th carbon
- Delta 7 THC = a double bond at the 7th carbon (sometimes occurring at the 5th or 6th)
- HHC = zero bonds
But that’s for the folks in the white lab coats. What you want to know is how you can tell what HHC feels like. What are the effects of HHC, and how do they differ from Delta-8 THC or even cannabis itself. IS HHC milder or more potent? Does HHC leave you locked onto the couch watching bad television all day, or does it give you a boost of energy and let you complete a bunch of tasks throughout the day? There are lots of questions to ask and lots to answer.
“There is a lack of consensus around HHC’s potency,” writes Leafly. “The complication arises, in part, from the fact that when the cannabinoid is manufactured, the end result is a mixture of two different kinds of HHC molecules: 9R HHC actively binds to the body’s natural endocannabinoid receptors, while 9S HHC, because of its slightly different molecular structure, doesn’t do so nearly as well.”
Everything You Need to Know About Hemp-Derived HHC
After a few days of reading, you probably know a good deal about HHC at this point. We’ve discussed how this new and novel cannabinoid was actually first discovered by a researcher in the 1940s. It’s an all-natural byproduct of hemp but is found in minimal quantities. TO produce it for the mass market, manufacturers use CBD, which they do have in large quantities, and convert it into HHC. While some argue this process makes HHC synthetic, most will agree that it comes from all-natural hemp and remains an all-natural product.
But what about HHC itself? What are the effects of this wonderful new cannabinoid? What does it feel like to vape HHC or take some in edible form? And, perhaps most important, how does HHC affect the body’s chemical processes?
For the last question, let’s turn to Leafly again. “‘The one that fits [into the receptors] produces similar effects’ as delta-8 THC, but takes a much higher amount to do so, said Richard Sams of KCA Laboratories,” to Leafly. “With a sufficient dose, THC-like effects can be observed.”
Leafly continued: “In other words, HHC can have THC-like effects on the body and mind, but HHC is less potent, milligram-per-milligram, than delta-8 THC. Delta-8 THC is itself generally regarded as about half as potent as the standard delta-9 THC.”
So, depending on the type of HHC you’re working with, you can have a THC-like or Delta-8 THC-like effect, though one that is much milder. In many ways, that makes this an excellent cannabinoid for those who are new to psychotropic substances or for anyone looking for something akin to microdosing —small doses that don’t overwhelm your senses. But even more than that, HHC can be used by those looking for more than just a buzz.
Just like CBD and Delta-8 THC before it, HHC has a number of other benefits as well. According to the online site Herb, HHC can help users looking for several different things. “Out of all the cannabinoids that have been introduced lately, HHC has the potential to be the most similar to Delta 9 THC in terms of effects,” writes Herb. “Its close chemical structure could be the reason why users report effects like: Pain relief, Cerebral and body high, Anxiety relief, Happiness, [and] Relaxation.”
So as you can see, the effects of HHC are many, as it compares favorably to both CBD and Delta-8 THC. But just because it gives you a buzz and has several benefits of its own doesn’t mean we're done. Because before you use any cannabinoid, you have to know whether or not it is safe.
Is HHC As Safe As Any Other Cannabinoid?
Now that we know about the effects of HHC, the question remains, is this new and novel hemp-derived cannabinoid safe to use? After all, every other hemp-derived cannabinoid has been deemed safe by researchers and users. Well, as a word of caution, it’s always important to point out that safety is a relative term. As with any product, what you buy and from where you purchase it can make a big difference. HHC from a gas station or head shop isn’t the same as HHC from a well-respected online retailer like Diamond CBD.
That being said, assuming you do buy your HHC from an online retailer that uses third-party laboratories to test its products, you should be fine. While researchers continue to learn more about HHC every day, most agree that this hemp-derived compound is safe for use.
“Like any of the new hemp-derived cannabinoids, there is no standard dose and little to no research on the immediate or long-term effects of HHC ingestion. Because hemp-derived cannabinoids (including HHC) are not subject to cannabis regulations in legal adult-use states, HHC product makers and retailers are not required to test their products for potency and purity,” writes Leafly.
Still, according to Leafly, those companies that do test their products put out safe HHC items that consumers can feel comfortable using. So, now that you know about the effects of HHC, which product do you plan on trying first?