November 1, 2021

What Is HHC and What Do I Need to Know About This New Cannabinoid?

Before we really get into a long discussion about HHC, let’s just take a minute to bask in the glory of the 2018 Farm Bill. It’s rare that anyone, let alone those of us who appreciate the world of cannabinoids, have much nice to say about the creatures that lurk in the halls of Congress, but, if not for the Farm Bill passed a few years ago, we wouldn’t be living in this brave new, wonderful world of hemp. Truly, all of us owe our Congressperson at that time a hearty thank you and a nice job well done.

Look, here at Diamond CBD, we recall a time just a few years ago when we were all clamoring for the right to enjoy CBD while wondering which state would be the next to legalize cannabis. Now, hemp has moved light years ahead of cannabis thanks to Congress and some good old-fashioned American innovation. You can’t beat that.

And the latest cannabinoid we have to be thankful for is HHC or hexahydrocannabinol. It’s actually an older cannabinoid that was discovered in the 1940s. According to both research and anecdotal evidence, it gives users a very mild buzz — but one that still packs some punch. Moreover, HHC is now coming to the Diamond CBD marketplace, and we think you’re going to love it. 

But, as with all new cannabinoids, it’s best to get yourself educated on it first.

“HHC was first created in 1944 by the American chemist Roger Adams, when he added hydrogen molecules to Delta-9 THC. This process, known as hydrogenation, converts THC to hexahydrocannabinol (HHC),” writes Leafly. “Hydrogenation isn’t limited to cannabinoid production. A similar process is used to convert vegetable oil to margarine.”

“While Adams created HHC from conventional cannabis-derived THC, these days the cannabinoid is typically derived through a process that begins with hemp, the low-THC cannabis plant that was made federally legal by Congress in the 2018 farm bill,” Leafly continues.

Okay, so that’s the science of it all. But we’re sure you have about a million more questions. And we don’t blame you. After all, as with all new cannabinoids, you want to know a few things, like if HHC is safe, legal, and, perhaps most importantly, does it have a buzz. Well, you’re in luck because we’re about to give you the rundown.

What Is HHC and What Do I Need to Know About This New Cannabinoid?
And the latest cannabinoid we have to be thankful for is HHC or hexahydrocannabinol. It’s actually an older cannabinoid that was discovered in the 1940s. According to both research and anecdotal evidence, it gives users a very mild buzz — but one that still packs some punch.

So, What Is This New “Cannabinoid HHC? 

Well, first of all, as we mentioned above, HHC or hexahydrocannabinol isn’t precisely a new cannabinoid. In fact, it was first synthesized way back in the 1940s, although, like Delta-8 THC, it does occur naturally in the hemp plant. It’s just that, like Delta-8 THC, it isn’t found in large quantities. But that also doesn’t mean that HHC is a synthetic cannabinoid either. In fact, it very much still comes from hemp.

Much like Delta-8 THC, HHC is made from a foundation of CBD. “It’s a many-step process. First, CBD is extracted from raw hemp, distilled and isolated in a powder form. From there, things get a little more complicated,” writes Leafly. 

“[One person] described HHC manufacturing as a proprietary process that takes place inside a chemical reactor. ‘Think about the reactor as a black box… In goes CBD, out comes HHC,’” Leafly continued.

But what else do you need to know?

Researchers know that HHC is safe to make and consume. We know that HHC is safe to make and consume. We don’t have as much information about it as we do Delta-9 THC and CBD. However, we do know that much like those two cannabinoids, HHC has no known harsh side effects. Much like Delta-8 THC and cannabis, HHC should always be taken in moderation, and users should always know their limits, but it is otherwise safe to use.

HHC is great for users who love the entourage effect. According to research, the entourage effect, that feeling that comes from a combination of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, is much better when HHC is part of your menu of cannabinoids. Because HHC is so similar to Delta-9, just much less potent, some believe it works better in conjunction with CBD rather than alone.

HHC is like Delta-8 THC, just a little less potent. There’s disagreement on this front, but many researchers state that HHC offers users a buzz similar to Delta-8 THC but much less potent. And Delta-8 offers a buzz a little less potent than Delta-9. It is believed that it takes a lot more HHC to reach similar effects as if you were using Delta-8. 

“The one that fits [into the receptors] produces similar effects” as delta-8 THC, but takes a much higher amount to do so,” one person told Leafly. “With a sufficient dose, THC-like effects can be observed.”

“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,” Leafly continued.

Overall, HHC is a completely safe cannabinoid, an all-natural one, and one with a mild but enjoyable buzz. But is there anything else?

Okay, Well, Is HHC Legal?

Ah, yes, our favorite question and one that arrives with the introduction of every new cannabinoid. Is HHC legal? Well, thanks to the Farm Bill and our friends in Congress, the answer to that is a resounding yes — with the caveat that it might lie in a bit of a grey area and that there’s always a bit of disagreement on this one. But, for the most part, it’s hard to argue that it is not.

So let’s just call it a legal gray area; however, the truth is a bit more simple than that. According to Leafly: “[One] company’s website argues that since HHC is hemp-derived, and not actually THC, they should be in the clear. ‘HHC vapes, gummies, or edibles are perfectly legal on the federal level and will most likely remain legal on the state level as well,’ the website reads.”

“Company officials additionally argue that since HHC is found in the seeds and pollen of hemp plants, it is “non-synthetic” and thus a ‘perfectly federally legal hemp extraction,’” writes Leafly.

But, to be clear, HHC is legal should the following be true:

  • If you live in a state where cannabis is legal, HHC from cannabis is legal. 
  • HHC from cannabis is illegal at the federal level throughout the United States.
  • HHC from hemp with less than 0.3 percent THC is legal, barring any further issues with the DEA.

Confusing, right? Plus, there’s the fact that HHC is HHC no matter what plant it’s born of, but hey, that’s the law for you. But anyway, for now, HHC is legal to make, purchase and consume, so as the old saying goes, get it while it’s hot. 

Still, there are those that disagree. As Leafly wrote: “Other experts are more skeptical. James Stephens, the cannabinoids scientist at Creo, believes HHC is subject to the Federal Analogue Act, which states that any substance analogous to a Schedule I drug—in this case, conventional THC—would itself qualify as a Schedule I drug. Since THC remains illegal, HHC would be illegal too.”

As always, what happens remains to be seen.

What Is HHC and What Do I Need to Know About This New Cannabinoid?
Plus, there’s the fact that HHC is HHC no matter what plant it’s born of, but hey, that’s the law for you. But anyway, for now, HHC is legal to make, purchase and consume, so as the old saying goes, get it while it’s hot.

So Why Choose HHC For Your Cannabinoid Needs?

We hope you’ll choose HHC for the same reasons you choose the various other cannabinoids you enjoy here at Diamond CBD. Sure, you’ll enjoy a wonderful psychotropic high that’s completely legal, but there’s so much more. HHC, like CBD and Delta-8 THC, helps bring people together. Moreover, HHC is a safe compound, especially here at Diamond, where all of our products are tested by third parties. 

So why should you choose HHC? For so many reasons:

  • For a natural buzz
  • For a legal high
  • For a hemp-derived compound
  • For an all-new cannabinoid
  • For an exciting change to your everyday routine
  • For yourself

HHC has so much potential, like CBD, Delta-8, and Delta-10 THC before. You’ll find new and exciting ways to use and enjoy this excellent compound, and we hope, as you do, that you’ll tell us all about them. For now, let us know if you have any questions about HHC because we are here to help. 

In the meantime, check out some HHC today and see what an all-natural buzz can do for you.