In This Corner, HHC — And In This Corner, THC-O. How Do These Cannabinoids Compare?
Every day, more and more hemp fans are choosing new and different cannabinoids as their preferred way to enjoy a buzz. From CBD oils to Delta-8 THC gummies to Delta-10 THC vapes, people are finding all-new ways to feel the buzz. And only not because hemp is a legendary plant that feeds the body and mind, but also because at least half of the world loves to try something new to expand their minds. More importantly, most hemp-derived products have enormous benefits outside of their buzz, which is why many consumers choose to work with Diamond CBD. There’s a reason we’re the best. That reason is that Diamond CBD can provide you with the highest quality hemp available.
And that brings us to HHC, the newest hemp-derived product on the market today. What is HHC, why should you choose it, and, perhaps, most importantly, how does it compare to other cannabinoids like THC-O?
Hemp products like HHC and THC-O appeal to millions of users looking for new ways to experience the world. Sure, they have a killer buzz, but most users aren’t what you would consider the typical stoner. Today’s hemp is part of a different kind of revolution, one that embraces the entire body from head to toe. Diamond CBD is at the forefront of that revolution, which is why we are constantly innovating with new products, including THC-O and HHC.
But what is HHC? Let’s do a little bit of a recap.
HHC is a hemp-derived cannabinoid built on a foundation of CBD with “very similar effects as THC. It produces feelings of euphoria and stimulation, altered visual and auditory perception, changes in heart rate and body temperature, and altered headspace and cognition,” writes DailyCBD.com.
“Many users report the effects of HHC are similar to that of delta 8 THC in terms of being more heavily weighted towards relaxation than stimulation. HHC is more potent than delta 8 but slightly less potent than delta 9 THC,” the site continues.
In many ways, HHC is a lighter version of Delta-8 THC. It still gives users a one-of-a-kind buzz that can give you the feeling of floating on a cloud, but it’s not as potent. In the same way that Delta-8 is a milder version of cannabis, HHC is a milder version of Delta-8 THC. For many users, this might seem like a step backward, but in reality, what HHC does is add more variety to the hemp scene. In the same way that beer drinkers have different types of beer — light beer, 10 percent beer, non-alcoholic beer — not hemp users have choices too.
But how does HHC compare to a powerful cannabinoid like THC-O? Are these two cannabinoids even in the same ballpark? “HHC is still very new, so there aren’t many studies available to evaluate its potential therapeutic effects — but so far, it seems this cannabinoid offers most of the same therapeutic effect profile as other forms of THC,” writes DailyCBD.com. Let’s see how well the comparison holds up with THC-O.
What You Need to Know About HHC and THC-O
When comparing two cannabinoids, there are a few things you need to know right off the bat. First things first, as we’ve written previously, HHC isn’t new, per se. “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,” we wrote in another blog.
“And as a recent Leafly article on the compound mentioned, HHC is made from CBD by most manufacturers. Now, that doesn’t mean that HHC is synthetic — far from it — it just means that this new cannabinoid is created in innovative ways using all-natural compounds from the hemp plant. And when it’s all-natural and comes from the hemp plant, it should, in theory, be legal. Whether or not it is, we’ll get to in a moment,” our other post continued.
Why is this information important? Because it goes to show that HHC is, in fact, an all-natural cannabinoid found in hemp. Many people (translation: the authorities) claim that HHC is a semi or fully synthetic cannabinoid, thus it should be illegal. However, HHC, like Delta-8 and Delta-10 and THC-O before it comes from hemp. Larger quantities are synthesized from CBD — all-natural, hemp-derived CBD — but it still makes it natural in our book.
THC-O isn’t exactly new either.
“Although many of us only recently heard about THC-O, the US military began studying its effects as long ago as 1949; they observed it eroded dogs’ muscle coordination twice as much as conventional delta-9 THC,” wrote Leafly recently.
“THC-O didn’t appear on the DEA’s radar until nearly 30 years later. In 1978, DEA agents discovered a clandestine lab in Jacksonville, Florida, had combined a cannabis extract with acetic anhydride. But over the following 10 years, THC-O did not enter the illicit market. Since it didn’t seem to be a growing problem, the federal drug agency declined further investigation into the unusual compound,” the site continued.
The point is, both of these all-natural, hemp-derived cannabinoids have been around for a very long time. HHC and THC-O are all-natural ways to enjoy a completely legal psychotropic buzz. And don’t let anyone tell you anything different.
So, How Does HHC Compare to THC-O
For the most part, HHC and THC-O are pretty similar. Sure, both cannabinoids may vary in chemical structure —in fact, according to Daily CBD, there are actually about 10 different types of HHC in the world — but at the end of the day, we’re dealing with two hemp-derived cannabinoids that give users a well-deserved buzz at the end of the day.
Here at Diamond CBD, you can feel the buzz from THC-O with a bunch of sweet and excellent choices. Here at Diamond CBD, you have our Alibi THC-O Vape Cartridges. These sweet and potent carts are available in 800mg in various sweet flavors, including Super Sour Diesel, Frutti Pebbles, Girl Scout Cookies, and Strawnana. Now that’s a super-sweet menu.
But the big difference between HHC and THC=O is the strength of these two compounds. HHC is a very mild, super subtle buzz that keeps your head clear and lets you walk around feeling calm and chill all day. On the other hand, THC-O is powerful and potent, and if it’s not respected, it can knock you over. With the latter, users need to go slow and take things easy. You should expect a day of sitting on the couch and doing nothing.
Much like THC-O, HHC is a cannabinoid with a buzz, though the two vary wildly in potency. These two hemp-derived cannabinoids do have a few other similarities and differences as well:
- THC-O is a powerful, potent psychotropic high
- HHC offers users a mild, relaxing psychotropic high
- THC-O is a hemp-derived compound
- HHC is also a hemp-derived compound
- THC-O was made legal by the Farm Bill in 2018
- HHC was also made legal by the Farm Bill
- Both HHC and THC-O can enhance the entourage effect
- THC-O is a minor cannabinoid
- HHC is a minor cannabinoid
- Researchers are still learning about both compounds
- Researchers do know that both compounds are safe
- THC-O may be banned in certain states
- HHC may be prohibited in certain states too
- Both HHC and THC-O are available in many different forms, including edibles and vapes
Whether one or the other is right for you depends on your needs. In the meantime, enjoy all of our excellent hemp-derived cannabinoids here at Diamond CBD, and most of all, enjoy your buzz!