HHC is one of the edgy cannabinoids to hit the hemp market alongside THC. And although HHC and THC have existed for some time, there is still a great deal of confusion surrounding them. HHC and THC are the go-to cannabinoids for recreational users occasionally wanting the psychotropic effect for various reasons.
HHC vs. THC: QUICK REVIEW
HHC consumers often report that this compound is a more mellow and happy alternative to Delta 9 THC. But as things stand, users don’t know what to expect from an HHC product regarding strength or effects because there isn’t enough information. Or perhaps you are just tuning in.
Even so, let’s look more closely. First, we will examine the distinctions between THC and HHC. Then, read on to learn more about how strong THC and HHC are and how they compare.
WHAT IS HHC?
To quickly review, HHC is hexahydrocannabinol. It is intoxicating, and small quantities of this cannabinoid are found naturally in hemp pollen and hemp seeds. THC can be hydrogenated to obtain HHC in bulk more efficiently. This completely transforms the molecule, making it completely different from THC and, therefore, fully legal under federal law.
WHAT IS THC?
Tetrahydrocannabinol, abbreviated as THC, is the psychoactive compound in cannabis that causes the “high” sensation when the plant is consumed orally or inhaled. Different derivatives or isomers from THC exist. However, they all have a similar chemical structure. A slight variation in identical arrays of atoms creates these compounds’ distinct chemical properties.
WHAT IS DELTA-8 THC?
Delta-8 THC is a compound known for its mellow high. It has a very minimal variation in molecular structure from Delta-9 and Delta-10. It is preferred by those who use cannabis to relieve discomfort and inflammation while trying to achieve wholesome relaxation without the extreme paranoia and nervousness that Delta-9 THC has.
WHAT IS DELTA-9 THC?
Delta-9 THC is the primary psychoactive component found in cannabis. It is produced by heating THCa molecules during the extraction process. And it is often the cannabinoid of choice for recreational users seeking to get high due to its higher potency. When used in the proper dosage, it delivers a tremendous psychoactive effect along with its supposed health benefits, such as regulating sleep, alleviating anxiety and nausea, and pain management.
WHAT IS DELTA-10 THC?
Delta-10 THC has fewer psychoactive effects than Delta-8 THC. It is thought to be more stimulating and nootropic than other forms of THC. Nootropic refers to a substance, typically plant-based, that influences cognition, brain function, and mental clarity. Research on these claims is limited, and anecdotal evidence currently favors this assertion. It is best used during the daytime for an upbeat mood.
WHAT IS THC-O?
THC-O acetate, commonly referred to as THC-O, is the resulting product of a series of chemical reactions. It is produced under strictly controlled laboratory conditions. Starting with CBD-rich raw hemp. After CBD is extracted, it is converted to delta-8 THC. Delta-8 is then treated with acetic anhydride.
HHC – The process of hydrogenation alters the double bond chemical structure of THC by replacing it with hydrogen. But the potency and intensity of the cannabinoid remain largely unaltered. At least ten isomers are known for this form of hydrogenated THC.
THC-O shares the same molecular structure as THC, Delta 8 THC, and Delta 9 THC, albeit with minor modifications. The THC-O molecule has a distinct acetate group attached to it, which distinguishes it from the other. The added molecule makes it three times stronger than delta 9 THC and four times stronger than HHC.
The only chemical difference among Delta-8, Delta-9, and Delta-10 THC is the location of a particular double bond on the carbon atom chain. Delta describes where the double bond is located in the chemical structure of THC.
In its molecular structure, Delta 8 has a double bond on the eighth carbon atom, and Delta 9 has a double bond on the ninth carbon atom. And you guessed it right, Delta -10 has the double bond in the tenth position.
HHC and THC enhance cognitive functions while also stimulating appetite. Because both cannabinoids interact with CB1 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, they primarily improve mood. When the effects of HHC kick in, users report feelings of:
**All without the drowsiness
THC has all these psychological effects, but not all THC byproducts are non-drowsy. Delta-9 THC, in particular, produces the classic robust psychoactive effects associated with marijuana. It can induce extreme elation, but if used carelessly, it can cause intense couch lock.
The therapeutic benefits of HHC and THC are very much understudied and are frequently based on user experience. The table below shows HHC and THC’s purported health benefits without making any firm medical claims.
- Stress Relief
- Reduce Pain
- Potential Sleep Aid
- Appetite Stimulant
The potency of THC-O is five times that of Delta-8 THC and three times that of Delta-9 THC. In contrast, HHC is more potent than Delta-8 THC. Still, it is less active than Delta-9 THC, implying that THC-O Acetate is presumed to be five times more powerful than HHC.
HHC’s effects are comparable to Delta-9 THC, the form of THC found in the highest concentrations in marijuana. However, HHC is more potent than delta-8 and Delta-10 on the spectrum of psychoactive cannabinoids.
THC-O is even more potent than the THC found in marijuana, which is great news for those who relish using it. It may be three times as powerful as Delta-9 THC, the form of THC found most commonly in marijuana.
Get ready in whatever way is most convenient for a sensational high that can easily outshine the high from weed. THC-O is a synthetic cannabinoid that provides a similar high to that of marijuana. Remember to bring some water and a soft place to sit or lie down ahead of time. Possibly keep some snacks on hand for when you get hungry.
Having that tranquil haven to enjoy while under the influence of this cannabinoid will enhance the experience.
Although both THC-O and HHC have extensive medicinal and therapeutic benefits. They enhance cognitive functions and stimulate an individual’s appetite. Additionally, they induce euphoric experiences.
HHC: HHC is the cannabinoid of choice if you don’t fancy the anxiety or drowsiness that delta 9 produces, and it’s beneficial as a daytime alternative for its euphoric side effects.
If you observe slight anxiety spikes when exposed to Delta 8, rest assured that HHC will make you feel significantly less anxious than THC. However, large doses produce effects similar to THC, including agitation, paranoia, lightheadedness, and a racing heart.
THC-O: This cannabinoid produces a high that is more reflective and spiritual than the classic high, which is characterized by giggles, drowsiness, and hunger. While under the influence of THC-O, some users have reported having religious experiences.
Therefore, if you’re looking for a truly unique cannabis experience, you should try THC-O-acetate.
Delta-8: This is ideal if you’re looking for a more subtle and everyday “high” that won’t cloud your judgment.
Delta-9: This is your best bet if you want to chill out and fly high. It has more severe adverse effects, though.
Delta-10: This provides an essentially energizing “high” while promoting mental clarity with very few adverse side effects.
Eventually, it all boils down to the effects that you are looking for. To get the full spectrum of effects, many consumers prefer combining an intoxicating cannabinoid with other, less potent cannabinoids. The mechanism of action and binding affinity of the cannabinoid and the person’s neurochemical balance all play a role in the effects.
Possible adverse reactions to HHC and THC include:
- Dry mouth (commonly known as cottonmouth)
- Dry and red eyes
- Increased hunger
- Coordination impairment
Due to its more relaxing properties, HHC may induce more drowsiness and sleepiness than THC. Nevertheless, these calming properties may reduce the possibility of anxiety and paranoia. HHC has a lower potency and may cause fewer serious side effects.
If you decide to take more HHC to make up for the loss of potency, though, you should brace yourself for the classic side effects.
Just like with any other cannabinoid, the best way to figure out how much HHC and THC to take is to start with a small amount and keep adding until you get the effect you want.
When deciding how much HHC to take, the dosage and milligram strength are two equally important factors to consider. HHC strength is measured in milligrams, such as a 1000mg 30ml tincture or 25mg per edible piece. It refers to the amount of pure HHC extract in each serving, which indicates the potency of that serving.
The best starting dose of HHC is between 5mg to 12mg. And once the effects kick in, you can decide if you want to amp things up.
According to users, THC is best consumed orally. While there are immediate noticeable effects from inhaling or vaping, those who consume it orally have reported more profound effects. Keep in mind that THC usually requires more time for the effects to kick in. Because of how it is metabolized, it takes longer for the body to convert it. Meaning you should start slowly particularly if you intend to consume it orally.
If taken orally, wait up to two hours before administering a second dose. When using a vape pen or tank, take no more than one or two puffs and wait thirty minutes before taking more. Allow yourself time to experience the results.
At the federal level, HHC and Delta-8 are in legal limbo. However, they should be legal under federal law under the Agriculture Improvement Act (2018 Farm Bill) if they are derived from hemp.
The 2018 United States Farm Bill revision legalized the federal cultivation of hemp and its derivatives as long as the finished products contain less than 0.3% THC by dry weight. This legal requirement is satisfied by HHC and THC products. However, since HHC and Delta-8 are THC isomers with similar chemical structures to THC, the federal government may consider them controlled substances by default under the Federal Analog Act.
According to the Farm Bill of 2018, HHC and THC may be legal in most states. Some states have passed legislation explicitly making them legal, while others have not.
In conclusion, HHC is a potent cannabinoid that can provide long-term relief from various symptoms while avoiding the psychoactive high associated with THC. Although more research is needed to determine its safety, all indications indicate it is no more dangerous than THC.
Check your state’s laws before placing an order!
WHICH IS BETTER: HHC OR THC?
It can be challenging to decide between products containing HHC and those containing THC, as many of them sound appealing. Let’s go over the main distinctions between the two options so you can make an informed decision.
There have been assertions that the high produced by HHC is ideal for social situations and productive brainstorming. However, delta-8 THC is commonly used to unwind at the end of the day due to its calming and soothing effects.
The psychoactive effects of HHC and Delta-8 THC are said to be less intense than those of Delta-9 THC, making them suitable for first-time users or those who have had a negative experience with marijuana due to anxiety and paranoia.
You shouldn’t operate heavy machinery if you’ve been using HHC or any versions of THC, as both have a binding affinity to CB1 receptors in the brain, which impairs judgment and motor control.
To some extent, one’s tastes will determine whether one opts for HHC or THC. So, give each a shot and see which one serves you best.