HHC is a THC relative that has long been understood by research, but cannabis users have rarely talked about it. A minor cannabinoid called HHC naturally occurs in cannabis but is too small quantities to make extraction practical. HHC wholesale is still not well known because commercial manufacture of it is only now beginning.
By changing the chemistry of the molecules, the majority of cannabinoids can be changed into other cannabinoids. Commercial HHC is created in a lab using chemical procedures from CBD obtained from hemp, just like delta 8 THC and delta 10 THC. Compared to delta 8 and delta 10, HHC has one significant legal advantage: it isn’t called THC.
How does HHC get made?
Chemist Roger Adams made the discovery of HHC in the 1940s. By adding hydrogen to the THC molecule and changing its physical characteristics, he produced HHC. A 1947 patent filing contains the earliest description of the procedure, known as hydrogenation.
By substituting a double bond with two atoms, hydrogenation alters the molecular weight and increases the stability of delta 9 THC. According to scientist and BR Brands Chief Science Officer Mark Scialdone, hydrogenation increases HHC’s “stability and resistance to thermo-oxidative breakdown,” meaning it has a longer shelf life and is less vulnerable to heat and UV damage.
Can you get a high from HHC? Are there any negative effects?
It’s a little tricky here. Although HHC isn’t a THC, it has effects that are comparable to THC if you take enough of it. An HHC batch is a mixture of inactive HHC molecules when it is created in the lab. The cannabinoid receptors in your body prefer the active HHC to the inactive HHC.
Commercial HHC, which is a mixture of the two types, may be somewhat of a gamble for the customer because manufacturers haven’t yet discovered a practical way to distinguish high-potency HHC from its low-potency twin. HHC, however, does have observable impacts. The HHC high is typically described by user reports as falling between delta 8 and delta 9 THC.
Almost all of the information we have about the effects and adverse effects of HHC is anecdotal. The same set of negative effects seen by delta 9 THC users is reported by consumers of this substance, including anxiety and paranoia, dry mouth, dry & red eyes, hunger, and insomnia.
Can HHC be detected in a drug test?
HHC does not seem to degrade in the body the same way as THC does. There is some evidence that suggests HHC does not metabolize into 11-hydroxy-THC, the breakdown product that many drug panels test for, unlike the delta 8, delta 9, and delta 10 forms of THC.
However, that hasn’t been investigated and isn’t proven. Nobody is certain, as of yet, that HHC won’t leave usage traces in your blood, urine, or hair. We advise against using HHC if your workplace does drug testing because it could cost you your job.
Has HHC any medical advantages?
Contrary to more prevalent cannabinoids like delta 9 THC or CBD, HHC hasn’t been extensively examined, however, there have been some encouraging studies. Angiogenesis and tumor growth caused by breast cancer cells were “significantly suppressed” by some synthetic analogs of tetrahydrocannabinol (HHC), according to a 2011 study. The excellent pain-blocking abilities of HHC in mice were described in a publication written by Japanese researchers in 2007. However, it is probably too soon to judge whether HHC has a lot of potential as a medication.