Following the wild success of delta 8 THC as a legal alternative to the more controlled availability of delta 9 THC, the cannabis industry has sought other less-known cannabinoids to compete in the diverse cannabis marketplace. One of the newest and most promising is hexahydrocannabinol, usually shortened to HHC.
What is HHC?
HHC is a THC relative long known to science, but until recently not often discussed by cannabis users. HHC is a minor cannabinoid and occurs naturally in cannabis.
Most cannabinoids can be converted to other cannabinoids by altering the chemistry of the molecules. Like delta 8 THC and delta 10 THC, commercial HHC is processed from hemp-derived CBD in a lab through chemical processes. HHC has one major legal advantage over delta 8 and delta 10: it does not contain THC.
How is HHC produced?
HHC was discovered in the 1940s by chemist Roger Adams. He created HHC by adding hydrogen to the THC molecule and altering its physical properties. The process, called hydrogenation, is first described in a 1947 patent document..
How does HHC feel?
Although HHC isn’t technically a THC it does produce similar effects. Reports from users generally describe the HHC high as being somewhere between delta 8 and delta 9 THC. HHC can be a good daytime option and may boost creativity as well as feelings of euphoria and relaxation.
Will HHC show up in a drug test?
It appears that HHC may not break down in the body in the same way as THC. Unlike the delta-8, delta-9, and delta-10 forms of THC, there is some evidence that HHC doesn’t metabolize into 11-hydroxy-THC, which is the breakdown substance many drug panels test for.