JUL 07, 2022 11:30 AM PDT

HHC, the latest cannabinoid

WRITTEN BY: Helaine Krysik

It’s hard to keep up with all of the cannabinoids that the science community is constantly discovering. There are over 100 known to date, and we can expect that number to increase over time.

One of the latest getting attention lately is HHC, which is short for Hexahydrocannabinol. So, what is it?

HHC occurs naturally in the hemp part of the cannabis plant and receives mixed feedback as to whether it actually gets the user high. Early reports indicate a pleasant, mellow high, one that is similar to that of Delta 8, which is not quite as strong as that of Delta 9, but stronger than that of CBD.

HHC can also be synthesized in a lab by using CBD as a base, requiring the addition of hydrogen, and using a metal catalyst. Note that synthetization can be a dangerous process that a layperson should not try at home. Additionally, users should always be wary of ingesting anything synthesized because of potential byproducts and pollutants that might be in the product.

Can it show up on a drug test? While early reports indicate that it does not, it’s probably not wise to bet your job on it or to risk a career opportunity prior to an interview.

In terms of consumption methods, HHC can be ingested the same way you ingest other cannabinoids, via smoking, vaping, edibles, tinctures, etc.

And in terms of health risks, no one really knows yet, and the cannabinoid is too new to the mainstream market in order for there to be any definitive, unbiased research to rely upon yet.

Furthermore, for users looking for something that has a longer shelf life, HHC has an advantage over traditional THC. Due to HHC’s two extra hydrogens, the cannabinoid has a level of stability that gives it a longer life span.

As always, users should do their research and due diligence before trying a new cannabinoid, and test in low doses for best results.

 

 

Sources: WebMD, FDA, Leafly, Cannabis Business Times

About the Author
Marketing
Helaine is a cannabis industry writer and marketing consultant. She has been active in the Illinois cannabis industry since 2020, and writes for a variety of national publications.
You May Also Like
APR 21, 2022
Cannabis Sciences
One of the most lucrative skillsets in cannabis
APR 21, 2022
One of the most lucrative skillsets in cannabis
For anyone looking for a well-compensated, in demand job in the cannabis industry, you can't go wrong with becoming an e ...
MAY 11, 2022
Cannabis Sciences
Legal Recreational Cannabis Reduces Prescription Drug Demand
MAY 11, 2022
Legal Recreational Cannabis Reduces Prescription Drug Demand
A research study published in Health Economics found a link between the availability of legal recreational cannabis, and ...
JUN 02, 2022
Cannabis Sciences
Choosing the right soil for cannabis grows
JUN 02, 2022
Choosing the right soil for cannabis grows
Soil plays a huge role in growing high quality cannabis. Here's what to look for.
JUN 12, 2022
Cannabis Sciences
Cannabis Users Need More Sedation During Gastric Endoscopy
JUN 12, 2022
Cannabis Users Need More Sedation During Gastric Endoscopy
A presentation at the 2022 Digestive Disease Week showed evidence that cannabis consumers require higher levels of anest ...
JUL 26, 2022
Cannabis Sciences
Formation of toxic ketene likely caused by vaping cannabinoid acetates
JUL 26, 2022
Formation of toxic ketene likely caused by vaping cannabinoid acetates
A recent peer-reviewed study conducted at Portland State University and slated to be published in Chemical Research and ...
AUG 26, 2022
Cannabis Sciences
Why Are So Many CBD Product Labels Inaccurate?
AUG 26, 2022
Why Are So Many CBD Product Labels Inaccurate?
CBD is not always labeled correctly on the products you buy at your local dispensary. Here's why
Loading Comments...