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What is HHC?

Introducing HHC (also known as hexahydrocannabinol)

When it comes to the massive frenzy of hemp-derived cannabinoids that has taken over the country, delta 8 THC, THC-O, and delta-10 THC are just a few examples, very few of them have escaped the general public's awareness more than hexahydrocannabinol When you look up the chemical on the internet, you will get a slew of different pieces of information: what are the effects, is it legal, and is it natural? This blog will go into greater detail regarding these specifics.

Although hemp-derived hexahydrocannabinol does not include THC, it provides a high that is similar to that of THC.

The cannabinoid has a lot of potential, so don't be shocked if you start hearing more about it in the near future.

As state and federal agencies continue to criminalize delta-8 THC, the most popular hemp-derived cannabinoid, this cannabinoid offers a sliver of legal hope—and appeal—because it isn't technically a THC component at all, according to the National Cannabis Industry Association. Furthermore, it may be able to evade drug testing, although the data for this is entirely anecdotal at this point

So, What is HHC you might ask? And How is it made?

It is a cannabinoid that occurs naturally in cannabis and can be detected in extremely low amounts in the plant. Manufacturers are forcing a chemical reaction in abundant hemp-derived cannabinoids such as natural cannabinoids CBD and THC to turn them into hexahydrocannabinol molecules in order to sell them on the market

Hexahydrocannabinol was discovered in 1944 by the American chemist Roger Adams, who produced it by adding hydrogen molecules to Delta-9 THC. "Hydrogenation" is the term used to describe this process.

Although it is a relatively new method in the cannabis market, hydrogenation is not without precedent. It is the same type of hydrogenated cannabinoids that are used to transform butter into margarine and to extend the shelf life of foods.

Since the 2018 Farm Bill went into effect, legalizing cannabis crops containing less than 0.3 percent delta-9 THC, more manufacturers are applying the hydrogenation of cannabinoids to CBD to produce hexahydrocannabinol, which Adams originally used to produce THC from marijuana plants.

As a result, it is transformed into a cannabinoid analog of its former self, which permits it to maintain the features with which it is linked while altering the mechanism by which they are absorbed into the body.

What Does it do and what are the expected benefits?

This cannabinoid has almost identical 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.

Many users report the effects as similar to that of delta 8 THC in terms of being more heavily weighted towards relaxation than stimulation. It is more potent than delta 8 but slightly less potent than delta 9 THC.

Being that this cannabinoid is still very new, 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.

Aside from the possibility that it possesses painkilling properties, it may also have the following advantages:

  • Anxiety Relief
  • Euphoria
  • Relaxation
  • Reduced Inflammation
  • Symptoms of nausea and vomiting are alleviated.
  • Sleep quality has improved.

While considering that it is 80 percent as strong as delta-9-THC, those with a low THC tolerance should proceed with caution when experimenting with HHC. Try not to take more than 3-5mg at first to get a sense of how it will influence your body and mind.

Is it Legal?

Since products contain only hexahydrocannabinol made from 100% Hemp extract, companies are able to fully legally manufacture, distribute and sell to consumers in the United States. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, ratified and signed into law in December 2018, Cannabis containing less than 0.3% Delta 9-THC is legally classified as Hemp and thus is legal for all intents and purposes under federal law. Let’s also not forget, THC itself isn’t federally illegal, only specifically Delta 9-THC is. While hemp is best known for producing large amounts of CBD, it does have many other cannabinoids. Technically, products containing other hemp cannabinoids remain legal if they don’t exceed the 0.3% THC threshold. Manufacturers of HHC products are adamant that everything is above board

What Are the Differences Between Delta 8 THC, Delta 9 THC, and HHC?

Due to the numerous misconceptions surrounding the distinctions between tetrahydrocannabinol and hexahydrocannabinol, the following information will provide you with a fast review of what you need to know.

The first and most significant distinction is the naturally existing concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol and hexahydrocannabinol in cannabis plants—THC is plentiful in marijuana strains, whereas HHC is only found in trace amounts.

The second distinction is the difference in the stability of the two molecules. It is believed to be a more stable molecule than THC, making it more resistant to heat and ultraviolet light, allowing it to have a longer shelf life.

In terms of impact profiles, both the HHC and THC variants have the ability to induce psychotropic effects in a similar fashion. HHC tends to provide a more tranquil and peaceful high, whereas delta-9 THC produces a considerably more intense high.

Will it Show up on a Drug Test?

In theory, yes. But, let’s go over the science. The alterations made to the molecular structure of hexahydrocannabinol could potentially avoid detection on the gold standard urinalysis drug test (known as gas chromatography-mass spectrometry) due to its differing mass, but you certainly shouldn’t bet your job on it. Many hexahydrocannabinol concentrates can contain precursor molecules that could still trigger false positives. Additionally, less conventional analysis methods may not be able to differentiate between hexahydrocannabinol and delta-9, also potentially flagging a false positive.

Is it Safe?

As a naturally-occurring cannabinoid, cannabis users have been consuming hexahydrocannabinol for hundreds if not thousands of years. Although, it’s still important to keep in mind that the long-term effects of almost any trace cannabinoids are not currently well known, although the effects of long-term marijuana use are being researched. Following traditional logic from structural biology, hexahydrocannabinol is likely to have very similar long-term effects to delta-9, indicating it is probably one of the safest hemp-derived semi-synthetic cannabinoids available today.

Where Can I Buy it?

Edibles: Delta Treats HHC 20mg Gummy

New all-natural hemp-derived gummies. These gummies are assorted flavors and made with natural ingredients. Each of these gummies has 20mg of hexahydrocannabinol and are 3rd party lab tested. Made in the USA. Available as a 10ct, 30ct, or 90ct bag

Organic Glucose Syrup (wheat), Organic Cane Sugar, Pectin, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Natural Flavors, Natural Colors (organic concentrated apple, organic carrot, organic pumpkin, organic black currant), Industrial Hemp


Vape: Staylit HHC Vape Cartridge 1ml

StayLit is one of the latest new additions to Earth Grown Wellness, one of the largest online marketplaces for Delta 8 THC (hemp-derived) products. StayLit is a sister brand of the all too popular Single Source.

StayLit has some great things going for it.

Simplistic small form factor clean efficient packaging. No wasted plastic clamshells, unlike many other brands.
900mg of Pure hexahydrocannabinol Distillate and cannabis terpenes
Variety of strains with an indication of Indica, Hybrid, & Sativa Effects as a result of the terpenes blends used in these cartridges.
Authentic 510 thread Authentic Ccell Cartridge with a beautiful white ceramic mouthpiece.

Disposables: Urb Urban Sugar HHC Disposable (1g)

URBAN SUGAR is a collaboration with award-winning Urb and the emerging brand Sugar to bring a custom disposable of compliant hexahydrocannabinol to market.

If you would like more of a selection on HHC products as well as Delta 8, THCO, THCP not available in CT, check out our E-commerce store Earth Grown Wellness which can ship these items straight to your door in most of the 50 states!

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