Is HHC Psychoactive?
With all kinds of cannabinoids hitting the hemp-derived scene, such as CBDa. CBGa, etc., the number one question all consumers want to know is, “is it psychoactive?”. The answer for HHC is a resounding YES. HHC is 100% psychoactive.
There has been a lot of talk about HHC since it first arrived on the scene and lots of questions. Most consumers know that HHC is supposed to be nearly identical to Delta 9 THC, with minor differences in its structure. The lack of a double bond and an addition of 2 hydrogen atoms.
With increased knowledge and awareness surrounding plant-based medicine, many consumers are stumbling upon new cannabinoids that can help them to combat pain, anxiety, etc. This boom of new age cannabinoids since the legalization of industrial hemp via the 2018 Farm Bill has only further paved the way for more research into cannabis, its compounds, and their benefits.
As a result, we are now aware of the therapeutic potential and medical benefits of many new cannabinoids. CBD was the first cannabinoid to get the ball rolling in the health and wellness sector. Now we are seeing all kinds of different cannabinoids enter the market from THCP, THCO, and HHC.
In this blog, we’ll go over many of the questions asked about HHC and its known effects and benefits. So, the big one, does HHC get you high?
Does HHC Get You High?
There are several ways to look at this question. Short answer, yes. HHC will get you high. As stated previously, in structure, HHC is nearly identical to traditional Delta 9 THC and therefore is similarly processed in the body.
Recent research and anecdotal reports show that HHC is stronger than Delta 8 THC and about 80% as potent as traditional Delta 9 THC.
That being said, HHC offers a high similar to Delta 9 but with its twist. It has been reported as euphoric, cerebral, uplifting, and stony. Overall, users state it can feel more uplifting than Delta 9 and have a similar head-space but is less turbulent. While D8 allows you to be fully functional, and D9 can have you zonked out, HHC is a great happy medium!
Before we get into the full effects of HHC, we will first explain what it is, how its created, and a basic understanding of how cannabinoids affect the user’s body.
What Is HHC? Is It Naturally Occurring In The Hemp Plant?
The cannabis plant comprises nearly 500 compounds, including cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. Of these 500 compounds, roughly over 100 of them are cannabinoids and can be split into two groups. Major cannabinoids such as CBD, THC, etc. Or minor cannabinoids are found in much more negligible traces in the plant, such as Delta 8 THC, CBC, HHC, and others.
HHC is considered a minor cannabinoid. It naturally occurs in cannabis but very, very small trace amounts. So if HHC is in such small trace amounts, where does it come from in the hemp plant?
HHC was discovered initially in 1844 by Roger Adams when he decided to add hydrogen molecules to Delta 9 THC with a technique called “hydrogenation.”
Initially, this process was performed on marijuana. Still, since the 2018 farm bill came into effect legalizing all cannabis crops under 0.3% Delta 9 THC, manufacturers have begun applying this same process to hemp-derived cannabinoids like CBD to produce HHC that is legal and compliant.
The only significant difference between Delta 9 THC and HHC is the lack of a double bond replaced by two hydrogen atoms. This slight difference in structure may not seem like it would make a huge difference but is likely what causes varying potencies and effects between the two.
What Are The Effects Of HHC Compared To Delta 9 THC And Delta 8 THC?
First, let’s look at how cannabinoids affect the body overall. HHC acts in the same way as delta-9 and CBD when consumed. It interacts with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), the complex system responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body. That includes regulating the immune function, appetite, pain and inflammation response, memory, etc.
As previously stated, in terms of potency, HHC is stronger than Delta 8 THC and about 80% as potent as Delta 9 THC making it an excellent middle ground for users. HHC’s effects also vary compared to Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC.
HHC is known to offer effects very similar to Delta 9. It’s a psychotropic compound that produces feelings of euphoria, changes in perception, and altered cognition as well, as it may aid in pain relief and act as an anti-inflammatory.
Users report the overall feelings and effects as a blend of Delta 8 and 9. HHC is known to offer a more relaxed, high, and clear head you would typically associate with Delta 8 and have the euphoric and uplifting effects of Delta 9.
Some Of The Well Known Benefits Of HHC
HHC Has A Longer Shelf Life
Cannabinoids are heat and UV sensitive, and their potency will degrade when exposed to oxygen. Because HHC’s added hydrogen molecules make it a more stable compound with stronger resistance to heat, giving it longer shelf life. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, stock up on that HHC distillate!
Elevates Mood And Relaxation, Which May Aid In More Restorative Sleep
HHC activates the same CB1 receptors in the brain that can alter one’s sense perception and offer feelings of euphoria. The difference between HHC and Delta 9 THC is that HHC leans more toward providing a sense of relaxation over stimulation.
Pain Relieving Benefits
Preclinical studies conducted on rats show that HHC has analgesic properties. There is not enough evidence to say it could be used as a muscle relaxant or pain killer, but it does show potential for pain-relieving benefits. Anecdotal reports also state that most users consider HHC more effective at reducing pain than Delta 8 THC or Delta 9 THC.
Side Effects of HHC
Possible side effects of HHC may include:
It may impair motor skills and coordination, leading to difficulties in activities that require precision, such as driving.
Memory and Cognitive Effects
Similar to Delta-9 THC, HHC may affect short-term memory and cognitive function, leading to difficulties in concentration and memory recall.
Anxiety and Paranoia
Some individuals may experience anxiety, restlessness, or paranoia while under the influence of HHC, especially at higher doses or if they are prone to these conditions.
At higher doses or with certain HHC formulations, hallucinations or altered perceptions may occur. However, this is less common than with Delta-9 THC.
Increased Heart Rate
HHC can lead to an increased heart rate or palpitations, similar to the cardiovascular effects of Delta-9 THC.
Nausea, vomiting, and abdominal discomfort are possible side effects associated with HHC use.
If HHC is inhaled through smoking or vaping, it can lead to respiratory irritation and lung issues, similar to inhaling other substances.
HHC’s psychological effects can be unpredictable, potentially causing severe confusion, agitation, or psychosis in some individuals.
Like Delta-9 THC, HHC may stimulate appetite, commonly referred to as “the munchies.”
In some cases, HHC can cause drowsiness or fatigue, leading to feelings of sleepiness.
HHC may lead to dry mouth, often referred to as “cottonmouth.”
It’s important to note that the effects of HHC can vary widely depending on the specific formulation, dosage, and individual factors. Additionally, the legal status of HHC varies by jurisdiction, and its sale and possession may be subject to legal restrictions.
How To Use HHC?
Like other cannabinoids, HHC can be consumed in numerous ways. The most popular forms of HHC can be found in our vape cartridges, disposables, and edibles.
Although the three options above are the most popular, you can also find HHC in dabs, flowers, tinctures, and even capsules.
How you decide to consume your HHC is entirely up to you and your preferences!
Vaping and smoking will be the best options for immediate relief, whereas edibles, tinctures, and capsules will take longer but have more potent and lasting effects.
Takeaway On HHC Effects
Although HHC is a relatively new cannabinoid on the market, more research is available on its effects, benefits, and side effects than some of the other unique cannabinoids emerging.
HHC is psychoactive and binds to the CB1 and CB2 receptors just like D8 and D9, so it will produce feelings of being high. You can expect to feel a blend of D8 and D9 effects. HHC leans more toward relaxation and lets you maintain a clear head and function like delta eight, but it’s euphoric and uplifting like Delta 9.
Overall, HHC is an excellent choice for those consumers looking for a middle ground between Delta 8 and Delta 9. It shows high potential from a medical standpoint to help aid in pain relief.