How HHC Differs From Other Cannabinoids

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There are more than 100 identified cannabinoids, which are compounds that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system regulates sleep, mood, appetite, memory, and reproduction and fertility.

Hexahydrocannabinol, commonly known as HHC, is a semi-synthetically created cannabinoid. It was first detailed in scientific literature in 1940. 

HHC first emerged as available to buy in late 2021. You may have seen that it’s possible to buy HHC products online, and wondered how HHC differs from THC and other cannabinoids. 

Is HHC the same as CBD?

The short answer is ‘no.’ While HHC is semi-synthetically derived from CBD (itself derived from hemp), the chemical process results in a compound with additional hydrogen atoms.

Research has suggested that HHC may naturally occur in trace amounts in cannabis plants. 

Is HHC the same as THC?

No, HHC is not the same as THC.

Because of this, HHC is not the same as delta-8, delta-9, or delta-10 THC, all of which are types of THC.

THC is the ingredient in marijuana that makes you feel high. While some people have found that the effect of HHC is like a “lite” or “milder” THC high, not enough studies have been completed to prove this. 

A different experience from HHC products may be attributed to its altered chemical structure, but again, there isn’t enough research to be conclusive.

Is HHC available in the same forms as CBD?

CBD products are commonly available in the form of oils, creams, and edible products.

Similarly, HHC is available in topical creams and balms, as well as edible products. Often these food products are sweet foods, such as gummies and marshmallows.

HHC is also available in vape pens, refill oils, and tincture oils.

How does HHC work and what are the benefits?

As is the case with other cannabinoids, HHC interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. HHC binds to a type of endocannabinoid receptors called the CB1 receptors, which are mostly found in your central nervous system.

Both natural and synthetic cannabinoids have the potential to reduce the growth of cancer cells, but research is in its early stages. 

THC has been used for pain relief, and it has been reported that those seeking pain relief are increasingly turning to HHC. As HHC is a more newly available cannabinoid, there’s not much data on how HHC affects the body.

THC’s effects are more well-known, and THC has been shown to alter mood, relieve pain, and a multitude of other things relating to your brain, immune system, circulatory system and more.

Additionally, there has been more research on CBD, and early studies have shown that the compound may help with several ailments, including pain, anxiety, and insomnia.

Side effects and risks

Due to the lack of research, it’s too early to say anything conclusive on any possible side effects or risks of HHC.  THC’s side effects are, again, more understood, and include confusion and slower reaction times.Similarly, there have been reported side effects of CBD, including dry mouth and fatigue.

The key takeaway is this: HHC is a separate compound from THC and CBD, and there isn’t yet much research on its effects.