What is the Difference Between HHC and THC?

HHC, or hydrogenated hemp cannabinoid, is a type of cannabinoid found in hemp plants. It has approximately 70-80% the potency of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the main psychoactive compound in marijuana. Delta-8, another type of cannabinoid, is about half as potent as THC. Both HHC and delta-8 can cause visual distortions, physical sensations, and cognitive impairment, although these effects are more likely to be felt quickly after consuming HHC, especially at lower doses.

In comparison to traditional marijuana, HHC is said to be around 60% stronger than THC. It is a different experience than delta-8 and delta-10, as well as THC-O and other cannabinoids. HHC cannot provide the same approach or concentration improvements as a delta-8 or delta-9 Sativa cultivar. The potency of HHC lies between that of delta-8 and delta-9 THC.

HHC and THC can be federally legal if they are derived from hemp plants that contain less than 0.3% THC in dry weight. Most of the effects of this cannabinoid stem from anecdotal evidence or assumptions based on the similarities between THC delta 8 and THC delta 9 (on which there is much more research). Companies like Binoid focus on research to find new hemp compounds to keep their Delta-10, THC-O and HHC products at the forefront. If they are considered natural, they will be as legal as the hemp plant if they are added to products with a concentration lower than 0.3% of THC.

Edibles with HHC (gummies) take a little longer to work than edibles with THC, but they last the longest. If the substance is pure tetrahydrocannabinol, HHC doesn't necessarily mean you don't pass the THC test. While THC, particularly delta-9, is found in high concentrations in marijuana flowers, HHC is found in small amounts. This process is known as hydrogenation and creates HHC, the exact opposite molecule to CBN (cannabinol), a by-product of THC with additional double bonds.

If Delta 8 produces mild anxiety peaks, HHC is definitely less anxious than THC, even in people with typical anxiety symptoms. The result is THC-O acetate, a precisely manufactured cannabinoid under tightly controlled laboratory conditions. Unlike other types of THC, evidence suggests that HHC is not metabolized to 11-hydroxy-THC.

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