Many cannabis consumers are familiar with the most popular cannabinoids found in cannabis and hemp plants - THC and CBD. But the fun doesn't stop there: Cannabis plants produce around 150 different cannabinoids, and scientists have even discovered ways to synthetically create cannabinoids that occur in small amounts in nature. One such cannabinoid that has received a lot of attention recently is hexahydrocannabinol, or HHC.
HHC is a new cannabinoid?
HHC was first discovered in 1944 by Roger Adams, an American organic chemist from the University of Illinois who helped demystify the properties of cannabis after the government banned it in the 1930s. is also known for "discovering" (isolating) and synthesizing CBD, as well as synthesizing THC and similar molecules, including HHC. Known for its THC-like effects, HHC has recently enjoyed increased demand due to loopholes in its legality.
How is HHC synthesized?
Hexahydrocannabinol, or HHC, is a derivative of delta-9 THC, a cannabinoid found in Cannabis sativa plants. The name "hexa" comes from the fact that the compound is actually an isomer of the tetrahydrocannabinoid. In its natural form, HHC is only found in trace amounts. Despite its small size, it produces effects similar to THC of the same name, although much milder in intensity.
Hexahydrocannabinol which has recently become popular. It is also known as HHC, semi-synthetic created in the laboratory by a process called hydrogenation. Hydrogenation is a chemical reaction which consists of the addition of a molecule of dihydrogen (H2)
This process is similar to turning margarine into vegetable oil, but requires a pressure vessel.
HHC is legal?
Selling, buying and using HHC is legal...for now. Although it has technically been around for centuries, HHC has only been sold to consumers for a short time, so there is (as with CBD) no real set of rules governing its production and distribution.
As stated earlier, almost every HHC product on the market contains the lab-produced form of HHC that is derived from CBD – which, conveniently, has been made legal as long as it contains 0.3% or less of delta-9 THC.
According to the companies selling these products, their operations are legal because HHC is made from CBD hemp and actually contains no THC. However, not everyone agrees with this. Some experts believe that HHC is a violation of the law, which states that any substance similar or chemically similar to a Schedule I or II drug will be treated as a Schedule I drug. Because HHC mimics THC , a Schedule I substance, under this theory it should also be treated as an illegal Schedule I substance.
HHC Drug Test?
HHC is therefore not THC. Even so, confusion surrounding his legality has raised concerns over whether he is showing up for drug tests. While some users have anecdotally reported that HHC can evade drug testing, there is no evidence to prove this so far.
In fact, "some studies indicate that HHC metabolites trigger delta-9 drug tests," according to Herb . If you drive or have a cannabis test, you should be careful when it comes to using HHC.
Difference Between THC and HHC
Compared to delta 9 THC, HHC offers greater stability and longer shelf life. It is also less sensitive to oxidation and heat. It is also resistant to UV light.
HHC is not well studied, unlike delta 9. It is not known if it is safe for therapeutic use. However, preliminary research suggests that HHC may have the same safety profile as THC .
Unlike THC, which is naturally extracted from the cannabis plant, HHC is created through a process called hydrogenation . This process is similar to the process of turning vegetable oil into margarine . It does not require the use of synthetic ingredients , but alters the chemical structure of the cannabinoid to increase its binding affinity.
While THC is usually produced with two double bonds in its upper ring structure, HHC has no such double bond. Instead, it has a single ring. It is not as stable as THC, HHC at a similar potency.
It is possible that HHC breaks down in the body differently than THC, but research on this is not yet fully established. It is thought that this change in the chemical structure of the cannabinoid may have led to the creation of a new drug with a different effect.
A 2007 study found that the compound HHC had painkilling properties in mice. A 2011 study found that HHC suppresses angiogenesis in breast cancer cells .
Danger of HHC?
There have been no reports of toxicity or negative effects of HHC. and due to the lack of studies on HHC and its toxicology, the only option is to ensure that HHC is sold with a laboratory test to ensure its purity and quality.
If you want to take HHC, the important thing to remember about hexahydrocannabinol is that the true benefits of this compound will likely only be felt at low doses.
Taking too much can be harmful and even cause side effects such as paranoia and inappropriate reactions
Studies on hexahydrocannabinol HHC
Hexahydrocannabinol, also known as HHC, is a cannabinoid found in the Cannabis sativa plant. It has a weaker action than delta 9 THC, but is more stable.
Many questions surround this cannabinoid. It is unknown whether it can cause psychoactive effects . It also does not (currently) show up on drug tests . It is known to be contained in trace amounts in the cannabis plant. The purpose of studying this cannabinoid is to see if it can be used in medical treatment.
Promising studies have been conducted. One study found that hexahydrocannabinol could block pain in mice . It has also been shown to extend sleep time by up to 700% . Other studies have shown that HHC can be used as an antitumor agent.
HHC is produced synthetically by hydrogenating cannabinoid extracts. In this process, two hydrogen atoms are added to the structure of THC. The resulting compound is similar in structure to delta-8 THC, but is more resistant to UV light, heat, and oxidation.
In the past, research on hexahydrocannabinol has focused on synthetic derivatives. Several of these derivatives have been tested in various analgesic studies. The compound was not found to be mutagenic. Furthermore, HHC was found to be non-cytotoxic to plated human liver hepatocyte cells in a viability assay.
Does cbdtech sell HHC?
HHC is a recent molecule, despite research done in the past or more recently.
we recently decided to offer HHC on the sole condition of being sure of the quality of the product and its effects, for this we select suppliers with the required conditions (laboratory test) to know the rate of HHC 9r or 9s and guarantee of the quality of the raw material and the method of manufacture.
it seems that most HHC sold in France and Europe has no valid certification , while its origin and method of manufacture are shrouded in mystery.
Note: HHC has 2 almost identical molecules (stereoisomers) 9S-HHC (natural molecule) and 9R-HHC (apparently unnatural molecule). 9R seems to have more affinity with CB1 and CB2 receptors and the 9s molecule binds less easily and is therefore less potent.
HHC what dosage?
Determining the optimal amount of HHC to take depends on several factors such as age, weight, metabolism, tolerance level and gender. So if you've never used HGH, it can be difficult to know your tolerance level. This cannabinoid falls somewhere between the relaxing delta 8 THC and the more psychedelic delta 9 THC. The best way to determine the optimal amount of HGH is to start with a low dose and gradually increase the dose until your body responds optimally.
The recommended dosage of Delta-8-THC is:
- Low dose: 10 to 20 mg
- Average dosage: 20 to 50 mg per serving
- Strong dosage: 50 to 100 mg per serving
For beginners, it is recommended to start with a low dose and increase by 5 mg of delta-8-THC for medium and high doses. If this is your case, starting to vape HHC cartridges by adding 5mg to the low dose and high dose of delta-8-THC would be a good place to start.
Also, it is recommended to start with microdosing through taking very small amounts like 1-2mg. This allows you to stay on the edge of experiencing psychoactive effects in order to have a constant cognitive boosting effect instead.
On the other hand, if you are used to consuming THC, you can start by taking a dose of HHC similar to or slightly higher than your usual dose. As a reminder, knowing your tolerance threshold is very important in determining your optimal dose of consumption.
Fabien from cbdtech says : if I was personally in pain, facing very debilitating pain or problems, I might be able to test some HHC products, but only after having unsuccessfully tried the readily available natural cannabinoids.
All information in this article is based on sources and references, and all opinions expressed are my own. I do not give advice to anyone and although I am happy to discuss topics, if anyone has another question or concern they should seek advice from a competent specialist. People who suffer from psychiatric, neurological or cardiovascular disorders or who use psychiatric drugs should completely avoid psychedelics and other drugs.