The cannabinoid space keeps thriving with new alternatives replacing traditional CBD and THC derivatives. This emergence is happening fast with HHC being “The New Kid on the Block.” Clinical tests on HHC prove that the cannabinoid drug shows effects that are quite similar to what we’ve seen with THC. But what else do we know about this drug? How unstable is it? Is it legal? What is the recommended dosage of HHC? Let’s discuss all of these;
What is HHC?
HHC; short for Hexahydrocannabinol is the new name that has replaced CBD on everyone’s lips. The cannabinoid drug is the hydrogenated form of the globally-consumed THC. The hydrogenation process of THC to HHC is similar to converting vegetable oil into margarine. A more scientific explanation would be adding hydrogen atoms to the THC structure for optimal stability.
We naturally get a low amount of HHC in hemp but to get a consumable amount, the saturation of THC with hydrogen atoms is needed. Saturating THC under increased pressure in the presence of a palladium or nickel catalyst gives the purest form of HHC. These factors help to break down the double-bond structure of THC replacing it with hydrogen atoms. All these go on without reducing the potency and cannabinoid effects we know THC for.
The changes in the molecular structure of THC make HHC a more reliable and stable cannabinoid for mass consumption since it’s in its natural form. The HHC from the hydrogenation process called CBN (Cannabinol) has about 10% of THC’s psycho-active power. Unlike THC, HHC’s psycho-active potency never reduces when exposed to air. Most HHC products are also highly resistant to UV light and heat.
Is HHC Legal?
The legality of all cannabinoids including HHC is quite murky. To answer the above question; we can easily conclude that HHC is legal since the cannabinoids are in their natural form. So far, no law explicitly prohibits the production or consumption of cannabinoids in their natural form. Quantitatively, we don’t get a substantial amount of HHC naturally; it takes the combination of several chemical processes to the required consumable amount.
From the interim release by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), we now have more strict regulatory controls over cannabinoids consumption. But so far, the debate around the legality of HHC is still centered around it being a natural or synthetic compound. Provided it’s not been condemned as an illegal drug, the public is advised to consume the product at their own risk.
What Does HHC Feel Like?
The aftermath of consuming HHC seems to be quite similar to HHC and other cannabinoids. Consumers feel a great deal of euphoria, increased body temperature, rising heart rate, blurry visuals, and auditory perceptions. Many HHC users would prefer to term the feeling as being “Relaxing” other than “Stimulating” with other cannabinoids. A more recent beta-HHC study on rodent test objects showed traces of painkilling benefits in HHC.
Potential Side Effects of HHC
Like with most cannabinoids, the demand for HHC consumption has surpassed the results from comprehensive studies and information we have about the product. We have more speculative information about HHC from preliminary research that indicates that it’s “Quite” safe compared to THC.
Here are reported side effects resulting from continuous consumption of high doses of THC;
- Dry mouth
- Increased appetite
- Rapid eyes
- Rapid heart rate
What Dose of HHC is Appropriate for Consumption?
The amount of a psychoactive substance any individual should take is depending on their weight, age, and tolerance levels. It’s always advisable to start low end just to watch how quickly the body absorbs and reacts to the substance. On a wider scale, here is a dosage recommendation for HHC consumption;
- Low dose: 10 to 20 milligram per serving
- Moderate dose: 20 to 50 milligram per serving
- Heavy dose: 50 to 100 milligram per serving
Would HHC Show up on a Drug Test?
So far, preliminary research indicates that HHC users have not been flagged positively on the standard 12-panel drug test. HHC never metabolizes to 11-hydroxy-THC; the compound responsible for triggering a positive result from high consumption of all THC alternatives. HHC users are, therefore, advised to take HHC at their risks before a drug test.