Is HHC the Newest Cannabinoid on the Block?

HHC

There are more than 120 naturally occurring cannabinoids in hemp. Each has its own potential to elevate the uses of the hemp plant. 

Some have risen to notoriety fast. You’ve all heard of CBD and THC. Others, like CBG, CBC, and CBN popped up once hemp became legal in the U.S. Most recently, D8 and D10 have made headlines.

The newest cannabinoid on the block is HHC. More closely related to THC than CBD, HHC could create controversy due to its potency and potential to produce effects similar to THC. Only time will tell what place it will hold in the roster of popular cannabinoids.

What do all cannabinoids have in common?

All cannabinoids are chemical substances that perform in a very specific way. They join the cannabinoid receptors within the human body and brain to produce some kind of effect over the body. While intensity and effects vary, cannabinoids make many people feel something, whether it’s a calming sensation or that familiar ‘high’.

Not all cannabinoids are psychoactive. In fact, most are not. Those that are legal to include in products across the country contain cannabinoids that don’t make you feel ‘high’. While certain states have also legalized marijuana, cannabinoids derived from hemp are the only ones available for purchase everywhere. And, there’s even some controversy around the legality of a few of those as well.

Where does HHC fit in?

HHC, or hexahydrocannabinol, naturally occurs in hemp plants. Its chemical makeup is also very similar to THC. The two compounds are actually almost identical on a molecular level. HHC just has additional hydrogenated carbons.

Although this difference seems minor, it actually makes HHC a much more stable compound than THC. HHC is more resistant to heat, and products containing HHC have a longer shelf life.

All of these factors point to HHC being a legal alternative in those states where you can’t smoke marijuana. The compound’s ability to create similar effects may give users the feelings they’re looking for without also having to worry about getting in trouble with law enforcement.

What effects could I experience?

HHC is about 70-80% the strength of THC, making it a very potent cannabinoid. It’s stronger even than D8 and D10. 

Ingesting HHC can produce a euphoric psychoactive effect that’s similar to THC, but not exactly the same. Many users compare its effects more to those of D8 than any other compound, claiming to feel more relaxed.

Yes! Since HHC is derived from hemp, it’s considered a legal compound at the federal level, although not all states recognize it. Only about 38 states have made HHC legal. If you’re interested in HHC, you can find it in:

  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming
  • Where to find HHC?

    Still relatively new to the market, you should start to see more HHC products in those states where it’s legal in the next few months. 
    To stay on top of all the latest developments in HHC and other hemp-derived products visit Arbor Vita8’s online resource center. While you’re there, check out our high-end line of tinctures, balms, and more in our online store as well.

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