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What is HHC-O Acetate?

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The new beneficial cannabinoids keep on coming, and the newest to catch our eyes is HHC-O Acetate; but with so many products and substances to choose from, which is the best HHC-O Acetate?

Never heard of HHC-O? While many of us are familiar with psychoactive cannabinoids like Delta-8 THC productsDelta 10-THC products, THCV products and even THC-O-Acetate products (THC-O), we can add another to our list of cannabinoids to enjoy with HHC-O-acetate (also known as the shorthand HHC-O).

What is HHC-O?

HHC-O-acetate is a fairly new cannabinoid to hit the hemp scene, and because of this, it’s very possible that you’ve never even heard of it before.  HHC-O is the acetate version of HHC, a naturally occurring cannabinoid that acts as the hydrogenated form of THC, being chemically stable thanks to its hydrogen enhancement, well-known for its similarities to delta-9 THC.  

HHC-O takes naturally occurring HHC and applies acetic anhydride to the compound in the same way that we create THC-O. What this does is boost the cannabinoid’s potency by about 1.5x. 

The reason for this enhanced potency is simple. It makes the cannabinoid even more similar to delta-9 THC, since hexahydrocannabinol is somewhat milder. This essentially enhances the high to really give users what it is that they’re looking for.

What are the Psychoactive Effects of HHC-O?

The reason why delta-9 THC and HHC/HHC-O products produce such similar effects is because it appears that they are processed by the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) in an identical manner. What this means is that the cannabinoids work with the same cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system that trigger intoxication and also absorb at a very similar rate. 

Boosting the potency of HHC by making HHC-O increases that absorption rate further so that the high is more on par with the high-THC strains that dominate the market.

So, what is the high like, then?  

Well, of course, anyone experienced with THC compounds knows that ultimately, the effects can be subtly different for everyone. But overall, the ‘high’ is stronger than delta-8 THC and can be both uplifting and mellowing to the mind and body with a somewhat unfocused, hazy sensation that can be deeply satisfying when you are looking for a way to unwind. It’s important to point out that a lot of the more specific effects that you feel will depend on the strain that you’ve purchased.  

Legality and Drug Testing When Pertaining To HHC-O

HHC-O-acetate is a federally legal cannabinoid because federal law has made it clear that all hemp derivatives containing a maximum of 0.3% delta-9 THC are legal. Some states have banned certain psychoactive cannabinoids, or are in the process of doing so, so it’s always wise to check to see what your state’s legislation has to say about what’s legal and what’s not as far as hemp is concerned.

Another thing to keep in mind is that HHC-O may affect a drug test result. THC compounds like delta-9, delta-8 and THC-P are all metabolized by an enzyme known as THC-COOH. This enzyme is what urine tests are looking for. We don’t know yet whether or not HHC-O is processed by THC-COOH. But, many will agree that it’s better to be safe than sorry.

What Else Can HHC-O Do?

Glad you asked. HHC-O-acetate, as well as hexahydrocannabinol, are extremely new to the market. What this means is that there hasn’t been enough time for researchers to analyze these cannabinoids and discover their more clinical applications, which has been done with CBD, delta-9 THC and even delta-8 THC. Basically, we can’t reference any studies that go into the non-psychoactive effects of HHC-O.

However, people who have actually tried the cannabinoid have given us some insight. It’s not surprising that HHC-O, and HHC for that matter, seem to offer similar effects to delta-9 beyond their highs. A lot of people talk about the way in which HHC-O products help them with physical discomfort, appetite issues, nausea, mood imbalances, sleep and more. 

Again, everyone is different, and may experience the cannabinoid differently. But, the bottom line is that if you love what delta-9 THC has to offer, HHC-O is a great substitute.

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HHC: How it Compares to CBD, Delta-9 THC, and Delta 8

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HHC: How it Compares to CBD, Delta-9 THC, and Delta 8

Over the last couple years, cannabinoids have been taking the world by storm. From CBD to CBN, and Delta-8 to Delta-9, each cannabinoid has its own unique set of effects and powerful potential benefits.

Now, there’s a new cannabinoid in town stirring up all sorts of excitement – “hexahydrocannabinol” or, HHC for short. But what exactly is it, and how does it differ from Delta-8 and Delta-9? You’re about to find out!

There’s a lot of hidden potential in HHC, so it’s no shocker it’s becoming extremely popular.

Here’s what we know about HHC so far: 

What is HHC?

HHC is quite different from the rest of the available products in the market. It’s not actually a THC compound at all, but it can give you a THC-like experience.

HHC occurs naturally in hemp and marijuana plants in small concentrations. In order to create enough for retail, most HHC products are manufactured in a laboratory.

How is HHC Made Though?

HHC is created through a relatively simple process: A hydrogen molecule is saturated, altering its chemical structure to Delta-9 THC. This process is known as hydrogenation, which converts THC to hexahydrocannabinol (HHC).

While it may have similar effects to THC, HHC is non-synthetic which makes it a perfect federally legal hemp extraction. The end product of HHC allows for an extended shelf-life compared to other cannabinoids.

HHC might just be your new favorite hemp derived high!

How does HHC compare to THC?

HHC is reported to have similar effects with both Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC, yet all of these compounds are very different.

HHC is similar to Delta-8 in that users may experience more calmness.

However, among all the cannabinoids that have been introduced, HHC is the only one that shares highly similar properties to Delta 9, particularly as a Sativa.

Effects of HHC can produce a feeling of euphoria, stimulation, and improved cognition.

What is Delta 8 THC?

Delta 8 is a type of THC that can be derived from hemp – or sometimes – from CBD. While it exists at rates at less than 1%, it can be extracted and concentrated using scientific processes. Delta-8 is reported to be slightly less potent to Delta-9, with calming, anti-anxiety properties. Delta-8 is well known for not only what it can do, but also for what it doesn’t do, which makes it a popular choice.

The best part is that Delta-8 is considered to be the halfway point between CBD and THC. This makes it the ideal cannabinoid for users looking for immediate benefits of THC, with less risk of negative effects like paranoia.

What is Delta 9 THC?

When we say THC, we are usually referring to Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or Delta-9-THC. The THC molecule is what provides the beneficial classic “high” effects. Delta-9 binds with our CB1 receptors, which is found throughout the brain and body. When Delta-9 binds with the CB1 receptors, the effects are quite strong and long-lasting.

The effects of Delta 9 THC can include elation, relaxation, laughter, as well as increased appetite and sensory awareness. Some side effects have been known to cause agitation, confusion, anxiety, and paranoia.

Typically, people who have had a negative experience with hemp have usually consumed a much higher dose of Delta-9 THC than they are ready for. This can lead to a negative experience rather than some of the reported benefits.

What is CBD?

CBD, also known as cannabinol, is the second most abundant of active cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. When taken by itself, it doesn’t produce any psychoactive effects, and it is non-intoxicating. A person’s state of mind is not altered or changed when CBD products are used.

This makes CBD a popular choice for users who are seeking some clear-headed relief of their symptoms. Recreational use of CBD is not common and has no known serious side effects.

Since CBD alone does not produce a high, it’s commonly used for its powerful medicinal and therapeutic properties or paired with other products.

HHC vs Delta 8 vs THC vs CBD

HHCDelta 8Delta-9 THCCBD
Scientific nameHexahydrocanninbinolDelta-8-TetrahydrocannabinolTetrahydrocannabinolCannabinol
Consumption methodsEdibles, Vapes, TincturesEdibles, Vapes, TincturesEdibles, VapesEdibles, Tinctures, Liquids
Reported effectsEuphoria and stimulation,
Increased focus, sense of calmness, and greater efficiency
Mild euphoria, happiness, uplifting feelings, relief of painShort-term increased heart rate, dry mouth, red eyes,Dry mouth, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, drowsiness
Potential benefitsPain relief, cerebral and body high, anxiety relief, happiness, relaxationPain relief, relaxation, better sleep, appetite boost, digestive supportPain relief, muscle spasticity, low appetite, promotes brain growth, insomnia, Eases nausea, anxietyRelieves seizures, Eases inflammation, pain, nausea, migraine, anxiety
Will it get you high?YesYesYesNo
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What is HHC and why is it so popular?

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What is HHC and why is it so popular?

Among the huge craze of hemp-derived cannabinoids overtaking the country, delta 8 THC, delta-O THC, and delta-10 THC just being a few among them, very little of them have evaded public understanding more than HHC (also known as hexahydrocannabinol). Searching up the compound brings up a host of different information: what are the effects, Is it legal, and is it natural? This blog will go in depth about these details.

Hemp-derived HHC isn’t THC, but it offers a THC-esque experience.

Making sense of HHC is a bit complicated in part because it has only recently reached the market and only a handful of retailers are selling it, mostly in the form of vape carts. The cannabinoid offers lots of potential, however; don’t be surprised if you start hearing more about it soon. 

As state and federal agencies continue to outlaw delta-8 THC, the most popular hemp-derived cannabinoid, HHC offers a tiny bit more legal promise—and appeal—since it’s not actually a THC compound at all. It may also elude drug tests, although the evidence for that is purely anecdotal at this point.

HHC is one of our fastest growing products we’d like to say, having it in our local store for only a couple weeks and freshly online, there’s been quite some hype around it. We believe it’s partially due to regulations of certain states banning Delta-8 and 10 products, while HHC is in a whole new category. Although, many people in legal states are enjoying it as well.

What is HHC, anyway?

HHC was first created in 1944 by the American chemist Roger Adams, when he added hydrogen molecules to Delta-9 THC. This process, known as hydrogenation, converts THC to hexahydrocannabinol (HHC).

Hydrogenation isn’t limited to cannabinoid production, it’s actually not new at all, as there’s a similar process used to convert vegetable oil to margarine.

While HHC was created from conventional cannabis-derived THC, these days the cannabinoid is typically derived through a process that begins with hemp, the low-THC cannabis plant that was made federally legal by Congress in the 2018 farm bill, which in turn is allowing HHC to thrive legally.. 

How is HHC made?

There’s quite a few steps to the process. First, CBD is extracted from raw hemp, distilled and isolated in a powder form. From there, things get a little more complicated.

Hemp-derived CBD acts as the base for the chemical reaction that creates HHC.

HHC manufacturing is a proprietary process that takes place inside a chemical reactor. You can go into detail and describe the process, but to put it simply. You put CBD into the reactor, and out comes HHC

Before distilling HHC, it comes out as a very viscous, golden oil.

Is it safe to make HHC?

Richard Sams, scientific director at KCA Laboratories in Nicholasville, Kentucky, has tested HHC products in the past few months. He’s claimed, HHC can be produced safely in a well-equipped laboratory. But if you scale up production, he said, the risks rise, too. “The potential risk here is actually with explosions,” he explained.

What Are The Effects of HHC?

HHC has almost identical effects as THC. It produces feelings of euphoria and stimulation, altered visual and auditory perception, changes in heart rate and body temperature, and altered headspace and cognition.

Many users report the effects of HHC are similar to that of delta 8 THC in terms of being more heavily weighted towards relaxation than stimulation. Think of Delta 10 as a sativa, Delta 8 as a hybrid, and HHC as a indica. HHC is more potent than delta 8 but slightly less potent than delta 9 THC. 

HHC is still very new, so there aren’t many studies available to evaluate its potential therapeutic effects — but so far, it seems this cannabinoid offers most of the same therapeutic effect profile as other forms of THC. There’s even been some animal testing that showed beta-HHC possesses notable painkilling effects when tested on rats. Plus there has been people smoking it on a daily basis with no reports of severe side-effects.

With HHC, all the double bonds have been broken and replaced with hydrogen (AKA hydrogenation).

The Potential Benefits of HHC Include:

  • May promote deeper, more restorative sleep
  • May alleviate nausea or vomiting
  • May alleviate anxiety (may also increase anxiousness)
  • May help manage chronic pain
  • May reduce inflammation

What are the effects of HHC on the body and mind?

There is a lack of consensus around HHC’s potency. The complication arises, in part, from the fact that when the cannabinoid is manufactured, the end result is a mixture of two different kinds of HHC molecules:  9R HHC actively binds to the body’s natural endocannabinoid receptors, while 9S HHC, because of its slightly different molecular structure, doesn’t do so nearly as well.

“The one that fits [into the receptors] produces similar effects” as delta-9 THC, but takes a much higher amount to do so, said Richard Sams of KCA Laboratories. “With a sufficient dose, THC-like effects can be observed.”

In other words, HHC can have THC-like effects on the body and mind, but HHC is less potent, milligram-per-milligram, than delta-9 THC.

How potent is HHC?

I tried it: HHC offered a pleasant and mildly cerebral high, with some pain relief, and in my experience I actually enjoyed it more than Delta-8 THC

One of our many customers have come to us and said

“Personally, with HHC, I feel energetic,” he said. “I go to the gym. I’m sharp, my brain’s working properly. I typically have back and shoulder pain, but I have no pain when I’m on it.”

Does HHC show up on a drug test?

We believe that some of HHC’s appeal stems from evidence suggesting that it can evade drug tests. But—and this is important—he acknowledges the evidence is only anecdotal. This is just what he’s hearing from his customers.

James Stephens, vice-president of innovation at Creo, a biotech firm specializing in cannabinoids, has seen similar arguments made about HHC. “I’ve also seen it advertised that [HHC] doesn’t convert into 11-hydroxy-THC, which is a common drug test metabolite,” he said. “It could possibly be used to evade drug testing regimes if this proves to be true,” he added.

Word to the wise: There is no hard evidence that HHC does not show up on a drug test for marijuana. Don’t bet your job or career on anecdotal evidence.

Is HHC safe to consume?

Like any of the new hemp-derived cannabinoids, there is no standard dose and little to no research on the immediate or long-term effects of HHC ingestion.

Because hemp-derived cannabinoids (including HHC) are not subject to cannabis regulations in legal adult-use states, HHC product makers and retailers are not required to test their products for potency and purity.

We, however, require lab tests to be provided to us before we take in a product and being to sell it.

And now we arrive at perhaps the thorniest question of all: Is HHC legal? 

We would argue, yes. Since HHC is hemp-derived, and not actually THC, they should be in the clear. HHC vapes, gummies, or edibles are perfectly legal on the federal level and will most likely remain legal on the state level as well.

Company officials additionally argue that since HHC is found in the seeds and pollen of hemp plants, it is “non-synthetic” and thus a “perfectly federally legal hemp extraction.” 

For the moment, HHC products exist (and thrive) in the murky legal zone between hemp (which is legal nationwide) and cannabis (which is not).