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In recent years, CBD, CBG, and other cannabinoids have grown in popularity. As cannabis laws and attitudes have been evolving, cannabis products have become more attainable for consumers in stores and even online. Thanks to the benefits these compounds provide, they’ve now found their way into the daily routines of millions of people. 

Now, there is another cannabinoid that is quickly gaining momentum, and for a good reason too. You’ve probably heard about THC since it is one of the most common compounds found in hemp. THC is also found in very large quantities in hemp, making it easy to extract and popular for its benefits. However, we bet you haven’t heard of a new cannabinoid that is very similar to THC and even has similar effects to its cannabinoid cousin. Introducing HHC. HHC is gaining popularity in the hemp community because of the variety of positive effects users have reported it has. Although there is still much to learn about it, HHC is entering the larger hemp, cannabinoid, and cannabis industry discussion. 

However, with HHC only being on the market for a short period of time, many questions have been asked about it. Such as, what is HHC? Is HHC different from THC? What are the differences between HHC vs. THC or HHC vs. Delta-8 THC? What kind of HHC products are available? For the answers to all these questions and more, keep reading to explore the fundamental differences between HHC vs. THC.

What Is HHC?

HHC, or hexahydrocannabinol, occurs naturally in very small concentrations in hemp plants. It must be converted from CBD to be produced in usable quantities. First synthesized in 1944 by Roger Adams, HHC shows much potential when isolated from CBD. We currently know of at least ten types of this cannabinoid.

HHC was first created using a process called hydrogenation. This process adds hydrogen molecules to alter the chemical structure of CBD (hemp derived CBD), producing HHC cannabinoid effects. To create hexahydrocannabinol, two hydrogen molecules are added to the CBD. To learn more about HHC, read our complete guide to HHC here.

What Is HHC Derived From?

Today, HHC is cultivated by growing high-quality CBD flower, as HHC occurs naturally in the seeds and pollen of these cannabis plants. Then, the compound is extracted, distilled, and powdered before being processed into HHC. 

HHC contains no THC whatsoever but still retains benefits commonly associated with more well-known cannabis-derived compounds.

What Is THC?

TCH is one of the main chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant, and one of the most popular. THC is a cannabinoid that is only found in the flowering buds of cannabis plants. More specifically, it’s one of many compounds found in resin secreted by cannabis plants. THC is found in high concentrations in marijuana and can easily be extracted which is why it is so well known throughout the world. This compound is primarily responsible for many of the psychological effects of standard marijuana flower. THC is the main intoxicating compound found in the cannabis plant and has been praised for the variety of benefits it provides. 

Cannabinoid chemicals are made naturally by the body, and the THC molecule act much like these chemicals. Receptors, CB1 and CB2 receptors, for cannabinoids are located in areas of the brain that control memory, pleasure, thinking, perception, and coordination. 

Hemp derived THC stimulates cells in the brain to release dopamine and interferes with how information is processed in the part of the brain responsible for forming new memories.

What Is the Difference Between HHC vs. THC?

When it comes to HHC vs. THC, there are actually a lot of similarities. The two are close in potency and structure, and users report similar effects on their moods, pain control, appetite, coordination, ability to relax, and memory. 

There are differences between the two, however. The five main differences between HHC vs. THC are:

  • Different levels of bioavailability
  • HHC has a much longer shelf life
  • Different prominence levels in the cannabis plant
  • Structurally, HHC has no double bonds in its chemical structure
  • Different plant derivations

It appears that HHC and THC behave in almost identical ways in the body. The type of “high” that both create is also relatively the same. 

What Is the Difference Between HHC vs. Delta-9 THC?

Delta 9 THC is found in very high concentrations in marijuana. Delta 9 THC is a very common cannabinoid on the market, and likely the most well known since it has been around longer than many of the new cannabinoids. Delta 9 THC is what many cannabis users utilize in order to experience the high sensation. HHC is a form of THC — the most stable form, actually. It’s heat-resistant and resistant to UV radiation. Conversely, Delta-9 THC is the most abundant, naturally occurring form of THC, but it’s also the least stable. 

How is Delta 9 THC made? A raw cannabis plant is full of THCa before it dries. THCa is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid. However, as the plant dries over time, this is then converted into Delta-9 THC. This process of converting THCa into Delta-9 THC is called decarboxylation and will occur either slowly over time or as the plant is exposed to heat. Delta-9 THC easily loses hydrogen atoms as it oxidizes, forming double bonds in its ring structure. When this happens, THC becomes cannabinol. In contrast, HHC has no double bonds.

Another thing that sets Delta-9 THC and HHC apart is legality. While HHC is legal at a federal level, Delta-9 THC is only legal when its products meet the requirements of the 2018 Farm Bill. This means that legal Delta-9 products must be derived from hemp and thus contain no more than .3% THC. However, both HHC and Delta-9 THC may be prohibited in your state due to varying state-by-state regulations, so it’s always important to research your local and state regulations before shopping HHC or Delta-9 THC products. 

What Is the Difference Between HHC vs. Delta-8 THC?

Before we dive into the difference between HHC and Delta 8 THC, let’s talk about what Delta 8 THC is. As we already know, there are hundreds of cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. While there is still much more research to be done, what research has found so far is truly fascinating. Delta 8 THC is a cannabinoid found in cannabis varieties such as federally legal marijuana and hemp. Delta 8 THC is known as a relative of Delta 9 THC. Similar to Delta 9 THC, Delta 8 THC has intoxicating effects which makes it very attractive for consumers who want to feel high from their cannabis products. 

For the most part, the similarities between HHC vs. Delta-8 are the same as those between HHC and Delta-9 THC. However, unlike Delta-9 THC products, Delta-8 THC products are considered legal at a federally legal level since they are derived from hemp, not marijuana. This means that they will contain .3% or less THC, and offer a very low dose of THC’s standard benefits. 

Additionally, it is important to note that the effects of Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC are not as strong as each other. Since Delta-8 THC is already revered for its smooth, low-key effects, it should be no surprise that HHC products are often much more potent than Delta-8 products. Many users who prefer a less intense and lighter buzz prefer to choose Delta 8 products. On the other hand, those who prefer a more intoxicating high will find Delta 9 THC and HHC products to be more to their liking. 

HHC products are more potent than Delta 8 THC products due to the fact that HHC is missing THC’s double bond in its top ring structure, which again makes HHC more stable than THC. This structural difference alters HHC’s ability to bind with body receptors, giving it a leg-up over Delta-8 THC. 

What are Typical HHC Effects?

According to many user reports, the effects of HHC products closely mimic those of THC, and could be THC alternatives. Furthermore, preliminary research shows no early evidence of severe HHC side effects, and HHC appears to share a comparable safety profile with THC. While HHC shares similar effects to THC, HHC has less rules and regulations when it comes to cannabis laws. At VIIA Hemp Company, all of our HHC products are legal and ready to ship to all 50 states. 

Some minor HHC side effects that have been reported include insomnia, increased hunger, high energy levels, rapid heart rate, euphoria, and mental stimulation. 

At the same time, many users report pain relief as one of the more pronounced HHC cannabinoid effects, and a more relaxing or sedative quality than that offered by Delta-8 or Delta-9 THC. 

You may wonder why our bodies are so responsive to the effects of cannabinoids. As you probably know, our bodies are equipped with many intricate systems that keep our bodies working at their most optimal function. Some of these systems include the nervous system, respiratory system, and more. However, we bet you didn’t know about one of the largest and most important systems – the Endocannabinoid System. The Endocannabinoid System is the reason why we experience the effects of cannabinoids such as HHC because this system’s primary function is to regulate homeostasis, aka balance, in the human body. How this system works is when we consume cannabinoids like HHC, the cannabinoids interact with our CB1 and CB2 receptors. Endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids attach themselves to our CB1 and CB2 receptors. By doing this, the receptors interact with the cannabinoids to supplement the Endocannabinoid System. This helps regulate our body and push it to work at it’s most optimal function. 

Is HHC More Potent than THC?

As we have said, users of HHC and THC have reported similar effects from the two cannabinoids. However this raises the question, is HHC more potent than THC? In terms of potency, HHC is typically less potent than standalone THC or the THC found in federally illegal marijuana products. That said, it is only less “potent” in its ability to offer users pronounced psychoactive effects, though it may be considered more potent in this way than Delta-8 THC. 

HHC legal has gained popularity instead for delivering a more subdued, relaxing effect that can fit more easily into most users’ lifestyles. Additionally, because of this decreased “potency,” users find themselves better equipped to go about their day, workout, or favorite activities. What they can find in HHC is a pleasant boost that comes without the paranoia or other side effects linked to standard THC.

What Should I Look for When Shopping for HHC Products?

There aren’t many retailers who sell HHC because it only recently reached the market. As the popularity of HHC continues to grow, new products will become available, but quality is sure to become an issue as well.

So to shop the highest quality HHC products right away, turn to VIIA. VIIA offers vape carts with a smooth, powerful experience in portable, low-key packaging. While some hemp companies may put fillers or cutting agents in their vaporizer products, VIIA’s vaporizer products are all pure and uncut. VIIA hemp products are sourced from an organic, sun-grown farm in central Oregon. All of our hemp is extracted and produced with the cleanest and highest quality ingredients. It is also important to note whether or not the vaporizer products you are purchasing have gone through a third party lab testing. At VIIA, each and every product is tested through every stage of production. From seed to finish, VIIA products are tested for quality, potency, and ensure there are no contaminants. 

So whether you’re looking for convenience or discretion, shop the collection today to start customizing your HHC safe experience! 

As we said before, HHC products have a leg up on THC because HHC is legal in all 50 states. At VIIA, all of our HHC vaporizer products are legal and ready to ship to any state in the country. Shop VIIA Hemp Co. HHC products today! 

FAQ

TetraHydroCannabinol is the active ingredient in marijuana that causes its unique effects. THC interacts with specific proteins called cannabinoid receptors, which are found throughout the body and brain.

HHC, or hexahydrocannabinol,  is the chemical name for one of several cannabinoids which are found in cannabis. It has a variety of possible effects on the body, including pain relief and memory improvement.

HHC and THC have more similarities than differences.  While they both have psychoactive effects, the difference between HHC and THC comes down to their chemical structure.

There is little research done about HHC. There is no data that shows how much HHC people should take, what the effects may be, or any negative side effects. Because of this, we can not give you a solid answer as to the typical effects and what you should expect when taking it.