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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 in terms of composition and dosage.

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

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 various scientific processes. Delta-8 is reported to be slightly less potent to Delta-9. 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. The slightly toned down potency is perfect for newer consumers of THC products, or for those with lower tolerance levels, to help prevent over consumption.

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.

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

What is CBD?

CBD, also known as cannabinol, is the second most abundant of active cannabinoids found in the hemp and marijuana plant. When taken by itself, it doesn’t produce any effects that THC is traditionally known for, such as the intoxicating effects. 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 to maintain a clear-head while still consuming a cannabinoid through their vape, gummy, or topical lotion to provide relief. Recreational use of CBD is not as common as other cannabinoids as a greater variety has become more widely available on the market for purchase in recent years.

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
Euphoria 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
Pain 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