Just when we were getting familiar with new cannabinoids like Delta-8 and Delta-10 THC, the cannabis community launched a whole new slew of weed-derived products. On the one hand, it’s incredible that these products are available to the general public, and on the other hand, it leaves a lot of questions up in the air. Like, what is HHC? Is this new hemp-derived cannabinoid going to lead you to a failed HHC drug test? First of all—don’t panic. We’ve got all of the information you need to pass a drug test.
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Hexahydrocannabinol, or HHC, is the latest craze in the hemp products marketplace despite its discovery dating back to 1944. A quick Google search will bring up several brands promoting HHC vape pens, tinctures, or gummies as an expansion to their line of hemp-derived products containing CBD, Delta-8, or even THC-O.
The mass appeal for these products has much to do with their legal status. These newer cannabinoids are protected under the 2018 Farm Bill that allows for the production and sale of industrial hemp products to adults nationwide in all but a few states. Few rules apply, so long as the originating plant material is hemp (not marijuana) and the final product contains less than 0.3% THC.
HHC is found in very small amounts in hemp and is a hydrogenated form of THC. To put it simply, a hydrogen atom is added to a THC molecule while exposed to high pressure and some kind of catalyst, likely palladium or even nickel. This process breaks down the double bond structure of the THC, replacing it with hydrogen.
This change in molecular structure creates HHC, and although it is still similar to THC, it produces slightly different effects. Its potency is not yet fully understood. Users report that it feels similar to Delta-8, meaning that it produces effects like Delta-9 THC but with milder results. Does HHC get you high? Yes, absolutely. But not as high as one would expect from THC.
HHC’s propensity for getting you high is what entices users in states without a recreational or medical marijuana program. You can buy HHC online, thus removing the barrier to access to a cannabis product that offers more of a psychoactive high than CBD.
Drug tests detect the metabolites that remain after your body processes THC. There is no such thing as an HHC drug test, but there may be a reason to believe that even hemp products can result in a failed drug test. Some theories suggest that because HHC is an altered form of THC, there is no THC present in any HHC products. However, there is little research to support this yet.
What we do know is that drug tests are not very sophisticated, and many people have failed a THC drug after using only hemp-derived cannabinoid products. Even CBD use has resulted in failed drug tests for some people.
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For anyone who absolutely needs to pass a drug test for any reason, it’s best to stop the use of all cannabis products and start a THC detox program. Depending on how much time you have before your test, you may be able to detox naturally. It’s best to have a 30-day buffer for this approach.
Approach your detox much like you would if you were trying to purge your system of THC. Staying hydrated is essential to our body’s ability to flush out toxins. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water every day. Although herbal teas are not a cure-all for HHC detox, they do add to hydration and help you urinate more frequently. Opt for dandelion, schisandra, or milk thistle.
Because our bodies store cannabis metabolites in body fat, it’s helpful to kick up your exercise routine and pursue a few extra fat-burning exercises. While you’re on this healthy kick of a detox program, try switching out some of your snack foods with antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies. Avoiding inflammatory foods like wheat, sugar, and alcohol will go a long way in supporting detox efforts.
There’s no need to pursue any of the whacky internet myths like a niacin detox, and you are best advised to avoid using synthetic urine. Choose a trusted detox kit or drink if you are short on time before your test. There are plenty of options, even with only a day’s notice.
Unfortunately, there is no one reliable answer to this question. How long HHC stays in your system depends on a handful of factors. Dosage and frequency of use are the biggest indicators. The more you use, the longer it will take to detox naturally. Age, hydration level, body fat percentage, and overall health also play key roles.
In addition to the physical factors, it’s helpful to know the type of test you will be taking. For example, a urinalysis is the most common type of drug test and can detect urine for up to 30 days after last use. Blood and saliva tests have much shorter windows of detection, usually lasting only up to a few days in most cases. Hair follicle tests are the most difficult to beat because their window of detection stretches up to 90 days.
This tidbit of advice certainly applies to drug tests. In no universe do you want to fail that test and lose your job, or miss out on a new one? While we still have a lot to learn about HHC, it’s safe to assume that there is some possibility that it might cause you to fail, even though we haven’t yet developed an HHC drug test. Best to play it safe and keep a trusted detox program on hand.
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