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Learn | 06.17.2022

What Is HHC? The Complete Guide To Hexahydrocannabinol

Just when you thought you had a grasp on all the new cannabinoids popping up everywhere, here comes HHC as a worthy addition to your list.

With such a variety of cannabis compounds popping up everywhere, it’s hard to keep up with them all. Here at Herb, we have been showcasing some of the lesser-known cannabinoids that are often overshadowed by the ultra-popular THC and CBD. 

This research has swayed many into discovering the trippy THC-O, the sativa-ish THCV, and the delta twins (Delta 8 THC and Delta 10 THC) that bookend the psychoactive classic THC (also known as Delta 9 THC) but bow to it in terms of potency. 

HHC is the latest addition to this club of new cannabinoids. And the brand that first got to market with reliable, safe, and highly flavorful HHC products was the Cali-based brand Binoid.

Their line of terpene-fueled HHC vape carts offers five great strain-specific options to try this new cannabinoid. They carry indica, sativa, and hybrid options so there’s something for everyone.

Let’s take a look at this promising new compound that could be the missing link in getting the full potential out of the cannabis plant.

What Is HHC?

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Hexahydrocannabinoid (HHC) is a semi-synthetic cannabinoid that is a hydrogenated form of THC, which means that it is very similar to THC but has more hydrogen atoms. To be specific, HHC has two additional hydrogen atoms in comparison to THC, which causes it to have a longer shelf life than its popular cousin. 

The double carbon bonds that make up THC’s molecular structure are separated during the hydrogenation process, and thus, HHC is created. Scientists and stoners are curious about HHC’s ability to be absorbed more efficiently in the body than the naturally occurring cannabinoids. 

Certain naturally occurring cannabinoids like THC and CBD are not fully absorbed by the body because they aren’t completely bioavailable, meaning the proportion of these cannabinoids that enter the circulation isn’t as high as it could be. This results in us not experiencing the full benefits of the compound. 

When it comes to HHC, scientists believe that more of the product would get metabolized and our endocannabinoid systems would be able to fully utilize the compound in a manner unlike we’ve ever seen.

How Is HHC Made?

Since HHC is a semi-synthetic compound, it is made in a laboratory where smart people isolate the molecules in our favorite plant to deliver specific cannabinoids that have the potential to rival their family tree. 

This hemp-derived cannabinoid is created when a specific amount of hydrogen is added to a cannabis compound, influencing its chemical structure. Then a metal catalyst is used to cause a reaction with the compound.

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These catalysts make the chemical reaction more rapid and active without adhering to the cannabinoids and tarnishing the product. The catalysts, usually nickel, palladium, or platinum, are taken out of the mixture once they do their job. 

This chemical reaction is what gives the cannabinoid its chemical properties that wouldn’t otherwise occur in nature. This changes the molecule, as well as how it is absorbed by our bodies. 

Binoid’s HHC products are made using 94% premium hemp-derived HHC distillate and completed with 6% strain-specific terpenes that combined deliver a well-balanced mind and body buzz.

HHC Effects

Out of all the cannabinoids that have been introduced lately, HHC has the potential to be the most similar to Delta 9 THC in terms of effects. Its close chemical structure could be the reason why users report effects like:

  • Pain relief
  • Cerebral and body high
  • Anxiety relief
  • Happiness
  • Relaxation

HHC Benefits

While many studies are still forthcoming in regards to HHC, there have been some studies that link HHC, among other natural and synthetic cannabis compounds, to the shrinking of tumors in cancer patients. This is promising news for HHC and its possible future medicinal benefits. 

HHC vs THC

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On a molecular level, both THC and HHC have an almost identical structure. The main difference is that THC has a double bond on the top in its top ring structure, which HHC doesn’t.

Potency-wise, HHC is estimated to be 20% less potent than THC. However, other studies say that it can be even more potent.

Other than that, both cannabinoids share almost identical attributes.

Is HHC Safe?

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Because it is derived from hemp, retailers can get away with shipping to certain states that allow such actions. You’ll want to check to make sure you’re not breaking any laws in getting HHC shipped to you, but if you have had other cannabinoids like CBD or Delta 8 THC shipped before, then you should be just fine ordering some HHC. 

Binoid’s HHC cartridges are federally legal as they are made from HHC extract that is 100% derived from hemp and does not contain more than 0.3% Delta 9 THC. However, you’re better off checking your state’s legislation on this to avoid inconveniences.

Will HHC Show Up On A Drug Test?

Some studies have pointed out that HHC metabolites trigger Delta 9 drug tests, so we advise you to avoid using HHC if you got an incoming test.

Does Hemp Contain HHC?

HHC is derived from hemp, but remember, it is a semi-synthetic compound which means that it is made in a laboratory. Molecules are isolated from the plant and mixed with a catalyst to form a new compound with similar properties as natural hemp. 

How To Buy HHC

With the rush-to-market state of mind that a lot of companies have, sometimes corners are cut when it comes to the product’s quality. 

When you’re shopping for some legit HHC, make sure to go with a trusted brand like Binoid, which offers tested products that provide you a sigh of relief in knowing your product is being extracted in the most efficient, natural way. 

Their line of HHC cartridges and their tincture offers plenty of options for you to try this exciting cannabinoid.

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