What Makes HHC Products So Popular?
The cannabis plant is a gift that keeps giving, cannabinoids and its many cannabinoids which promote overall wellness.
HHC, the newest cannabinoid to hit cannabis, is taking cannabis lovers by storm.
HHC products include HHC gummies and disposable vapes. HHC pre-joint tools are also available. Many consumers are still curious about HHC’s effects and legality. Here’s everything you need about HHC.
Basic understanding of HHC
Hexahydrocannabinol, or HHC, is one of hemp plants’ more than 100 cannabis plants. Trace amounts are found, however.Trace amounts are found, however. This cannabinoid, a THC-hydrogen derivative, has a molecular arrangement similar to that of delta 9 THC. However, it lacks double bonds on THC’s cyclohexyl rings. HHC is a hydrogenated version of THC. It features hydrogen molecules in its cyclohexyl rings, unlike delta 9 THC which has a double carbon bond.
The hydrogen atoms present in HHC alter the chemical structure of delta 9 THC. This structural change then alters the effects of delta HHC on the body, as compared to delta-9THC. The psychoactive compounds HHC and Delta 9 THC have effects such as euphoria and physical and mental stimulation. They also alter cognitive function and visual function.
Due to its structural distinction, HHC is less psychoactive than delta-9 THC. The double carbon bonds of delta-9 THC, located on the ninth molecule, give it a strong affinity for CB1 receptors. These receptors are extremely concentrated in the brain.
The endocannabinoid signaling system (ECS) includes CB1 receptors. This is where hemp-derived products such as cannabinoids or terpenes, like cannabinoids, deliver their effects. Delta-9 THC, however, has a low affinity for the CB2 receptors of the ECS. These receptors are found in higher concentrations than the central and peripheral nerve systems. HHC can also be bound to the nociceptive TRP pain receptors, which modulate pain signals.
The affinity of HHC for CB1 receptors is low, whereas that of CB2 receptors is high. The psychoactive effects of hemp-derived THC are therefore stronger than those of delta-9 THC, but not as strong as those of delta-8 THC.
HHC and delta-8 THC are only an anecdotal comparison. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that HHC may have a more relaxing effect than delta-8 THC.
In 1942, Adam Roger, a chemist, discovered cannabis phytochemicals and made the first historical mention of HHC. Roger also created the “Adams catalyst”, or platinum oxide, which is a catalyst that aids in hydrogenation. Hydrogenation is an industrial chemical process that produces HHC extract.
HHC, also known as trace cannabinoid (HCH), is found in hemp plants but not in sufficient quantities to make commercial extraction uneconomical. Industrial chemists working in the cannabis industry use hydrogenation to convert hemp-derived CBD molecules into HHC molecules.
HHC VS HHC (or HHC-O) is another important factor. HHC’s modified chemical structure makes it more resistant to oxidation from UV light. The oil’s long shelf-life is due to hydrogenation, which is the chemical process that makes vegetable oil. The HHC is therefore more stable than the delta-9 THC, and has a significantly longer shelf-life.
Premium quality HHC products have two active mirror molecules. HHC also features enantiomers. HHC molecules that are inactive may reduce HHC’s effectiveness, but chemists are developing methods for removing HHC inactive molecules to make HHC more active.
What kind of HHC products are available on the market?
HHC production is difficult because of the high-priced catalysts palladium and titanium. HHC is therefore a very rare cannabinoid, as few cannabis brands are able to afford its production costs. The following list shows a few high-quality HHC products from select brands.
HHC Vape Cartridges/HHC Vapes
What is an HHC vape and how does it work? HHC vapes can be HHC carts or disposable HHC vapes. They are known for their fast delivery of HHC into the primary circulatory system. Vapes of different brands can have different potencies.
An HHC vape can be dosed easily because you can track how many hits it takes to get you “high.”
HHC gummies, the most well-known HHC edibles on the market, are HHC gummies. HHC gummies are sweetened with HHC and can be sipped as sour candy by cannabis brands. You can also find HHC edibles in different concentrations.
HHC oil is HHC distillate that has been hydrogenated and combined with carrier oils such as hemp seed oil from hemp plants or MCT oil. HHC is more easily absorbed by your body through the carrier oils, which enhances bioavailability.
You can either consume the oil topically or orally, depending on what you intend to use it for. The oil is more dense than vape juices in vape carts and is therefore not suitable for HHC vape cartridges.
Pre-ground HHC cannabis flowers are used in HHC pre-rolls. They make it easier to smoke the cannabinoid. These pre-rolls are available in a variety of cannabis strains.
Natural levels of HHC cannabinoid are low, but it is present in small amounts. This means that HHC-dominant cannabis flowers don’t exist in their natural state. There are many cannabis strains that contain HHC isolate. HHC flowers are a combination of the cannabinoid’s properties and natural terpenes derived from specific cannabis strains to enhance HHC benefits.
Are there any medical benefits to HHC products?
Research on the hydrogenated THC form suggests it may have therapeutic benefits in addition to its psychoactive properties. The preliminary research on the HHC cannabinoid has not explored its full potential. However, there is some evidence that it may have the following benefits.
1. It might help with depression and anxiety.
Research has shown that delta-9 THC and cannabinoid products have tremendous potential to manage anxiety and depression. The similarities between HHC and delta-9 THC’s interactions with the body, which affects various mental and physical body processes, suggests that HHC could also be used to manage anxiety and depression symptoms.
2. It might have euphoric effects
HHC is similar to delta-9 THC in that it induces euphoria, but milder. Evidence suggests HHC causes moderate euphoria.
Many people mistakenly associate euphoria with side effects of the delta-9 THC molecule, such as paranoia or delirium. HHC-induced Euphoria, however, is a state that enhances your mood, confidence and socialization ability.
3. Might alleviate nausea and vomiting:
One research study found that cannabinoid products including HHC provide immediate nausea relief. Although nausea can be caused by many things, it is difficult to treat this common symptom.
Researchers administered cannabinoids to subjects to monitor their nausea symptoms. On a scale from 1-10, they found that cannabinoids reduced nausea symptoms by four points. Because of their quick action, HHC cartridges make great nausea management.
4. Might Reduce Inflammation:
HHC’s powerful antinociceptive action makes it an ideal antidote to inflammation. One research study found that HHC can reduce inflammation and increase antioxidant activity in the body.
5. May stimulate appetite:
HHC’s mechanism is to interact with the ECS. The ECS regulates many body functions including the production of hunger hormones. A review of research on cannabinoids’ effects on appetite found that HHC increased hedonic, or pleasant food properties such as aroma and flavor. HHC could make food more appealing to people with low appetites. Check out CannaAid for more information on the HHC.
HHC Dosage: How much to use for the first session?
Consumers often ask the question, “Is HHC safe?” HHC’s long-term effects are not clear from the preliminary research. There are no known cases of HHC-related adverse effects.
However, HHC can be intoxicating and cause side effects if taken in large amounts. The key to finding the right HHC dose for you is knowing what works best.
Manufacturers cannot recommend a standard dose for hemp products such as HHC because each hemp-derived cannabinoid, like HHC, has their own effects. How your body processes the HHC will depend on many factors, including gender, age, body structure, and pharmacogenetics.
The golden rule for anyone who is taking HHC products for the first time, is to reduce the dose and take it slowly. HHC product manufacturers will often advise on the safest way to increase doses.