THC is the cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactive effects of the plant, while HHC is more potent but not as well known. Both cannabinoids have therapeutic benefits, but THC has been further studied. As for legality, THC is illegal in the United States, while HHC is currently not classified. HHC produces effects that are comparable to those of THC, but that last much longer.
HHC is also more resistant to heat and UV exposure than THC. Although research on the safety of HHC is limited, everything suggests that it is no more dangerous than THC. HHC is a long-time relative of THC known to science, but until recently it wasn't discussed by cannabis users. HHC is a minor cannabinoid; it is found naturally in cannabis, but in quantities that are too small for cost-effective extraction.
Since commercial production of HHC has just taken off, it is not yet widely known. While THC, particularly delta-9, is found in high concentrations in marijuana flowers, HHC is found in small amounts. Most of the HHC products on the market are manufactured by transforming THC through chemical reactions in a laboratory. HHC is short for hexahydrocannabinol and is a more stable hydrogenated form of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
Chemically speaking, HHC includes a hydrogen molecule that THC does not contain. Although HHC may occur naturally in hemp, it is relatively scarce compared to THC delta 8 and THC delta 10. Flowers with low THC levels cannot be extracted naturally, so growers resort to hydrogenation of the THC molecule as an alternative. THC and HHC have almost identical molecular structures, except that the carbon double bonds are replaced by hydrogen. This apparently makes HHC a legal hemp product and offers protection to manufacturers and sellers of HHC (and delta 8 and delta 10 THC, THC-O and THCP), although some lawyers point out that other federal courts could reach different conclusions.
Due to slight variations in its molecular structures, 9R HHC, the high-potency active HHC twin, binds to endocannabinoid receptors and produces effects comparable to those of THC, while requiring much higher doses of HHC. As state and federal agencies continue to ban delta-8, the most popular hemp-derived cannabinoid, HHC offers a little more promise and legal appeal, since it's actually not a THC compound at all. Each Exhale Wellness THC gummy contains 30 gummies and each contains 25 milligrams of CBD and 0.05 milligrams of THC. These variables include the amount of HHC consumed, how the body handles it, and how often HHC is used with other substances.
Many reports claim that the high HHC content produced is much more potent than delta-8, but not as strong as delta-9 THC. High-power active HHC is known as HHC 9R, while low-power inactive HHC is known as HHC 9S. Regarding side effects, high doses of HHC have been reported to be very similar to those used with THC, and people may have different experiences. TrēHouse high-potency HHC gummies contain 25 mg of HHC per serving, making a total of 500 mg per pack of 20.
Like THC delta 8 and THC delta 10, commercial HHC is made from hemp-derived CBD in a laboratory using chemical processes. HHC and THC produce similar effects on the body to those of other cannabinoids, but with some slight variations.