Is HHC Safe to Use? An Expert's Perspective

Hydrogenated hemp cannabinoid (HHC) is a relatively new compound that has been gaining traction in the cannabis industry. It is a hydrogenated form of THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, and has similar effects and potency. But is it safe to use?At this point, there is no evidence that HHC is any less safe than THC. However, due to the lack of research on the metabolites of HHC, it is important to exercise caution when using HHC products.

Manufacturers may suggest that it is safe since it comes from the hemp plant, but this does not necessarily mean it is without risk. There are no reports of side effects yet, but this doesn't mean that long-term problems won't arise in the future. HHC was created by Adams through a process called hydrogenation, which converts THC to HHC. This molecular change makes HHC more stable than THC with greater resistance to heat and UV rays. It also causes HHC to become approximately 80% more potent than THC, although some suggest it is even stronger.

Most HHC products on the market will have equal portions of (R) and (S) HHC. The dosage of HHC is not well understood yet, so it is difficult to say how much is needed to achieve an experience similar to that of THC. Additionally, although it is not listed in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of the United States, converted HHC could be considered a substance of synthetic origin under the Federal Analogs Act (FAA). This means that the use, possession, sale, distribution and production of HHC products could be illegal. Overall, HHC appears to offer most of the same therapeutic effect profile as other forms of THC. However, due to its newness on the market, there is still little data on short- and medium-term adverse effects or long-term problems.

Therefore, it is important to exercise caution when using HHC products.

Kelli Prellwitz
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