What's Stronger: HHC or THC-O?

Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) is a hydrogenated and therefore highly chemically stable version of THC. It is approximately 70-80% of the power of the delta-9, and the delta-8 is about half as potent, meaning that HHC is stronger than the delta-8 in general. However, THC-O, also known as THC-O acetate, THC X acetate, ATHC and THC acetate, is estimated to be more than 300% more potent than THC Delta 9.Therefore, in general, the potency of HHC is weaker than that of THC-O. HHC was first discovered by Roger Adams while chemically synthesizing natural THC in 1947. A complex procedure is used to saturate THC with hydrogen atoms at high pressure and a catalyst such as nickel or palladium, resulting in the formation of HHC.

The oldest methods for creating HHC involved the use of THC and its subjection to acids such as synthetic gastric juice. Structurally, HHC and THC are very similar, but THC has a double bond that is not in an HHC molecule. HHC can also be created from hemp-derived CBD, and when you buy HHC products, you usually get HHC made with hemp-derived CBD. Despite the difference in potency, the consumption of products with HHC and THC produces similar effects and benefits, such as relaxation, sedation, energy, concentration and sleep promotion (among others).

Users often experience a brain buzz when HHC comes into effect and they realize that they are in a more encouraging mood. It is considered a “prodrug” because it still requires initial processing, but it is not preactivated by heat (decarboxylation) as are most THC products and by-products, such as THC Delta 8 or THC Delta 10. Therefore, what we can say is that HHC is more psychoactive than THCV. Not to mention that it's 30% more intoxicating than THC delta 8 and delta 10 THC. It's best to avoid all variants and derivatives of THC if you take a drug test for at least three months since traces of THC can stay in your body for that time or even longer.

Still, some states penalize all types of THC, so always check local laws before buying and consuming THC Delta 8.

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