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Does HHC Get you High

word HHC on a paper next to cannabis leavesWhether or not you want to get high (or high you want to get), you’ll want to read about HHC before shopping around. Veterans may appreciate the subtle euphoria produced by this minor cannabinoid. At the same time, HHC is also a great starting point for newbies.

And, Yes, you will get high from HHC. How high depends on you.

Get detailed information about HHC and its effects by reading below. Some of the most important features we’ll cover today include the following:

Key Facts on HHC:        Did You Know HHC wasn’t discovered until 1944? 

HHC High:               You will get high, but not as intense as conventional THC.

HHC Is A Cannabinoid:    Naturally occurring; most often found synthetically.

Drug Tests and HHC:      HHC is a THC analog; What screeners look for.

HHC Legal:              Learn what’s legal and what’s not regarding HHC.

What Is HHC Anyway?

First discovered in 1944, HHC is known scientifically as hexahydrocannabinol. HHC is one of 140 plus cannabinoids found in cannabis. HHC was created synthetically through a hydrogenation process. 

If you’re familiar with margarine, HHC is created similarly by adding hydrogen compounds to the substance. This hydrogenation process creates a more shelf-stable product, making it last longer.

You can, theoretically, find “converted” HHC in cannabis Sativa naturally, but HHC is almost exclusively created synthetically. Because of its shelf stability, researchers are also looking at using HHC to convert CBD - making it more accessible to the masses.

What Being High on HHC Feels Like

Getting high with HHC is subjective, as everyone’s Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, reacts differently. Every mammal, including humans, has an ECS, which is the primary catalyst for how your mind and body interpret cannabinoids like HHC.

Can HHC Gummies Get you High?

person holding hhc oil in labOnce ingested, HHC works with your ECS to produce the following effects:

  • Creative energy
  • Expanded awareness
  • Life is much less serious
  • Funny and engaging perspectives
  • Dreamy
  • Focused
  • Energy directed inward

Is HHC Stronger Than Delta 8?

Yes, you will get more high with HHC than delta-8. If you’re unfamiliar with delta-8, it’s a THC analog considered “weed-lite.” That’s because delta-8 produces a mild euphoria compared to conventional THC, known as delta-9. 

Delta-8 has become increasingly popular, not only because of its relaxed high but also because it’s 100% legal, as long as it’s sourced from hemp. HHC and delta-8 are both naturally found but more cost-effective to produce synthetically.

How Strong is HHC?

Conversely, HHC is much less potent than conventional THC (delta-9). New studies indicate that HHC, because of its weaker binding effects, produces up to 25x times less potency than delta-9.

Delta-9 is abundant in cannabis and is considered a primary cannabinoid, along with CBD. Delta-8 and HHC are much less generous and are considered minor cannabinoids. In fact, they appear in such small quantities it’s much more economical to produce both HHC and delta-8 synthetically.

Benefits: HHC

If you’re sensitive to traditional THC, like delta-9, you may appreciate the subtlety offered with HHC. Aside from its milder psychoactive effects, the correct HHC dosage may have therapeutic effects.

Person holding cannabis leaf in sunlightRecent studies show that HHC analogs reduce the spread of tumors in animal subjects. In addition to slowing tumor growth, the HHC analogs prevented the formation of new blood vessels and reduced cancer cell growth.

Other potential benefits include:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Insomnia Relief
  • Pain reliever
  • Induce appetite
  • Anti-nausea
  • Anxiety relief

HHC Side Effects

Some of you might be sensitive to THC. Even a small dose can have unwanted effects. HHC is not well-regulated. If you buy from a company that doesn’t offer a lab report, you might find yourself on the receiving end of a higher-strength product.

If you’ve bought a reputable HHC product, most side effects are mild, especially compared to delta-9. These include the following:

  • Dry mouth
  • Red eyes
  • Some anxiety
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance
  • Paranoia

Will HHC Show Up in Drug Test?

Because HHC is a THC analog, it can appear on a drug test. Considering there are HHC cannabinoid effects, you might consider avoiding HHC and other THC derivatives to ensure a clean drug test.

Scientifically speaking, HHC binds to your CB1 receptor and metabolizes similarly to other THC analogs. When given a urinalysis, for example, your screener looks for metabolites containing THC traces. 

hhc vape cartridges next to cannabis plantsBecause HHC is so new, there’s no definitive answer to how long HHC stays in your system. Most cannabinoids, like THC, stay in your system for up to 30 days. So it’s safe to assume you should avoid any HHC products 30 days before any drug test.

Is HHC Legal?

HHC is federally legal as long as it’s sourced from hemp. In 2018, congress passed The Farm Bill Act, which states that any product sourced from hemp is permitted as long as it contains 0.3% or less THC.

Why is hemp legal and marijuana not?

Regarding cannabis Sativa, there are two varieties - hemp and marijuana. Because THC occurs naturally in much fewer amounts of hemp, the U.S. Government recognized its production as legal for products such as CBD.

Will HHC Eventually Become Illegal?

While federally legal, THC analogs like delta-8 and HHC are under more scrutiny from states and federal agencies. Colorado, for example, bans “chemically” altered THC derivatives, like delta-8 and HHC.

The FDA is also concerned about THC isomers, such as delta-8, primarily because of the lack of regulation. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently stated that any synthetic form of THC, like HHC, is to be considered a schedule 1 narcotic.

Bottom line: There’s nothing specific banning the use and sale of HHC. As long as it’s sourced from hemp, consider the federal laws to deem it legal 9for the time being).

Key Reminders

When shopping for HHC, keep in mind a few things: 

  • HHC will get you high, just not as intense as THC
  • HHC is federally legal but always check state laws first
  • hhc oils and thc leavesCheck out a lab report before buying to ensure THC content
  • HHC might not be for everyone, but its side effects are mild
  • HHC will last a long time
  • No reported fatal overdoses (highly unlikely, according to the CDC).

*These statements have not been evaluated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness. Any medical advice should be taken from a medical professional.

All of the articles on this site are written by 3rd party content providers, expert bloggers, or doctors not directly affiliated with EHDelta.

Individuals should learn the risks and side effects prior to taking any Delta products. Make sure to always check with a medical professional before starting any new Delta treatment or medication that is not FDA-approved.

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