A Guide to HHC: Everything You Want to Know

As more forms of cannabis and THC become available to people across the country, one of the newest and most intriguing products is HHC. This minor cannabinoid is not THC but is psychoactive and can provide a potentially less intense and longer-lasting high compared to standard marijuana. If you’re interested in trying HHC but aren’t sure exactly what it is or how it could affect you, take a moment to review some of the top pieces of information you should know about HHC. 

What Is HHC?

HHC, or Hexahydrocannabionol, is a minor cannabinoid first discovered in 1944 when a chemist, Roger Adams, found he could make it by using hydrogenation on delta-9 THC. This hydrogenation process converts delta-9 into HHC, producing a unique minor cannabinoid. While some research suggests that cannabis may contain trace amounts of naturally occurring HHC, most HHC is produced in a lab via hydrogenation. Like delta-9 THC, HHC binds to cannabinoid receptors and is psychoactive. 

What Does HHC Feel Like? 

Since HHC is psychoactive, many users report that it makes them feel high and mildly intoxicated. Some users also believe that HHC tends to deliver more of a body high than a head high. Additionally, some common effects you might experience while enjoying HHC include euphoria and calmness. However, some users also find that HHC can provide an energizing feeling, so effects may vary based on the user.

HHC Vs. Delta-9: How Are They Different?

While HHC and delta-9 have very similar molecule structures, HHC contains hydrogen bonds, while delta-9 contains double carbon bonds. This difference is caused by the way HHC is produced via hydrogenation, as this process converts THC into HHC by replacing the carbon bonds with hydrogen.

The difference in delta-9 and HHC’s molecular structure causes them to have different effects. For example, HHC tends to produce less powerful effects than delta-9 THC, and some users report that HHC provides a more clear-headed high compared to delta-9’s more “stoned” high. Generally, people think HHC is about 70% to 80% as potent as delta-9, making it a good choice for those who find delta-9 to be anxiety-inducing or too strong. Anecdotally, some users also report that HHC’s effects last longer than delta-9 THC.

Besides the potential difference in their effects, HHC is usually created via a chemical reaction in a lab, while delta-9 THC is harvested from marijuana plants. HHC also has a longer shelf-life compared to standard THC, meaning you can store it longer without losing its potency. 

Does HHC Contain THC?

Due to the hydrogenation process, HHC on its own should not contain THC. Though HHC starts as THC, hydrogenation changes it into a unique minor cannabinoid. That being said, some HHC products may be combined with delta-8 THC or other forms of THC. Additionally, legally sold HHC may contain less than 0.3% delta-9 THC on a dry weight basis. So, while HHC on its own shouldn’t contain THC, HHC products often have at least trace amounts of THC in them, meaning you should check with the manufacturer if you’re trying to avoid consuming THC.

Is HHC Legal in North Carolina?

As of May 2023, HHC is legal on a federal level and in North Carolina. HHC’s legality is due to the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized many types of cannabis products across the country, such as HHC, delta-8, and delta-10. As long as HHC and other cannabis products contain less than 0.3% delta-9 on a dry-weight basis, the federal government allows them to be sold. 

While some states have banned HHC, North Carolina still allows it to be sold as long as it adheres to federal rules. Since the rules surrounding HHC and other products like it are subject to change at any point, it’s important to check with your local, state, and federal government prior to purchasing a product containing HHC.

Is HHC Safe?

Currently, there’s not enough research on HHC to verify how safe HHC is to consume. As a result, it’s often best to speak with your doctor before trying HHC and ensure you’re buying HHC from a reputable manufacturer with a track record of delivering high-quality THC and HHC products. 

Turn to Carolindica for HHC Gummies and Products

If you’re interested in trying HHC, Carolindica has a handcrafted product for you. At Carolindica, we offer HHC gummies, tinctures, and distillate syringes to ensure our customers always have an HHC product right for them. As we manufacture our HHC products, we craft them in small batches and source only top-tier ingredients. Due to our product-oriented approach and high standards, you can expect to receive an excellent cannabis product at an even better price.

Learn more about our HHC gummies and other HHC products today. If you have any questions or want any recommendations on the right HHC product, please contact us.