The legal status of HHC, a THC analog similar to delta 8, is a topic of much debate. While some companies claim that HHC is legal since it occurs naturally in hemp, others argue that it doesn’t occur naturally in substantial amounts and that various chemicals are added to obtain it.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has released a statement on the regulatory aspects of cannabis and its components under the 2018 Farm Bill. According to the agency, “all synthetically derived tetrahydrocannabinols remain Schedule I controlled substances.”
The crux of the debate surrounding HHC’s legality is whether it is a natural or synthetic compound. If federal regulators classify HHC as natural, it is legal as long as it comes from hemp and contains less than 0.3% delta 9 THC. However, if it is deemed synthetic, it will only become federally legal once cannabis is decriminalized or legalized on a national level.
Until a court offers an opinion on HHC’s legal status, it is impossible to say whether it is 100% legal or illegal. Therefore, it is important to use this product at your own risk.
In conclusion, the legal status of HHC remains a murky debate, and it is up to individuals to make informed decisions about its use.