HHC, or hexahydrocannabinol, is a fascinating cannabinoid that has recently caught the attention of the cannabis community. It is an analog of THC, like delta 8 THC, but with a unique twist. According to anecdotal evidence, it doesn’t show up on drug tests, although this has yet to be confirmed. So, while we can’t give you advice on that front, we can tell you what makes HHC so special.
One of the most remarkable things about HHC is its stability. It has a high resistance to oxidation, heat, and UV light, which means you don’t need to worry about storage as much as you do with cannabis buds. But what exactly is HHC, and how is it different from THC?
HHC is a hydrogenated form of THC, obtained through a process similar to the one used to harden vegetable oils. It is found naturally in hemp, but only in trace amounts. To extract a usable concentration, a complex process is performed to add hydrogen atoms to THC using a catalyst and high pressure. This causes the breakdown of THC’s double bond chemical structure, replacing it with hydrogen while preserving the cannabinoid’s potency and effects.
Scientists have discovered at least ten isomers of this hydrogenated form of THC to date. This slight alteration enhances THC’s binding affinity for both cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2), as well as the TRP pain receptors. More interestingly, the hydrogenation of THC strengthens its molecular structure, making it less susceptible to oxidation and degradation than its source cannabinoid.
Unlike THC, HHC doesn’t lose potency as quickly when exposed to environmental factors such as light, heat, and air. Upon oxidation, THC gets deprived of hydrogen atoms, forming two new double bonds. This results in the formation of CBN (cannabinol), which only has around 10% of THC’s psychoactive strength.
Determining the Optimal HHC Dosage for You
The ideal amount of any psychoactive substance varies depending on several factors, including age, weight, metabolism, gender, and tolerance levels. If you’re new to HHC, you may not know your tolerance threshold. However, generally, this cannabinoid falls somewhere between the relaxing high of delta 8 THC and the more psychedelic delta 9 THC.
To determine the right amount of HHC for you, it’s best to start with a low dose and gradually increase it until you achieve the desired effect. For instance, if you’ve never smoked or vaped high-THC cannabis, you can begin by adding 5 mg to the low and high end of the delta 8 dosages.
If you’re an experienced user of either delta 8 or delta 9 THC, taking a similar or slightly higher dose of HHC would be a good starting point. However, it’s crucial to know your tolerance level to determine your optimal dosage.
Microdosing is another option that involves taking a very small amount, such as 1-2 mg, to stay on the verge of experiencing psychoactive effects while getting a consistent cognitive boost.
In summary, finding the right HHC dosage for you requires patience and experimentation. Start with a low dose and gradually increase it until you achieve the desired effect. Remember to consider your tolerance level, age, weight, metabolism, and gender when determining your optimal dosage.
Why choose HHC?
- Drug testing
- HHC may not show up on standard 12-panel drug screenings, see our recent blog post.
- Pain relief
- Studies show significant pain relief with HHC
- Stronger than Delta-8 THC
- Convenient to purchase
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