HHC stands for hexahydrocannabinol, which is a hydrogenated form of THC.
It’s obtained in a similar process that margarine manufacturers use to harden vegetable oils using a process known as hydrogenation, or adding hydrogen atoms to the chemical structure to make it stable.
HHC 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 by using a catalyst like nickel or palladium 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.
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.
Unlike THC, HHC doesn’t lose potency as quickly when exposed to environmental factors such as light, heat, and air.
So, if you’re a post-apocalyptic prepper, you may save some of that HHC to get yourself elevated during hard times.
How Much HHC Should I Take for the Best Results?
The optimal dose of any psychoactive substance depends on a range of factors, such as tolerance levels, age, weight, metabolism, and even gender.
If you’ve never used HHC, you might not know your tolerance threshold, but as a rule of thumb, you should consider this cannabinoid somewhere between the relaxing high of delta 10 thc and the more psychedelic delta 9 THC.
The best way to find out how much HHC is enough for you is to start on the low side and gradually increase the dose until your body responds in the desired way.
Example Delta 10 THC Dosing:
- Low dose: 10 – 20 mg per serving
- Medium dose: 20 – 50 mg per serving
- Large dose: 50 – 100 mg per serving
Where Can You Buy HHC?
HHC has just been discovered recently, so hemp manufacturers are trying to figure out how to infuse it into similar formats to delta 8 products that consumers can buy. The biggest culprit of novel cannabinoids, especially ones like HHC, is the potential danger of the unknown.
The main problem is that HHC is so new, that there aren’t standard testing procedures for it yet — meaning that even producers that test their extracts are unlikely to provide accurate results.
Until the industry establishes the proper testing standards for HHC, you won’t see these products sold by reputable manufacturers. Let’s hope this happens sooner than later.
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