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An In-Depth Look at HHC

November 2, 2022

HHC reduces anxiety, and improves sleep qualityWith hemp now federally legal, many of its derivatives have been created and are available for purchase. HHC is one of these cannabinoids that offers a variety of benefits and effects similar to THC, with some other qualities as well.

HHC at a Glance

HHC, more commonly known as Hexahydrocannabinol, is a cannabinoid that can be found in hemp plants. It is structurally similar to THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana. Like THC, HHC also assists in a pleasurable feeling when taken. Some people find the “affects” that result feeling similar to THC, while others believe it is something different.

HHC was first isolated in 1996 by a Japanese researcher named Yoosik Kim. Since then, little research has been done on this cannabinoid due to its legal status. However, with the recent legalization of hemp in the United States, more research is being conducted on HHC and its potential benefits.

How is It Made?

Much of what is in HHC is made synthetically because the natural amount of HHC present in plants is generally small. The process used to make synthetic HHC, hydrogenation, involves either naturally occurring THC or CBD converted into THC and adding saturation with hydrogen atoms.

During the hydrogenation of THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol, the double bond in the chemical structure is broken and replaced with hydrogen.

HHC is believed to have similar effects to THC. However, further research is needed to understand its full effects.

How Does It Work?

Cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, or balance, in the body. Endocannabinoids are naturally occurring cannabinoids that bind to cannabinoid receptors and help regulate various bodily functions like sleep, appetite, pain, and immune response.

HHC is believed to interact with the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain and spinal cord, while CB2 receptors are in the immune system.

It is thought that HHC may bind to these receptors and produce similar effects as THC. However, more research is needed to understand how HHC works in the body.

Potential Benefits

Since HHC is a derivative of THC, it shares many benefits. However,  some people experience that the euphoric feeling produced by HHC is somewhat different from what they experience from THC.

Some benefits of HHC include the following:

  • Anxiolytic effects: HHC may help to reduce anxiety by brings down stress levels and is also effective in improving sleep quality.
  • Pain relief: HHC is a potent analgesic that can help relieve pain. It is thought to work by interacting with the body’s cannabinoid receptors.

Side Effects

HHC is generally well tolerated, but like all cannabinoids, it can cause some side effects. The most common side effects include:

  • Dry mouth: HHC can decrease saliva production, leading to a feeling of dry mouth.
  • Drowsiness: This cannabinoid may cause drowsiness and sleepiness. This may be a desirable effect if you are taking HHC for anxiety relief. However, if you are taking it for other reasons, be aware that it may make you drowsy.

HHC can interact with other medications, so it is important to talk to your doctor before taking it. Some medicines that may interact with HHC include:

  • Sedatives
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Anesthetics

Final Thoughts

HHC is a cannabinoid that is structurally similar to THC. It is found in hemp plants in minute quantities and is generally made synthetically.

HHC is psychoactive, meaning it may produce the “high” associated with THC. It offers benefits like anxiety relief and pain management and is generally well-tolerated. However, it can cause some side effects like dry mouth and drowsiness.

HHC can interact with other medications, so it is important to talk to your doctor before taking it.

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