The use of both HHC and THC is the subject of a substantial amount of controversy. While others are convinced that THC is the one and only viable option, some people are adamant that the benefits of HHC cannot be overstated. So, which one is the better option? In this article, we will examine the similarities and differences between these two compounds in order to assist you in selecting the one that will serve your needs in the most beneficial manner.
Although HHC is relatively new to the hemp industry, scientists have been aware of its existence for decades. During the 1940s, Roger Adams and his group were the first to successfully synthesize this compound.
There is evidence from personal experience to suggest that the variant known as delta 9 THC produces a feeling that is both euphoric and relaxing. It is unfortunate that there is currently a lack of transparency in the HHC sector; as a result, it is difficult for customers to know what to anticipate from a substance in terms of the potency and effects that it may have.
HHC has effects that are similar to THC but last much longer. HHC can also handle heat and UV light better than THC. Even though there hasn't been much research on HHC's safety, everything points to it not being more dangerous than THC.
How long their effects last is the main difference between HHC and THC. THC's effects only last a few hours, but HHC's effects can last up to 12 hours. This makes HHC a better choice for people who want their symptoms to go away for a long time. But it's important to remember that the effects of HHC can last for different amounts of time for different people.
When you use HHC, you get a high to THC, but you also feel more relaxed. This makes HHC a great mix for people who want to feel happy and "high." But the effects of HHC can change based on how much is used. For example, a small amount might only make you feel a little bit calmer, while a larger amount might make you feel sleepy.
What effects do HHC and THC have on the body?
Although there are subtle differences, HHC and THC both have physiological and psychoactive effects that are similar to those of other cannabinoids.
You have a complex biological network called the endocannabinoid system that cannabinoids interact with. It's made up of receptors, endogenous cannabinoids, and enzymes. Maintaining homeostasis, or equilibrium, in your body is a team effort, and each factor plays a role.
Cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors are found all over your brain and central nervous system, and both HHC and THC focus their effects there. Anti-inflammatory effects, pain relief, improved sleep quality, and enhanced overall health are just some of the benefits of targeting the CB1 cannabinoid receptors.
THC, like HHC, both have binding affinity to CB receptors, though its affinity for the CB1 receptor is significantly higher. In this way, THC causes a more intense high. The binding of THC to the CB1 receptor also causes changes in the brain's communication pathways, which can have both temporary and permanent effects on cognitive abilities.
Effects of HHC
What are the variations in bodily effects between THC and HHC? HHC has a higher affinity for the CB1 receptors but also binds to the CB2 receptors, meaning it can provide a more subdued high.
An element of the "high" may be reduced as a result. Many people report feeling calm and happy after using HHC products. It has therapeutic uses for relieving pain, unwinding, and calming anxious minds.
Based on current research, HHC is predicted to be 80% as powerful as delta-9 and more powerful than delta-8 and delta-10. While delta-9 has a moderate affinity for CB1 receptors, delta-8 and delta-10 have no such preference.
Some claim that HHC is more bioavailable than THC. The body has less of a chance to absorb THC and CBD. It's true that combining cannabis with fats can improve the body's absorption of the drug.
Scientists claim that the human body is better able to metabolize HHC, so that more of the cannabinoid's therapeutic effects are realized. As a result, the body will make better use of the HHC and absorb more of it. Many people believe that HHC can't be detected on drug tests because it is metabolized too quickly.
In a drug test, the metabolites are what are looked for because they are the chemicals still present in your system after you have stopped using the drug. The non-detection of HHC has not been demonstrated to be a foregone conclusion. Due to the fact that there is some variation in the substances tested for in drug tests, you shouldn't assume this.
Are THC and HHC Federally legal?
When it comes to federal law, both hemp derived cannabinoids HHC and delta-8 are a bit murky. If they are derived from hemp, the Agriculture Improvement Act (2018 Farm Bill) would make them legal under federal law. All fifty states and a portion of Canada now have laws that make it legal to possess, use, and cultivate hemp and its derivatives.
But the federal government may treat HHC and delta-8 as controlled substances by default under the Federal Analog Act because they are isomers of THC with similar chemical structures to THC.
Depending on the specifics of each state's Farm Bill, HHC and THC may soon be decriminalized. The legality of these activities varies from state to state, with some states having passed laws explicitly legalizing them and others having done nothing. Make sure your order is legal in your state.
To sum up, HHC is a powerful cannabinoid that can offer long-lasting relief from various symptoms without the psychoactive high typically associated with THC. More study is required to confirm its safety, but current evidence suggests it poses no greater risk than THC. Though HHC may be decriminalized on the state level, it may still be considered illegal on the federal level.
Is HHC a synthetic or natural compound?
The answer depends on the credibility of the information. It's possible that HHC occurs naturally in hemp, but it's much less common than delta 8 THC or delta 10 THC. Whether the cannabis flower is improperly stored or simply ages, this process of delta 9 THC oxidizing into CBN over time is inevitable.
Hydrogenation of the THC molecule is used instead of natural extraction when the flower has a low THC content. They use this method to link hydrogen atoms to the delta 9 THC component of hemp.
Hydrogenation is the process of introducing hydrogen to a material, typically in the presence of a catalyst like nickel or zinc, to convert the molecule to HHC.
Delta 9 THC's hydrogenation makes the HHC molecule less stable. HHC is a semi-synthetic molecule because the addition of hydrogen makes it more stable than delta 9.
To what extent does HHC cause negative reactions?
The negative effects of HHC are similar to those of THC.
- feelings of Unease or Paranoia
- sensations of dryness in the mouth and/or eyes
- hunger, also known as "the munchies,"
- redness in the eyes
- discomfort in the chest
Due to the fact that the strength of HHC is around 70–80% that of delta-9, those who are searching for a substance with less psychoactivity may find that HHC is a better option than THC.