Posted by Julie Armold on 5/13/2022 to
HHC 101 and Its Benefits
HHC is the shorthand for HexeHydroCannabinol, which is commonly found in cannabis products. HHC was “first created in 1944” by Roger Adams, who was an American chemist. To this day, HHC is one of the most popular compounds found in cannabis products, and one of the least understood. Often when doing research on your own about HHC, you may notice contradicting information is pulled up online, making it even more difficult to decipher exactly what it is and what it does.
What is HHC?
HHC is most commonly found in vape products sold where cannabis is legal. HHC stands out from traditional cannabis products because it is not technically THC, which makes the legalization of it a bit more confusing. HHC is named for the process by which it is compounded and it’s not mutually exclusive to cannabis products. This process is also used to create margarine products out of vegetable oil. Similar to THC, the effect HHC leaves on its users is a high-like state. Since HHC is newer to the legalized marketplace, much research is still being conducted on the benefits and effects.
Is HHC Legal?
Products such as “Delta-8 and HHC can be made from hemp,” which according to the 2018 Farm Bill (by The Agricultural Improvement Act) allows for “parts of the cannabis plant that contain 0.3% or less of THC” to be bought and sold. Despite this, some like to say that HHC is not legal. It’s still a bit of a gray area. According to one source, Ethan Russo, M.D. is a board-certified neurologist, founder and CEO of the company CReDO Science. He stated that:
“My position is that even the synthetically derived delta-8 that’s out there is illegal. [In the] original Controlled Substances Act of 1970, hemp fiber, for example, isn’t illegal, but once you start doing chemical extractions on it, it is. Delta-8 is an isomer of delta-9 THC. There is a 1986 congressional act called the [Federal] Analogue Act that says if you make a molecule related to something that’s a Schedule I [controlled substance], what you made also can be considered Schedule I and illegal.”
It's important to note that all HHC we sell is from the hemp plant, which is compliant in all 50 states and legal to sell and purchase.
The Benefits of HHC
Despite the murkiness around the legality of HHC, there are some strong benefits for its users. Like its marijuana relation THC, HHC has shown to reduce the effects of pain in its users. Other benefits of HHC may include:
Ease of anxiety and it’s symptoms
Decreased feelings of stress
Increased quality of sleep
Reduction of inflammation in the body
Induced happiness / euphoria
Relief from symptoms associated with nausea including alleviation of vomiting
Research still needs to be done on HHC in order to understand the full potential of its benefits and how to help users achieve them.
HHC still needs to be studied more comprehensively, but the dosage is similar to that of Delta-8 and goes as follows:
Minimal Dosage is anywhere from 10-20mg per serving
Moderate Dosage is anywhere from 20-50mg per serving
High Dosage is anywhere from 50-100mg per serving
As with any strain of cannabis, it’s important to start with the lower end and work your way up in order to allow your body time to adjust to the chemical and its effects and it will be different with each user. It’s recommended to microdose if you’re entirely new, which would be anywhere from 1-2mg. As with all marijuana strains and compounds, allow for at least two hours after taking a dose to see the full effects on your mind and body before taking more. Cannabis can often have a delayed effect depending on the person's weight, age, biology, and what you have/haven’t eaten or drank prior to taking your dose.
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