What is HHC? What is the difference with CBD?

In the jungle of cannabinoids (there are more than a hundred), we now know the virtuous CBD and the psychoactive THC. We also gradually become familiar with CBG, CBN or even CBC. The one that is attracting all the attention of the market at the moment is nevertheless quite different and still largely unknown to the general public. He is the HHC, hexahydrocannabinol. Very good, but what is HHC, what are his effects and, above all, what are its differences with CBD ? The answers to all your questions in this colorful portrait of the HHC!

What is HHC (hexahydrocannabinol)?

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HHC is a cannabis derivative often created in the laboratory

Let's talk about cooking for a moment. You'll see, it's not off topic at all. We explain to you: in the food industry, the hydrogenation process is widely used, in particular to transform vegetable oil (liquid) into margarine (a kind of butter). Well, it is precisely this process which makes it possible to create the HHC, this time from THC.

More precisely, it was in 1944 that the American chemist Roger Adams had the idea ofadd hydrogen atoms to THC, in order to stabilize the molecule and make it less sensitive to heat. Indeed, once heated, THC undergoes what is called a decarboxylation, which partly transforms its composition and therefore its effects.

HHC, hexahydrocannabinol in its long form, is therefore a molecule of THC to which hydrogen has been added. It occurs naturally in hemp, but only in trace amounts. More often it is a Synthetic THC, created in the laboratory.

HHC, THC, Delta 8, 9 and 10: what are the differences?

HHC is a hydrogenated form of THC. Delta-8, delta-9 and delta-10 are variants of THC, whose chemical composition is very slightly different. Moreover, when nothing is specified, talking about THC generally amounts to talking about delta-9-THC, the most common form. This is simply an abuse of language, for the sake of simplification. There are a few differences between these analogous versions, which would nevertheless deserve an article on their own. In all cases, it is the effects produced that vary. So let's go back to HGH and its effects on the body.

What are the effects of HHC?

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HHC products are available on the market, pay attention to their effects

Created in the 1940s, HHC remains a little-studied cannabinoid and therefore relatively unknown effects. The few studies on it also contradict each other, some considering it half as strong as THC, others much more powerful, especially against pain. A list of effects, to be taken with caution, nevertheless seems to emerge:

  • pain relief,
  • appetite stimulation,
  • Hallucinations,
  • energy saving,
  • feeling of euphoria,
  • Mood modification (positively or negatively according to consumers),
  • Alteration of the perception of time,
  • Increase in body temperature.

The hope of therapeutic benefits?

HHC has only really been studied for a few years. The hope of being used medically nevertheless remains one of the main motivations of scientists about it. His ability to act against pain, mentioned by a 2007 study, is certainly one of its most hopeful aspects. A other study highlights the potential of certain HHC analogues to block the growth of tumor cells in the context of breast cancer. However, these are only results obtained in the laboratory, on animal models.

HHC Side Effects

A direct derivative of THC, HHC has similar side effects, in particular due to the fact that the two cannabinoids are psychoactive (they make you hover). HHC can thus cause, among other things, episodes of paranoia and anxiety, dizziness and sleeping troubles. It also tends to make the pasty mouth and Red eyes.

HHC Vs. CBD: differences between the two cannabinoids

Finally quite close to THC, HHC is also chemically close to CBD (cannabidiol), but very different in terms of effects. In many aspects, CBD and HHC are therefore antagonistic. They complement each other more than they resemble each other. If you are looking to relax or fight pain using a cannabis derivative, CBD is much more recommended since it is non-psychoactive, almost free of side effects and perfectly legal. The CBD shop Weedy.fr offers you quality derivatives, all strictly selected, tested and legal according to European legislation.

Chemical structure C21H32O2 C21H30O2
Psychoactive (high effects) Yes No
Addiction risk Yes No
Legal Not at all Yes
Natural Traces in the natural state (rather a synthetic THC) Yes
Effects Pain reliever, appetite stimulator, mood modifier, disruptor of temporal cues Numerous therapeutic effects : painkiller, anxiety regulator, anti-nausea, neuro-protective, soothing, sleep regulator
Side effects Hallucinations, paranoia, anxiety, dizziness, trouble sleeping, pasty mouth, red eyes LittleSide effects and mainly at high doses (dry mouth, diarrhea, nausea, drowsiness)
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Cannabidiol, for example in the form of CBD oil, is healthier than HHC and does not get high

All about HHC: mini-FAQ

Does HHC make you high?

Yes. Little is known about the exact effects of HHC. It seems weaker than THC and the hovering effect would rather be on the side of theEnergy not the lethargy sometimes caused by cannabis. It is nevertheless clear that HHC can get you high.

Is HHC legal?

French law, like European law, does not no clear mention of HHC. On paper, it's not exactly illegal. However, its effects being very similar to those of THC, of ​​which it is a derivative anyway, it is more than likely that a court will position itself against the consumption of HHC in the event of a trial.

Can you be tested positive for drugs because of HHC?

Screening tests (saliva, urine, blood) do not directly look for HHC. Its molecular structure is however very close to that of THC and some of the compounds that result from its metabolism are the same. This is particularly the case of THC-COOH, produced by both THC and HHC and looked for in drug tests. There are therefore risks in case of control after consumption of HHC. CBD, on the other hand, is not sought after.