There are more choices for enjoying hemp and cannabis today than ever before. Delta 9 THC, delta 8 THC, HHC, CBG, CBN, CBD, and THCA are just a few examples of available cannabinoids. While we all love having options, the characteristics of each cannabinoid can be a lot to keep straight. Here, I’m going to focus on HHC, and clarify whether or not HHC does get you high.
What is HHC?
The cannabinoid hexahydrocannabinol, or HHC, was first synthesized in the 1940s by American chemist Roger Adams. The scientist added hydrogen to cannabis-derived THC, which produced HHC. This process of hydrogenation is also used to create margarine from vegetable oil. The extra hydrogen converts the THC to HHC, and creates some differences between the two cannabinoids (more on these differences below).
Most, if not all, HHC on the market today is derived from hemp. Hemp is legally defined as cannabis containing no more than .3% delta 9 THC. This is important due to the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill. In an effort to promote hemp production for things like rope, clothing, and food, this bill legalized hemp on a federal level. Inadvertently, the bill also legalized all cannabinoids (psychoactive or not) as long as they came from hemp.
Since then, certain states have been fighting back to either impose regulations on what is viewed as an untamed industry, or ban what they consider to be dangerous drugs. The laws are constantly changing; be sure to stay up to date with your state. Check out this guide (current as of August 2023) for a list of laws by state.
Does HHC get you high?
HHC does get you high and is considered a psychoactive cannabinoid. Though it definitely produces a high, it is still less potent than THC. The extra hydrogen makes hexahydrocannabinol less able to bind to your CB1 receptors than THC. The CB1 receptors are the parts of our endocannabinoid system responsible for producing a high when they interact with certain cannabinoids. If you want a full run-down of the relationship of HHC and the endocannabinoid system, check this out.
Less potency is not necessarily a bad thing, though. Benefits of HHC use may include enhanced mood, euphoria, enhanced senses, stimulated appetite, and relief from nausea. While the precise potency of HHC is debated, most tend to agree that it is more potent than delta 8, but less potent than delta 9. The assessment I most often see is that HHC is 80% as potent as delta 9.
How else is HHC different from THC?
Aside from a difference in potency, the process of hydrogenation actually makes HHC more shelf-stable than THC. Since the chemical structure is saturated, the cannabinoid is less vulnerable to damage from oxygen, heat, and light. This makes it the ideal choice for anyone who loves to plan ahead. Take advantage of its stability with our boxes of blunts and prerolls.
I tried HHC
I can tell you from personal experience that HHC does get you high. The high is relaxing, yet stimulating. I definitely feel more alert than I do while under the influence of delta 9. In a world of ever-increasing demands, this cannabinoid is an excellent option for a dose of stimulating buzz without the intensity of delta 9. I feel so much more focused, capable, and in control of my thoughts. The effects aren’t all coffee-like, however. Aside from a burst of creativity, I still feel a sense of relaxation and calm. I also enjoy that I can cater my whole experience based on the size of my dose. If I’m craving even more relaxation, like before bed for instance, I just smoke more and find myself a little more sedated than stimulated.
The bottom line
To answer your question, yes HHC does get you high! This psychoactive cannabinoid is a great alternative to traditional delta 9 THC. Whether your state hasn’t yet legalized recreational cannabis, or you just don’t like being too high to function, hexahydrocannabinol is an excellent choice to stay lifted without sacrificing your focus. Shop now, and rest assured that our products are made from organic ingredients and are even lab tested. HHC can and will get you high, and DVNT has the reputable product selection to take you there.