HHC has delighted its users as an alternative to THC.  This “new” cannabinoid has soared in popularity… but how does it compare to THC?  If you’re curious about the similarities and differences between HHC and THC, you are in the right place.  Keep reading to learn everything there is to know regarding HHC vs THC.

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What is HHC?

Contrary to how it must seem, HHC is actually not new.  It was initially synthesized in the 1940s by American chemist Roger Adams.  Adams added hydrogen to THC, which created HHC.  This process of hydrogenation is also used to make margarine from vegetable oil.  So, essentially, HHC is hydrogenated THC.


When it comes to HHC vs THC, their difference lies in their chemical structure.  The extra hydrogen in HHC changes the shape of the molecule, and makes it attach less securely to our CB1 receptors.  A cannabinoid’s attachment to these receptors is what determines the high we will feel after ingesting it.  Since HHC attaches to these receptors less securely, it is less potent, and we don’t feel as high as we would if we were consuming THC.  

The hydrogen has another effect on HHC; it increases its stability.  HHC is more shelf stable than THC.  This means it is less susceptible to degradation from light, heat, and oxygen.  HHC’s stability is definitely a plus; you can stock up without the fear of your supply going stale.  


You may be wondering why HHC seemed to just pop up all of a sudden, along with several other “new” cannabinoids.  That’s because when it comes to legality, HHC and THC are on totally different playing fields.  In 2018, the farm bill legalized hemp on a federal level.  Legally, hemp is defined as cannabis containing .3% or less delta 9 THC by dry weight.  The intent of this bill was to increase hemp production for things like clothing, rope, and food.  However, as a result, many cannabinoids were now technically legal as long as they could be derived from hemp.

As we know, THC is legal in a large part of the country, whether medicinally or recreationally.  This is decided by the states, despite the fact that cannabis remains illegal on a federal level.  HHC lies in an opposite scenario.  Since the passing of the farm bill, individual states have reacted with legislation of their own.  Some states have imposed regulations on the booming hemp-cannabinoid market, while others have affirmed the federal laws and legalized hemp cannabinoids, and still others have banned them altogether.  So, while HHC is technically legal federally because it comes from hemp, it’s important to stay aware of what’s going on in your state before indulging.


Regarding HHC vs THC, potency is a popular question.  HHC is less potent than THC; however, this might not be a bad thing.  HHC’s potency lies somewhere between delta 8 and THC.  For users looking for the benefits of THC without the intensity, HHC is a welcome alternative.  Reduced potency can mean less potential for anxiety and paranoia.  Anecdotally, I have also found the HHC to be a little more stimulating and alert than the THC high.  It’s a great cannabinoid to enjoy without completely bringing the day’s productivity to a stop.  Plus, if you’re looking to experience the same level of intensity as THC, all you have to do is just consume more HHC and you’ll find yourself soaring sky high.

The bottom line

If you’re looking for a change in your routine, then HHC might just be the cannabinoid for you.  In some states, HHC is legal while cannabis remains illegal.  And, for other users, HHC is a welcome alternative to THC’s intensity.  Give this more shelf stable and stimulating cannabinoid a try.  DVNT has you covered for reliable, lab tested HHC products.