What is it?
HHC (hexahydro cannabinol), is a hydrogenated form of THC. Although it occurs naturally in hemp, to obtain usable amounts, it goes through the process of hydrogenation. This process adds hydrogen atoms that stabilize chemical structures, and through this process, THC is saturated with hydrogen atoms along with high pressure and catalysts like nickel or palladium.
Like THC, HHC is the most stable form of THC out there today. It is resistant to oxidation, heat, and UV light, which means that it will not degrade or lose its potency and has more stability in the THC structure!
What does it Feel Like?
It is extremely like THC effects, described by some users as more relaxing than stimulating, like Delta-8.
What are the Side Effects and What is an Appropriate Dose?
Because so few studies have been conducted on HHC, the information available to us is speculative. But early reports have suggested it is very similar to high doses of THC: anxiety, insomnia, paranoia, increased heart, dizziness.
Appropriate dosage, as with all psychoactive substances, its dependent on age, weight, tolerance levels, and other various factors. As a general guide for new users who do not know their tolerance levels, the potency of HHC lies between the high of Delta-8 and Delta-9.
As always, start on the low end of doses until you know how your body will respond. For relatively experienced THC or D8 users, we recommend starting with a Low Dose (10-20mg per serving). If you are new to using THC or other cannabinoid products, we recommend starting with even smaller amounts, like a micro dose of 1-2mg, and then working your way up.
Is it Legal?
Much like D8 and other cannabinoids, the legality of HHC is still a bit unclear. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued an interim rule (The 2018 Farm Bill), that clarifies the regulatory controls over cannabis and other such products. In this Bill, it states “all synthetically derived tetrahydrocannabinols remain Schedule I controlled substances”.
Some argue that because it occurs naturally, it should be legal, while others point to the various chemical processes needed to get usable amounts of HHC, questioning its natural vs synthetic compound origins. As with most things in life, the true answer lands somewhere in the middle, and will require federal judges to determine if it is natural and legal, or synthetic and illegal.
So, for the time being and its legality in question, HHC is a product you will have to use at your own risk.