Hemp-derived cannabinoids have become very popular in recent years, and now the search for alternatives to the conventional Delta 9 THC and CBD is in full throttle. One of the most promising lesser-known cannabinoids is hexahydrocannabinol, or HHC. If you're always on the lookout for the best products on the market, you will naturally want to know: What is HHC, and what benefits can you get from it?
Since HHC, a naturally occurring compound, has been in the market only recently and not all retailers have it at the moment, it can be complicated to make sense of this cannabinoid. But people are already hearing about its potential. HHC is said to have effects similar to THC but with a big difference. Anecdotal evidence reveals that it doesn't appear on standard drug tests, although this part has yet to be confirmed.
Stability is another factor in the rising popularity of HHC among other cannabinoids - it's supposed to be super resistant to heat, oxidation, and UV light. This means your stash of HHC will last and retain its potency longer than other cannabinoids.
What is HHC, Anyway?
Although it was discussed by cannabis users just recently, HHC as a THC relative has already been known to science for a relatively long time. It's a minor cannabinoid found naturally in plants, but you can only find it in small amounts, making its extraction from hemp plants costly.
Due to its trace amounts, a sophisticated method is needed to obtain a usable amount. This process involves saturating THC with hydrogen atoms with the help of high pressure and a catalyst like palladium or nickel.
As a result, THC's double bond chemical structure breaks and gets replaced with hydrogen molecules. Nevertheless, the effect and potency of the cannabinoid remain intact.
The alteration in THC's structure increases its binding affinity with the CB1 and CB2 endocannabinoid receptors and TRP pain receptors. More importantly, the