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CBD vs. HHC

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What is CBD? 

CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that has seen tremendous growth over the last decade due to its medicinal properties. These benefits raised the curiosity of the health and wellness community, and the rest is history; an entire industry settled in. But it wasn’t a quick jump into the market due to a misunderstanding of CBD. It’s been lumped into the same category as marijuana simply because it’s a hemp plant, and so is marijuana. It’s equivalent to saying, “I don’t like this person because they’ve caused trouble. That’s their sibling who I’ve never talked to—they must cause trouble too.”

As you can see, it’s a fallacy—a circular argument that holds no weight. We often have a first-time guest at ATLRx who wants to learn more about cannabinoids. Thankfully, others like them decide to give CBD the time of day. Those who give it the time of day often become advocates for its benefits. So what is CBD exactly?

CBD is found in cannabis plants such as hemp and marijuana; between the two cannabis species, more CBD is readily available inside hemp. Hemp-derived simply means that it’s available within the hemp plant naturally; it doesn’t bring the quantity into the equation. As far as hemp-derived products go when pertaining to the federal farm bill, there needs to be 0.3% or less of Delta-9 THC in the hemp-derived product and Delta-9 is the intoxicating chemical compound found in marijuana. It should be known that there are three types of CBD products. You have an isolate, which has only one cannabinoid in it. You have broad spectrum which usually has all of the cannabinoids besides Delta-9 THC. Lastly, you have full-spectrum which includes all of the natural cannabinoids including THC. ATLRx has full-spectrum products, and yes, those extra cannabinoids can make you fail a drug-test.

What is HHC? 

HHC or is Hexahydrocannabinol, is a hydrogenated cannabinoid that can be found in hemp. HHC is a form of hydrogenated THC, making it an isomer. There are ten known types of isomers of HHC, and now HHC has a sibling out on the market called HHC-O. It’s all moving quickly! Delta-9 THC is HHC’s closest cannabinoid; overall, it is a modified structure of delta-9 THC, better known as the psychoactive component in traditional marijuana. The effects of HHC are similar to that of delta-9 THC. You can look forward to more physiological and psychoactive traits in HHC—it has been said to be the midpoint between Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC.HHC is found in hemp, primarily in its seeds and pollen. But like Delta-8 THC, and Delta-10 THC, HHC has to be manufactured through chemical processing to create an abundant amount for a product. An interesting example has been brought to the discussion of HHC processing; it seems to be the same hydrogenation process that turns vegetable oil into margarine. Let it be known that margarine is not okay; it’s not the processing—it’s the fact that they try to make a substitute for butter. If you can’t have butter, please don’t insult it by eating the flavorless, plasma-like substance known as margarine. Everyone can believe it’s not butter.

HHC has been out and about since 1947, thanks to chemist Roger Adams. This procedure wasn’t isolating THC found within the plant. Raphael Mechoulam, the Harvey Prize-winning Israeli organismic chemist, was the first to isolate THC from the plant. Roger Adams was responsible for being the first to synthesize THC through structural modification (i.e., adding a hydro molecule), so we have to thank both of these gentlemen. Oh, and don’t worry—Adams went on to win the National Medal of Science for Chemistry.

It’s certainly difficult to tell the difference between a lighter Delta-9 strain and HHC. Keep in mind that everyone has a unique way of interacting with cannabinoids; because of this, there has yet to be a general consensus on how potent HHC is. You can hear whether it’s less potent or more potent from every direction in this industry. But HHC has a lot of mythology behind it—that has no hard evidence to support its claims. Interestingly, it was revealed why that may be; the processing results in two separate forms of HHC within HHC products. 9R HHC is great friends with our endocannabinoid system, clinging on with ease. 9S HHC doesn’t feel that way due to its structure; it’s just there (as far as we know). This discovery has been considered the final answer on its potency, even claiming that it’s not as involved as Delta-8 THC. If you are curious, unfortunately, there is no proof of avoiding a failed drug test with HHC. Drug test for metabolites, and metabolite show up with HHC as well.

HHC is considered to be indestructible due to hydrogenation. Hydrogenation is the oversaturation of hydrogen molecules within a molecule. The flooding of the hydrogen causes the double bond to break and then be replaced by another hydrogen molecule, leading to a double bond. Hydration ultimately provides structural stability that has a shelf life beyond other cannabinoids. UV rays and heat have a way of turning delta-9 THC to CBN, which isn’t a con if you’re looking to catch some sleep. Let’s be honest, though; no one wants to smoke CBN after a fourteen-hour day.  

What is the difference between CBD and HHC? 

If you are curious about why this is called the CBD Industry, all of the alternate cannabinoids on the market begin as CBD. Those cannabinoids exist in minuscule amounts; CBD brings the quantity through solvent processing. So CBD is the mother of all alternate cannabinoids, as CBGA is the mother of all cannabinoids. HHC begins as CBD. CBD is non-psychoactive; however, it can become psychoactive through organic solvents. HHC is no different. The processing is extensive because there are various conversions before you get to the final product of HHC. However, HHC is pushing two separate forms of itself. ATLRx uses Full-Spectrum CBD, which means there are other cannabinoids in our CBD products to maximize your bioavailability. Your bioavailability is the quantity of additional cannabinoids you receive and the benefits they produce. ATLRx has CBD, CBC, CBG, CBN, and traces of Delta-9THC. All of these are compliant with the Federal Farm Bill of 2018. When all of those cannabinoids enter your system, the entourage effect is called. The more cannabinoids there are the more results that you’ll see. But there is no immediate relief like in HHC. CBD builds in your system, and you also have to experiment to find the results you want.

HHC is only Hexahydrocannabinol; it doesn’t carry any extra cannabinoids. It is immediate, though. Despite anecdotal reports that HHC causes insomnia, paranoia, and fear, similar to traditional THC side effects, there isn’t enough preliminary research to support it. HHC provides a cerebral euphoria that alleviates anxiety, embraces relaxation, helps with chronic pain and inflammation. A few studies suggest it has a place on the medicinal market, but it is still in the preliminary stage of research. HHC is rolled out predominately in vape cartridges. Since its debut on the market in 2021, consumption options have expanded to concentrations, gummies, and there is HHC flower. HHC flower involves the same process as Delta-8 THC Flower and THC-O Flower. The distillate is frozen with dry ice then sprayed onto the buds, nothing too crazy. ATLRx has HHC carts, and we recently released our HHC dabs as well!

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