HHC - Frequently asked Questions
Hexahydrocannibinol is a naturally occurring cannabinoid that can be semi-sythithtic as well. Traces of (-) HHC naturally occurring cannabis plants such as traditional marijuana and hemp. When (+) HHC is produced in large quantities, it can be synthesized. Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) is naturally available, but this substance is one of the first synthetic cannabinoids ever produced. HHC was first synthesized by Roger Adams HHC from THC in 1947 by adding hydrogen in Delta-9 THC. Ultimately, Hexahydrocannibinol is a hydrogenated form of THC. This oversaturation of hydrogen molecules breaks down the double bonds within THC. This oversaturation leads to stability, making HHC one of the most structured and indestructible cannabinoids. It’s a structural molecule that is the opposite of CBN. THC turns to CBN with heat and light. HHC has a skyrocket resistance to heat. Although Adams first created synthetic HHC by adding hydrogen molecules to Delta-9 THC (the main compound found in cannabis, commonly referred to simply as “THC”), much of today’s HHC comes from hemp, just like Delta-8 THC. Nowadays, cannabinoids are usually obtained in a process that begins with hemp due to its low-THC cannabis plants that the Federal Congress authorized under the Federal Farm Bill of 2018.
HHC is just one of many new cannabinoids, such as Delta-8 THC, Delta-10 THC, and THC-O. They are naturally present in small amounts in hemp and can be synthesized from hemp-derived CBD. HHC is a rare and peculiar new cannabinoid derived from cannabis, such as Delta 8 and THC-O, but enhanced. Among the numerous cannabinoids extracted from hemp, including Delta 8, Delta 10, and THC-O, HHC is a newcomer. HHC offers a higher level of potency than hydrogenated cannabinoids.
HHC, the most potent of the unique cannabinoids, is considered a simplified THC. HHC stands for hexahydrocannabinol, a hydrogenated form of THC that is naturally present in cannabis varieties. Since HHC is only found in minimal amounts of cannabis, it is usually obtained by hydrogenating THC. When chemically hydrogenated from THC, HHC is also considered semi-synthetic. HHC is a natural phytocannabinoid found in the hemp and marijuana plants; however, the content of natural HHC is so low that the HHC used in today’s consumer products is considered a semi-synthetic form manufactured in the laboratory. This manufacturing process involves separating HHC molecules from the cannabis plant and combining them with a catalyst to form a new compound. This process is called hydrogenation and converts THC into hexahydrocannabinol (HHC). This conversion process does not use harmful chemicals, and the final product is chemically the same as natural HHC. However, although it is not listed in the United States Controlled Substances Act (CSA), according to the Federal Analogue Act (FAA), 21 USC, HHC converted from THC through chemical hydrogenation is considered synthetic. But that THC is focusing on delta-9 THC, not hemp-derived delta-8 THC.
HHC is legal because it is naturally present in cannabis. It doesn’t get complicated until it’s made in large amounts. Others have claimed that HHC is entirely legal because it is also naturally present in the seeds of certain cannabis plants. However, some people think that this is speculative, and the legality of HHC may not be as apparent as other products such as CBD. In a way, they’re all correct. But HHC is just like the rest of the cannabinoids, resting in the grey area of the Farm Bill. HHC is not explicitly listed in the Controlled Substances Act, so it is not a Schedule I drug like Delta-9 THC. Technically, HHC is still an isomeric form of THC. HHC is considered illegal at the federal level in the United States because it’s an isomeric form—however since most HHC on the market is produced exclusively from hemp, it is not illegal. This makes HHC a hemp-derived cannabinoid which allows it to sleep comfortably in the grey area of the beloved Federal Farm Bill of 2018.
HHC has also been a subject of topic in the Federal Analogue Act, which states that any substance derived from THC is a Schedule I drug. However, conventional THC will not qualify as a Schedule I cannabinoid in this case, which would automatically classify the drug analogs in Table 1. This has been the issue with alternate cannabinoids that derive from hemp. The Federal Analogue Act only focuses on traditional THC, delta-9. Since the product only contains HHC made from 100% hemp extract, it’s swimming in the grey area of the Federal Farm Bill of 2018. For convenience, the 2018 Farm Act has legalized it, provided it contains 0.3% or less Delta-9 THC
HHC is not legal in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Utah.
These are the same states that have banned Delta-8 THC.
HHC has the potency, stability, and viability to surpass its fellow cannabinoids. But there have been claims that HHC is more potent than 60% more concentrated than traditional Delta-9 THC. Speaking from first-hand experience and the company’s experience, this is not true. Nor is there enough research to conclude that this is factual. Most claims have been speaking from personal experience, which is excellent. Still, every person has distinct biochemistry and neurological systems, making it impossible to be sure until further research is implemented. In the wave of cannabis-derived cannabinoids sweeping the country Delta 8 THC, Delta 10 THC, and THC-O, none escape the public eye better than HHC. HHC brings a unique experience; it’s relaxing, full-bodied, and has immediate effects on anxiety and stress. Traditional marijuana is more potent than ever now. When you’re looking at a flower that is 20 plus THC, that is a heavyweight champion. HHC won’t knock you out like a big indica, but it’s sedative. Your mood mellows out, but you can still function.
So, if you’ve had a run with traditional marijuana—you’ve had HHC. This cannabinoid is layered; Research has yet to come to conclusive results on its effects. What separates HHC is its stability and viability surpass the rest (Delta-8, Delta-10, THC-V, and THC-O) with flying colors. HHC has been described by many as being comparable to traditional marijuana (delta-9). It’s been suggested that HHC is roughly 60% more potent than THC. That’s not true. It’s an entirely different experience similar to delta-8, delta-10, THC-O, and all of its fellow cannabinoids. HHC doesn’t provide the concentration and focus elevations that say a delta-8 or delta-9 sativa strain does. HHC is like a big indica that provides a deep sense of calm and relaxation. Like many cannabinoids—it feels biphasic; lighter hits provide more head euphoria, while bigger hits provide the extensive sedative notes.
Yes, HHC is safe. The processing of these cannabinoids is always in question, for good reasons. ATLRx is all about transparency because it’s what everyone deserves. You will receive a QR Code that leads you to a DEA-certified lab test that shows you the pure, clean distillate we work with to create our products. We test the distillate before creation and after to ensure no metals, solvents, pesticides, or any harmful residuals. Nothing touches our shelves until we have a test that passes with flying colors. It’s a practice that is used more often in the industry. It would help if you never had to guess what you’re putting into your body. ATLRx provides you with everything you need. We follow the federal regulations of recreational states such as Colorado and Oregon. Beware of vulture-like techniques. The CBD industry is unregulated; we conduct ourselves as if it was. Too many take advantage of this, risking people’s health for a profit. ATLRx only provides the purest products because it’s what everyone deserves.
So far, there is no evidence that HHC will not be detected in drug testing. This is coming to be because HHC is not a THC compound and is said to avoid drug testing. However, there is anecdotal evidence showing that HHC can be unique because it can evade drug testing. There is currently no hard evidence to support the claim that HHC is undetectable in drug testing. It’s important to know what drug tests are pointed towards—their metabolites. It seems that HHC cannot be broken down in the body like THC. Unlike forms of THC, there is some evidence that HHC is not metabolized to 11-hydroxy-THC, which is a degradant being tested by many drug groups. HHC may not be converted to 11-hydroxy-THC when taken orally (like Delta 8 and Delta 9), which is a common metabolite in drug testing. It is unclear if HHC will show THC on the standard medication screen. Screening for THC drugs usually detects the presence of 11-hydroxy-THC, which is produced when the body metabolizes THC. We do not yet know if HHC breaks down into metabolites similar to processed THC. However, whether legal or not, if you want precise drug test results, it is best to avoid HHC. If your employer is testing drugs, we recommend not risk using HHC. Therefore, it can be detected with existing THC tests if the metabolites are similar enough. A GC /MS drug test can also specifically look for HHC. There is currently no hard evidence to support the claim that HHC is undetectable in drug testing. We do not yet know if HHC breaks down into metabolites similar to processed THC. Therefore, it can be detected with existing THC tests if the metabolites are similar enough.
HHC is offered in various forms. The most popular with this cannabinoid is vape cartridges, and ATLRx carries vape cartridges (in-store only) as well as HHC concentrates.
HHC has gained areputation because of it’s medicinal traits that are similar to that of Delta-9THC. It is an appetite stimulate, mood stabilizer easing anxiety anddepression, alleviates pain, inflammation and is also sedative so that you cancatch some sleep. Many were uncertain if it could latch onto our ECS(endocannabinoid system), but thankfully, we got more than we expected! HHC is roughly 70-80% the strength of THC, meaning it's more potent than the other hemp derived cannabinoids Delta-8 and Delta-10. Moderate doses of HHC induce a euphoric psychoactive effect similar to THC but is often reported to having more relaxing and sedative qualities in comparison to Delta-8.
HHC can still show up on a drug test despite the speculation. If the product contains pure hexahydrocannabinol, using pure HHC does not necessarily mean that you will fail the THC test. When chemically hydrogenated from THC, HHC is also considered semi-synthetic. HHC is not THC, so although it may have similar effects, it is not synthetic. However, like many other THC analogs, it does not occur naturally in large quantities, so it must be produced in a laboratory to obtain usable inventory. Like other cannabis products, scientists are still studying the effects and properties of HHC. Although HHC occurs naturally in cannabis, it has only recently become a possible consumable cannabinoid thanks to recent advances in extraction and conversion techniques. Therefore, there is little research on the direct or long-term effects of taking HHC. All HHC products are manufactured using semi-synthetic HHC that THC chemically hydrogenates. HHC is a cannabinoid whose properties and results are very similar to THC. This conversion process does not use harmful chemicals, and the end product is chemically the same as natural HHC. Since HHC is naturally present in hemp, synthetic HHC is also chemically the same as natural HHC, so both are federal laws under the Farm Bill. Decomposition of D9-THC, which forms HHC, is the reduction of carbon double bonds, which usually constitute the position of the delta isomer in the THC structure. THC usually has a double bond in its upper ring structure, not in HHC. In the long run, this makes HHC more stable than THC and reduces its ability to bind to various receptors in the body. So there is no sure way to determine how long it will stay, and there are a lot of aspects to choosing anything like that.
Similar to the delta family, HHC has a collection of isomers. Thus far, there are a total of 10 HHC isomers. The alternative cannabinoid on the market is number one, Hexahydrocannabinol.
1. HHC — Hexahydrocannabinol
2. 9α-OH-HHC — 9α-hydroxyhexahydrocannabinol
3. 7-OH-HHC — 7-hydroxyhexahydrocannabinol
4. 8-OH-iso-HHC — 8-hydroxy-iso-hexahydrocannabinol
5. 7-9α-OH-HHC — 7-oxo-9α-hydroxyhexahydrocannabinol
6. 10α-OH-HHC — 10α-hydroxyhexahydrocannabinol
7. 10α-ROH-HHC — 10aR-hydroxyhexahydrocannabinol
8. HU211 — 1,1-Dimethylheptyl-11-hydroxytetrahydrocannabinol
9. HU243 — 11-Hydroxy-3-(1′,1′-dimethylheptyl) hexahydrocannabinol
10. HDHHC — 3-Dimethylheptyl-11-hydroxyhexahydrocannabinol