THC-O vs. HHC
What is HHC?
If you are a hemp enthusiast, you’ve probably heard about an emerging cannabinoid called HHC (Hexahydrocannabinol). But what is HHC exactly? HHC is found in the hemp plant alongside other cannabinoids we are already very familiar with.
Due to being found in minuscule amounts in the hemp plant, it must go through a hydrogenation process to produce a final product, meaning it is a “semi-synthetic”. HHC has been compared to THC due to its similar reported effects of euphoria, alternative perception, and cognition benefits.
There is still new and ongoing research regarding the benefits of consuming HHC, but according to consumers, HHC is said to support the easing of physical pain and inflammation, help promote better sleep quality, and may even aid if the relief of feelings related to anxiety and stress.
What Are HHC’s Similarities to THC-0?
THC-O is said to produce similar effects to HHC, but with an intensified strength. HHC is often compared to having the same mellow and calming effects as Delta 9 THC, while THC-O is said to be 3x more potent than Delta 9 and is commonly linked to feelings of euphoria and creativity.
Although THC-O and HHC are both classified as synthetic compounds, both are hemp-derived cannabinoids. HHC and THC-O are both rising in popularity, due to their federal legality (manufactured from federally legal industrial hemp and contain less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC).
As always, check with your state to see if you are legally able to purchase THC-O and HHC in your geographical area.
Will HHC and THC-O Show Up on a Drug Test?
According to what we currently know about THC-O, yes it would likely cause a consumer to fail a drug test. This is because the chemical makeup of THC-O is similar to Delta 9 THC and as a result, may produce THC-COOH in the body.
Although there are currently no studies that show an individual would produce THC-COOH after taking THC-O, based on the similarities of the chemical makeup, consumers should err on the side of caution if a drug test is approaching. HHC on the other hand, does not seem to break down in the body like THC-O or Delta 9 THC.
There is some evidence to show that HHC may not metabolize into 11-hydroxy-THC, which is the most common substance a drug panel will test for. Keep in mind that because these compounds are just making their debut into the cannabinoid marketplace, no conclusive studies have been executed.
If you know or suspect you have a drug test approaching, be very cautious and avoid using any type of alternative cannabinoid product to be on the safe side.
If you are interested in exploring emerging alternative cannabinoid products, HHC and THC-O are both great options to start with, depending on the type of experience you are looking to have and what you are looking to gain from that experience.
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