Looking for a way to get high that won’t land you in hot water with the authorities? Then perhaps you’ve heard of HHC, one of the newest cannabinoids on the market. This fascinating cannabinoid was created as an alternative to Delta-9 THC, the active compound in marijuana. HHC is reportedly just as strong as traditional marijuana, but does so without overwhelming the user.
Yet many question the legality behind this potent psychoactive compound: is HHC legal? What makes HHC different from other psychoactive cannabinoids? Should you consume HHC? All of these questions and more will be answered in the following paragraphs. Yet in order to fully understand what HHC is, it’s time for a brief science lesson on what this cannabinoid actually is and how it is derived. Keep reading to see how HHC came to be, and ultimately, the legality behind this recently popularized cannabinoid.
What Is HHC?
Hexahydrocannabinol, commonly shortened to HHC, is actually found naturally within the hemp plant. However, this psychoactive cannabinoid is found in extremely small quantities and must undergo chemical alteration before it can be used. In order to create HHC, a THC molecule must be saturated with hydrogen via a catalyst under extreme pressure. Once the HHC is viable, it can be infused into a variety of products including edibles, tinctures, capsules, and vapes. These types of HHC-infused products tend to have a longer shelf life than other cannabinoids, making them popular for occasional users. Because HHC is found naturally in the hemp plant, it is not considered a synthetic cannabinoid (unlike THC-O).
How Does It Differ From Other Cannabinoids?
HHC is classified as a psychoactive cannabinoid and has been compared to Delta-9 THC (the active compound in marinuana) in terms of intensity and effects. In fact, HHC was created as a safer alternative to street marijuana. HHC is ranked as being stronger than Delta-8 THC but not as strong as the synthetic THC-O cannabinoid. Since it is a psychoactive cannabinoid, HHC is quite a bit stronger than CBD. Many companies tend to blend HHC with other cannabinoids like CBG and CBN for a smoother high along with added health benefits, but is also found as a stand-alone cannabinoid. If you’re trying HHC for the first time, make sure you start off with a low dosage to see how the psychoactive compound affects you. Once you’re comfortable with the effects, you can fine-tune your dosage to see what amount works best for you.
Is HHC Legal?
When it comes to defining the legality of HHC, there is some controversy. The short answer is yes, HHC is legal…but there are some restrictions surrounding its legality. According to the 2018 Farm Bill, all cannabinoids must be hemp-derived and contain 0.3% THC or less in order to be considered federally legal. That’s where it gets a bit tricky…”federally legal.” Many states have their own legislature on CBD and hemp, which in turn dictates the legality of HHC in that state. Some lawmakers argue the legal aspect due to HHC requiring chemical alteration in order to make it viable (i.e., hydrogenation). In comparison, CBD already exists in plentiful amounts and does not require precise extraction to make it viable, thus making it easier to acquire CBD throughout the United States.
There are currently 12 states that have restrictions on CBD: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New York, Rhode Island, and Utah. Keep in mind that this list may not be accurate by the time you read it, nor should it be considered legal advice. Many sites already have restrictions on which states and counties within that state that they will ship to, but you should always check your state’s legislature before attempting to purchase any HHC products.
Should I Consume HHC Products If They’re Legal In My State?
If you’ve confirmed that HHC is legal for purchase and consumption in your state, you’re probably curious to try it. There is an astonishing amount of HHC products available from a sprawling variety of brands and sub-brands. But just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s legit. There is currently no FDA regulation on HHC-infused products, meaning that anyone can create an HHC product and market it as high-quality, premium, potent, and pure.
One way that manufactures instill confidence in their customers is by offering the results of independent third-party lab tests. These tests are often expensive and time-consuming, and some labs are just now starting to offer HHC testing. If you’re considering an HHC product from a brand you’ve never bought from before, make sure to confirm the validity of the lab test results. You should reach out to the lab listed on the test results, provide the product and batch number, and carefully read the results of the lab test. A verified lab test will provide the absence of harmful solvents, pesticides, and heavy metals, and will also confirm the amount of THC found within the product.
Lastly, you should only purchase HHC products if you feel comfortable doing so. Don’t be distracted by low-prices or flashy graphics. Instead, consider why you’re purchasing HHC products in the first place. Are you looking for some much-needed relaxation after a long day? Have you been scarred by the heavy-hitting effects of traditional marijuana and are looking for a better alternative? If you’re looking for a way to soothe your uneasy mind or help you fall into a comfortable high that can help you fall asleep? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, HHC might be for you! As with any new product, always consult with your primary care physician before consuming any form of HHC for the first time.
HHC is a fascinating cannabinoid with much to offer, both as a legal alternative to the hard-hitting marijuana and as a smoother way to enjoy a euphoric high. There is some gray area surrounding the HHC cannabinoid, but the fact remains that HHC is legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. Be sure to check your state’s laws before and always check with your primary care physician before attempting to purchase or consume HHC for the first time. If you do decide to take the plunge on this incredible cannabinoid, it’s encouraged to research the brand and lab results before completing your purchase.
HHC is a powerful cannabinoid that can offer a rich heady high and has been compared to Delta-9 THC in terms of effects and intensity. Here at Erth Hemp, we offer HHC gummies and HHC vapes both in full-size and sample size. You can check out the results of our third-party lab tests here and we craft our products using high-quality hemp that we grow ourselves! We encourage you to reach out to us regarding any information in this article, any questions about our products, or any inquiries to HHC in general. We eagerly welcome all comments and concerns, and look forward to reading about your HHC experiences in the comments below.