Over time, since the initial discovery of cannabis, scientists have discovered more and more compounds that were responsible for the notable effects the plant provided. Ranging from various psychoactive effects down to it's many medicinal properties, Cannabis has been known to offer a lot, and the compounds responsible for a lot of these had been identified.
However, quite recently, a new and exciting compound was uncovered, one that fit right into the prestigious class of alternative Cannabinoids. This compound is called Hexahydrocannabinol, usually referred to as HHC. This new compound promises exciting properties and amazing potential into the future.
What is HHC?
HHC stands for Hexahydrocannabinol, this is a saturated form of the compound THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). The compound is formed when THC is saturated with hydrogen molecules. Around here we say that HHC is Just THC with an H!
When considering the chemical structure, HHC contains no double bonds in-between it's carbon atoms as the double bonds present in THC are broken during saturation to accommodate more hydrogen atoms. This is as opposed to the formation of cannabinol (CBN) molecules, where hydrogen atoms are lost and more double bonds are formed.
The chemical structure of HHC contributes greatly to it's fascinating properties, one being it's viability and stability. Unlike many other compounds present in cannabis, particularly derivatives of THC, HHC is very stable and this gives it a longer shelf life. Just like the saturated forms of many compounds, HHC is more stable than the parent compound since it is less susceptible to oxidation and breakdown, preserving its potency over an extended period of time.
The compound is also very resistant to the unfavorable conditions of improper storage, it remains stable when subjected to heat and is also resistant to the adverse effect of UV lights. The many perks of HHC has earned it the name “the apocalypse-ready THC” as it can remain viable over an extended duration in storage.
Is HHC found in nature?
Of course, various forms of HHC have been confirmed in the cannabis plant, this means the fascinating compound is also a product of hemp. Like delta-9 and even CBN, it is formed as a by-product when THC breaks down or changes due to certain circumstances.
The compound, although unidentified, was discovered as early as 1979 and it was first uncovered in hemp. As at 2016, all forms of HHC were confirmed to be present in high potency cannabis/hemp.
THE EFFECTS OF HEXAHYDROCANNABINOL (HHC)
Like other naturally occurring derivatives of THC, HHC gives similar psychoactive effects like it's parent compound. During tests, users claimed it also produced feelings of euphoria and stimulations, changes in heart rate and body temperature, and it also altered cognition.
Further research conducted with users have shown that the compound is very similar to the popular delta-8 derivative of THC, with some results showing the compound as more potent than delta-8 and mildly less potent than delta-9 THC.
With its effects more tailored towards relaxation than stimulation like delta-8, and with the potential to surpass delta-8 in potency, HHC is quickly becoming the most promising on the block.
Since HHC is still very new, there is yet to be extensive research to fully analyze all the therapeutic advantages it could offer. However, various testing has shown that the cannabinoid offers basically the same medical effects as other forms of THC. Some of the potential benefits include:
- Helping against inflammation
- Management and easing of chronic pain
- Managing anxiety
- Treating nausea and vomiting
- And more importantly promoting deep and restorative sleep.
The fact that Hexahydrocannabinol has virtually all the desirable qualities of even the best forms of THC and still flaunts better stability and durability makes it a very promising Cannabinoid.
Is HHC safe?
Although there is yet to be extensive research into the safety of the cannabinoid, several analyses have shown that the compound is very much safe for consumption. It possesses the same chemical make-up as THC being a derivative, and therefore is chemically identical to THC and it's other derivatives. Infact, having been tested by various users, there is no report of adverse side effects, this confirms that it shares a similar safety profile with THC.