What is HHC?



Hydroxyhexahydrocannabinol, or HHC, is a hydrogenated form of THC. 

HHC is one of many semi-synthetic cannabinoids that can be derived from industrial hemp. With its psychoactive effects, HHC often appeals to users looking to experience a cannabis high who might live in areas where THC is illegal.

HHC occurs naturally in hemp but only in trace concentrations. To obtain a usable amount, a sophisticated process is performed to saturate THC with hydrogen atoms in the presence of high pressure.

This breaks THC’s double bond chemical structure and replaces it with hydrogen, yet the cannabinoid’s effects and potency remain essentially unchanged.

This seemingly minor alteration increases THC’s binding affinity for the CB1 and CB2 endocannabinoid receptors, as well as the TRP pain receptors.

This change in THC’s molecular structure makes it a lot more stable since, in its natural form, THC is highly susceptible to oxidation and degradation.

When it oxidizes, THC loses hydrogen atoms, and two new double bonds are formed instead. The resulting formation, called CBN (cannabinol), only has around 10% of THC’s psychoactive potency.

HHC, on the other hand, doesn’t lose its potency anywhere near as quickly when exposed to air. HHC is also incredibly resistant to heat and UV light, making it the ideal cannabinoid candidate for the future.