What Is HHC?
HHC stands for hexahydrocannabinol, which is a hydrogenated derivative of THC.
Although some high-potency cannabis strains have trace amounts of HHC, most HHC products are made in a lab by semi-synthesizing cannabinoids and hydrogenating THC.
Recently, HHC products have become as popular as Delta 8 carts and Delta 8 edibles as a marijuana alternative, as they can be produced from Farm Bill-compliant hemp crops.
While some companies and anecdotal reports suggest that HHC is a safe alternative for achieving a relaxing and mildly euphoric effect without detection on drug testing, this is not guaranteed as some people have reported failing drug tests after using HHC.
Benefits Of HHC
HHC has the potential to offer several beneficial effects and uses, including:
Psychoactive properties: HHC can cause changes in auditory and visual perception, leading to creative experiences, introspection, and relaxation.
Chronic pain management: HHC may help to reduce inflammation, and interactions at TRP receptor sites could provide mild pain relief.
May improve sleep quality: Although no studies specifically examine the effects of HHC on sleep, many anecdotal reports suggest that high doses of HHC support deep mind and body relaxation, which can lead to better sleep.
May alleviate nausea symptoms: While no scientific literature supports HHC's use for this purpose, it may interact with the same receptors in the central nervous system as THC, which could regulate nausea centers in the brain.
May increase appetite: Similar to THC, HHC can stimulate the CB1 receptor, which regulates hunger, leading to increased appetite. This effect is also supported by anecdotal evidence.
Benefits Of Delta 8
Delta-8 THC is sometimes called "light weed" or "diet weed" due to its more manageable psychoactive effects. Many people use it as an introduction to the psychoactive effects of cannabis because it is less overwhelming and associated with fewer adverse effects.
Delta-8 interacts with the same cannabinoid receptors as delta-9 THC in the brain to produce changes in perception, feelings of euphoria, relaxation, and changes in hunger. Still, it is only about half as potent.
Some of the potential benefits and effects of delta-8 THC that have been reported include:
Stress management: Studies with human participants have shown that delta-8 THC can effectively manage stress, depression, and anxiety attacks due to its mood-elevating properties.
Pain relief: Lower levels of delta-8 THC may help to relax the body and relieve general discomfort. It may also have anti-inflammatory effects that reduce pain by activating CB1R1 receptors.
Psychoactive properties: For those seeking a milder THC experience, delta-8 THC can provide similar elevated effects without overstimulation and adverse side effects.
Increased appetite: Low doses of delta-8 THC have been found to increase food consumption in murine models, which could benefit cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, HIV treatment, or those struggling with eating disorders.