What does HHC feel like?

HHC is Hexhydrocannabinol, a cannabinoid that has a psychoactive effect on the human body. If you want to know more about what HHC is, check out this article on our site for more details.

The short and sweet explanation is it has a great psychoactive effect, it has excellent wellness benefits, and it’s federally legal as long as it’s derived from hemp and manufactured in the United States.



What’s the high like?

What we describe as a psychoactive effect is known more colloquially as a high. HHC has a sweet one. It’s not as potent as Delta 9 THC, the regular THC, and offers a slightly more intense mental experience than Delta 8 THC. It’s a solid middle of the road heady high that will help you feel good. Another word people frequently use when referring to the feeling of HHC is cerebral. It’s the kind of high that stays in your head and keeps you happy, much like Delta 8 but stronger.

HHC is relatively new to the scene. One thing we recommend, if possible, is that you use HHC for the first time in the company of a friend. That way you have a sober tour guide who can help you feel safe and keep you from getting too relaxed.

Fortunately, HHC isn’t likely to cause that to happen. As mentioned above it’s mostly a step up from D8 THC and when you buy it from The Hemp Doctor you can check our lab reports out to make sure you’re getting exactly what you want.

Does HHC work well with other cannabinoids?

Yes it does! HHC interacts positively with other cannabinoids and can assist in creating the entourage effect.

While we’ve talked about the entourage effect at length in other blogs, we’ll give you the skinny here without too much fluff. The entourage effect is where you, the user, consumes multiple cannabinoids that all have their own effect and each effect is strengthened by the other cannabinoids.

Now there is a complicated scientific explanation for this and you can find that in our blog about the entourage effect. Now you know that HHC plays well with other cannabinoids!



What are the downsides of HHC?

We’re here to give you the whole truth and nothing but, which means we have to talk about some of the potential downsides of HHC. As HHC can make you tired or slow down your reaction time, we ask our customers to never consume HHC and drive.

For people who aren’t used to it or those who consume too much you may feel a few negative effects. These rare negative side effects can include dry mouth, drowsiness or exhaustion, the sensation of being lightheaded, red eyes, or an upset stomach.

When experimenting with new cannabinoids you might want to know what can happen, so you aren’t worried about the worst. If you feel any of these sensations the best thing to do is to drink a glass of water and go to bed. While that sounds like a bummer evening, doing this can help you feel better about using cannabinoids in the long run.

How do you use HHC and get a great result?

The best way to avoid this situation is to start slow with small doses and increase them in thirty minute intervals. Your method of consuming HHC will have an impact on this. For example, if you’re vaping the cannabinoid you can take a single puff or a half every half an hour until you start to feel the impact. Once you know your limits, you can start there next time.

This is also why we recommend having a sober friend nearby who can help ground you and get you settled if you don’t enjoy the sensation or come up too fast. Experimenting with a new high is a ton of fun, but the best way to preserve that fun is to slow down and make it last.

How can you consume HHC?

You might be wondering now, what’s the best way to consume HHC? Well, the answer is simple: it’s different for everyone and that’s why we at The Hemp Doctor provide a range of products. There’s something for everyone in our store (even teetotallers!) So if you’re questioning your HHC options look no further than our vast selection of hexahydrocannabinol products.

What we describe as a psychoactive effect is known more colloquially as a high. HHC has a sweet one.



Do you have a sweet tooth that makes you crave delicious gummies? Our favorite HHC edibles come from Kayo. We offer HHC in two ways, the first is our straightforward Kayo HHC Gummies and the second is the Kayo THC Blend Gummies.

The Kayo HHC Gummies are available in Grape, Strawberry, and Cherry Lime. Each gummy has 40mg of the best HHC available. If you’re thinking about starting slow, cut the gummy in half or thirds to try it, and eat the gummy slowly over a half hour to an hour.

The Kayo THC Blend Gummies are also available in Grape, Strawberry and Cherry Lime. These gummies are potent little beasts and include 50mg Delta 9 THC, 47mg HHC, 2mg Live Rosin, and 1mg HHCP for a total of 100mg of cannabinoids. If you’re looking for an entourage effect that’ll make Dateline seem funny, these are the gummies for you.


We offer three options for concentrates that’ll have your couch feeling amazing all weekend long. Concentrates can be mixed with hemp or consumed on their own, depending on how you want to use them.

HHC Moon Rocks can be smoked alone or mixed with hemp. The delightful smokeables are available in three strains: cherry runtz, unicorn piss, and maui wowie.

HHC Shatter can be consumed with a rig or, like the moon rocks, mixed with hemp for a substantial buzz.

If you prefer more control 1ml distillate syringes are the way to go. These pure HHC syringes can be used alone on a rig or placed on flower. These are available in multiple strains including Northern Lights, Dosidos, Sunset Gelato, and Natural.


We have a range of options when it comes to our vapes include Hemp Doctor brand HHC Vape Cartridges.

The Hemp Doctor HHC Vape Cartridges come in these amazing strains: Blueberry Crumble, Tangie Cookies, Runtz, Sunset Sherbet, and Sour Slush.

There are three disposable vape options from Kayo in our shop: the three mg HHC disposable vapes, or the 2g and 3g blended disposable vapes.

The HHC only disposable vapes are available in Pink Runtz, Blueberry Crumble, and Pineapple Express.

The 2g and 3g blends come in strains including Cereal Milk, Ghost Train Haze, Pineapple Express, Granddaddy Purple, GG#4, Purple Runtz, Fruity Pebbles, Venom OG, Maui Wowie, and Blueberry Haze. Both disposables are a blend of D8, D9, HHC, HHCP, and Live Rosin.


hemp plant

One of the biggest challenges with working in an emerging industry like hemp is staying on top of the latest cannabinoids and their impact. While many of these cannabinoids have been known for decades, and their effects on the human body have been studied, they haven’t been commercially available or publicly discussed.

The Hemp Doctor has the best novel cannabinoid coverage around. Make sure you’re subscribed to our blog and email newsletter to stay up-to-date on what you need to know about earth’s greatest plant, hemp.

Today we’re looking at HHC and HHCP, what they are, how you can use them, and where you can get these cannabinoids. This information can help you understand if these products are right for you.



What is HHC?

HHC, short for hexahydrocannabiol, is a hydrogenated version of THC, tetrahydrocannabinol. It’s naturally occurring but can also be manufactured synthetically with hydrogenation of cannabis compounds. Now those are pretty serious words, but if you eat margarine, you consume a hydrogenated product.

HHC is naturally occurring though and doesn’t necessarily need to be synthesized. HHC is found naturally in the pollen and seeds of cannabis plants.

Hydrogenation is used frequently in the food industry because it’s used to make a food less fatty or a flavor more potent. The process was invented in 1897 but HHC wasn’t discovered until the 1940s. It became easier to access and use as a cannabinoid during the 2020s and is now commercially available at retailers like The Hemp Doctor.

What is HHCP?

HHCP is an entirely synthetic cannabinoid that exists by hydrogenating the naturally occurring THCp. HHCp is far more potent than HHC, however, it depends on the user. For some, they’ll find that the HHCp has an effect similar to THC, while others will experience it to be ten times as effective as THC and more than twenty times more effective than HHC. This is because it has more bioavailability than THC; however, people with higher tolerances to THC will experience less significant highs from HHCp.

While there have not been negative side effects reported to HHCp yet, at The Hemp Doctor, we recommend that users begin their usage at low doses, slowly increasing them to get the desired result. You don’t want to find out that you are one of the people it affects strongly after you’ve taken too much.

Are HHC and HHCp legal in the USA?

Many of the HHC and HHCp products available today are created from naturally occurring Delta 8 THC in hemp. This makes the product federally compliant with the 2018 Farm Bill. In order to be entirely compliant these products must be grown, cannabinoids extracted, and products produced entirely in the United States.



What effects do each of these have?

HHC is more potent than Delta 8 but less potent than Delta 9. It does still produce a mild high and relaxation. The euphoric feeling it creates is less likely to cause paranoia or anxiety than Delta 9.

HHCp is significantly more potent than Delta 9 THC and traditional HHC. We include very small doses in our products to allow people to control their consumption to the best of their ability.

Do they go well together?

HHC and HHCp can both create a euphoric feeling of relaxation, improve appetites and induce a sensation of calm. When used with a combination of cannabinoids, HHC and HHCp both contribute to the entourage effect, increasing the wellness benefits of these products overall.

Changes in federal enforcement have removed THC-O from the rotation for many cannabis users. If you’re looking for a replacement, a blend of HHC and HHCp might be the right mix for you!

How do I start with HHC and HHCp?

If you’re new to experimenting with cannabinoids we recommend starting with HHC and our Delta 9 products before moving on to HHCp. While we love our HHCp products, they are best for people with a great amount of experience with cannabinoids.

If you’ve been using our products for some time and are looking for something new and exciting, HHCp is the best way to go. We’re so excited about the physical and wellness potential of this product and have been using them ourselves to see how even our high-tolerance Hemp Doctor family responds.

Let’s just say, it’s highly effective.

There are a broad number of options when consuming HHC and HHCp including edibles, flower, and vapes. All of these are available safe and tested at The Hemp Doctor.


One of the biggest challenges with working in an emerging industry like hemp is staying on top of the latest cannabinoids and their impact.


What products does The Hemp Doctor offer with HHC and HHCP?

If you’re looking to add just HHC to your cannabinoid rotation, we recommend trying out our HHC Shatter or HHC Moonrocks. These are a great way to add HHC to your regular flower experience and enjoy the long buzz of HHC without the paranoia of Delta 9.

Eat your heart out with our HHC gummies that contain 40 mgs of the best HHC on the market. Our favorite? The Cherry Lime from Kayo. It’s a great way to consume HHC without having to deal with finding a light or inhaling the vape.

But we didn’t forget the vape options, don’t you worry.

If you’re looking for a HHC only experience in a vape cartridge look no further than our 3 gram HHC Disposable Vapes. Available in strains like Pink Runts, Pineapple Express, and Blueberry Crumble, this HHC product will have you buzzing and productive all week long. We particularly enjoy the fact that this vape contains 800-puffs, which should last you quite a while.

For those who are ready to jump in with both feet we have the Caviar Blunt with HHC and HHCp in Orange Cookies, Lemon Diesel, and Blueberry Afgoo. These pre-rolls will turn a boring weekend into a perfect Sunday afternoon, even if it’s still Saturday morning.

Available in both two and three gram vape cartridge options, The Hemp Doctor offers a Delta 8, Delta 9, HHC, HHCp, and Live Rosin blend that’ll have your evenings after work feel like a Friday night, every night. If you feel like coming home and kicking off your shoes with these Kayo vapes, try all the strains available including: Blueberry Haze, Cereal Milk, Gorilla Glue #4, Fruity Pebbles, Pineapple Express, Venom OG, Purple Runtz, Maui Wowie, Ghost Train Haze and more.

420 product guide sign

Whether you know a little or a lot about cannabis culture, you’ve likely heard people use the term “420.” While it might not mean much to the average person, it can mean a lot to people who frequently use and celebrate all things marijuana. It is used to reference a time of day, 4:20, and the calendar date, April 20. Both are commonly referred to as “a good time to smoke a blunt.”

April 20th is approaching fast; now is probably the right time to brush up on your cannabis knowledge. Learn more in this 420 product guide below, along with what you can do and purchase to celebrate the occasion.

What Is 420?

420 has a special meaning in cannabis culture today, but no one is 100% certain of the events leading up to the term being coined. However, the most widely accepted story dates back to the 1970s.

In 1971, five students from San Rafael High School in Marin County, California, used to gather beside a monument on the school campus at 4.20 pm to smoke weed. The boys, Steve Capper, Jeffrey Noel, Mark Gravich, Dave Reddix, and Larry Schwartz, chose that specific time because most activities at the school had finished for the day.

After smoking marijuana, the group, known collectively as the Waldos, would get up to some antics, which they’d call safaris. Later, Dave Reddix’s brother helped him find work as a roadie for Phil Lesh, the Grateful Dead bassist. This band has since been credited with popularizing the ‘420’ term.

In 1990, another group known as Oakland Deadheads created and distributed flyers inviting people to smoke 420, which would obviously take place at 4:20pm on April 20. Since then, “420” has become a code word for marijuana. People would text their friends ‘420’ to meet up to enjoy cannabis together, and the code word was particularly prevalent in states where cannabis was illegal to possess and use.

How Do People Celebrate 420?

The term “420” might have originated in the United States, but it’s not the only country celebrating the official day. It’s now a global event focusing on law reform and cannabis culture worldwide. However, celebrations in the United States are definitely more well-known. Concerts and parties are held throughout the country, with cannabis being the star of the show.



Find the best 420 product for you

Delta 9 THC

Delta 9 THC is the key chemical compound responsible for the famous psychoactive effects of cannabis and can be quite potent! When used correctly, Delta 9 THC interacts with our brain receptors to produce a host of incredible effects. If you’re on the lookout for a natural way to improve your well-being, it’s definitely worth exploring the benefits that this amazing compound can offer.

Here are some of our favorites:

D9 THC Gummies – Infused with Premium D9 THC, these tasty treats are available in 3 sizes and come in eight different flavors.

Kayo 3g Disposable Vapes – Two potent options blended with premium distillates that deliver a knockout hit, providing a high level of euphoria and the entourage effect.

THCA flower – You’ll be left feeling numb to pain, relaxed, but mentally stimulated and productive – any time of day.

Delta 8 THC

Many folks who are interested in CBD and its related compounds often ask what Delta 8 can do for them. The answer is pretty simple – Delta 8 is a popular choice for recreational use because it provides a unique sense of relaxation and euphoria.

Here are some of our favorites:

D8 Koko Nuggz – These edibles feature five classic flavors – Cookie Dough, Cereal Milk, Pink Runtz, Birthday Cake, and Cookies and Cream.

Kayo 2g Vape Cart – Lose your lighters and matchsticks. Our Kayo 2g cartridge is highly portable and great for on-the-go individuals.


HHC is the abbreviated term for hexahydrocannabinol, a compound discovered by an American chemist named Roger Adams in 1944. Adams was experimenting with hydrogenating THC when he stumbled upon HHC. Since THC was illegal at that time, and for several decades after that, the discovery remained relatively unknown. It wasn’t until recently, with the legalization of some cannabis products and the surge in their demand, that HHC gained attention once again and emerged into the spotlight.

Here are some of our favorites:

Kayo HHC Gummies – Be delighted by our lineup of delicious flavors that include grape, strawberry, and cherry lime in 40 milligrams doses of the purest and high-quality HHC on the market.

HHC Moon Rocks – Our high potency Moon Rocks are coated in a strong extract, providing a smooth smoke and heightened sense of euphoria.

HHC Shatter – Sourcing the purest form of HHC in the market is why our HHC is the strongest, and most potent in the industry.


CBD is the buzzword these days, and for good reason. It’s the second most active component found in marijuana and the most common one in hemp. CBD can be found in an array of products and can be safely consumed by both humans and animals. The best part? It doesn’t get you high, nor does it pose a threat to your well-being. CBD is legal at the federal level, but regulations may differ from state to state. It can only be extracted from hemp and must contain less than 0.3% THC, the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana. At The Hemp Doctor, we’re proud to offer 100% American-made and grown CBD products that have undergone rigorous lab testing. We believe in transparency, and that’s why we make our certificate of analysis page accessible to everyone.

Here are some of our favorites:

Full Spectrum Blue Razz CBD Gummies – These blue raspberry CBD gummies are bursting with flavor and loaded with 20mg of full-spectrum hemp in each piece.

Full Spectrum CBD Watermelon Rings – Snacking on one of these incredibly flavorful CBD watermelon gummies, shaped as sugar rings, is going to have you reminiscing about the days of summer.


CBG, also known as cannabigerol, is a cannabinoid that’s similar to CBD and is mainly found in young cannabis plants. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp products, CBG is also federally legal. CBG works with your body’s endocannabinoid system and can even counteract the psychotropic effects of THC. Unlike THC, CBG won’t make you feel high, and it binds to both CB1 and CB2 receptors. CBD, on the other hand, only binds to CB2 receptors. If you’re interested in learning more about the entourage effect, head on over to our blog on the encourage effect!

Fun fact: CBG is considered the “mother” of all cannabinoids because all other cannabinoids start as CBGA, which is the acidic form of CBG.

Here are some of our favorites:

Full Spectrum High Octane Tincture – We are confident this tincture is the purest and most potent on the market. Providing exceptional value for the money.

D9 THC Chocolate – Introducing D9 THC Chocolate, the tasty and convenient way to enjoy the benefits of delta-9 THC and CBG.


420 has a special meaning in cannabis culture today, but no one is 100% certain of the events leading up to the term being coined.


Have Fun, Be Safe

With the 420 holiday right around the corner, it’s important to make sure we’re celebrating responsibly and staying safe. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

First off, avoid driving while under the influence of cannabis. Plan ahead and either designate a sober driver or arrange for alternative transportation. When consuming cannabis, be mindful of your surroundings and avoid smoking or vaping where it’s prohibited by law. It’s always a good idea to start with a low dose and pace yourself. Consuming too much cannabis too quickly can lead to an uncomfortable and potentially dangerous experience. Keep your cannabis products out of reach of children and pets, as edibles can easily be mistaken for candy or baked goods. Always store them in childproof packaging.

Finally, stay hydrated and have a healthy snack on hand. Cannabis can cause dry mouth and increase appetite, so make sure you’re prepared with water and a yummy treat.

By following these simple guidelines, you can enjoy a safe and happy 420 celebration!

hhc vs thc

Cannabis industry growth doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. People have long been utilizing cannabinoids for their wellness and want more than just CBD and THC. Hemp manufacturers are on a constant quest to find new cannabinoids and products to supply the customers’ demand, and that’s how HHC was born and introduced on the market.

Hexahydrocannabinol, now famously known as HHC, is a psychotropic substance with structural similarities to THC and some significant distinctions. We will discuss the difference between HHC and THC, their effects, and their legal status so you can confidently shop and make the right decision.



What is HHC?

HHC is short for Hexahydrocanabinol, which is one of over a hundred cannabinoids that can be found in the hemp plant. It is a relatively new cannabinoid discovered in the 1940s, and it isn’t nearly as dominant as THC and CBD and can occur in tiny quantities naturally. Since it’s a new product for cannabis users, much confusion surrounds it.

How’s HHC Made?

Since HHC occurs in minimal quantities naturally, HHC products intended for commercial use are usually lab made by altering molecules of cannabinoids. HHC was first produced by adding hydrogen to the THC molecule, which has a name called hydrogenation.

What effects does HHC produce?

There are still many questions regarding HHC effects and potency. Users report that HHC has similar effects to THC if consumed enough. Some also claim that the results produced by HHC are way more potent than Delta-8 but not nearly as strong as Delta-9. Most of the information we have about HHC is anecdotal since there hasn’t been enough research done to make any claims, but we know that HHC produces body high that can be more noticeable than delta 8. It generally produces relaxing effects that could linger longer than effects from THC.

What is THC?

THC stands for Tetrahydrocannabinol which is a chemical responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects, the one that causes high. It is probably one of the most well-known cannabinoids alongside CBD. THC interacts with the Endocannabinoid system, an effective cell signalling system responsible for many bodily functions. THC interacts with cannabinoid receptors and activates them, affecting processes like movement, thinking, pleasure, etc.

The overall effects of THC vary from person to person, as all cannabinoids do. Effects from THC are famously known under the umbrella of ‘high.’  After consuming THC, some people could feel at ease and joyful, while others might feel anxious.



Are HHC and THC legal?

The legality of cannabis products is still a gray area and sometimes a subject of interpretation.

According to the 2018 Farm Bill, congress made all the hemp plant and all its derivatives federally legal, as long as they contain less than 0.3% delta-9 THC. The manufacturers and dealers of HHC are reportedly protected by the law, while some attorneys point out that other federal courts may come to a different judgment.

When using a cannabis product, you still have to research and find out local laws and legality matters in your area since they can differ a lot.


Chemical Structure

On a structural level, the main difference between HHC and THC is one extra hydrogen atom. Even though this difference might sound minor, it does cause some unique characteristics that make these two quite different.


This additional hydrogen aids in boosting HHC’s affinity for the TRP pain receptors, CB1 and CB2 endocannabinoid receptors, and other receptors. These receptors control several bodily functions.

HHC is considered less potent than THC and has a more subdued, calm impact. THC is known to provide a strong high and may have adverse effects like anxiety and paranoia in some people. Moreover, HHC’s effects tend to last much longer than the effects of THC, so make sure you plan accordingly, especially when consuming HHC for the first time.

Shelf Life

The hydrogenation process also increases the stability of HHC. THC can expire because it oxidizes when exposed to oxygen, and this means that HHC expected shelf life is longer than THC.

The decision between THC and HHC ultimately comes down to personal tastes, objectives, and local laws and rules. Take your time to learn more about these compounds to make an informed decision. You can also try small dosages to see how your body reacts.

Are HHC and THC safe?

Even though there is only anecdotal evidence to back up its efficacy, many individuals utilize HHC and Delta-8 products instead of smoking marijuana. But when it comes to using HHC products, the production procedure for the goods is the primary source of worry. This is why it’s crucial to only purchase hemp products with a thorough Certificate of Analysis issued by a third-party lab, which outlines the active ingredients and certifies that the product is devoid of hazardous byproducts.

Hemp Doctor checks out all these boxes and provides premium products you can enjoy without worrying about the quality. With a wide selection of HHC products, anyone can find something suitable here. HHC gummies, disposable vapes, vape cartridges, and HHC shatter – are all products of the highest-level manufacturing methods and premium hemp. All our products are third-party lab tested for quality and safety and offer excitement for avid consumers and beginners.


People have long been utilizing cannabinoids for their wellness and want more than just CBD and THC.


Final thoughts

THC and HHC’s comparison highlights the cannabis plant’s complexity and diversity. Although both substances interact with the endocannabinoid system and may have therapeutic uses, their effects, potency, and legal status vary. Cannabis’s main psychoactive ingredient, THC, is renowned for its intense ‘high’ side effects and sometimes negative consequences. HHC, on the other hand, is a more recent and less potent cannabinoid thought to have a more subdued and calming effect. The decision between THC and HHC ultimately comes down to personal tastes, objectives, and local laws and regulations. More cannabinoids will probably be found and studied as research and legalization expand, significantly enhancing our knowledge of cannabis’ medicinal potential.

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As innovative technology graces its presence within the hemp industry, the emergence of new cannabinoids is at an all time high. If you’re a regular consumer of hemp-based products, you may find yourself wondering about the legality of psychoactive cannabinoids such as Delta 8 THC, Delta 9 THC, HHC, and THC-O.

Whether you’re smoking a new vape or enjoying your favorite edible, questions such as “Is this product legal in my state?” or “Can I travel with this?” may arise. While it’s recommended to always check your individual state’s laws, we want to shed some light on your concerns.

At The Hemp Doctor, we strive to create and provide the most innovative hemp-infused products on the market that ship anywhere in the United States, so it’s important that we keep you informed. 

It is crucial to be mindful that the federal Food and Drug Administration has the ability to approve or deny any CBD or marijuana-based products and determines how these products will be purchased and used.

With the 2018 Farm Bill allowing hemp and its derivatives with no more than 0.3% THC to be federally legal (although this may be subject to change soon due to The Hemp Advancement Act), there is still some gray area regarding the legality of these compounds in certain states, especially towards potent cannabinoids such as Delta 9. Let’s take a look at the legal status of these four cannabinoids in a state-by-state comparison. 


Where is Delta 8 THC Legal? 

Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, or Delta 8 THC is a popular cannabinoid that is an isomer of THC. It is a naturally occurring analogue of THC within the hemp plant. Even though Delta 8 is a psychoactive compound, it is much less potent in its effects of a “high”, compared to Delta 9 THC. Delta-8 products are known to be a better option for users that are looking for a cannabinoid with milder euphoric effects. 


Delta 8 Legality Map

Currently, Delta 8 is legal on a federal level in the following states:


Alabama, Connecticut, Michigan, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri , Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 


The following states have imposed a ban on Delta 8, most likely because of the origin of the cannabinoid: 

  • Alaska
  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Montana
  • Nevada (Delta 8 is only allowed to be purchased from a licensed dispensary)
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington 

There are also a few states where the legality of Delta 8 THC is still unclear, which is why it is always key to stay up to date with your state’s laws regarding cannabis and its compounds: 

  • Arizona 
  • Arkansas 
  • California 
  • Colorado.
  • Kentucky 
  • Mississippi 
  • Louisiana 

Where is Delta 9 Legal? 

Delta 9 THC is likely favored among regular cannabis users since it is the primary reason for marijuana’s psychoactive properties. Delta 9 is able to create more of a euphoric feeling since it holds more potency than other cannabinoids, such as Delta 8.

When determining the legality of this compound, things can get a little tricky. The power of the Farm Bill passed in December of 2018 changed the game for hemp-derived substances.

According to federal law, a hemp-based product is allowed up to 0.3% of hemp-derived Delta-9 THC on a dry weight basis. This means that products infused with Delta 9 are only allowed as long as the cannabinoid is derived from industrial hemp plants and not marijuana plants (a cannabis plant that contains more than 0.3% THC). 

Although the Farm Bill created quite a loophole for the hemp industry, it is also important to consider the Controlled Substances Act, and the Federal Analogue Act when determining the legal status for a potent, psychoactive cannabinoid such as Delta 9. These acts were instituted to place control on chemical substances that have attributes like this cannabinoid.

Delta 9 Legality Map

With this in mind, you may legally buy hemp-derived Delta 9 products in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Washington D.C. 

The only state to place specific regulations on Delta 9 THC is California, which requires companies that produce hemp products to ensure that they do not surpass the limit of 0.3% THC in their products

The following states have placed a ban on Delta 9 THC, due to a restriction on the conversion of CBD into THC isomers: 

  • Colorado
  • North Dakota
  • Washington
  • Idaho (Delta 9 is illegal in this state altogether due to the Controlled Substances Act)

Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Vermont are states where the legality of this compound is still unclear, creating a gray area for the use of Delta 9 products in these areas. 

Where is HHC Legal? 

HHC, otherwise known as hexahydrocannabinol, is one of the newest cannabinoids to hit the cannabis scene. HHC was discovered by Chemist Roger Adams, who was the first to synthesize this cannabinoid in his lab. HHC differs from THC due to the added Hydrogen molecule within the compound. This cannabinoid produces similar psychoactive side effects to Delta 9 THC, but does not hold as much potency as Delta 9 or THC-O. 

Since this synthetic cannabinoid is still a newbie to the hemp and cannabis industry, it can be a little confusing to diagnose the exact legal status of it. Fear not, as we’re here to clear up some of the confusion. 


HHC Legality Map

HHC is currently legal in the following states: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

The following states have imposed a ban on HHC: 

  • Alaska 
  • Arizona 
  • Arkansas 
  • Colorado 
  • Delaware 
  • Idaho 
  • Iowa 
  • Mississippi 
  • Montana 
  • New York 
  • Oregon 
  • Rhode Island 
  • Utah 
  • Vermont 

Is THC-O Legal? 

Similar to HHC, THC-O is another cannabinoid that was newly introduced to the cannabis world as of recently. Also known by its scientific name, tetrahydrocannabinol acetate, THC-O acetate is essentially synthetic since it’s lab-made and an artificial analogue of THC. Some users may even argue that side effects from THC-O are even stronger than Delta 9 itself. In order for hemp-derived products infused with this compound to be considered federally legal, it must  contain no more than 0.3% THC.

With this in mind, the legality of THC-O has potentially been affected, due to a recent letter from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Attorney Rod Kight, who is in charge of the operations for the website cannabusiness.law, sent an email on August 17, 2022 to the DEA for clarification on the exact legal status of THC-O. 

When Kight did not receive a response to this email for many months, he followed up with the DEA on February 7, 2023 asking for clarification once again. Within a week, the DEA responded to Kight’s letter and stated that even though THC-O is synthesized from hemp-derived Delta 9 THC, they do not consider it a form of hemp. 

According to a Forbes article discussing the potential change in legality of THC-O, however, certain states may still take part in putting the cannabinoid in their products in order to coincide with the development of their hemp-based economies. 

As for now, the exact legal status of THC-O is uncertain and subject to change at any time, as new laws are constantly developing. Once again, we can’t stress enough on the importance of staying up to date with your state laws, as the legal status of these cannabinoids is ever-evolving. 

Traveling With Your Favorite Cannabinoid 

Now that you have some knowledge on the legality of these cannabinoids, you may find yourself thinking twice about packing that vape or new gummies with you when taking a vacation. 

When traveling by airplane, you should consider federal and state laws, TSA, as well as airline regulations. We recommend checking with the individual airline you are flying with.  

  • Vapes: It is a TSA requirement for vapes and cartridges to be packed in a carry-on bag, and not checked in. 
  • Gummies/Edibles: Edibles may be permissible in both your carry-on and checked bags. 
  • Tinctures/Topicals: These items should be stored in your carry-on luggage, but cannot contain more than 3.4 ounces (100 ml) of liquid product as according to TSA requirements. 

Remember that products cannot contain more than 0.3% of Delta 9 THC when traveling by airplane. It may also be helpful to bring documentation with you to prove that your products are hemp-derived and do not exceed more than 0.3% THC.  

While it is important to always do your research and err on the side of caution, we have some tips that can be useful for your travels and ease your concerns: 

  1. Make sure to always check the laws and regulations regarding hemp-derived products in the state you are traveling to.
  2. Purchase high-quality products from a reputable distributor (such as The Hemp Doctor!
  3. Check to see if your specific product meets the state and federal guidelines of your desired destination. 
  4. It’s recommended not to carry products in bulk – take only what you need with you. 
  5. Be mindful that products containing hemp-derived cannabinoids will show up positive on a drug test

To Conclude

At The Hemp Doctor, we do our best to keep our customers informed about the evolving hemp industry. It is essential to stay updated on the legality of these cannabinoids to ensure that using your favorite hemp product complies with your state’s laws. It is also key to be mindful of  ever-changing laws surrounding hemp and cannabis. As always, if you have any further questions or comments about these hemp cannabinoids, visit The Hemp Doctor Blog or contact our Customer Service and we’ll be happy to assist you!