The Health and Wellness industry is on fire these days. Data shows that the industry is predicted to grow to $7.0 trillion by 2025, according to the Global Wellness Institute. Here, in the US, there’s been a lot of hype surrounding hemp-derived cannabinoids and their potential health benefits. One of the newest compounds to come to the market in recent years is Hexahydrocannabinol or HHC. Get the scoop on HHC and discover why this unique substance has become the latest craze in wellness.
HHC Craze: Q & A
What Is Hemp-derived HHC?
Considered to be the most exciting cannabinoid on the market, HHC is what’s known as a semi-synthetic compound. It naturally occurs in the cannabis and hemp plants but in low concentrations, which is why it is created in a lab. This formulation is typically made by converting CBD or THC into HHC using Hydrogenation.
What Exactly Are “Designer Drugs”?
Technically speaking, these “drugs” are synthetic versions of a controlled substance or therapeutic agent that mimics the pharmacological effects produced by the original drug. Creating them in the lab can increase their effectiveness while minimizing adverse side effects. One example of these types of products is synthetic cannabinoids. However, not all synthetic products are the same. For example, products referred to as “Spice” or “K2” are not safe for human consumption. The chemical structure of these compounds is entirely unrelated to THC. HHC products sold at reputable suppliers are sourced directly from industrial hemp.
Will Consuming Hemp-derived HHC Make Me Feel High?
It’s hard to say how HHC will make you feel. The effects of both cannabis and hemp are subjective and will vary from person to person. We can say that it can produce psychoactive effects, similar to D9. Some consumers report the experience as less euphoric in comparison. The duration of its effects will depend on the method of consumption. The outcomes from inhaled products will be felt almost immediately and can last a few hours. In comparison, the onset from food-based edibles is more delayed and will typically last much longer.
HHC Laws In the US
Is HHC Considered a Legal Way To Get High?
The answer is complicated. Hemp-derived cannabinoids, like HHC, are in the grey area of the law. The 2018 Farm Bill currently allows hemp products that contain no more than 0.3% delta 9 THC for purchase and consumption in the US. However, the law doesn’t mention the many other naturally occurring and synthesized compounds from the hemp plant leaving room for interpretation of the law. It has also created an unregulated market, as the government seems only concerned with the legal status of D9. Even though hemp is federally legal, some states restrict the sale of certain hemp-derived products. Check your local laws before you buy.
Are HHC Products Safe To Consume?
Yes, most HHC products are safe, depending on the source. HHC products purchased from a producer or retailer who can provide a Certificate of Analysis (COA) for each product are considered safe. These lab reports will indicate the potency and purity of the product. It can be challenging to know the quality of the hemp products purchased at places such as gas stations and convenience stores; buyers beware.
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What are moon rocks? This slang term describes a type of cannabis or hemp product. It starts with a dried flower or bud, usually covered in distillate and kief (the dust-like substance made of the plant’s trichomes). The combination of these formulations can produce a highly potent product. Consumers can smoke these premium moon rocks in a joint, bong, pipe, etc.
What is shatter? It is an extract (also known as concentrate) of the cannabis and hemp plant. Made by combining plant matter and a solvent using a closed-loop extraction system. These solvents can include butane and ethanol. This process creates a glass-like, gold, or amber-colored product, which can be very potent. It can be consumed in a dab rig or vape pen or added to your dried flower.
What is distillate? Distillate can be either transparent or light yellow and is thick in consistency. It is considered to be tasteless and odorless. Producing this product involves using the molecular distillation process, similar to alcohol. This formulation will usually contain only one compound (or isolate) and can be used to make a variety of edibles, topicals, and more. It can also be consumed in a vape pen or dab rig.
What are concentrates? This generic term refers to a highly potent extract of cannabis and hemp. It contains all the chemical compounds of cannabis and hemp, like cannabinoids, terpenes, etc. Concentrates can be made in a few different ways. The common methods include water extraction, heat and pressure, and chemical extraction. Many different products can be classified as concentrates, including the substance used in vape cartridges, which is usually distillate or CO2 oil.
Always use concentrates in moderation, and be cautious when using an open flame and hot glass.
Off the Beaten Path
There are a few good reasons HHC is flying off the shelves. Its legal status is one reason. Another is that some consumers are interested in a slightly less intense experience while still enjoying the potential benefits of hemp. It all comes down to personal preference and accessibility. In the future, we predict that HHC will gain wide popularity among the average consumer.
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