Are you a hemp or THC enthusiast? If so, you will probably want to know more about its compounds and new hemp-derived products on the market.
Once a CBD enthusiast, now you want to try other cannabinoids and see how they can affect your body and mind. At the Hemp Doctor, we are hemp enthusiasts too! We constantly adopt the latest developments in the industry and create the most innovative products on the market, so we also have all the answers to the questions you might have while shopping for the new products.
We have created this guide to shed light on the primary differences and similarities between the newly emerged cannabinoids like HHC, THC-O, and Delta 8 THC, and with the famous psychoactive Delta 9 THC, and here’s everything you need to know.
What is HHC?
HHC stands for hexahydrocannabinol. It’s one of the latest cannabinoids that has reached the hemp-derived market, so the internet is still full of contradictory information about its effects, legality, and production methods.
Chemist Roger Adams – the one we should all thank for isolating CBD, was also the first chemist to synthesize HHC in his lab. He first extracted Delta 9 THC from the cannabis plant and used hydrogenation to make HHC. The process uses hydrogen, organic compound, and a heavy metal catalyst to synthesize HHC.
Although it’s been a long time since Adams first synthesized HHC, it has only hit the market recently and is now increasingly popular.
Is HHC a Synthetic Cannabinoid?
Even though creating sufficient amounts of HHC involves a lab process to synthesize it using hydrogenation, it is still not synthetic. That’s because HHC naturally exists in cannabis plants, but its scarcity in the cannabis plant is why manufacturers use advanced methods to acquire usable amounts of cannabinoids. Synthetic cannabinoids are manufactured in labs and do not exist in any plants. Therefore, HHC is not considered a synthetic cannabinoid.
Effects of HHC
HHC produces very similar effects to Delta 9 THC, but as marijuana remains federally illegal, those who can’t legally buy psychoactive cannabis plants opt for hemp derivatives. HHC is stronger than Delta 8 THC but less psychoactive than THC-O.
What is THC-O?
THC-O, short for tetrahydrocannabinol acetate, is a manufactured analog of THC, meaning it’s a synthetic cannabinoid. THC-O is another cannabinoid becoming a hit on the market, and one of the reasons is its increased potency. THC-O is three times stronger than Delta 9 THC in marijuana. Its popularity is also due to its legality. Manufacturers create THC-O from federally legal hemp with less than 0.3% THC. They begin by extracting CBD from hemp, converting it to Delta 8 THC, and using the organic solvent acetic anhydride to make THC-O. Although lab-made, technically, it’s still hemp-derived, and per federal law, hemp-derivatives with no more than 0.3% THC are legal.
Is THC-O a Synthetic Cannabinoid?
THC-O is an artificial analog of THC, so it’s lab-made and synthetic. However, unlike other famous and dangerous synthetic cannabinoids such as Spice and K2, it’s structurally almost identical to Delta 9 THC. Other synthetic cannabinoids were utterly different from natural cannabis compounds. Therefore, they worked differently and unexpectedly on the human body and mind.
Effects of THC-O
As mentioned above, THC-O is much more potent than Delta 9 THC, so that it can produce a much stronger high than marijuana. That’s why, when you first consume the cannabinoid, start with smaller doses so that you don’t go overboard. Then, wait for its effects for at least 30 minutes, see how it affects your body and mind, and increase the intake if needed to experience desired results.
What is Delta 8 THC?
Delta 8 THC is another famous cannabinoid on the hemp market, but it’s been popular much longer than HHC, and THC-O and Delta 8 THC infused products are widely available. As one of the variants of THC, it shares many similarities with Delta 9 THC but is still notably different in many ways,
There are four primary differences between Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC:
- Chemical Structure
Delta 8 is one of the naturally-occurring analogs of THC in hemp. It’s structurally almost identical to Delta 9 THC but slightly different. They both have double bonds in their chemical structure, but Delta 9 has it on the 9th carbon chain, while Delta 8 has it on the 8th carbon chain – hence the names.
Delta 8 THC on the market derives from hemp, but it reaches only trace amounts even in mature cannabis plants, so manufacturers use advanced extraction and conversion methods to produce Delta 8. First, they extract CBD from hemp and use an isomerization process to convert CBD to Delta 8 THC. As a result, Delta 8 THC is a hemp-derived compound, while Delta 9 THC in Delta 9 products primarily derives from marijuana, as hemp cannot produce more than 0.3% Delta 9 THC.
The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp and its derivatives with no more than 0.3% THC federally legal. Therefore, Delta 8 THC is legal per federal law. Still, some states criminalize all THC types, so always check local laws before buying and consuming Delta 8 THC.
Delta 8 THC produces a marijuana-like high, but its psychoactive potency is almost half of Delta 9 THC. Delta 8 THC results in a milder high, usually without common side effects of marijuana, such as paranoia.
What is Delta 9 THC?
Delta 9 THC is why marijuana gets users high and is probably the superstar of cannabinoids. It primarily derives from marijuana and only has traces (0.3%) in hemp. The low amount of Delta 9 THC is not enough to induce mind-altering symptoms. That’s why hemp is non-psychoactive. However, Delta 9 THC is the primary reason for marijuana’s euphoric feelings and produces its psychoactive effects by interacting with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and activating CB1 receptors in the brain. Delta 9 THC is one of the most abundant cannabinoids in cannabis plants, along with CBD, but it’s federally illegal, unlike the latter.
HHC, THC-O, Delta 8, Delta 9 THC: Differences and Similarities Chart
|Name||Chemical Structure. (From PubChem)||Source||Legality||Effects|
|HHC||Hemp||Federally legal, check local laws||Similar to Delta 9 THC; euphoric|
|THC-O||Synthetic, Hemp||Federally legal, check local laws||300% stronger psychoactive than Delta 9 THC|
|Delta 8 THC||Hemp||Federally legal, check local laws||50% less psychoactive than Delta 9 THC|
|Delta 9 THC||Marijuana||Federally illegal, permitted in states where recreational marijuana use is legal.||The feeling of high, changes in perception, euphoria,
Relaxation, Possible Impaired short-term memory, and body movement increase in appetite.
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