What is HHCP?

What is HHCP?

We’ve seen the rise of THC and CBD over the last couple of years, so much so that experts estimated that it would become a multibillion-dollar enterprise by 2028. But as THC and CBD products make their mark, cannabinoid alternative products are now also hitting the shelves as fast as they are getting discovered. First, there was THC-P, then HHC – today, there’s HHCP.

So, what’s HHCP, and what makes it different from the rest? It all sounds confusing now, but take your time to read, and this article will shed some light on the newest novel cannabinoid on the scene.

  • Hydrogenated Hexahydrocannabinol, or HHCP, is a cannabinoid with twin-like effects to that of THC. It’s synthetically produced by hydrogenating THCP. 
  • According to anecdotal reports, HHCP offers the potential for long-lasting euphoric effects, providing a sense of relief and relaxation. 
  • HHCP products are legally sold given that it’s under the provisions set by the 2018 Far Bill, which includes containing not more than 0.3% THC. 
  • HHCP will most likely result in a positive marijuana drug test result as the testing methods interpret its metabolites as THC-related.

What is HHCP?

As some may have guessed, Hydrogenated Hexahydrocannabinol, or HHCP, is a cannabinoid whose effects are similar to THC. Unlike THC and CBD, which can be extracted from hemp, HHCP is synthetic and is made by hydrogenating THCp.

How is HHCP Made?

What makes HHCP so special that it warrants the hype surrounding it in the cannabinoid world? To begin with, it’s already mentioned that HHCP is the hydrogenated form of THCp. So what?

Hexahydrocannabinol, or HHC, is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in hemp. It’s created when Delta-8 THC is hydrogenated by exposure to heat and, because of it, becomes more stable. 

Specifically, a single hydrogen is added to “saturate” the cyclohexane ring, thus removing the double bond and creating a more ‘rigid’ chemical structure. Imagine it as nature’s way of making THC have an extended shelf life.

Anecdotally, users of HHC report that it is more potent than Delta-8 THC and is almost as potent as Delta-9 THC.

So, how does this translate to HHCP?

Remember, HHCP is the hydrogenated form of HHC. To be more specific, the HHCP cannabinoid is made by adding two more carbons to its alkyl chain at the tail of the chemical structure. It is believed that the increased length of the alkyl chain, similar to that of THC-P, allows HHCP to have increased bonding to cannabinoid receptors such as CB1 in the brain.

Why does this matter to know?

Because of THC-P or another hydrogenated form of THC. THC-P has the impressive ability to bind to CB1 receptors in the brain 33 times more than Delta-9 THC. According to users of THC-P, the high is 10 times more potent than your average THC.

Now, the comparison of HHCP is more of an analogous situation with THC-P. Both are hydrogenated versions of a THC derivative and, because of it, are believed to be better at binding, creating a more potent effect. Anecdotally, it is believed that HHCP may even be more potent than THC-P.

How Potent Are the HHCP Effects?

So, how strong is HHCP? HHCP is a newly discovered cannabinoid alternative. That means that the results of the studies on its effects are almost none, with most, if not all, studies still ongoing.

As mentioned earlier, however, HHCP shares many similarities with HHC. Therefore, many of HHC’s qualities can almost be said to be present in HHCP.

As such, HHCP potency can be derived from the results of HHC studies, albeit taken with a grain of salt.

One 2010 study looked at the affinity of HHC analogs to bind with CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body. The researchers discovered that HHC had an ‘exceptionally high in vitro and in vivo potency with a relatively long duration of action.’

To simplify the results, once HHCP products are consumed, they impart strong effects on the subject, and their effects are incredibly longer than typically expected of other cannabinoids.

Considering this, the HHCP high may have similar incredibly potent and long-lasting effects once it is consumed.

The real question is: does HHCP get you high? The short answer is yes; HHCP will typically produce psychoactive effects. Here are some effects that HHCP is known to give:

  • Anxiolytic properties
  • Sense of relief and relaxation
  • Better mood
  • A strong feeling of euphoria

With effects come HHCP side effects. Some of these are:

  • Dry Mouth
  • Headache
  • May induce paranoia
  • Intoxication

Is HHCP Safe?

As mentioned earlier, studies surrounding the effects of HHCP on the human body are still poorly understood and mostly rely on anecdotal evidence.

Unfortunately, that also means that the short-term and long-term effects of HHCP on humans are still to be discovered. Therefore, any prospective buyer of HHCP products must err on the side of caution and do everything possible to consume them in a safe environment.

One thing for certain about HHCP is that it is a psychoactive cannabinoid. That’s right, since HHCP is a derivative of THC, consuming HHCP WILL MAKE YOU FEEL HIGH. Please remember this and take the necessary steps to keep yourself and those around you safe and far from harm.

The legal status of HHCP is currently under debate due to its nature as a THC derivative. However, some claim that it is perfectly legal thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, which states that all hemp derivatives can be sold legally if they max out at 0.3% Delta-9 THC by dry weight.

However, that doesn’t mean that several states haven’t revised their state regulations specifically for THC derivatives. In fact, several states have outright banned THC-infused compounds. 

While HHCP intoxication may not be exactly the same as THC intoxication, it’s better to err on the side of caution and assume that HHCP will be illegal in the following states:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • New York
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington State
Legality Map of HHCP in the 50 States

Will HHCP Show Up on a Drug Test?

Yes. It most likely will cause positive results. Remember when we answered what HHCP hemp is, it was described that HHCP is a product of hydrogenated HHC, which is a derivative of THC. 

While most standard urine tests will not specifically test for HHCP, most standard drug tests that collect a urine sample WILL test for THC-related metabolites, which HHCP will likely fall under. In simple terms, there’s a presence of THC in HHCP, meaning there’s a risk it will show up on a drug test.

Consider as well that products including HHCP are believed by some to be more potent than the other THC derivatives mentioned. If that’s the case, then HHCP will more likely show up in drug tests as positive versus other THC derivatives.

How to Use HHCP?

Still interested in taking HHCP? Great! But remember, HHCP is an incredibly potent cannabinoid, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Keep in mind that a smaller HHCP dose can have the same effect as other standard cannabinoid products you have consumed in larger doses.

HHCP might be extremely new to the cannabinoid market, so product selection will still be relatively limited. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t options. 

Some of these are:

HHCP Vape Cartridges

Since HHCP is technically a synthetic cannabinoid, there is no natural way to smoke them. 

Fortunately, there are HHCP vape cartridges that function like any other cannabinoid-infused vape cartridges on the market. These consist of an additive-free formula, blending premium HHCP distillate alongside Delta-8 and terpene strains for a powerful buzz. 

Like other vape carts, these come in different flavors and work fine with regular low-wattage vape pens.

HHCP Disposable Vapes

Similar to the HHCP product above, these are no different from other disposable vapes in the market. Instead, it incorporates HHCP as the key ingredient to give you that solid buzz with every delicious puff.

HHCP Tinctures

The traditional darling of the cannabinoid scene! Each HHCP tincture mixes MCT oil with 1000mg of premium 92% HHCP distillate alongside some Delta-8. 

Since other HHCP products are still on their way to the shelves, HHCP tinctures allow you to use them however you want! Remember that these tinctures are purer, and you should be careful when dosing.

HHCP Distillate

This is HHCP in its purest form. It comes in small sizes, from 0.5 to 5 grams, but each drop is HHCP and nothing else.

Because of THC-P or another hydrogenated form of THC. THC-P has the impressive ability to bind to CB1 receptors in the brain 33 times more than Delta-9 THC.

Where to Buy HHCP

Since HHCP is new on the scene of cannabinoid products, it’s essential to purchase HHCP products from marketplaces you trust.

Currently, those marketplaces are Binoid and Vivimu. These two are open to having verified buyers leave customer reviews, many of which are quite satisfied. Even the critical and low-rating reviews aren’t nuked and offer some help for those who may not benefit from HHCP.

Vivimu is also among the two with a Certificate of Analysis (COA) for its HHCP products.

Not saying that Binoid doesn’t offer COAs, as they certainly do present them when available on their other products. It just has to be noted that HHCP is still very new and test results may not have rolled out of the lab just yet.

The Wrap Up

THC and CBD derivatives injected new life into the cannabinoid scene, and HHCP is a star among these. Though a synthetic derivative, it promises to be a potent cannabinoid that gives its user a buzz that is powerful and longer lasting than your bog-standard THC. 

But not everything is sunshine and rainbows for this cannabinoid, as it’s still pretty new, and science still has a poor understanding of it. In any case, treat HHCP with the same caution and respect as any other cannabinoid, and it may just be the right cannabinoid for you.

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