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What is HHC?

HHC stands for hexahydrocannabinol. It was first discovered by an American chemist named Roger Adams in 1944. Adams was experimenting with hydrogenating THC when he created HHC. Because THC was completely illegal at that time and up through recent decades, the discovery stayed in the background. It wasn’t until recently, when some cannabis products became legal, and the demand for those products skyrocketed, that HHC found its way back into the light.


How HHC Is Made

The process to make HHC is somewhat similar to making margarine, hydrogenation. We know that it begins with hemp oil extracted from the cannabis plant. One method utilizes hemp derived CBD isolate. To create the isolate, the hemp oil is extracted from raw hemp. From there, the CBD is distilled down to a powder form. Another method uses a more base product of THC and other cannabinoids and converts them to HHC.

We do know that HHC is created by a process known as hydrogenation. This is a process where hydrogen is infused into another substance to force hydrogen molecules to become part of the molecular structure of the original substance. This process is used in many food products. For instance, it is used to convert vegetable oil into margarine. It is also used to convert raw vegetable oil into hydrogenated vegetable oil to prolong its shelf life.

Producers describe the raw compound produced from this hydrogenation of CBD isolate as “gold, dark oil,” which is then refined and distilled to create the finished HHC product.


How It Makes You Feel

The first question that generally comes up when discussing a cannabis product is its effect on the user. While the jury is still out, anecdotal evidence points to the HHC high having similar effects to the experience of Delta 9 THC, which is the cannabinoid found in abundance in cannabis. But there is a lack of consensus on the experience and for a good reason.

When HHC is manufactured, the compound is actually a mixture of two different HHC molecules: 9R HHC and 9S HHC. 9R HHC is proficient at binding to the body’s endocannabinoid receptors, like Delta 8 or Delta-9 THC. However, 9S HHC does not bind to those receptors nearly as well and, therefore, has much less of an effect.

Here’s the rub. When the manufacturer is creating HHC, there is no way of determining the final ratio of 9R HHC to 9S HHC. It could be a 2:1 ratio or a 1:1 ratio, but the lab doesn’t know until the end product is tested. So, depending on the final ratio of the finished product, the HHC product you are using could be only slightly more potent than Delta 8 THC, or it could be more potent than Delta 9 THC.

The Hemp Doctor’s HHC products are always getting positive reviews on their potency. Check it out for yourself on TrustPilot.


Is HHC safe?

HHC is manufactured using heavy metals. For this reason, it’s incredibly important to get your HHC products including HHC vapes and HHC gummies from reputable retailers like The Hemp Doctor. We make all of our heavy metal tests and certificates of analysis available to our customers on our website. Make safety a priority by making sure you’re using the cleanest products on the market. Buy from The Hemp Doctor, where you can verify our results.


What Is the Legal Standing of HHC?

Unfortunately, just like with Delta 8 THC and THC-0, the answer to the question, “Is HHC legal?” the answer is, “It depends on who you ask.”
The Farm Bill of 2018 made all hemp products legal on a federal level as long as they were derived from hemp and not marijuana and contained less than 0.3% THC.

Now, the Bill’s specific language defines THC as Delta 9 THC. This means that CBD, CBG, and even Delta 8 THC are federally legal by default because they are not specifically singled out in the bill as illegal. Therefore, HHC fits squarely in the same category as the other cannabinoids because there are trace amounts of it in the pollen and seeds of the hemp plant. So, for now, all of these non-Delta 9 THC cannabinoids remain legal federally.

Understand that this issue gets complicated because each state can adopt the federal legality or create its own laws and regulations. Let’s take Delta 8 THC, for example. While still a federally legal substance, Delta 8 products are not legal in 17 states. We believe that, because the arguments for and against Delta 8 THC are so close to those made for HHC, that states that have made Delta 8 illegal will also do the same for HHC.

So far, Oregon has not made HHC legal. However, a dozen or more states are considering its legal status, so it could go either way.

Understand that while HHC and other non-Delta 9 THC cannabinoid products remain legal on a federal level, there are challenges to this assumption. Some experts point to the Federal Analog Act to support their position against its legality. This Act states that any substance analogous to a Schedule 1 drug would also qualify as a Schedule 1 drug. Since Delta 9 THC is a Schedule 1 drug, they reason, so is Delta 8 THC, HHC, and any other similar drugs. They also point to K2 and Spice, which are synthetic drugs that mimic the Delta 9 THC effect and are considered Schedule 1 drugs.

The bottom line is the legal status of HHC remains murky. This is a new substance to hit the market, so it may take a while for individual states and the federal government to catch up and decide its legality. In addition, laws are constantly changing, so it is advisable to keep yourself informed on the current legal status of HHC in your state.


The best HHC products

The Hemp Doctor is known for offering the most innovative and potent hemp derived cannabinoids. Our HHC products do not disappoint!

HHC Vapes

Kayo 3g Disposable HHC Vapes
blueberrycrumble hhc indicaLooking for an HHC vape that will give you 800 puffs? These 3g Disposable HHC Vapes are beautifully designed and are available in multiple strains, including Blueberry Crumble. They are perfect for on-the-go use, and since they are disposable, there is no need to worry about cleaning or maintaining them. Simply enjoy a smooth, flavorful vape experience and then dispose of the vape when you’re done.

Kayo 3g HHC Blend vapes
With Kayo 3g blended Vapes, you get a knockout high with a blend of D8/D9/HHC/HHCP/Live Rosin. Each vape is 3 grams and offers 800 puffs, making it the perfect choice for those who want to enjoy quality HHC vaping.

Kayo 2g Vape Carts
Each Kayo 2g vape cart comes with a whopping 2 grams of distillate, providing up to 600 puffs per cartridge. Whether you’re a first-time smoker or a seasoned pro, these HHC blend carts are sure to give you the high you’re looking for. Plus, with such a variety of flavors to choose from, there’s something for everyone.

1mg HHC vape carts
HHC-SUNSET-SHERBETOur 1 ml HHC vape carts are a fan favorite for their quality and compatibility with most standard sized pens. Available in multiple strains, these vape HHC carts provide the perfect hit every time. Whether you’re a first time smoker or a seasoned pro, 1g’s vape carts are sure to please.


HHC Gummies

Kayo THC Blend Gummies
HHC GummiesThese gummies pack a punch with 100 mg of THC, with 50 mg of Delta 9, 47 mg of HHC, 2 mg of Live Rosin, and 1 mg of HHCP. Plus, each 2-count package contains 20 servings, so you can enjoy them long into the future.

Kayo HHC Gummies
Each HHC gummy contains 40 mg of HHC, in three delicious flavors: Strawberry, Grape, and Cherry Lime. Or try a mixed pack for a little variety! HHC gummies are perfect for people who want the benefits of HHC without having to smoke or vape it. Plus, they’re easy to take on the go!


HHC Concentrates

HHC Moon Rocks
Two (2) Jars of The Hemp Doctor NEW HHC Moon RocksThese little HHC nuggets of goodness are available in three popular strains: cherry runtz, unicorn piss, and maui wowie. They come in either 3.5 grams or 7.5 gram containers, so you can choose the amount that’s right for you. Moon Rocks are made by combining hemp flower with hash oil and kief, so they pack a serious punch. If you’re looking for a new and exciting way to get high, be sure to check out HHC moon rocks!

HHC Shatter
HHC Shatter is the most potent concentrate on the market. It can be used in a rig or on flower. Shatter is a specific type of concentrate that takes on a brittle glass-like consistency. This process enables the HHC to become as potent as can be, while the terpenes take on a much smoother flavor.

HHC Distillate Syringe
Our HHC Distillate Syringe is a convenient 1 ml syringe filled with high-quality HHC distillate. Easy to use and available in several strains, makes it a great choice for any HHC consumer.


How does HHC compare to THC

HHC is a powerful compound which occurs naturally in small amounts of hemp pollen and seeds, but can also be scientifically created by hydrogenating cannabis-derived THC. Delta 9 THC on its own has a plethora of benefits available too – it’s stored abundantly within hemp plants’ flowering buds!

When compared with regular THC, HHC offers greater bioavailability due its ability to filter more efficiently into our bloodstreams where it meets up with our endocannabinoid system — this means you need less per dose than usual as long as you remember one thing; start low! As well as being economical, research shows that effects from HHC are longer lasting (upwards of 12 hours) whereas those coming from THC tend towards only a few hours.


Will HHC show up in a drug test?

It’s possible that HHC might not set off a drug test, however there is no guarantee. Since it hasn’t been thoroughly studied yet we don’t know the exact ramifications of using this substance.