HHC is a natural, hemp-derived compound that produces psychoactive effects similar to THC. 

These days, new cannabinoids are popping up everywhere! Progressing far beyond the old school stalwarts of CBD and THC, modern techniques have uncovered a new world of compounds to explore.

One of the most exciting of these is HHC (Hexahydrocannabinol), which is getting a lot of buzz today for the wellness benefits it offers. 

So let’s take a closer look at this fascinating new hemp-derived discovery.

What is HHC?

You might know it’s related to cannabis somehow, but what is HHC?

HHC is a naturally-occurring cannabinoid made from hemp seeds and pollen. And while it’s not THC, HHC produces similar psychoactive effects and benefits.

Here’s the best part: hemp-derived HHC, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, is perfectly legal to purchase and consume in most states. That’s why we say HHC gives “THC feels without THC legality.” HHC offers mild psychoactivity similar to THC, meaning it has recreational applications — or helps you relax or sleep, depending on how much you consume. 

Naturally occurring within hemp, humans have consumed HHC for as long as they’ve consumed cannabis. However, it’s only due to recent advances in refining technology that we’ve been able to isolate the compound for consumption so you can reap its unique benefits and legal status.

What Does HHC Stand For?

HHC is short for hexahydrocannabinol. 

It’s a bit of a mouthful (hence the more prevalent use of the shortened name), but HHC, meaning hexahydrocannabinol, is one of the many compounds naturally occurring within the hemp plant. It helps support the medicinal and recreational uses of hemp and has powerful wellness potential when consumed on its own.

Is HHC a Cannabinoid?

Yep, HHC is a cannabinoid! The HHC cannabinoid is just one of the over one hundred individual cannabinoids that have been isolated from hemp and cannabis plants (that we know of today – there are likely thousands of potentially beneficial cannabinoids present in cannabis and hemp. We’ve barely begun to scratch the surface).

HHC’s status as a cannabinoid, however, does not mean it’s the same thing as cannabis; it’s a unique compound with distinct properties and potential. Still, HHC shares more with its Delta-9-THC cousin than most folks realize, which helps to explain the shared psychoactivity among both compounds. 

Is there THC in HHC?

While HHC can produce a psychoactive effect (as previously mentioned), it’s not the same thing as the more common THC. However, it may still contain up to 0.3% Delta-8 THC, along with other cannabinoids, such as CBC and CBN. These compounds bind to cannabinoid receptors in your body and work in synch with the HHC itself to create a unique experience.

What are the *Benefits of HHC?

HHC is still new enough that many studies are in progress to determine its potential uses, so the list below is only the start of HHC’s possible benefits. So far, it looks like HHC benefits are similar to the benefits of other forms of THC, including:

  • Help to reduce general inflammation 
  • Helps to even out mood and reduce anxiety
  • Can help support appetite and reduce nausea
  • Helps promote a more restful, restorative sleep
  • Assists in pain management

There are several studies in progress to determine potential therapeutic uses for HHC, so watch this space!

What are the Effects of HHC?

The effects of HHC vary from person to person, and depend mainly on dosage.

It works similarly to THC, so if you have experience consuming cannabis, you’re likely familiar with some of the effects of THC at high dosages. Lower dosages can create a more energizing effect, helping motivate and activate consumers and promote restful sleep at bedtime.

woman at ease in nature

Does HHC Get You High?

Just like THC, HHC binds to the receptors within your endocannabinoid system that help produce the effects of THC within your body and mind.

HHC can produce THC-like effects within the endocannabinoid systems at high enough doses, although it’s less potent than THC-packed cannabis strains. 

According to some urban legends, HHC also has the added benefit of not showing up on drug tests that measure for cannabis. However, the evidence, at this point, is mainly anecdotal! So we don’t suggest that you take any chances. Only the most sophisticated tests can reliably and accurately discern the difference between THC and HHC since they are so molecularly similar. It’s not worth the risk.

What is HHC High Like?

Experienced HHC consumers report a variety of experiences. For the peak of two or three hours, they may experience reduced pain or anxiety, as well as an energy boost.

There are also positive mental effects. 

HHC fans say they feel a deep sense of well-being accompanied by an elevated mood. In addition, it helps sharpen their mental states, creating feelings of focus and attentiveness to the surrounding world. This combination may explain why so many people love adding HHC to their wellness routines. 

What is an HHC Vape?

One of the most popular ways for first-time consumers to experiment with HHC is in vape form. HHC vapes can be used with any compatible vaporizer, meaning you can plug a cartridge into any 510-thread battery you own and enjoy the effects. 

This plug-and-play ease means that HHC vapes are a reliable go-to for many first-time consumers–but that doesn’t mean it’s the only way! 

In What Forms is HHC Available?

As its popularity grows, HHC is available in an increasing number of forms. So let’s take a closer look at the wide world of HHC products to help you find your perfect fit.

HHC Gummies

Like traditional cannabis-derived gummies are infused with THC or CBD, HHC Gummies are packed with edible HHC. Still, you won’t find HHC gummies in many places right now aside from Forge Hemp Company. We’ve proudly developed and launched the industry’s first HHC gummy, and while there are now others following in our footsteps, the quality isn’t the same. 

Fans of our HHC gummies love the ease of consumption and dosage, reliability, and of course, effects. 

HHC Cartridges

As discussed earlier, HHC Cartridges are a trendy way to experiment with HHC for the first time, using hardware you already own. Cartridges are also a good pick if you’re looking for quick effects and more control over your dose, allowing you to consume as much or little as you desire.

HHC Pucks

Functioning similarly to a traditional cannabis dab, HHC Pucks are HHC distillates you can add to any edible or smokable product you desire. Fans love pucks for their versatility of both dosage and consumption options–indeed, a choose-your-own-adventure situation!

HHC Syringes

If you don’t like the idea of getting sticky, HHC Syringes can provide an easy alternative to pucks, with the added benefit of making precise dosage easy. Lines on the side help you understand precisely how much HHC you’re dispensing, so you can regulate your experience with ease. Simply heat and squeeze.

HHC and Terpenes

Last but not least, let’s take a closer look at how cannabis-derived terpenes can boost your HHC experience. Terpenes are more than just flavor. Cannabis-derived strains like guava jam, lemon crush, and even our favorite garlic jam not only add delightful variety to your HHC experience but contribute to a holistic and enhanced bodily response.

HHC Puck with Guava Jam CDTs
HHC Syringe
Lemon Crush HHC

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*The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated the statements made regarding these products. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from healthcare professionals. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act require this notice.