Before getting to know HHC-O, let’s learn more about its precursor, hexahydrocannabinol (HHC). Hydrogen is added to Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to form HHC in a process called hydrogenation. This process creates a more stable cannabinoid with a much longer shelf-life. Hydrogenation has other uses beyond producing cannabinoids. For example, margarine is created from vegetable oils using a similar hydrogenation process. Once HHC is formed, an acetyl group is introduced, putting the “-O” in HHC-O. This addition acts to increase the bioavailability addition of the acetyl group, the “-O,” increases the bioavailability, or the rate and extent a cannabinoid is absorbed into your system to create active effects. HHC-O is a hemp-derived cannabinoid with psychotropic properties, meaning it has the ability to alter mood, behavior, and perception. This cannabinoid may also relieve stress, reduce pain, aid in sleep, and promote feelings of mellow relaxation.
How Does HHC-O Work?
The human body naturally produces cannabinoids which are called endocannabinoids. These compounds work in the endocannabinoid system to maintain homeostasis or balance within the body by binding with Cannabinoid-1 (CB1) and Cannabinoid-2 (CB2) receptors. Cannabinoids, like HHC-O, can imitate endocannabinoids and bind or interact with the receptors, helping to send signals to the body to improve health and overall balance in the system. HHC-O absorbs into your body and takes effect like Delta-9 THC and Delta-8 THC, but it does not have as much of a delayed onset like THC-O. This cannabinoid produces benefits and effects similar to other forms of THC with an affinity for binding to the CB1 and CB2 receptors. HHC-O produces psychotropic effects by boosting mood, relieving stress, and providing full body relaxation.
How Does HHC-O Compare to Other Cannabinoids?
When learning about HHC-O, many people compare it to its precursor, HHC, and other forms of THC to gain a better understanding of its effects. Comparing HHC-O, HHC, and other cannabinoids provide insight into what to expect when trying HHC-O products for the first time. HHC-O is sometimes referred to as “Super HHC” because this acetylated form of HHC increases the bioavailability of the cannabinoid. The higher bioavailability means you will likely absorb more of the HHC-O and feel more of the active benefits. This cannabinoid may be about 1.5-3 times stronger than HHC. Many consumers also believe HHC-O falls somewhere between Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC in terms of strength. HHC-O also shares similar effects with Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC including reducing pain and inflammation, relieving stress, aiding in sleep, and providing relaxation.
What Are the Effects of HHC-O?
While research is still ongoing, HHC-O has psychotropic properties and other common effects may include mellow relaxation, restorative sleep, and stress relief. Many consumers find HHC-O helpful in relaxing muscles and relieving pain. Like many other cannabinoids, HHC-O is also believed to reduce inflammation and stimulate appetite. HHC-O may provide stress relief while also boosting mood. Psychoactive cannabinoids, like HHC-O and THC-O, affinity for the CB1 receptors may explain this uplifting effect. These receptors help facilitate neurotransmitter release, like serotonin, to maintain state of equilibrium, so this interaction between psychoactive cannabinoids and these receptors may contribute to mood boosting effects. HHC-O may produce both mental and physical relaxation to help you unwind and relieve tension. HHC-O products are not one-size-fits-all, and you may experience effects differently than other consumers. Before introducing HHC-O into your routine, you should discuss your options with a healthcare professional.
How Does HHC-O Interact with CBD?
HHC-O can be combined with other cannabinoids, like CBD, to create an entourage effect which may enhance the effects of all combined cannabinoids. Combining cannabinoids ultimately depends on your preference and desired effects. HHC-O and CBD have some similar effects like pain relief, reduced stress, and sleep aid, so products with both cannabinoids may enhance these benefits. Many of these products combine HHC-O with CBD. Full spectrum products contain a full profile of cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, essential oils, and fatty acids. Broad spectrum products also contain a full profile of cannabinoids and other compounds with any trace amounts of Delta-9 THC removed.
How Much HHC-O Should I Take?
The amount of HHC-O you choose to take will vary depending on your specific needs and/or desired effects. Starting with a low dose may help you determine your specific response and tolerance for a HHC-O product. We suggest starting with the recommended serving size and gradually increasing or decreasing in different sessions as needed to feel your desired effects. Cannabinoids are fat-soluble and interact with phytochemicals, like terpenes, so the food you eat may impact your personal experience. Depending on the HHC-O product you enjoy, you are likely to feel different effects at different intervals throughout your experience with the product.
Is HHC-O Legal?
2018 Farm Bill confirms all derivatives, isomers, and cannabinoids in hemp are legal. However, the bill set restrictions stating all final products must contain 0.3% or less of Delta-9 THC. HHC-O products we sell are derived from hemp and will always contain 0.3% or less Delta-9 THC. Although there are no current age restrictions from the federal government on hemp derived products, the company policy for our stores is to sell to those 18 years of age or older. Federal regulations state inhalants can only be consumed by those who are 21 years of age and older in the United States, so HHC-O smokables are an age-restricted product.
Does HHC-O Show Up on a Drug Test?
While anecdotal evidence suggests HHC-O does not show up on a drug test, there is no concrete proof to determine if this is accurate. Metabolites are your body’s reaction to consuming any form of THC, including HHC-O, and these metabolites will trigger many drug tests. Different methods of delivery produce varying levels of metabolites within your body. As a precaution, you should not take these products if you need to pass a drug test.
What Are the Different Ways To Take HHC-O?
HHC-O is available in several forms including oils, tinctures, cartridges, edibles, beverages, and topicals. We also offer HHC-O products that combine the benefits of other terpenes and cannabinoids. Before introducing HHC-O into your routine, we recommend consulting with a healthcare professional. Your body's reaction varies due to the method of delivery which explains varying onset times and durations of effects.
Tinctures or oils are a popular method for taking HHC-O due to their convenience. Apply the recommended dosage under your tongue with the dropper and hold the oil in place for a minimum of 60 seconds to allow for maximum absorption through the capillaries. After holding for the allotted time, swallow the HHC-O oil. You will likely begin to feel the effects of a tincture or oil within 15 to 20 minutes. Typically, consumers report the effects last for about four to six hours.
Smoking or vaping is one of the easiest ways to consume HHC-O, and it provides more bioavailability which means you can absorb more of the HHC-O than you would with other forms, like edibles. With smokable products, you inhale the HHC-O which is then absorbed through the lungs and into the bloodstream. HHC-O smokables typically take effect within 10 to 15 minutes, and these effects often last anywhere from two to four hours.
Edibles, like gummies or caramels, are an easy and discreet way to try HHC-O. This form introduces HHC-O through the digestive system into the bloodstream. You will likely begin to feel the effects of edibles within 60 to 90 minutes. The effects of edibles typically last longer than other HHC-O methods of delivery, about six to eight hours.
How Can I Find the Right Product?
Finding the right HHC-O product will depend largely on your needs, wants, and preferences. Many customers find personal consultations helpful in determining which cannabinoid and method of delivery works best for them. Visit us in-store for a personal consultation with our doyens.