If you are just exploring the world of hemp and cannabis, you might come across a term that you are unfamiliar with: HHC. HHC is one of the lesser-known cannabinoids, found in both hemp and cannabis plants. It naturally occurs in very low concentrations, so low that it is generally not extracted on its own.
With that being said, HHC products are becoming increasingly popular. So, what is HHC? How strong is HHC? How long do the effects of HHC last? These and many more questions are precisely what we are here to answer today. Here's what HHC is and what you can expect from it.
- HHC is a minor cannabinoid found in hemp and cannabis plants.
- HHC is not present in high concentrations, which makes extracting it too expensive.
- HHC produces many of the same effects as THC, although it is less potent.
- HHC is made by altering CBD in a laboratory setting.
What is HHC, Anyway?
HHC stands for hexahydrocannabinol. This is one of the cannabinoids that is found in the hemp plant and the cannabis plant. Although it has been known for quite a long time, it's never really talked about, and there isn't all that much research that has been done on it.
HHC is one of the minor cannabinoids, which means that it is not present in very high quantities. This is unlike THC and CBD, which are considered major cannabinoids. HHC has not been in production for a very long time, so there is a limited amount of information on it.
However, because HHC is present in such low quantities, extracting it is not very cost-effective. For this reason, HHC is often synthesized or derived from other cannabinoids. For the most part, HHC is made out of hemp-derived CBD in a laboratory, using special processes.
How Strong Is HHC?
Keep in mind that HHC does still have some intoxicating or psychoactive effects, as it is related to THC. In other words, yes, HHC will still get you high, although it's not quite as strong as regular D9 THC. It is thought that HHC is about 75% as strong or potent as regular Delta-9 THC. This means that to feel the same effect as from regular THC, you're going to need about 25% more HHC than THC.
HHC is thought to be a bit stronger than Delta-8 THC, up to 10% or even 20% stronger. Therefore, if regular Delta-9 THC is too strong for you, but Delta-8 THC is too weak, HHC might make a good middle-ground for you.
How Long Does HHC Last?
In terms of how long the high from HHC lasts, it depends on your method of consumption. For the most part, how long HHC lasts is going to be quite similar to how long the high from regular THC lasts. Generally speaking, if you vaporize HHC products, the high should last for anywhere between two and four hours, with around three hours being the norm.
However, if you consume HHC in the form of edibles, this is going to last for quite a bit longer. If you ingest HHC products, the high could last for anywhere between five and eight hours, depending on the potency, your size and weight, and your metabolism.
How is HHC Flower Made?
Seeing as THC is not present in high quantities in any hemp or cannabis flower, it, therefore, has to be artificially made. First, through a variety of processes that are honestly just too complicated to discuss, THC is synthesized from hemp-derived CBD.
In other words, through a variety of very complicated scientific processes, CBD that comes from hemp plants is converted into HHC. Then, that HHC is turned into some kind of distillate, usually a liquid that is very concentrated. This is then sprayed onto CBD hemp flower. Simply put, HHC spray is applied to CBD flower, therefore effectively turning it into a combination of HHC and CBD flower products.
So, How Does HHC Compare to THC?In case you are confused in terms of the differences between HHC and THC, let's give you a quick crash course right now.
- THC is a far more complex cannabinoid than HHC. This leads to THC having a bit of a higher binding affinity to the receptors in your body, which means that THC ends up being a little more potent and stronger, therefore producing slightly greater effects.
- The effects that you feel from an HCC are going to be extremely similar, if not nearly identical, to the high that you feel from a THC high. You're going to feel things like happiness, elation, and euphoria; you might feel giggly and talkative, you might feel very uplifted, and you could also feel sedated, tired, tingly, heavy, hungry, or anything else of the sort. Both are psychoactive and intoxicating. The only difference is that HHC is not quite as potent, so the effects will probably not be as strong or as long-lasting.
- Although this is purely anecdotal, some users do report that HHC does not produce as many negative side effects as high doses of THC, mainly paranoia and anxiety. People also note that high amounts of HHC don't result in quite as strong of a hangover effect as high doses of THC. In other words, if you take a lot of HHC, you shouldn't wake up the next morning feeling groggy, such as you would from a high dose of THC.
What Are HHC Pre-Rolls?
HHC pre-rolls are quite simply joints that are already rolled for you using HHC flower. The HHC pre-roll is a good option to go with if you don't want to roll yourself and you want to experience the benefits of HHC. HHC joints are quickly becoming quite popular, as well as relatively easy to find online, as we will discuss below.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Using Pre Rolled Joints?
As with any kind of product out there, using pre rolled joints with HHC flower does have both its advantages and disadvantages, so let's take a quick look.
- One benefit here is quite simply that the joint is already rolled for you. It's a few minutes that you get to save because you don't have to roll anything.
- If you don't know how to roll a joint, then using a pre-rolled joint is one of your only options if you want to smoke a joint.
- If you don't want to purchase or use rolling papers, grinders, rolling trays, and other such utensils, then buying pre-rolled joints is the way to go.
- Pre-rolled joints are also ideal because you know exactly how much flower is inside of them and how potent they are.
- Pre-rolled joints are also very portable.
- One slight downside with pre-rolled joints is that they tend to be a little bit more expensive than plain flower. This is quite simply because the job of rolling has already been done for you. You are paying for the service.
- The other slight downside with using pre-rolled joints is that they may be a bit old or dry. If they have been left to sit for a long period of time before smoking, they could be dried out. This could result in them being a little harsh and burning unevenly.