What is HXC?

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If you are having trouble consuming cannabinoids due to their legal status, look no further than HXC. HXC is a naturally occurring cannabinoid in hemp and cannabis. However, it is usually synthesized from Delta-8 THC, and as long as it is derived from the hemp plant, it is legal.

That said, most people just don't know what HXC is. There also tends to be a lot of confusion between various cannabinoids, particularly HXC and HHC. Therefore, one of the main things we will do today is discuss what makes HXC and HHC different from each other.

We’ll also be comparing them to THC. However, our main focus for today is HXC. We want to determine if it gets you high, how it makes you feel, if it's safe and legal, and how it compares to other cannabinoids. Let's take a much closer look at the HXC cannabinoid to figure out exactly what it's all about.

Key Takeaways

  • HXC is hexahydrocannabinol.
  • HXC and HHC are the same thing.
  • HXC, HXC-P, and HXC-O are all closely related.
  • HXC is mildly psychoactive.
  • Although HXC is legal federally, it will show up on a THC drug test.

What is HXC Cannabinoid?

HXC stands for hexahydrocannabinol. Technically speaking, this is a naturally occurring cannabinoid that can be found in both cannabis and hemp plants. However, it occurs in such small quantities that extracting it from plant matter is not viable or cost-effective. It's a minor cannabinoid, not a major cannabinoid.

Therefore, to make it more viable and cost-effective, HXC is actually synthesized in a laboratory setting. Through a process known as isomerization, CBD, which is extracted from hemp plants, is turned into Delta-8 THC. Then, through a process known as hydrogenation, Delta-8 THC is turned into HXC. This is done by replacing one of the double bonds on the Delta-8 THC molecule with dual hydrogen atoms.

Keep in mind that HXC is not necessarily a new cannabinoid, as it was first discovered back in the 1940s. Scientists discovered that by shooting hydrogen atoms at THC, it changed its molecular structure to the point where it became HXC. HXC is known for being mildly psychoactive and intoxicating. We'll take a closer look at exactly how it makes you feel further below. 

What is HXC-P and HXC-O?

Ok, so here is where things can start to get confusing, because HXC-P and HXC-O may also be referred to as HHC-P and HHC-O. To explain why these may be referred to with both terms, it helps to know that HXC and HHC are technically the same thing.

HHC is HXC, HXC-P is HHC-P, and HXC-O is HHC-O. It's simply a new term for the same thing. Many brands are rebranding or changing the names of these cannabinoids for a variety of reasons, usually due to marketing and legal reasons.

However, what it comes down to is that HXC and HHC, as well as those variations, are interchangeable. They're the same things. So, if we are talking about HXC-P and HXC-O, these are both different versions of HXC, with all three being made out of THC.

The difference between the three of them is how they are made. Each of the three is made with different scientific processes. The result is a slightly different molecule with different effects on the human mind and body.

Generally speaking, regular HXC is the most stable and has the longest shelf life, although it's also the weakest in terms of the effects it has on you. It's not overly psychoactive. We then have HXC-O, which does produce quite a psychoactive effect but is still considered quite mild and should not make you paranoid.

We then have HXC-P, which is by far the strongest of the three. This produces a very strong psychedelic and euphoric experience, and it will likely have you passing out on your couch. The only real difference between them, besides their molecular structure, is their potency.

Does HXC Get You High?

Yes, HXC does get you high. HXC, otherwise known as HHC, is an intoxicating and psychoactive component. That said, HXC is milder than some other cannabinoids, mainly Delta-9 THC. It does get you high, although it's not quite as psychedelic or intoxicating as some other forms of THC. It produces a clearer high than regular THC. 

How Does HXC Make You Feel?

Exactly how HXC or HHC makes you feel depends on the person. However, in the grand scheme of things, it is said to produce a very similar high to Delta-9 THC, although a bit milder and mellower.

Most people would say that HXC or HHC is somewhere in between Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC in terms of potency. It won't get you quite as high as Delta-9 THC, but it should get you a bit higher than Delta-8 THC. Users say that HXC produces a very well-balanced high, kind of like smoking a balanced Sativa and Indica hybrid. HXC should produce both a head high and a body high, although neither is quite as strong as with the Delta-9 THC.

As far as the body high is concerned, HXC will likely leave you feeling a bit heavy, tingling in the limbs, and just generally physically relaxed. It's not the strongest body high, not like a potent Indica, but you should still feel a bit of a body buzz. Then, the cerebral high is said to be very clear. Unlike some very strong Delta-9 THC, HXC won't impair your cognitive abilities as much.

Delta-9 THC tends to impair your cognitive abilities. It makes your head feel like you're floating in the clouds. It can also just make you feel very slow, make it difficult to solve problems or make decisions, and so on. HXC will still make you feel happy, euphoric, and elated, just like Delta-9 THC, but it's not nearly as cognitively impairing. It won't really reduce your ability to make decisions and judgments or to just think rationally.

HXC is said to be more clear-headed. It should make you feel very thoughtful, creative, and even mentally energized. HXC should produce a mild body high combined with a euphoric and creative yet clear-headed cerebral high. For this reason, many authors, artists, and other creatives like HXC or HHC, because it is euphoric, creative, and happy, yet also clear-headed.

On that note, many people also enjoy HXC because it produces an enjoyable high but usually won't make you feel paranoid or anxious. HXC should make you feel bodily relaxed and calm, mentally elated, euphoric, and happy, while also feeling clear-headed, creative, thoughtful, and able to think clearly.

HXC may also have a variety of medical benefits. Because Delta-9 THC and HXC are quite similar, it is also assumed that most of the medical benefits are also similar. It is thought that HXC may be able to help reduce nausea and increase appetite; it could help regulate mood and relieve anxious thoughts; and it may also be able to help relieve inflammation and pain while also aiding sleep. 

HXC vs HHC vs THC: What are the Differences?

As we have already established, HXC and HHC are the same thing. Therefore, to be more accurate, here we are comparing HXC or HHC with THC, specifically Delta-9 THC. Let's take a look at all of the major differences right now.

  • Although we aren't going to get into the science of it, these cannabinoids, THC and HXC, have different molecular structures, hence why they also have different effects.
  • Delta-9 THC is a bit more psychedelic and intoxicating than HXC. HXC does still get you high, and it still produces both body and cerebral effects, but not quite to the same point as with Delta-9 THC.
  • Delta-9 THC is far more intoxicating and cognitively impairing than HXC. HXC produces a far clearer and more thoughtful high that doesn't leave you as slow. Both still get you high, but HXC is much clearer and more creative.
  • In terms of their potential medical benefits, THC and HXC are quite similar. Both may have the ability to help reduce pain and inflammation, reduce sleeplessness, increase appetite, and help regulate mood.

Does HXC Show Up on a Drug Test?

Although there is still more research on this front to come to a solid conclusion, it is safe to say that HXC does show up on a drug test. HXC is similar to Delta-9 THC, as it is an isomer of it. Therefore, it is safe to assume that just like Delta-9 THC metabolizes into 11-hydroxy-THC when consumed by the body, so does HXC.

The issue here is that 11-hydroxy-THC is what THC drug tests scan for when they test you. Therefore, no matter the initial cannabinoid you consume, whether HXC, Delta-9 THC, THC-O-acetate, or Delta-8 THC, they all metabolize into 11-hydroxy-THC. Seeing as 11-hydroxy-THC is what drug tests scan for, HXC may cause you to fail a drug test.

Exactly how long the HXC will stay detectable in your system depends on a variety of factors. Firstly, it depends on how often you consume it. For occasional users, it may only be detectable for a few days, but for regular users, it may be detectable for up to a month.

With a hair follicle test, HXC is detectable for up to three months. Blood and saliva tests can usually only detect 11-hydroxy-THC in your system for a few days, urine tests for a few weeks, and hair follicle tests for a few months.

Is HXC Safe?

Technically speaking, HXC is still being studied and requires more research in terms of its long-term health effects. However, as far as we can tell, it should be completely safe for consumption. At this time, there are no reported severe adverse reactions or serious side effects.

Yes, some people may experience mild headaches or gastrointestinal upsets, but that's about it. Unlike regular Delta-9 THC, most people even report that HXC or HHC doesn't result in paranoia or anxiety. Furthermore, HXC is certainly not life-threatening in any way. 

Is HXC Legal?

As long as HXC stays within the parameters set out by the 2018 Farm Bill, it should be totally legal. This 2018 Farm Bill says that cannabinoids are legal as long as they are derived from the hemp plant with no more than 0.3% Delta-9 THC.

Although this does not mean that individual states or the federal government cannot take action against this cannabinoid in the future, at this time, it is legal on a federal level, but you should check your local laws to be sure it is legal in your state.

Final Thoughts: What is HXC?

You should now know everything there is to know about HXC to make an informed decision about it. Remember that it produces effects similar to those of Delta-9 THC, albeit a little bit milder.

If you like experimenting with new cannabinoids and the sound of a clear-headed and creative high appeals to you, we recommend checking out the HXC cannabinoid. 

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