The Differences Between HHC and THC
, by Vivimu Blog, 4 min reading time
THCa Products Discontinued on February 28th.
, by Vivimu Blog, 4 min reading time
With the rise in popularity of HHC, one of the most common statements among cannabinoid users is that HHC is “just a” hydrogenated form of THC. But what does that really mean, and how much of a difference does hydrogenating THC really make?
One of the big questions that comes with that is, how different is HHC from THC in actuality. Does it provide a higher high? Does it have any side effects? How similar of a feeling does HHC provide?
In this blog, we’ll be diving a bit further into what HHC really is, and how different it is from THC. Keep in mind that experiencing cannabinoids depends on a lot of different factors. Method of consumption could add the the velocity at which you get high. Flavors, blends and strains can play a big part of the experience as well.
The only way to really tell the true difference, is to try out a variety of difference mediums and decided for yourself which you and your body prefer.
Let’s dive a little bit more into what is HHC. As mentioned above, HHC is simply THC, but hydrogenated. Chemically speaking, all that really means is there is an extra step that occurs that hydrogenates the HHC oil. When you saturate THC with hydrogen atoms under very high pressure, you get what is known as HHC.
It ensures the chemical structure is a bit more stable than its non-hydrogenated counterpart due to the fact that THC on its own is fairly vulnerable to oxidation, however due to changed chemical structure, HHC keeps its potency longer than THC when exposed to air. In all fairness, that is one of the only and biggest differences.
HHC is a fairly new cannabinoid, and while most HHC products go through rigorous testing, there really is not that much research to accompany this new cannabinoid yet. Users mention that the effects are fairly similar to THC, however it does provide more benefits and lesser side effects than usually reported with THC. Benefits have been reported to vary from person to person, but fall within the normal scope of benefits cannabinoids and hemp usually provides.
HHC’s psychoactive effects can take up to 45 minutes to kick in depending on the method of consumption, and effects can last for several hours.
When comparing cannabinoids to THC, consumers often refer to the infamous Delta 9 THC. This Delta 9 THC has set the standard for the past few decades when it comes to psychoactive hemp cannabinoids and is being used as the gold standard to compare all new alternative psychoactive cannabinoids to.
While anything over 0.3% Delta 9 THC itself is illegal, Delta 8 THC is a milder, legal version that also often receives comparison between itself and other cannabinoids. However, when talking about the authentic hemp THC experience, we truly are talking about Delta 9 THC.
THC itself can come both from the hemp plant and the marijuana plant. It’s responsible for most of hemp and marijuana’s psychoactive effects. In fact, THC acts very much like the cannabinoid chemicals the body naturally produces (did you know the body produces something called endocannabinoids), which are called endocannabinoids.
THC psychoactive effects can also take up to 45 minutes to kick in and effects can also last for several hours depending on your method of consumption and quantity of consumption.
The age old question (especially with the immense rise of popularity of HHC), which one is a better option. The short of it is, it really depends on your preferences. For myself, I highly prefer HHC gummies over Delta 9 THC gummies. Then again, I prefer Delta 8 THC distillate over Delta 9 THC gummies. It all depends on the method of consumption in my opinion, and a variety of other factors, such as added flavors, specific blends, added terpene strains and side effects to your body.
It’s been reported that users are currently preferring HHC distillate and HHC gummies over any THC products. There currently are also a variety of HHC blends coming to mark that are blended with other cannabinoids such as CBN, THCv, CBC and more. These added cannabinoids have been reported to provide an even better experience in comparison to the authentic HHC.