HHC (hexahydrocannabinol) has been attracting attention as a dietary supplement since the end of 2021. This cannabinoid would have therapeutic effects on our body that are comparable to that of THC. You might even experience a mild euphoric effect from it. Is HHC the legal form of THC? How safe is it, how do you use it and how can you dose it?
As early as 1944, HHC was discovered and first synthesized by the American chemist Roger Adams. After being discovered by Roger Adams, not much attention was paid to HHC for decades. Now that cannabis is gaining popularity again, more and more substances are being (re)discovered that can be of valuable significance for our well-being.
HHC is present in very low amounts in cannabis flowers, where cannabinoids such as CBD and THC are also found. However, Adams found that when he added hydrogen to a THC molecule, it took the form of HHC. Adding hydrogen to a carbon-rich molecule is called “hydrogenation” or “hydrogenation.” This 'hardening' of a molecule is a chemical process that is also used, for example, in making margarine from vegetable oils. And it can also be applied to cannabis.
Chemically, HHC and THC are different in composition. Where (delta 9) THC breaks down to CBN (cannabinol) in drought/heat, HHC is more stable than THC. This is because (delta 9) THC has a double bond at the 9th carbon atom, while HHC lacks it. HHC also has a strong binding to both the CB1 and CB2 receptor. Although relatively little is known about the exact effect of HHC, users report effects that are comparable to those of THC.
Little is known about HHC and its effect on our bodies and minds. However, human experience indicates that the substance has no toxic or harmful effect. Furthermore, HHC seems to cause little to no side effects. If they are mentioned, these are a dry mouth and mild headache.
A drug test looks at the metabolites of THC that are still present in the body, i.e. the remnants of THC that remain in your body after they have been broken down by your digestive system. HHC has a different molecular shape than THC and will therefore also give different metabolites than what is tested. However, because so little is known about HHC, we are not 100% sure.
As with other cannabinoids, HHC also has different modes of administration. HHC oil is widely used. Kraatje offers a pleasant form of HHC consumption, namely HHC gummies. These tasty gummy bear candies with cola flavor contain 10 mg or 25 mg each. By keeping the gum in the mouth for a while, more HHC can be absorbed through the oral mucosa before the remainder will pass through the stomach.