Ring in the New Year with some Hip-Hop-Hooray! HHC is the newest hemp-derived cannabinoid sweeping the nation. Where did HHC come from? What is HHC and why is it so popular? HHC was first created in 1944 by the American chemist Roger Adams — when he combined hydrogen molecules with Delta-9 THC. This process, known as hydrogenation, converts THC to hexahydrocannabinol (HHC).
While Adams created HHC from conventional cannabis-derived THC, hemp HHC is derived through a process that begins with hemp, the low-THC cannabis plant that was made federally legal by Congress in the 2018 farm bill.
“One of the benefits of hydrogenation is that it gives stability at the molecular level. HHC is thought to absorb in the body the same way as Delta-9 THC. It is said that HHC is more potent than Delta 8 and Delta-10. HHC offers a pleasing and slightly cerebral high, along with energy and pain relief,” stated Brett Weiss, CEO and Founder of Smilyn Wellness.
What is HHC?
HHC, scientifically known as hexahydrocannabinol, is a hydrogenated form of the THC naturally occurring in a variety of cannabis and hemp plants. Moderate doses of HHC induce a euphoric psychoactive effect like Delta 9 THC but is often reported to having more relaxing and sedative qualities in comparison to Delta-8.
According to Mark Scialdone, a chemist and Chief Science Officer, hydrogenation improves “stability and resistance to thermo-oxidative breakdown”— which means HHC has a longer shelf life and is less prone to damage caused by UV light and heat.
Hydrogenation changes the structure of delta 9 THC by replacing a double bond with two hydrogen atoms, which changes its molecular weight and also makes it more stable.
Benefits of HHC
Recent studies have shown HHC has some promising benefits.
A 2011 study showed that some synthetic analogs of hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) “strongly inhibited breast cancer cell-induced angiogenesis and tumor growth.” Japanese researchers published a paper in 2007 describing HHC’s impressive pain-blocking capability in mice. But it is probably too early to say whether HHC has great promise as a therapeutic drug.
HHC produces feelings of euphoria and stimulation — altered visual and auditory perception — heavily weighted towards relaxation than stimulation.
The cannabinoid offers most of the same therapeutic effect profile as other forms of THC, including notable painkilling effects.
The potential benefits of HHC include:
- May help manage chronic pain
- May reduce inflammation
- May promote deeper, more restorative sleep
- May alleviate nausea or vomiting
- May alleviate anxiety (may also increase anxiousness)
Ready to check out HHC? Smilyn Hemp has developed a reputation for selling high-quality niche cannabinoids such as delta-8, delta 10, THC-P, and HHC.