Among the rush of hemp-derived cannabinoids going across the country. Delta-8, Delta-O THC, Delta-10 THC, and THC-P just to name a few. Only a handful have escapes public understanding more than HHC. A web search brings a plethora of contradictory information. About it's legality, and its effects on the body.
Making sense of HHC is complicated in part because it has only recently reached the market. The cannabinoid offers lots of potential.
With states and countries banning D8, the most popular Hemp Derived Cannabinoid alternative, HHC offers a bit more legal promise. Since its not actually a THC compound at all.
Can you pass a drug test?
Evidence showing whether or not if you can pass a drug test is purely anecdotal at this point. Unlike the Delta 8, Delta 9, Delta 10 forms of THC, there is some evidence that HHC doesn't metabolize into 11-hydroxy-THC, which is the breakdown substance many drug panels test for. That being said due to only having anecdotal evidence, we cannot with integrity confirm or deny if you could pass a drug test for the time being.
What is HHC?
The cannabinoid is typically derived through a process that begins with hemp, the low-THC cannabis plant that was made federally legal by U.S. congress in the 2018 Farm Bill.
HHC is a THC relative long known to science (Created in 1944 by American chemist Roger Adams) but until recently not often discussed by cannabis users. HHC is a minor cannabinoid: it occurs naturally in cannabis, but in amounts so slim it makes extraction not cost effective. Since commercial production of HHC is just getting off the ground, its still not widely known.
Most cannabinoids can be converted to other cannabinoids by altering the chemistry of the molecules. Like Delta-8 THC and Delta-10 THC, commercial HHC is processed from Hemp Derived CBD in a lab.
HHC can have THC like effects on the body and mind, but HHC is less potent, milligram-per-millagram, than delta 8 THC. Delta 8 THC is itself generally regarded as about half as potent as the standard Delta 9 THC. HHC effects are very similar to those of THC, such as feelings of euphoria, as well as altered visual and auditory perceptions.
Some HHC users describe its effects as more relaxing than stimulating, similar to Delta 8. Since HHCC is so similar to THC, it may offer many of THC's therapeutic benefits, but few studies have investigated this. One study on beta-HHC in rats indicated it possesses notable painkilling benefits, but more research is required to assess HHC's full potential.
THC-P is brand new, and found to be immensely powerful, and much stronger than Delta 8 and regular THC.
What is THC-P?
THC-P is a psychoactive hemp derivative. THC-P is unique from all of the other hemp derivatives, with properties that set it apart from its predecessors.
The interesting thing is that THC-P is thought to be 30 times stronger than regular Delta 9 THC! The most notable characteristic of THC-P is its psychoactive activity, as this is always the aspect of a THC Cannabinoid that gets the most interest. Researchers have found that its up to 30 times more efficient when it comes to binding to CB1 receptors than Delta 9 THC.
Interacting with your CB1 Receptors, the main Endocannabinoid receptor found in your central nervous system. This is where your neuroreceptor binds with Delta-9, and is responsible for the psychoactive effects of traditional marijuana. CB1 receptors send each cannabinoid to specific cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body, where these compounds bind to the receptors to regulate specific functions of the body.
Cannabinoid Receptors fall into two categories:
- CB1 (nervous system)
- CB2 (immune and digestive system)
This is the primary question we get asked about D8 THC "Will this get me high?" and the answer may be what you want to hear.
Yes, Delta-8 THC is psychoactive, meaning it will get you high somewhat like Delta-THC. Thats because it interacts with the CB1 receptor in your brain.
Its much more mild in general from traditional THC products. It's often described as "relaxing" and "euphoric", and many people say that D8 induces more of a "body high" than a "head high". This is most likely caused by it's interaction with the immune system portion of th ECS that goes throughout your nervous system, which Delta 9 THC does not.
Similar to CBD and other cannabinoids, D8 interacts with your body via your Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
Interacting with your CB1 Receptors, the main Endocannabinoid receptor found in your central nervous system. This is where your neuroreceptor binds with Delta-9, and is responsible for the psychoactive effects of traditional marijuana.
CB2 receptors, the primary Endocannabinoid Receptor found in the immune system. This portion of you ECS goes throughout your entire body and plays a part in the regulating of inflammation and pain.
Because Delta 8 can interact with both CB1 and CB2 receptors, it's believed to have far reaching therapeutic benefits. D8 isn't new, we've known about it for decades, but we still don't know everything there is to know about its benefits.
The National Cancer Institute lists Delta 8 as a:
- Drug that relieves anxiety
- Acts to salvage, recover and regenerate the nervous system.
- An anti nausea drug
- Aids to increasing hunger
- Acts to relieve pain