What is HHC?
What is HHC?
Among the wave of hemp-derived cannabinoids sweeping the country—delta 8 THC, delta-O THC, and delta-10 THC among them—few have eluded public understanding more than HHC. Googling the compound brings up a host of contradictory information: about its legality, its effects on the body, and even whether it occurs naturally in the cannabis plant.
Hemp-derived HHC isn’t THC, but it offers a THC-lite experience.
Making sense of HHC is complicated in part because it has only recently reached the market and only a handful of retailers are selling it, mostly in the form of vape carts. The cannabinoid offers lots of potential, however; don’t be surprised if you start hearing more about it soon.
As state and federal agencies continue to ban delta-8 THC, the most popular hemp-derived cannabinoid, HHC offers a tiny bit more legal promise—and appeal—since it’s not actually a THC compound at all. It may also elude drug tests, although the evidence for that is purely anecdotal at this point.
“HHC is one of our fastest growing products,” Liam Burns, founder and CEO of Bearly Legal Hemp, one of the main retailers of the cannabinoid, told Leafly. “That’s due to regulations that have banned Delta-8, but people are buying it in states where they can buy Delta-8, too.”
Read on to learn more about HHC: how it’s made, its effects, its murky legality and what other questions remain.