HHC, or hexahydrocannabinol, is a derivative of THC that has been hydrogenated. It is found naturally in cannabis, but in quantities too small for its extraction to be cost-effective. Recently, commercial production of HHC has taken off, and it is now available in various forms such as gummies, live resin distillates, vaporizers, tinctures, and concentrates. HHC is made from hemp-derived THC, converted to CBD and then homogenized into HHC distillate.
As a result, it offers an experience with hemp-derived cannabinoids that isn't THC. Since it is not subject to cannabis regulations, manufacturers and retailers are not required to test for potency and purity standards. For example, high-potency HHC gummies contain 25 mg of HHC per serving, for a total of 500 mg per pack of 20. Cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted from raw hemp and acts as the basis for the chemical reaction needed to create the HHC distillate.
User reports generally describe the high level of HHC between Delta 8 and Delta 9 of THC. It may not cause the same couch-lock effect as Delta 9 THC, but it still offers a similar experience in terms of flavors and effects. Because HHC is found in the seeds and pollen of hemp plants, it's often considered non-synthetic, making it a federally legal form of hemp extraction. Over time, users can learn to better manage their consumption of HHC distillate, which will result in fewer overwhelming experiences.
Unfortunately, manufacturers have not yet found a cost-effective way to separate high-potency HHC from its low-potency twin, so commercial HHC is a kind of game of chance for the purchaser. If HHC becomes popular enough to jeopardize sales in the legal cannabis market, as we have seen with THC delta 8, it is likely that federal regulation will be imposed on it. In the meantime, users should be aware that there are no official standards for potency or purity when it comes to HHC products. As with any cannabis product, users should always be sure to purchase from reputable sources.