HHC: Like THC and CBD But Not

HHC: Like THC and CBD But Not

In the realm of cannabinoid research, a newcomer has emerged with intriguing potential - Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC). This lesser-known compound from the cannabis family is generating excitement among researchers, offering a fresh perspective on the therapeutic possibilities that cannabinoids can provide. ValuSesh is happy to release our first HHC products to the world – and so it’s probably worth diving into this cousin of THC and CBD, a totally-worthy ‘noid worth adding to the repertoire. 

What is Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC)?

Hexahydrocannabinol, commonly referred to as HHC, is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in cannabis plants. It is a close relative of the more well-known cannabinoids like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). However, HHC has a distinct chemical structure; it differs from THC due to the addition of hydrogen atoms. This alteration influences how HHC interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system, potentially leading to different effects. 

How does HHC compare to THC overall?

The main differences between HHC and THC lie in their psychoactive properties and the extent of our understanding about their effects. THC is a well-studied cannabinoid with strong psychoactive effects, both recreational and potential medical applications. On the other hand, HHC is a less-studied compound that appears to have milder psychoactivity (60-75% the strength of D9), and its potential medical benefits are still being explored. 

Does HHC make users feel “high”?

Typically, yes. Some seasoned users of all hemp and cannabis products peg HHC somewhere between D8 and D9. Others say it is a totally different kind of mellow. Like THC, HHC exhibits psychoactive properties, albeit with a reportedly smoother, more balanced experience. This could hold promise for those seeking relief from various conditions without the intensity of traditional THC. 

What are the potential Benefits of HHC?

Some researchers and cannabis enthusiasts speculate that HHC could offer medical benefits similar to THC but with a milder psychoactive profile. However, the research on HHC is still in its extremely early stages, and more studies are needed to fully understand how it really affects the body (and/or whether it’s worthy of accompanying you to Friday’s concert).

Preliminary research suggests that HHC may offer a range of potential therapeutic benefits. These include analgesic properties, anti-inflammatory effects, and the ability to de-stress. Early research suggests that HHC may also have neuroprotective properties, which could make it a valuable component in the treatment of neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease. And its reported effects on mood regulation and anxiety make it an interesting avenue for research in mental health treatments.

How is HHC different from CBD?

Like CBD, HHC is a compelling candidate for pain management. Its potential to alleviate pain without causing debilitating psychoactivity could be a game-changer for patients seeking relief from chronic pain conditions (some say it is much stronger than CBD). However, CBD is closer to a safe-for-daily-use medication in that users are not typically warned of intoxicating or psychoactive effects at normal doses. HHC, meanwhile, should still be taken with care. 

What will HHC do to me?

Most users of HHC will feel a similar, yet subdued high similar to Delta 9. The buzz may be strong or relaxed; regardless, you should probably not operate machinery or attempt anything requiring responsible-you. Expect your mood to brighten, your muscles to lighten and your thoughts to drift a little. Think of it as the ‘Lite’ version of stoned, less red eyes, less dry-mouth–some might even say more-manageable.

Where can I get more HHC? 

Maybe you’ve tried our super-cheap, super-chill HHC gummies. In coming weeks we’re releasing both a caviar-covered HHC preroll, as well as a 2ml vape cartridge, all in time for the holidays. Think you might want to try it for the first time? There’s no better time to feel the full benefits of HHC, than when you’re stuck talking to Uncle Marvin about the time his car hit a cow pat at full speed and flipped on the way to prom.

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