What is HHC? What You Must Know

Written by Antonio DeRose

Hexahyrdrocannabinol, also known as HHC, is starting to gain more attention as we learn more about it. Since HHC is more of a lesser-known cannabinoid, there hasn’t been as much research on it as compared to other more popular cannabinoids, like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or delta-8 tetrayhydracannabidiol (D8). However, more research is likely to surface as it gains popularity. If you’re considering an HHC product, here’s what you must know about HHC.


What is HHC?

HHC, as we’ve established, is the acronym for hexahyrdrocannabinol. It isn’t a newly discovered cannabinoid, but it hasn’t received the same amount of research and praise as some other cannabinoids.


What are the effects of HHC?

The effects of HHC are being compared to the effects of THC, which is one major reason consumer demand is increasing. The HHC molecule looks very close to the THC molecule, which explains why it would have similar effects. Early anecdotal reports from consumers across the web have reported it to be just as potent as THC, and in some cases, more potent. From the sounds of it, if you’re familiar with the feeling of THC, you can assume HHC is going to produce similar effects.


How is HHC made?

HHC is a trace cannabinoid. It only occurs naturally in very small amounts, making it difficult to extract and process. The HHC used in cannabis products is most likely going to be made synthetically, using a hydrogenation process that starts with natural cannabis extracts. Using pressure and hydrogen converts concentrated THC in to HHC.


Is HHC legal?

HHC is legal at a federal level if it meets certain criteria. The HHC needs to have been created from hemp as the starting extract material, and the final product needs to contain 0.3% THC or less. As long as it meets these requirements, HHC is technically legal federally, however, states do you have the right to ban or restrict it. Because state laws can change so quickly, it is advised to check with your local state laws to confirm if HHC is legal in your state.



  1. National Center for Biotechnology Information (2021). PubChem Compound Summary for CID 522237, Hexahydrocannabinol Times Cited: 0 Journal Impact Factor: N/A

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