HHC and THC are both compounds found in hemp and marijuana plants. HHC was first synthesized in the 1940s and is known for its long-lasting effects compared to THC. Both compounds interact with the body's endocannabinoid system, which is a complex biological network made up of receptors, endocannabinoids, and enzymes. This system plays a role in maintaining balance in the body. HHC and THC specifically target the cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors located throughout the brain and central nervous system. This interaction creates a euphoric high as well as various therapeutic benefits such as anti-inflammation, pain relief, and sleep promotion.
One of the main differences between HHC and THC is the duration of their effects. HHC creates effects that can last up to 12 hours, while THC's effects only last for a few hours. This makes HHC a better choice for those who want long-lasting relief from their symptoms, but it's important to note that the duration of HHC's effects can vary depending on the person. Additionally, HHC is more resistant to heat and UV exposure than THC.
How does HHC and THC act on your body?
The effects of HHC are not as well-known as THC because it is a less common cannabinoid. However, some people report feeling more relaxed and less anxious when they use products that contain HHC. It is sometimes used to help with pain relief, inflammation, and anxiety. Some people also use it to improve their sleep.
Is HHC legal?
When it comes to legality, HHC should be legal under federal law under the Agriculture Improvement Act (2018 Farm Bill) if they are derived from hemp. This legislation makes hemp and its derivatives lawful in all 50 states, as well as parts of Canada. However, at the state level, HHC and THC may be legal in most places under the Farm Bill of 2018, but some states have passed laws specifically making them legal, while others haven't passed any legislation on the matter.
It's important to note that every production of HHC always includes high and low potency molecules, and manufacturers can't seem to cost-effectively separate the high active potency (9R HHC) from its inactive twin (9S HHC). The active high potency HHC twin, 9R HHC, binds to endocannabinoid receptors in the body more effectively than 9S HHC, since they have minor chemical differences. Because of slight variations in their molecular structures, 9R HHC produces effects comparable to THC.
In conclusion, HHC is indeed intoxicating, and like THC, the euphoric effect will differ from person to person. The high typically lasts several hours, depending on many factors such as how much HHC is consumed, how the body handles it, and how often HHC is used with other substances. Although we know some things about the effects of HHC, much of this information is based on user reports rather than scientific evidence. Since HHC and THC are similar, it's likely that HHC offers many of the same therapeutic benefits as THC, but more research is needed to fully understand its effects and potential risks.