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.
HHC was created by the American chemist Roger Adams in 1944 , when he experimentally added hydrogen molecules to regular THC. This process, known as hydrogenation, converts THC to hexahydrocannabinol (HHC).
Hydrogenation isn’t limited to cannabinoid production. Asimilar processis used to convert vegetable oil to margarine.
While Adams created HHC from conventional cannabis-derived THC, these days the cannabinoid is typically derived through a process that begins with hemp, the low-THC cannabis plant that was made federally legal by Congress in the 2018 farm bill.
HHC-P is a cannabinoid that is found in the hemp plant. It is similar to other cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, but it has a unique set of effects. HHC-P is known for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-relieving) properties. It is also being studied for its potential to help treat anxiety and depression.
What is HHC-P? HHC-P is the THC-P of HHC – now, if that confuses you, we don’t blame you. THC-P is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in hemp, first discovered in 2019. What makes THC-P so impressive is its ability to bind to CB1 receptors in the brain 31x more than delta 9 THC, giving it a high that some say is about 10x as potent as the more traditional THC compound. THC-P gets its enhanced potency from an additional 7 carbon atoms in its side chain at the molecular scale.
HHC-P is, in fact, the hydrogenated form of THC-P. Meaning, it’s partly made of hydrogen, it’s extremely chemically stable, and yet still capable of delivering the same properties as THC-P. Those who are familiar with HHC will understand the analogous relationship between HHC-P and THC-P, and HHC and delta 9 THC.
Finally, HHC-P is the most exciting of the derivatives, as it is extremely potent and will be felt by even the most THC-tolerant users.
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