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. A similar process is 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.