HHC: effects and consumption tips
You've heard of cannabis and CBD, but do you know about HHC, this new cannabinoid that is starting to make news? HHC, or Hexahydrocannabinol, is a synthetic derivative of THC that is still a mystery. You are curious and want to test HHC-based products? Here is everything you need to know about the effects of HHC and how to consume it.
HHC, CBD and THC, what differences in their effects?
CBD, THC and CBD are molecules from the cannabis plant. They belong to the cannabinoid family, which means that they are substances that are active on the body, especially on the nervous system. Each one has its own specificities and their effects are not identical.
CBD and its mild effects
CBD is a molecule extracted from the hemp plant, which does not produce any narcotic effect or dependence. It is appreciated for its relaxing therapeutic effects and its broad spectrum of action. Many consumers use it as a health supplement to improve their well-being, reduce inflammation, soothe pain, sleep better or relax. CBD is legal and products containing it are authorized for sale under certain conditions (the hemp plant from which CBD is extracted must have a THC level lower than 0.3%). Its effects are soft and it does not involve any risk for the health.
THC, a popular psychotropic drug
THC is the cannabinoid most present in the cannabis plant. It binds with receptors in the human body and causes effects on the nervous system. Thus, it is called a psychotropic substance: THC is euphoric, addictive and alters the state of consciousness of consumers. It is considered a drug and is prohibited for sale and consumption. It is this substance that is looked for during cannabis screening tests.
HHC and its effects are still not well known
The HHC is a molecule present in minute quantity in the seeds and the pollen of the cannabis. It is for this reason that it is manufactured in laboratory in an artificial way, starting from the THC. Through a process of hydrogenation, the THC molecule is converted into HHC. The molecular structures of THC and HHC are very close. Thus, it seems that the effects of HHC are similar to those of THC, with a lesser intensity. Today, there are still too few scientific studies having studied its mode of action, but the benefits of HHC would be recognized to relieve pain effectively, and reduce stress and anxiety. Derived from THC, it could be psychotropic in high doses and should therefore be taken with caution.
Which form of HHC has the most effect?
Like CBD, HHC exists in different forms: dried flowers, resin, e-liquid, oil... But which product provides the most intense effects?
It is the oil in sublingual uses. By placing a few drops under your tongue, you benefit from immediate and powerful effects. This zone of the body is very innervated and allows the product to diffuse quickly in the blood.
You can also add HHC oil to your drinks or dishes, or apply it directly to your skin for massages. In this case, the benefits will be less intense than when used sublingually.
What are the factors to consider for the effects of HHC?
The use of HHC is still recent and has not been the subject of much study and research. The lack of information about this cannabinoid should lead to caution in its dosage and use. The effects of HHC seem to vary from person to person. Some users report remarkable analgesic benefits, on a par with morphine. Others report an experience similar to taking THC: euphoria, increased appetite, mood changes, etc. The effects of HHC will not be of the same order depending on individual criteria:
- patterns of use of cannabis products;
- metabolism ;
- weight, height and age;
- frequency of consumption...
If you have never used products containing HCC, it is strongly recommended to start with small doses.
Suspected side effects of HHC
Synthetically manufactured in the laboratory, HHC may have unknown side effects related to its manufacturing process which involves heavy metal catalysts.
The molecule itself can cause some unpleasant reactions. Commonly reported side effects of HHC include:
- dry mouth;
- increased appetite;
- anxiety or paranoia;
- increased fatigue.
Due to the composition of HHC and the lack of scientific knowledge about it, it is advised to consume it with caution and sparingly. To avoid any accident, avoid ingesting it before a car ride or if you have important activities planned. Of course, pregnant or breast-feeding women should not consume it.