In the last few years, so many cannabinoids have rolled out that it’s sure becoming hard to keep up. But thanks to the recent popularity and various benefits that these compounds offer, people are becoming more aware of them.
One such new compound that has taken over the market of cannabinoids is HHC, also called hexahydrocannabinol. While the enthusiasm about cannabis compounds has always been subjective, the government has finally started understanding it.
The increasing awareness and growing demand for recreational marijuana products have led the federal government to legalize hemp plant products with 0.3% or less THC (or less).
This decision has finally opened up the gate for in-depth research and the medical potential of these products.
While you have the freedom to indulge your hemp needs, a new problem has surfaced: which product should you use?
What are your options?
Before suggesting which product would be your best bet, let’s see how many options, out of all cannabinoids, you have at your disposal:
Delta 8 THC
Delta 8 THC is derived from the breakdown of delta 9 THC naturally. Delta 8 naturally occurs in hemp plants at about 0.1 percent.
Given its small concentration, those who intake the plant’s chemical composition as a whole might not be able to feel its effects particularly. Hence the popularity of delta 8 products separately.
Those who consume delta 8 THC should expect a moderate ‘high,’ will feel relaxed, pain relief, and perhaps some sleepiness.
Delta 9 THC
Delta 9 is the most dominant and well-known cannabinoid found in the marijuana plant. While a hemp plant may contain a 0.3 percent concentration of delta 9 THC, a marijuana plant can have it anywhere from 15-30 percent.
Being one of the most intoxicating compounds, delta 9 THC is why marijuana is federally illegal. After its consumption, users can feel a noticeable high that may genuinely alter their state of consciousness.
If taken in larger quantities, you can expect feelings of anxiety, grogginess, and paranoia. Low blood pressure and dry eyes and mouth are other symptoms you may experience.
Delta 10 THC
Delta 10 THC is a relatively new cannabinoid and quite different from its other two delta cousins. Delta 10 can be made by rearranging the CBD molecules.
Like delta 8, delta 10 also causes about 70 percent intoxication as delta 9 THC. It’s worth noting that the feeling of euphoria experienced with it is different from that of delta 8.
Users of delta 10 THC have claimed that delta 10 THC provides a much more energy boost than delta 8. It can increase the energy, creativity, and focus of those who use it.
What is HHC?
HHC is THC’s hydrogenated form, also known as hexahydrocannabinol. Although HHC can be found in hemp plants, they are available so low that they have to be manufactured artificially for usage.
HHC leaves a very similar psychoactive effect as THC. Those who consume it will experience euphoria, an altered state of consciousness, changed auditory and visual perception, etc.
Those who use cannabinoids regularly claim HHC to be somewhere between delta 9 and delta 8 THC, with a slightly more relaxing quality.
The molecular structure of THC suggests many possible health benefits of HHC. HHC has shown great potential as a painkiller in a study on mice.
On consumption of HHC, you may experience a high for about 2 or 3 hours. This results in a more relaxed and better mood and an improved sense of overall well-being.
Why Choose HHC over Delta?
While the individual choices may differ, HHC has often been considered a better choice when picked aside. Why? Because of the following reasons:
It’s more potent
Yes. If you are looking for hemp products, you are probably not looking only for medical relief to your problems. While HHC and delta can have similar results, there are some differences between them. If you want to experience a more potent high, then HHC is your answer.
A better pain relief
While most cannabinoids have analgesic properties, HHC is a way more effective painkiller than delta 8, delta 9, or delta 10.
A preclinical study has shown HHC’s promise as a possible replacement for prescription pain relief medication. Of course, since HHC is new to the market, more research is needed.
HHC has a longer shelf life
One of the things about cannabinoids that can get a little frustrating sometimes is that they are sensitive to heat and UV. This means that when they are exposed to oxygen repeatedly, their potency will also reduce.
This is where HHC can prove to be extremely useful. Compared with other cannabinoids, it has a longer shelf life, and its potency doesn’t get reduced like its other delta cousins.
It’s not essential that what works the best for others might work similarly for you. Consider some questions before you try HHC (or any other cannabinoid):
- Why do you want to have it?
- Are you doing this by your own choice or under (peer) pressure?
- Can you handle the effect?
- Are you using it for the first time?
- Are you using it with someone else or alone?
- When using it in high doses, are you in the company of trustful people?
- How will your body react to it?
Make sure you have satisfactory answers to the above questions before you take a jump and try HHC or other cannabinoids.
One important thing to keep in mind – excess never does any good. When trying various cannabinoids, you must keep yourself informed and updated on how they may affect you.
Trying out different products can be fun, but make sure you know the correct dose for yourself. If taken in high doses that your body can’t tolerate, you might experience some side effects.
If your experience with HHC or delta is not going very well, don’t hesitate to stop and consult a doctor. Have fun and stay safe!