The cannabinoid wave is gradually infiltrating all aspects of our lives and for good reasons. The plant-based compounds found in cannabis can provide relief from various conditions, both physical and mental.
But most individuals are only aware of the popular cannabinoids, i.e., cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and cannabinol (CBN). However, there is a fourth cannabinoid that has not yet earned the attention it deserves – hydroxy-hexahydro cannabinol (HHC).
This article will provide you with information to understand what HHC does for your body, its effects on the mind, and how HHC makes you feel.
What is HCC?
Hydroxyhex Hydrocannabinol, commonly known as HHC, combines ten different chemicals that are all quite similar. While it’s only recently gained attention, it has been around for a long time.
It was first created in 1944 by Roger Adams. Roger made HHC by combining regular delta-9 THC with hydrogen molecules, a process known as hydrogenation. In simple terms, the double bonds in THC turn to single bonds, thus creating HHC.
So, this then begs the question, “is HHC artificial or natural?” The answer is “both.” While HCC can be created through the process we’ve described, it’s also naturally found in the pollen and seeds of the hemp plant.
How Does HCC Make You Feel?
There’s only a subtle difference between THC and HHC. Consequently, the effects and feelings they produce in the body are also nearly identical.
For starters, this cannabinoid has psychoactive effects, meaning it alters the way you think and feel. It’s known to induce a sense of euphoria, creativity, and calmness. Additionally, HHC effectively treats pain, inflammation, anxiety, and insomnia.
In other words, HHC provides many of the same benefits as THC but without some of the negative adverse like paranoia and anxiety. Some users have also reported better pain relief with HHC.
HHC may also make you feel more energetic and clear your mind. However, it’s slightly less potent than delta-9 THC and more powerful than delta-8 THC.
Potential Health Benefits of HHC
Plenty of research is still needed to fully understand the potential health benefits of HHC, but some preliminary studies suggest that it could help with:
Pain and Inflammation
Like CBD, HHC has shown promise in treating pain and inflammation. As a result, it could be helpful for conditions like arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain. It’s also an excellent supplement for athletes, as it can help reduce muscle soreness after a workout.
If you suffer from sleep disorders like insomnia, HHC might help. Some research suggests that it could reduce anxiety and stress, affecting your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night.
Not to mention, unlike THC, this cannabinoid provides more of a relaxation effect. As a result, it can help you drift into sleep more naturally.
Relief of Anxiety and Depression
HHC may also help you manage anxiety and depression. Some people find that the cannabinoid helps regulate their mood, providing relief from these conditions. And unlike some prescription medications, it doesn’t seem to come with any nasty side effects.
Consequently, you don’t have to spend the entire day in a foggy daze. Instead, you can enjoy your life to its fullest and be active throughout the day.
May Alleviate Nausea and Vomiting
HHC has also shown great promise in the treatment of nausea and vomiting. This is likely due to its ability to interact with the serotonin receptors located in the digestive tract.
When it comes to cancer patients, this can be a real life-saver. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are known for causing severe nausea and vomiting. These side effects are so common that they are considered part of the treatment process.
Fortunately, HHC can help reduce these unpleasant side effects, making patients’ treatment process more tolerable. Additionally, it may also improve their overall quality of life.
Is HHC Legal?
One would argue that it should be legal because HHC can be found naturally in the hemp plant. However, the legality of HHC is still a bit murky. You see, although this cannabinoid occurs naturally in the hemp plant, there’s not enough of it to extract. Therefore, it has to be made in the lab.
Consequently, because it is technically a synthetic product, its legality is still up in the air. However, it may take the same trajectory as delta-9 THC if it becomes popular, becoming legalized over time.
HHC has gained a lot of attention in the past few years because of its potential health benefits. And although more research is needed, the current evidence looks promising. Nonetheless, it may be best to stick to known cannabinoids, like delta-9 THC or CBD, until more studies are published. But if you’re interested in giving HHC a try, make sure to talk to your doctor before taking it. And never self-medicate with marijuana products without the supervision of a medical professional.