HHC vs. THC: A comparison of effects, legality and side effects
Cannabinoid hype: HHC, THC and their effects in comparison
The world of cannabinoids offers a variety of compounds that can have different effects on the body. Two of the best known and most discussed cannabinoids are HHC (hexahydrocannabinol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). In this article, we take a closer look at the chemical structure, production, effects , legality, and possible side effects of HHC and THC.
Chemical structure and manufacture:
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is undoubtedly the best known and most studied cannabinoid. It is extracted from the hemp plant and is known for its psychoactive effects.
HHC (hexahydrocannabinol), on the other hand, is a relatively new cannabinoid that has recently gained popularity. HHC is a hydrogenated derivative of THC and shares a chemical structure similar to THC.
Action and therapeutic properties:
THC possesses powerful psychoactive properties that can induce euphoria, relaxation, and changes in cognition. It is also valued for its therapeutic properties, such as pain relief and relaxation.
In comparison, HHC has a weaker psychoactive effect, described as less intense than that of THC. Nevertheless, HHC possesses similar therapeutic properties to THC, albeit in a weaker form.
The legality of THC varies by country. In some countries, such as the Netherlands or some states in the USA, the sale and consumption of THC in certain quantities is legal. In other countries, however, possession and consumption of THC is illegal unless prescribed for medicinal purposes.
HHC legality information is limited. However, as of May 2023, it mentions that HHC is considered legal.
Drug test and legal consequences
Consuming THC can lead to positive drug test results, which can result in legal consequences such as losing your driver's license.
With HHC, there is a possibility of false positive results in drug tests showing HHC as THC. In such cases, it is recommended to perform a confirmatory analysis to clarify the results.
Compared to THC, HHC is believed to have fewer side effects. However, more accurate information and studies on the potential side effects of HHC are still limited.
Conclusion: quality and variety of cannabinoids
Cannabis and its components offer a fascinating world of possibilities. While THC is considered the best known and most psychoactive cannabinoid, win other compounds such as HHC are also important.