How HHC (Hexahydrocannabinol) is Taking the Hemp Industry by Storm

What is HHC?

Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) is a novel phytocannabinoid that recently has begun to garner rock star status in the cannabinoid marketplace and online communities. HHC is made in a concentrated form involving three stereoisomers. HHC, as it is normally called, is typically found in both the seeds and pollen of cannabis (1, 2). HHC concentrate is in many ways similar to THC.  Chemically it is a hydrogenated THC, meaning that a double bond in the THC molecule is broken and two hydrogens are added. The chemical structure of HHC makes it different enough from THC to allow it to be legal but close enough to produce the medical and recreational benefits of THC. Studies have shown HHC to bind at the human endocannabinoid receptor CB1 in a similar fashion that THC does which is why many of the effects are similar. Because HHC occurs in trace amounts naturally in the plant, it is considered 2018 Farm Bill compliant.

Figure 1:  Showing a delta-9 THC molecule and how HHC is different chemically.

Why is there a High Price Tag on HHC?

Why does HHC concentrate seem so expensive compared to other isolates and distillates such as Delta 8-THC or CBD? When HHC was first released for sale earlier this summer, the initial price for the consumer was quite high, retailing for as much as sixty dollars per gram. This is due to specialized production methods, costly materials used in hydrogenation and cost of feeding stock. This gap of prices between HHC and other cannabinoids has steadily become narrower as more efficient production methods have been implemented with decreased cost of Delta 8-THC.  The present-day market price for HHC is very agreeable to both the supplier and the consumer and this trend is expected to continue in direct proportion to its increasing consumer demand.  Another property of HHC concentrate makes it more appealing than other cannabinoids: its stability. 

When HHC concentrate is made, it will take on the physical appearance of thick distillate oil.  Through analysis of the concentrate, it was found to include three different stereoisomers primarily including a racemic mixture of two isomers. These two primary isomers share the same chemical structure but are designated as 9R/9S HHC.  (9R)-HHC is short for (6aR,9R,10aR)-HHC and (9S)-HHC is short for (6aR,9S,10aR)-HHC. The difference between the two isomers is designated by a counting system where numbered atoms around the stereocenter are notated as counting counterclockwise(S) or clockwise(R).

After production the HHC concentrate has the appearance of thick distillate oil, the color of which is normally an amber hue. The distillate, although fluid, is very viscous at cooler room temperatures but not quite as viscous as Delta 8 THC. The distillate does not have a strong odor to any noticeable degree. As with other cannabinoids, HHC shares the property of being highly lipophilic. The distillate can be prepared into a wide array of consumable forms just as easily as any other concentrate or distillate.  HHC concentrate can be mixed with terpenes to prepare mixes for vaporizers or dabbing. HHC can be prepared into any edible as a virtual replacement for THC. In tinctures HHC can directly replace THC or any cannabinoid. HHC concentrate is also made into softgels like those available at VIVIMU. The sky’s the limit with HHC concentrate, as any product formulation using distillate can be replaced with HHC, making it extremely versatile.

What’s the bottom line?

Many online community reviews of cannabinoids for HHC concentrate were analyzed to reveal the commonly reported effects.  The consensus with online cannabinoid communities is that HHC concentrate is a win. One consumer even reported that “HHC has stolen the spotlight in the hemp game.” Most consumers who try HHC concentrate note that it is generally smooth upon vaping, and normally compare it as better than their experience with Delta 8-THC. Generally, the impression of most experienced users is that HHC concentrate feels closer to Delta 9-THC as far as intoxicating effects. This is making HHC concentrate especially popular in illegal states where HHC is becoming the cannabinoid of choice. Another beneficial aspect of HHC concentrate is the noticeable absence of the anxiety reactions often experienced by users of Delta 9-THC.  This has been the experience of the author as well who has anxiety invoked often by Delta 9-THC.  The effects of HHC after vaping are said to last on average from 1 to 2 hours, and when taken as an edible has a similar length of action when compared to THC. Other typical effects of HHC include euphoria and/or feeling either a sense of highness or stoned. There seems to be variability in reporting of the effects as more in the head or a body type effect, but typically one or the other is reported. Although, while relatively new to the industry, HHC concentrate has been used by thousands of people with no noted contraindications.

Where Can I Find HHC (Finished Goods & Bulk)?

VIVIMU, a leading retail supplier of bulk cannabinoids is the new name on the block but the people behind the name are not new. As the retail branch of the wholesaler MC Nutraceuticals, VIVIMU is the leading supplier of retail cannabinoids and is well reviewed in every single public platform. It has had the best retail price on HHC concentrate in the industry with some of the highest quality HHC available, fully tested for potency, heavy metals, residual solvents and pesticides to ensure a safe-as-possible product. VIVIMU offers HHC concentrate distillate from two to twenty-eight grams at the best prices in the industry, as well as HHC blends at even more affordable prices.  These blends are available in two varieties: 60% HHC/30% CBN or 60% HHC/30% CBG. The CBN blend is noted to help promote sleep and relaxation by users, while the CBG typically offers an energizing effect. Whatever the need, VIVIMU offers the highest quality HHC concentrate with industry-leading pricing.

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