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What is HHC and How Does it Compare to THC?

Most CBD consumers are often debating the benefits and uses of HHC and THC. Both tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) differ from each other in many aspects, for example, potency, legality, availability, and the list goes on.

Despite being distinct, they offer similar therapeutic effects including relaxation, sedation, energy, focus, and an improved sleep cycle. To understand the comparison, first, know what HHC and THC are.

What is HHC?

HHC is hydrogenated THC that occurs naturally in cannabis strains. It is more powerful and the effects last longer than THC. First discovered in 1940, it is only now that HHC has hit the drug market. Considering its potential and strength, it will probably become popular among CBD consumers for its effects.

It is about 70% to 80% the strength of THC and more resistant to heat and UV exposure. However, it is only present in trace amounts in cannabis, so extraction is not cost-effective which explains its limited availability.

What is THC?

THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, binds to the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). It is the most popular cannabinoid responsible for providing euphoric highs.

Compare HHC and THC

The detailed comparison will explain why HHC and THC are different from each other.


In comparison, THC is more potent producing stronger effects. Due to the complex chemical structure, THC has a higher binding affinity to the body’s receptors. It appears that THC is up to 5 times stronger than HHC. Produces intense effects that can last up to 6 hours.

On the contrary, HHC is about 70-80% the strength of THC making it more powerful than Delta-8-THC and Delta-10-THC. If not stronger, HHC produces a “cleaner” high with little or no hangover effect compared to the THC high.


Both HHC and THC are very different when it comes to legality. THC products are banned by the federal government, however, sometimes legal at the state level for medicinal purposes.

In contrast, HHC is legal and not subject to restrictions similar to THC products. It can be legally bought, sold and shipped across state lines in the United States. Before purchasing HHC, check state laws to confirm whether or not it is prohibited. Also, it is not classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).


HHC is slightly milder than traditional THC, so its therapeutic effects are generally described as relaxing and sedative. Moderate doses of HHC cause significant euphoria, physical sensations and visual distortions.

Since THC is stronger, it causes intense and uncomfortable euphoric highs. Also, some of the negative side effects include anxiety and paranoia. The effects of HHC and THC vary depending on the dose and method of inhalation.


THC is readily available in many states and can be purchased from state-licensed dispensaries. All dosage styles for THC, including edibles, flowers, vapes, and softgels are easily accessible.

On the other hand, HHC is relatively new and scarce, it is manufactured with a specific process. HHC can only be bought from a few licensed dealers.

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