The cannabis space has exploded with more cannabinoids thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, making it a little trickier to understand what D8, D9, or even HHC mean.
While they have similar effects, we also get that the slight changes in their chemical structure can provide a different experience when consumed. Furthermore, with newcomers like HHC coming to the market, questions like how strong is HHC compared to regular D9 THC are fairly common.
Well, this is where we can help. In this article, we’ve explored what delta 9 or “regular” THC is, how it works, and how it compares to HHC. This might be helpful to decide if HHC is for you and how it can interact similarly to other cannabinoids, specifically D9 THC.
Without any further delay, let’s jump into exploring both delta 9 THC and HHC.
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What is Delta 9 THC
Delta 9 THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is a compound called cannabinoid found naturally in the cannabis or hemp plant. This chemical is what we usually call THC, and it’s mostly responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis and many other wellness benefits.
The name “delta 9” comes from the double bond that’s available on the 9th carbon chain from the molecule. Other compounds with a different structure, like delta 8 or delta 10, have similar intoxicating effects to a milder degree.
Delta 8 is one of these isomers or compound “siblings” of THC. This cannabinoid has the double carbon chain in the 8th place, making it how it affects our body differently. Since cannabinoids act in our nervous system and bind to the protein of several receptors, how they interact with our system might also depend on the type of cannabinoid.
Delta 9 THC Effects
D9 has several effects and benefits, from therapeutic and wellness properties to psychoactive effects. Some of them include pain relief, muscle relaxation, helping nausea and low appetite relief, anxiety and stress relief, and more.
While it can help with the relief of some ailments, delta 9 THC is also known for its recreational uses. This cannabinoid can make you feel what is commonly referred to as getting high, which varies from euphoric feeling, and relaxation to even drowsiness or energy, depending on the product you’re using.
Delta 9 Gummies Effects
Eating delta 9 THC-infused products or smoking them has virtually the same effects. The things that might change are the potency or intensity of the high.
Gummies and edibles, in general, can take up to 30 minutes to kick in due to digestion and how your body process the candy in general. The high from an edible like a gummy can last up to 8 hours, the effects peaking within the one hour and three hours mark.
This is why it is recommended to start slowly and wait before consuming another dosage with edibles, as they are not as immediate as other methods. Remember that with edibles, starting small always helps.
How Is Delta 9 Made
In general, D9 is widely available in the cannabis plant, and it is considered a major cannabinoid thanks to its bioavailability.
D9 is made as part of the natural process of the hemp plant, thanks to enzymes that synthesize cannabinoids. This compound is unstable and can oxidize easily, creating another fair newcomer to the cannabis scene called CBN.
What is HHC Cannabinoid
HHC or hexahydrocannabinol is very different from other cannabinoids that can be found in the market.
HHC is one of the many forms of THC, like D8 or D9. It is one of the most stable forms of this compound and it is resistant to heat and other factors that decompose THC, like UV radiation.
While HHC can be found naturally in hemp and cannabis, it’s found in really small concentrations and traces. Because of this, HHC is manufactured or synthesized in a laboratory by altering D9 THC to this compound.
This process is called hydrogenation and it’s what gives HHC its “hex” part.
It is important to also say that even though HHC passes through a chemical process, it is non-synthetic and completely natural, making it completely legal as its part of the hemp extraction.
What Are The Effects Of HHC
As with other new cannabinoids, much research is still needed to understand how HHC works with our bodies. With that said, users have reported similar effects and benefits to other variants of THC, even saying it feels stronger than delta 8 effects and close to regular THC.
Some of the reported effects include euphoria, stimulation, relaxation, changes in sense and auditory perception, mood change, and even changes in cognition such as memory processing.
Most users reported relaxation and relief are the most prominent effects of HHC, making it possible to use it to relieve certain symptoms, like relieving anxiety, enhancing your sleep quality, and even helping with inflammation.
Is HHC Stronger Than Delta 9
No, while HHC can be considered slightly stronger than D8, it is still not as powerful as regular D9 THC. This also means the side effects of D9 are not as present, although much research is still needed.
HHC Compared To Delta 9
Delta 8 THC is commonly known as being half the potency of D9. Following this line of thought, some users have reported finding HHC being as 70 to 80% strong when compared to regular THC.
This would make HHC pretty close to how a delta 9 THC “high” would feel with fewer side effects, making it a great choice if D8 feels mild or just want a stronger experience in general while consuming legal products.
What Is The Difference Between HHC And Delta 9 THC
Even if both cannabinoids are similar in their effects and potency, there are still some important differences between them. First, the bioavailability: D9 THC is a major cannabinoid, making it more available in the hemp plant than compared to HHC.
The second one is how much we know about each cannabinoid, as HHC is a fairly new compound. While we know the basics about how it works, there is still much to be researched about cannabinoids in general.
What we do know is that it will show in a drug test if taken within the frame of detection of the drug test. Just be mindful when consuming HHC as it can and will stay in your system, similar to how D8 THC works.
The third one, which we will go further in-depth, is the legal status, as HHC is legal in 38 states.
Federal And State Legality
While other cannabinoids like delta 8 THC and HHC are legal in 38 states, delta 9 THC is legal in only 16 states.
The 2018 Farm Bill helped with the legalization of hemp-based cannabinoids that contain less than 0.3% of THC, making D8, CBD, CBN, and other compounds easier for the public medically and recreationally.
As of now, there are not any specific instances that talk about HHC regulation or legislation in any state. Hence why most people assume that the delta 8 restrictions would have a similar effect with HHC in court, as it’s a cannabinoid that complies with the 2018 regulation.
Where To Get The Best HHC Products
If D8 seems milder and you want a stronger experience, our HHC products here at Delta Munchies might be your new favorite. If you want something discreet yet flavorful, our HHC gummies are a great choice with all the Delta Munchies’ quality.
These are currently available in two delicious varieties, the tropical and sweet Melon Dream and the luscious and juicy Blue Razz. Both of them come in two different sizes, 25 or 40 pieces, and each edible comes with a hefty 25mg of HHC. Made with premium HHC distillate and strain-specific terpenes, these gummies leave you relaxed for the rest of the day.
Now, if you want to try HHC through vapor first, our Maui Wowie 1G HHC Cart is perfect if you want to feel like a summer holiday all year long. With each puff, you’ll find notes of pine, lavender, and even some tropical fruit aromatics. This full-on sativa will relax you while also giving you a boost to your day, perfect for your Hawaiian getaway while staying at home.
As with all of our carts, it features a medical-grade glass tank, contains zero traces of other cutting agents, and will fit perfectly with any 510 thread battery. This cart also has our top-shelf distillate and uses natural and native terpenes for the extra flavor.