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HHC and the Endocannabinoid System: How it works

HHC flower in a jar explanation of endocannabinoid system

HHC is one of the most frequently sought cannabinoids among all the more recent alternative hemp-derived cannabinoids entering the market. Because of its reported benefits for sleep and ease of access for users in places that prohibit access to recreational marijuana, HHC is very well known among hemp consumers.

But how does HHC affect our body’s endocannabinoid system? How can you best achieve the potential benefits that HHC brings? Let’s go over below.

(Note: As HHC is still a new compound in the industry, peer-reviewed studies about it are very limited and most of the reports pertaining to it are purely anecdotal.)

What is HHC?

HHC, or hydroxyhexahydrocannabinol, is a cannabinoid that comes from hemp via a clean manufacturing process. Through hydrogenation, HHC is turned into a more stable form of THC that binds to various receptors besides the regular hemp cannabinoids, similar to Delta-8 products.

The majority of HHC is created synthetically by hydrogenating Delta-8 THC. Beginning with CBD, producers transform it into Delta-8. Then, two active catalysts are used to split the double-atom bonds in Delta-8 and introduce two hydrogen atoms, transforming THC to HHC.

HHC conversion uses metals like palladium and nickel as catalysts unlike Delta-8 which needs chemicals and solvents to function as catalysts. Although this sounds like a science experiment gone wrong, it is important to know that any HHC product you consume should be rigorously tested in a 3rd party lab before consumption. If a company doesn’t provide clean, clear testing, then you should avoid their products. 

Due to the bonded hydrogen atom, HHC is incredibly shelf-stable and far less heat and UV-sensitive compared to Delta-8. Thus, HHC edibles won’t lose potency when they are stored.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is made up of cannabinoid receptors such as the CB1 and CB2, the endogenous ligands that bind to these receptors and enzymes for their biosynthesis and degradation and monoacylglycerol lipase. 

The main focus of research over the past ten years has been on CB1Rs because of their claimed role in a variety of physiological processes, including controlling the euphoric effects of Delta-9 THC, a phytocannabinoid found in cannabis.

The neocortex, striatum, and hippocampal regions are just a few of the locations in the central nervous system where CB1Rs are one of the most prevalent G-protein-coupled receptors. CB1Rs can control a variety of processes, including cognition, memory, emotion, appetite, and sensory reactions, because to their extensive dispersion.

Gamma-aminobutyric acid, glutamate, and dopamine are some examples of neurotransmitters that are released by post-synaptic neurons and are moderated by endocannabinoids, which act as neuromodulators..

The particular function of CB1Rs varies depending on the cell population and location in which they are found, but because of their function in retrograde signaling, they are able to control signaling activity across cognitive, emotional, and sensory functions, providing therapeutic potential.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6390812/

HHC flower can you get high?

Can you get high off HHC?

As was previously indicated, HHC is a THC variation that has undergone hydrogenation and other chemical processes. It therefore keeps part of the psychotropic properties of THC and reacts similarly to the body’s cannabinoid receptors.

HHC is said to be less potent than its close relative, Delta-8 THC. But as we earlier mentioned, HHC is a more stable compound due to hydrogenation so its psychoactivity lingers longer than THC’s.

How to best consume HHC?

Fewer HHC product options are available since it is still new to the hemp market. Elevated Trading offers HHC in the form of dabs, flower, diamonds, and moonrocks. We also have HHC vape cartridges available for sale.

HHC’s potential benefits can be best reaped through ingesting and smoking these product forms. 

Where can you buy HHC?

You can buy HHC products wholesale at Elevated Trading online or through one of our sales pros. 

HHC is a fantastic technique to boost sales and make sure that you have the newest cannabinoids available for your clients who are constantly looking for something new.

We specialize in providing brands and merchants around the nation with bulk cannabinoid products like Delta 8 THC products, hemp-derived Delta 9 THC products, THC-O, and THCa products. If you want to package your own brand of HHC products, have a look at our HHC product catalog

We carry a lot of different options, both bulk and retail-ready in packaging, to make sure that our wholesale products are the right fit for your smoke shop, vape shop, or retail location.
Contact us today for a free consultation to see if we’re a fit for your store.