What is HHC and HHCP

What is HHC and HHCP?

HHC and HHCP are both considered a hemp derived cannabinoid. Or sometimes referred to as an “altered” or “alternative” cannabinoid. HHC is Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) is a naturally found compound in cannabis, categorized as a phytocannabinoid. “HHCp” is still considered a Hexahydrocannabinol with slight differences.

Key takeaways

  • HHC and HHCp are both Hexahydrocannabinol.
  • The key differences between HHC and HHCp often relate to their “potency” and how they prohibit the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our brains.
  • Some users of both HHC and HHCp products say that their potency can vary, making it very specific to the consumer in how well these psychoactive chemicals and compounds block those CB1 and CB2 receptors.

What is HHC and HHCp?

Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) is a naturally found compound in cannabis, categorized as a phytocannabinoid. While hemp contains trace amounts of HHC, direct extraction isn't feasible due to practicality and cost. Manufacturers employ hydrogenation to transform more readily available CBD into HHC, with Delta-8 (or Delta-9) THC serving as an intermediary in this conversion process.

HHC has been a subject of scientific interest for a considerable duration compared to newer derivatives like delta 10 THC and THCV. American chemist Roger Adams discovered the HHC cannabinoid in the 1940s.

Hexahydrocannabiphorol (HHCP), on the other hand, is a minor cannabinoid found in hemp. Whether HHCP has ever been naturally isolated remains uncertain, unlike its counterparts THCP and CBDP. HHCP differs structurally from HHC due to its elongated carbon tail, a distinction similar to that seen when comparing THCP to THC.

Key differences between HHC and HHCp

The reality is that both of the products that are available (HHC and HHCp products) on the market produce very similar results. They offer a euphoric like “high” that is very similar to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

Some users believe that the core difference is that HHCp is a “stronger” product that produces an even more intense “high” than regular HHC.

Remember, HHCp is derived from HHC through hydrogenation, wherein two additional carbons are appended to its alkyl chain at the chemical structure's tail. This elongation of the alkyl chain, akin to THC-P, is thought to enhance HHCp's affinity for cannabinoid receptors such as CB1 in the brain.

This makes the only real difference between the two how well the consumer “feels” the effects of these two psychoactive chemicals once consumed.

What are the effects of HHC and HHCp?

Both of these substances produce a very similar feeling to “THC” that’s derived from cannabis sativa and cannabis indica. 

They are described as having a feeling of:

  • Euphoria.
  • Relaxation.
  • Better mood.
  • Anabolic properties.

HHCp is known to be “stronger” than HHC

HHCp represents a recently unearthed alternative cannabinoid. Consequently, there's a lack of completed research studies on its effects, with many still ongoing, causing many questions to continue to be left unanswered.

HHCp bears substantial resemblances to HHC. As a consequence, many of HHC's attributes can be inferred to apply to HHCp as well.

Therefore, insights into the potency of HHCp's effects can be gleaned from existing HHC studies, albeit with some caution..

A study performed in 2010 went into the affinity of HHC analogs for binding with CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body. The findings indicated that HHC exhibited "exceptionally high in vitro and in vivo potency with a relatively long duration of action."

To simplify these findings, once HHCp products are ingested, they induce robust effects on the individual, with durations notably longer than the norm for cannabinoids.

Given this, it's reasonable to assume that HHCp will elicit similarly potent and enduring effects upon consumption.

HHCp is known to offer:

  • Anxiolytic properties
  • Relief and relaxation
  • Enhanced mood
  • Intense euphoria

However, like any substance, HHCp is associated with potential side effects, including:

  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Possible induction of paranoia
  • Intoxication

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