As the hemp and THC product market continues to evolve, it’s becoming increasingly important for enthusiasts to understand the unique properties of the various cannabinoids available. In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at three of the newest and most popular cannabinoids on the market: HHC, THC-O, and Delta 8 THC. We’ll explore their similarities and differences, their effects on the body and mind, and their legal status.
Different Type of Cannabinoids
What is HHC?
HHC, or hexahydrocannabinol, is a relatively new cannabinoid that has recently hit the market. It was first synthesized in a lab by chemist Roger Adams, who also isolated CBD. To create HHC, Adams used a process called hydrogenation, which involves using hydrogen, organic compounds, and a heavy metal catalyst to extract Delta 9 THC from the cannabis plant. Despite being lab-made, HHC is not considered a synthetic cannabinoid because it does occur naturally in cannabis plants. Its effects are similar to Delta 9 THC but it is stronger than Delta 8 THC and less psychoactive than THC-O.
What is THC-O?
THC-O, or tetrahydrocannabinol acetate, is another synthetic cannabinoid that is becoming increasingly popular. Unlike other synthetic cannabinoids such as Spice and K2, THC-O is structurally similar to Delta 9 THC, which makes it less unpredictable and dangerous. Manufacturers create THC-O by extracting CBD from hemp and converting it to Delta 8 THC. Then, they use the organic solvent acetic anhydride to create THC-O. Because it’s made from hemp, THC-O is legal under federal law as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC. Its effects are much stronger than Delta 9 THC, so it’s important to start with small doses and wait at least 30 minutes before increasing your intake.
What is Delta-8 THC?
Delta 8 THC is another famous cannabinoid on the market, and it’s been popular for much longer than HHC and THC-O. As a variant of THC, it shares many similarities with Delta 9 THC but is still notably different in many ways. Delta 8 THC is legal under federal law as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC, and products infused with Delta 8 THC are widely available. Its effects are similar to Delta 9 THC but it is less psychoactive and less potent.
What is Delta-9 THC?
Delta 9 THC is probably the most famous and used cannabinoid on the market. It’s primarily found in marijuana, but is also found in hemp in quantities less than 0.3%. This used to be a low enough percentage to not cause psychoactive effects, but now we have many different variations of hemp that are psychoactive. However, Delta 9 THC is federally illegal unlike the latter of other cannabinoids.
Understanding the unique properties of these newly emerged cannabinoids can help you make more informed choices when shopping for hemp and THC products. It’s important to note that while HHC, THC-O, and Delta 8 THC are legal under federal law as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC, their legality may vary from state to state. Always make sure to check your local laws before purchasing or consuming any hemp or THC products.