Production of HHC

How did the first HHC come about?

The first mention of the substance HHC appeared in 1944, when an American chemist accidentally discovered it. He discovered it by adding THC to delta-9 and creating a new substance, HHC. But this chemically created HHC was banned. Fortunately, HHC has been found to occur naturally in cannabis. From this finding, we came to the conclusion that some people have been consuming HHC for a long time without even knowing it. Our ancestors probably consumed it at the same time as cannabis.

How is HHC formed?

HHC is found in ordinary cannabis, but only in trace amounts. Therefore, its extraction would be so financially expensive that it would not even be worth it. Because of this, HHC is produced in laboratories. The formation of HHC can be described as a certain "rejuvenation" of the substance THC. The key difference between HHC and THC is that HHC does not contain any double bonds. This is because all of its double bonds have been broken and replaced by hydrogen molecules, more differences between HHC and THC can be found here. Similar to the production of vegetable oils, so-called hydrogenation is used here. Although there are not many changes compared to the original substance during hydrogenation, the molecules usually become more stable and therefore have a longer shelf life. Thanks to hydrogenation HHC can withstand harsh conditions while maintaining its effectiveness for a long time. Thanks to this stability, it is much easier to produce new products, e.g.: flowers, vape pen, cartridge, cookies, candies, oils, sprays, etc. .

How is HHC produced?

Since THC is still banned or heavily regulated in most states, manufacturers must find ways to make HHC without THC. Therefore, manufacturers always focus on legal methods in order not to break the law during production. There are many ways to get to HHC. Those older methods mostly used synthetic gastric juices to obtain HHC. The latest effective methods use, for example, a terpene for conversion, or the already mentioned hydrogenation with the help of catalysts. Sometimes an alternative is used in the form of CBD, which is then converted into HHC using artificial gastric juices. For this method, a 2007 study reported that HHC showed very similar effects to THC when tested on mice, but weaker.