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HHC vs. CBD How Do They Differ From One Another?

HHC vs. CBD How Do They Differ From One Another? - HighNSupply

CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, has been around since the turn of the century, however due to misinformation and confusion about CBD it didn’t enter the market immediately

We used to think that all cannabis caused a “high” which we now know CBD doesn’t due to the low amounts of THC in it. THC is the psychoactive substance found in marijuana, it is consumed via smoking or ingesting and results in a head and body high.

CBD has many advantages such as relief from anxiety, helping manage sleep, and many many more. Whilst it’s popularity is growing, it’s still new kid on the block in terms of cannabinoids. As such, some are sceptical of newer cannabinoids such as HHC. Are they like CBD, or will they give you a high like THC, maybe it’s somewhere in the middle?

In this article, we will dig in deep into HHC vs. CBD, and find out How Do They Differ From One Another?

Overview of HHC

A little history lesson for you. Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) may sound different from its other cannabinoid counterparts, but it is a THC molecule. Roger Adams, an American chemist, came up with the idea to add hydrogen atoms to THC in order to stabilise the molecule.

This is not an uncommon thing to do and is called hydrogenation. Margarine is made from vegetable oil using the same hydrogenation process. Hydrogenation has many commercial applications, but it also helps make this THC compound

HHC is a essentially a THC molecule, with added hydrogen. In its natural form, hemp contain this hydrogen, but in very small amounts.

HHC is now commercially produced using CBD. Before the chemical reaction is started, CBD if first extracted from Hemp as a powdered form. Then through a series of steps it is converted into HHC

Overview of CBD

Hemp plants serve as the primary natural source of cannabidiol (CBD) among cannabinoids. While CBD is also present in marijuana, hemp boasts the highest concentrations of this compound. It's important to note that CBD does not induce a euphoric high.

Due to its widespread availability, there's no necessity to artificially synthesize CBD; instead, it is extracted from the hemp plant. Hydrocarbon extraction is commonly employed for this purpose, yielding various outcomes.

Understanding the specific type of CBD is crucial before obtaining it, as there are three main varieties: Full spectrum CBD, CBD isolate, and broad-spectrum CBD. Let's delve into the characteristics of each:

  1. Full Spectrum CBD: This variant contains cannabinoids and plant extracts such as terpenes. This form also contains a trace amount of THC.

  1. Pure CBD Isolates: Available in either crystalline solid or loose powder form, this type of CBD is devoid of additional cannabinoids.

  1. Broad-Spectrum CBD: This variant lacks THC and is offered in a range of products similar to full-spectrum CBD, containing multiple cannabinoids.

HHC and CBD Compared

Pairing HHC with CBD proves to be an excellent choice for those seeking a unique cannabinoid experience. Anecdotal reports suggest that users who combine these cannabinoids enjoy a well-balanced buzz, which is quite appealing.

This combination is akin to the synergy observed when Delta-8 and Delta-10 are mixed. The pairing of these two cannabinoids provides an unparalleled experience, allowing users to engage in various activities due to their complementary effects and harmonious interaction.

The collaboration between HHC and CBD creates a sense of harmony within the body. While HHC induces a mild psychoactive high, the addition of CBD results in a distinctive encounter that leaves individuals feeling alert.

Despite their compatibility, it's essential to recognize that HHC and CBD have distinct chemical structures when considered individually. This disparity leads to tangible outcomes and advantages. Let's delve into the chemical composition, effects, and legality of HHC and CBD to differentiate between the two.

Chemical composition

The molecular structures of CBD and THC are identical. Both of them are composed of 2 oxygen atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 21 carbon atoms. Does HHC share the same structure as CBD or THC as they are both sources of it? Not precisely.

Structurally, CBD and THC are identical on a molecular leval. Both are comprised of 2 oxygen atoms, 30 hydrogen atome and 21 carbon atoms.HHC on the other hand is slightly different. It contains 21 carbon atoms, 32 hydrogen atoms and 3 oxygen atoms. This may seem a small change, but it’s enough of a change to change how it interacts with our endocannabinoid system


The main question when comparing HHC to CBD is “does HHC get you high?” Yes, that is the response. HHC causes a high. HHC doesn’t, however, provide as intense of a high as THC or even Delta-8.

The main question we get asked when talking about HHC is “Does it get you high?” The short answer to this is yes, it does cause a high. HHC however doesn’t cause as intense a reaction as THC of Delta 8, but it’s certainly something you wouldn’t want to use and then drive with.

CBD, whilst psychoactive, doesn’t have as strong an effect as HHC. HHC is favoured due to its mild high effect, however its effects can be short lived and tolerance can be built up quite quickly to it

If you take a lot of HHC, you’ll feel the same effects as you would from THC. Even so, the high is generally a little less potent. Remember to start low and move slowly because dosage and intake are everything.


Is the legality of HHC and CBD different? Well, It depends. In 2018, the Farm Bill legalised hemp, leading to an explosion of new cannabinoids on the market. As long as it is a product of hemp, of which the majority are, it can be used.

Legality of CBD

The legality of CBD  is a common question at the moment. Yes, CBD products will still be able to be purchased legally. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) statement is to blame for the confusion about the legal standing of CBD products.

New guidelines for CBD products were released by the FSA on February 13th, 2020. This meant that businesses have to file a novel-food application by March 31, 2021, to be permitted to continue selling CBD products.

The highest amount of THC that can be found in CBD that is allowed to sell, buy, and possessed in the UK is 1mg. Due to the extremely minute amount of the psychoactive component, CBD can be used without causing other cannabis effects.

Legality of HHC

There is a lot of uncertainty around the legality of HHC products here in the UK. Although there's no specific legislation in the UK that directly addresses HHC, we would still recommend that you treat it with caution and do your own research into its legalities

Additionally, all HHC products have a THC content of 0.2% or below, making them all safe to consume. However, you should consider companies that respect rules and won’t sacrifice the product’s content or quality to save money.

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