What is HHC-O? A Guide to the New Cannabinoid

HHC-O is a recently discovered cannabinoid that is similar to the synthetically prepared HHC.

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The best part about the Cannabis industry is that it is evolving with time. Newer types are being discovered, synthetic forms are being prepared, and a lot more is happening. 

In the midst of it all, you may wonder ‘What is HHC-O?’ It is a relatively newer type of cannabinoid that has just recently been discovered. Not a lot is known about it. 

The Science Behind HHC-O

HHC-O-acetate, also known as HHC-O or HHCO, represents the acetate ester derived from HHC. Like THC-O and its synthesis, it is sensible to assume that HHC-O is created from HHC through the utilization of acetic anhydride.

In contrast to HHC and HHCP, it is understandable that HHC-O does not occur naturally in hemp, making direct extraction seemingly impractical. 

Such a scenario could potentially pose legal challenges, akin to those encountered by THC-O. The protection afforded by the 2018 Farm Bill primarily extends to hemp cannabinoids found in nature, excluding man-made, synthetic substances.

HHC-O reveals a slower onset compared to HHC, contingent on factors such as administration method and individual disposition. 

Endocannabinoids can be produced by the body, whereas cannabinoids, including HHC-O, cannot. Both categories interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors, with HHC-O demonstrating a particularly strong affinity for the CB1 receptor.

Notably, HHC-O boasts a longer duration of action and a heightened potency compared to its predecessor. However, the overall effects of the two cannabinoids remain quite similar.

Effects and Potency of HHC-O

HHC-O  is currently undergoing research to unveil its effects on the human body. Despite this ongoing exploration, evidence suggests that it does possess psychoactive properties. 

Drawing a parallel with Delta 9 THC provides a sense of what consuming HHC-O might feel like. Navigating this comparison becomes intricate as HHC-O boasts approximately 1.5 times the potency of HHC, which itself stands midway between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC. In short, HHC-O could be considered slightly more potent than Delta 9 THC.

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Initially, the impact induces muscle relaxation and a tranquil state of mind. Subsequently, it may lead to a profound physical and mental experience. 

Users might notice an increase in talkativeness and a sense of bliss. As the effects peak, the body enters a sedated state, and the mind appears more receptive to new sensations and ideas.

However, it’s essential to note that focus may diminish, drawing individuals into their world. The inclination to recline on a couch or bed often accompanies the use of HHC-O.

Potential Benefits and Side Effects

The effects derived from using HHC-O are heavily influenced by the dosage and the accompanying terpenes.

The synergistic interplay between terpenes and cannabinoids plays a crucial role in maximizing the benefits of the selected product. Despite individual variations, there are overarching benefits that provide a general understanding of what HHC-O can offer.

At lower dosages, HHC-O induces a state of relaxation for both the body and mind, concurrently alleviating pain and stress. 

It has a notable impact on diminishing anxiety and mild aches, fostering a sense of control over both physical sensations and emotions.

For those seeking a more profound experience, a higher dosage leads the body into a profound state of relaxation, culminating in restful sleep. The result is a rejuvenating, deep sleep that leaves you waking up refreshed and revitalized.

However, as with many cannabis compounds, especially those with psychoactive properties, HHC-O is not exempt from potential side effects. These may include dry mouth, anxiety, redness of the eyes, insomnia, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, and paranoia. 


HHC-O Products and Consumption Methods

The spectrum of HHC-O products is already quite extensive and continues to broaden with time, as more of its effects get known to us. 

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Manufacturers often blend HHC-O with other cannabinoids to either enhance or complement its effects. 

This diverse range includes various flower varieties infused with HHC distillate, HHC-O, and HHC-P, as well as HHC-O vapes and cartridges enriched with CBD, CBG, and potent HHC-P cannabinoids. 

Additionally, options like distillates with 99% HHC-O or extracts such as HHC-O hash are readily available.

HHC-O flower, sourced from cannabis with high CBD content and a permissible THC amount, contains between 10-80% HHC-O distillate. HHC-O vape pens, designed for vaporization, feature HHC-O distillate along with carefully selected terpenes.

For those interested in trying HHC-O products, it is advisable to commence with a low dose and adhere to the manufacturer’s recommendations. This cautious approach ensures a mindful and controlled experience with these evolving and innovative cannabinoid offerings.

Regarding the safety status of HHC-O, the current understanding is that nobody knows for certain.

Research on the safety of HHC or HHC-O is nearly non-existent. However, users have not reported any adverse effects from using either compound.

Based on the available information, one could tentatively infer that there are no prominent harmful effects associated with the use of cannabinoids. 

Furthermore, user reports indicate potential medical and recreational benefits from its use. Moreover, under the Federal Law, it is safe to use and consume HHC-O. 

However, it’s worth noting that legislators might not have anticipated the emergence of psychoactive cannabinoids in hemp at the time the bill was enacted. Despite this, as of now, HHC-O is considered legal.

Andleeb Asghar - Pharmacist

Andleeb Asghar - Pharmacist

Andleeb Asghar holds a “Pharm-D” degree from Lahore College for Women University, Lahore. She is an official Registered Pharmacist (RPh) in Punjab, Pakistan. She has also got a “Master of Philosophy” degree from the University of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Lahore. Andleeb has worked in various practice settings as a clinical Pharmacist and has a wide range of experience. She has been cited in Healthline and Telehealth for her expertise. She has also served as a distinguished guest speaker at various local hospitals and high-profile organizations. She has been writing Cannabinoid & Marijuana related content for the past five years for different reputable companies. She is passionate about serving others by crafting information and helpful pieces for her readers.

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