With the massive popularity of the cannabis plant, many THC varieties have taken a foothold in the market. They’ve become known for their potent effects and benefits, especially in the last few years.

Since 2018, the use of cannabis products has become legal in most parts of the USA, and many people have started demanding them. The legalization led to the release of many THC products, and you can now find oils, tinctures, gummies, and many edible products. 

There were also a lot of studies of cannabis plants in the medical department of China. Recently, HHC reached newfound popularity among cannabis products, and some reported that HHC has similar effects to THC. We will explain HHC further and explore its use in traditional Chinese medicine.

What is HHC?

HHC cannabinoid is short for Hexahydrocannabinol and is an isomer of THC (Delta-9). It’s presumably a more stable version of THC. Unlike regular THC, HHC is more resistant to heat, oxidation, and UV light. Next to that, HHC has a much longer lifespan. Thus you don’t have to worry about potency or quality loss.

It’s a result of a process called hydrogenation. Hydrogenation is a chemical process that involves adding hydrogen atoms to stabilize the compound’s chemical structure. In this case, people were performing hydrogenation to saturate THC. They replaced its double-bound structure with hydrogen atoms. 

The HHC compound comes from a cannabis plant but in small concentrations. Therefore, the people were hydrogenating THC to extract an acceptable amount. Then, they would involve catalysts like palladium or nickel under high pressure.

What are the effects of HHC?

After the hydrogenation of THC, the effects stood relatively the same. HHC stands between Delta 8 and a regular THC efficacy-wise, and since THC is widely known for giving highs, HHC can make you high, just with a little higher dosage.

HHC is beneficial for its positive effects. It can make you feel euphoric, relaxed, and content. Because of its calming effects, HHC can help you sleep better. Next to that, it can increase your body temperature and heart rate. Compared to the other derivatives, HHC is better at giving calming rather than uplifting effects.

Some rumors say that HHC won’t show on a drug test, including blood tests and urine. But this is something that researchers have yet to discover.

The efficacy of HHC in traditional Chinese medicine

The cannabis plant originates in Central Asia, and it has gone through much research in China. It’s been a part of the topic in traditional Chinese medicine for ages. Traditional Chinese medicine has been exploring plants and their effects on people ever since.

The doctors in China were treating their patients with herbal medicine. The HHC cannabinoid became a part of their medical practice some time ago. The doctors were using HHC on their patients because of its laxative effects. In other words, they used HHC to treat constipation and improve bowel movements.

There were other reasons for using HHC as well. Doctors also used HHC to help relieve their patients from pain, stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. 

The HHC cannabinoid is supposed to work as an analgesic for chronic back pain, stomachaches, headaches, and injuries. HHC has helped patients that deal with stress and anxiety and those with sleep deprivation. It was proven to be a bit of a mood booster – it helps patients that suffer from severe depression. HHC helps reduce mood swings and increases feelings of happiness in patients.

HHC is also beneficial for tremors, seizures, muscle spasms, and tics. We will yet have to find out what HHC can cure in the future.

Side effects

The use of HHC seems to be more secure than a regular THC. However, the abuse of HHC can still cause some side effects. It can cause nausea, red eyes, dry mouth, dizziness, increased hunger, rapid heart rate, paranoia, insomnia, and anxiety. 

You have to know the right amount of HHC when using it. For starters, start with a dose of 1–2 mg per serving. If it doesn’t give you many effects, increase a dose of 10–20 mg. For more experienced users, we recommend 25–30 mg. The amount of 50–100 mg can help people that suffer from chronic pain.


To sum it up, the HHC derivative comes with many benefits. It gives many positive effects like euphoria, calmness, relaxation, and it helps treat many patients in Chinese medicine. It treats constipation, bowel movements, pain, anxiety, depression, and other issues. If you ever get a chance, we recommend you try HHC.