One of the most exciting innovations in the field of cannabis is HHC-O, a re-derivative (the acetate version) of HHC (hexahydrocannabinol), which is essentially a version of THC with additional hydrogen added to it in a process called hydrogenation. The process creates a more stable cannabinoid with a longer shelf life. The acetyl version of the HHC – called as mentioned HHC-O, increases the bioavailability and enables a stronger effect from the use of the substance.
HHC-O is very similar to THC (of the type known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). Like the THC, the HHC-O also has the ability to change the mood, behavior and perception. It is considered a substance that may help with relaxation, reducing pain and inflammation, relieving physical and mental stress, as well as helping to fall asleep easily and sleep better.
Like other parts of the cannabis plant, the HHC-O interacts well with the natural cannabinoids produced in the human body – endocannabinoids, with a good affinity for CB1 and CB2 receptors. Research on HHC-O is still in its early stages, but many consumers report that HHC-O is helpful in relaxing muscles and relieving pain.
Researchers believe that HHC-O can combine well with other cannabinoids, such as CBD – cannabidiol, which may create an entourage effect and allow better responses for the user.
Products with two or more cannabinoids may enhance the benefits of cannabinoids. Many of the products on the market combine HHC-O with THC or CBD. Formulated as a full spectrum, products contain multiple profiles of cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, essential oils and fatty acids.
The researchers in the field remind, as always, that HHC-O based products are not always suitable for everyone, and as always there is a danger that some consumers will experience it in a problematic way with mind-altering effects.
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