By Jill Raver

HHC vs. THC: What Are The Differences And The Similarities?

HHC is fairly new on the scene in the Cannabis world. But this compound was actually discovered in the 1940’s. It was created in a lab by chemist Roger Adams in 1944 and, in 1947, he patented HHC. Because this phytocannabinoid can be created by the hydrogenation of legal Hemp-derived Delta 9 THC, it is growing in availability. Because of its slightly lighter psychoactive effects than traditional THC and its legality and increasing availability, HHC is growing very quickly in popularity. Let’s discuss HHC vs THC. What are the differences and the similarities? 

What Is HHC?

Hexahydrocannabinol is a naturally occurring compound found in Cannabis sativa. However, HHC is typically formulated by hydrogenating Delta 9 THC. In simple terms hydrogen is added to Delta 9 and becomes HHC. HHC is a psychoactive substance that helps users feel relaxed and euphoric. HHC products come in a variety of formats with the most popular being HHC edibles, like HHC Gummies. 

Is HHC Safe?

The key to finding safe HHC products is buying directly from a trusted manufacturer like Mystic Labs™. Our team of food scientists, research and development specialists, formulators and quality assurance managers takes quality control very seriously. We also utilize independent lab testing to verify the potency, contents and safety of our HHC Gummies. We only use clean, Industrial Hemp that is grown in the United States to make our products. We manufacture our products in a FDA-registered facility in the USA.

Just like with THC, you should never operate machinery while under the influence of HHC. HHC products should be kept safely away from children and only used by adults that are 21 years of age or older. 

What Is THC?

Tetrahydrocannabinol is the primary psychoactive compound in Cannabis. While THC typically refers specifically to Delta 9 THC, there are several isomers of THC. The most common isomers are Delta 8 THC and Delta 10 THC.  

Is HHC stronger than THC?

As far as the “high” attributed to HHC products versus the “high” attributed to Delta 9 THC products, Delta 9’s effects are going to be more intense. HHC has a lighter “high” than Delta 9, but comparable HHC products are stronger than Delta 8 THC and Delta 10 THC products.

HHC Gummies Or THC Gummies: Which Are Better?

HHC and THC Gummies are pretty similar. In fact, many users report that HHC Gummies are like a mix of Delta 8 and Delta 9 as far as the effects. Many users feel lighter and more energized with HHC, Delta 8 THC and Delta 10 THC versus Delta 9 THC. These comparisons are when using recommended and comparable doses of these Hemp products.

HHC vs. THC: Drug Test

Because the molecular structures of HHC and THC are so similar, it is possible that taking HHC can make you fail a drug test that is screening for THC. We do not recommend taking HHC if you may be required to take a drug test that screens for Marijuana or THC.

HHC vs. THC: What Are The Differences and Similarities?

Molecular Structure

HHC has two more hydrogen atoms when compared to THC. Delta 8 THC has a double bond on the eighth carbon atom, Delta 9 THC has a double bond on the ninth carbon atom and Delta 10 THC has a double bond on the 10th carbon atom. In HHC, the double bonds of Delta 9 THC are replaced by hydrogen.


Delta 9 THC has the strongest and most intense psychoactive effects. HHC has a slightly less intense high than Delta 9 and slightly stronger high than Delta 8.

Side Effects

Like Delta 8 and Delta 10, HHC has a slightly lower risk of anxiety and paranoia when compared to Delta 9 THC. But all the other typical side effects of Delta 9, like drowsiness, dry mouth, dry eyes, increase in appetite, increased heart rate, impaired motor skills and disorientation are also possible with HHC and the other forms of THC especially when experimenting with doses that are higher than the recommended serving sizes. Because it has not been studied widely, the long term effects of HHC are unknown. 


Currently, because HHC is considered a unique compound to THC, it is legal in the United States and all 50 states. Delta 9 THC is federally illegal except in the case of Hemp-derived Delta 9 Gummies that contain no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight. Delta 8 and Delta 10 THC are federally legal as long as they are derived from Hemp and contain no more than 0.3% Delta 9 THC. However, several states have banned these compounds.

HHC vs. Delta 9 THC

HHC has milder effects when compared to THC (Delta 9 isomer). HHC is derived from Delta 9 THC so it is fairly similar. However, HHC is a weaker compound milligram to milligram. To make this clear, a 10mg Delta 9 gummy is comparable to a 50mg HHC Gummy. 

HHC vs. Delta 8 

HHC is pretty similar to Delta 8, but the “high” of HHC is somewhere in-between Delta 8 and Delta 9. Milligram to milligram Delta 8 is stronger. A 25mg Delta 8 gummy is comparable to a 50mg HHC gummy. Buy Delta 8 Gummies for sale online. If you are in a state where Delta 8 is illegal, HHC products are an awesome alternative. 

HHC vs. Delta 10

Delta 10 is the least psychoactive of the THCs and its effects are more mild than HHC. However, like Delta 9 and Delta 8, milligram to milligram Delta 10 is more potent. A 25mg Delta 10 gummy is equivalent to a 50mg HHC gummy. Shop Delta 10 Gummies. If your state has banned Delta 10 THC products, HHC is an excellent option.


HHC and THC are very similar, but there are some differences in their makeup, effects and legality. The best way to know if you prefer one or the other is by trying comparable doses of both and seeing what you think. There are people who prefer one over the other very strictly, but more often than not most users enjoy both compounds. Many users prefer Delta 9 for nighttime relaxation, but enjoy the lighter high of HHC during the day. In HHC vs THC there isn’t a winner! Both compounds are great for their individual differences and their similarities. We recommend trying both THC and HHC and seeing which one feels best for you!

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