What's on your hemp flower? Let's learn about HHC, THC-O and Delta-8
By: Boston Hemp Inc.
The hemp plant itself has a very low level of THC. Under federal guidelines the Delta-9 THC levels of a hemp plant must fall below .3%. The industry has found ways to extract other cannabinoids from the hemp plant. These cannabinoids have been found to create gentle highs in users. These cannabinoids are extracted from the hemp plant and then applied to hemp flower.
What are the different cannabinoids that can be added to the hemp flower?
Let's start with HHC. Making sense of HHC is complicated in part because it just reached the market and there are only a few retailers offering it as part of their product line up.
HHC was first created in 1944 by the American chemist Roger Adams, when he added hydrogen molecules to Delta-9 THC. This process known as hydrogenation, converts THC to HHC. Ironically, this chemical process is like the process used to create margarine from vegetable oil.
While Adams created HHC from conventional cannabis-derived THC, these days the cannabinoid is typically derived through a process that begins with hemp, the low THC cannabis plant that was made federally legal by congress in the 2018 farm bill. HHC is different than Delta-9 THC or Delta-8 THC in that it includes a hydrogen molecule that the other THCs do not. Manufacturers of HHC often equate the HHC high with a Delta-8 THC high.
Another cannabinoid that is added to the hemp flower is THC-O. THC-O is a semi-synthetic analog and prodrug of Delta-9 THC, which is derived from the cannabis plant. It is said to be much more potent than Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC. Moderate doses of THC-O induce a euphoric high like Delta-9, but with noticeable hallucinogenic and psychedelic effects.
THC-O is becoming popular across the world thanks to people's interest and understanding of other THC types and their proliferation in the marketplace. The psychedelic and hallucinogenic effects are an enticing experience for cannabis users.
Lastly, another additive to the hemp flower is Delta-8. Delta-8 is a cannabinoid that has the effect of creating a high that is milder than users report having when using Delta-9. Delta-8 is a naturally occurring chemical compound that is found in small amounts within the hemp plant. Its popularity is on the rise, and you can now find Delta-8 products in smoke shops and hemp dispensaries across the country. Delta-8 is often referred to as "marijuana-lite"
The hemp plant has natural cannabinoids which are known as CBD. Different cannabinoids such as HHC, THC-O or Delta-8 cannabinoids can be added to the hemp flower. These cannabinoid additives produce psychoactive responses that range from mild for Delta-8 or HHC or can pack a larger punch with the addition of THC-0.
Boston Hemp Inc. is the nation's premier retailer of fine hemp flower. Their hemp is available naturally as a CBD product or can be produced with additional cannabinoids. Their products are available for purchase in their showroom in Hanover, Massachusetts or on-line at www.BostonHempInc.com. Products can be shipped anywhere in the United States. Wholesale inquiries can be directed to Kevin@BostonHempire.com.