Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) and Hexahydrocannabinol Acetate (HHC-O) are two of our best sellers here at Binoid. They both begin with an extremely trace cannabinoid that naturally exists in the hemp plant, and given that, our ability to produce pure HHC and HHC-O products extracts comes from advanced technology that has changed the entire hemp landscape. You may be surprised by the process of producing each cannabinoid, which is more involved than simply isolating each one and extracting it directly out of raw hemp.
HHC/HHC-O Starts with Industrial Hemp
HHC is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the seeds and pollen of the hemp plant, and HHC-O acetate takes HHC and modifies it to change its properties. Still, ultimately, both of these cannabinoids start with the industrial hemp plant, which should be grown organically to ensure that it’s free of pesticides, and grown here in the United States, as our strict farming standards generally yield exceptional hemp.
Creating HHC/HHC-O Distillate
Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) is a very, very trace cannabinoid found in less than 1% of the plant’s chemical composition. To extract HHC from the plant to produce HHC products or turn it into HHC-O-Acetate would therefore require a whole lot of industrial hemp, and this would be extremely time-consuming and costly for processors if they wanted to produce a meaningful amount of pure hexahydrocannabinol distillate. The good news is that there’s a process called isomerization that is cost-effective while still yielding pure, authentic HHC.
Isomers are compounds that have the same molecular components, but the molecules are rearranged differently. Cannabinoids are isomers of one another because they have a common ancestor: CBGA, the “mother cannabinoid” that, as the plant matures, converts into the various cannabinoids we find in hemp.
This means that we can take an abundant cannabinoid like CBD from hemp and rearrange its molecules to convert it into HHC.
The process is as follows:
- Applying a Solvent: First, a solvent is applied to the raw hemp plant. This creates an oil-soluble CBD extract.
- Add an Acid: From there, a carefully selected acid is applied to the solvent, with properties that convert the CBD into HHC by forcing its molecular configuration to change.
- Test the End Result: Now, liquid chromatography is applied to the HHC extract, which analyzes its structure to ensure that it is pure hexahydrocannabinol.
Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) is naturally a hydrogenated cannabinoid, which means that there’s one final step required that only applies to this specific compound. Hydrogenation must be employed using a metal catalyst to force hydrogen into the compound. Palladium is the most common because of its reliable results.
To turn HHC distillate into HHC-O distillate, one more step is required, which is combining the HHC with a substance known as acetic anhydride. This changes the chemical properties of HHC to make them about 1.5 times more potent, for a stronger high. HHC-O Acetate was created so that its high more closely mimics that of delta 9, and this unique final step is the same one that we use to produce THC-O, a more potent form of delta 9 THC.
Making HHC/HHC-O Vapes & Products
At last, we have a pure HHC or HHC-O extract that can now be used to produce all kinds of product types that we see on the market.
- HHC/HHC-O Flower: HHC and HHC-O flower are produced by taking raw hemp flower buds and infusing them with pure HHC or HHC-O.
- HHC/HHC-O Vapes: HHC and HHC-O vaping products, like disposables and vape cartridges, should contain just pure HHC or HHC-O extract, combined with terpene extracts derived from either raw hemp or other botanical sources.
- HHC/HHC-O Tinctures: HHC and HHC-O tinctures contain their respective pure cannabinoid extracts which are then diluted in a carrier oil, to allow them to come in various milligram strength options.
- HHC/HHC-O Edibles: HHC and HHC-O edibles take these pure extracts and mix them with any variety of ingredients to produce gummies and other types of delicious treats.
- HHC/HHC-O Capsules: Capsules are made by filling a gel capsule with the cannabinoid extract, and sometimes a carrier oil.
- HHC/HHC-O Dabs/Concentrates: You can find pure HHC and HHC-O extracts on the market, which provide concentrated forms of the cannabinoid. Then, there are dabs like wax and shatter, which are made by applying a solvent to raw hemp material to strongly concentrate its compounds, before adding a potent concentration of pure HHC or HHC-O.
Lab-Testing HHC/HHC-O Through a Third Party
Now comes the process of lab-testing. This is an imperative process that all companies must follow to sell their products legally. It involves sending batches of their HHC and HHC-O products to a third-party laboratory that’s licensed by the state to analyze hemp samples. Here, the hemp is tested for things like toxins, contaminants, microbes, purity, potency, compound breakdown and federal compliance. The lab reports that are given back to the company should be made available to the public.
Packaging HHC and HHC-O Vape Products
At last, it’s time to package the product and make it available for sale. A product containing either HHC or HHC-O products must come with an airtight seal to keep the contents fresh, as hemp compounds are organic, and can degrade quickly if exposed to the elements, losing their potency more and more as time goes on. The packaging must also provide information about serving size, directions, ingredients and, if applicable, milligram strength.
HHC and HHC-O: Two Cannabinoids that We Can Enjoy Affordably Thanks to Impressive New Technology
As you can see, both Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) and Hexahydrocannabinol Acetate (HHC-O) rely on isomerization, which keeps the cannabinoids affordable while remaining highly effective and legally compliant. At Binoid, we produce our HHC and HHC-O using these practices, since we know that they allow our customers to enjoy the cannabinoids at great prices, without sacrificing effectiveness or quality along the way. Check out these cannabinoids and others, knowing that they all ultimately come from organic and domestically grown industrial hemp.