Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) and its newest modified version HHC-O-acetate (HHC-O), are psychoactive cannabinoids known for their satisfying high that feels a whole lot like delta 9 THC. Because these two cannabinoids are so new to the market, we completely understand that there are some people out there who are interested in trying them, but, have some concerns about their safety. We’re here to put your mind at ease so that you can incorporate HHC products and HHC-O products into your routine without worrying about any real risk of harm.
Is HHC/HHC-O Harmful to the Body?
The good news is that neither HHC nor HHC-O-acetate is considered dangerous. HHC is a natural cannabinoid in the hemp plant, and HHC-O is a slightly modified, more potent version that applies acetic anhydride to the cannabinoid to increase its psychoactive properties. Both cannabinoids are tolerated fine by adults in the general sense and are not associated with major side effects. Nor have they been associated with long-term damage to the body.
What we know about cannabinoids is that they have never been shown to cause a fatal overdose in adult users. Remember that these compounds have been used for centuries, and if there were any serious adverse effects, we’d likely all have heard about them plenty by now.
One potential exception is taking a cannabinoid along with certain medications. Any medication that is metabolized by CYP3A4 can interact negatively with hemp. CYP3A4 is an enzyme that breaks down many medications, and hemp suppresses this enzyme. The potential result is an overaccumulation of the medication in the bloodstream, which could possibly become toxic. If you are on medications and are interested in taking HHC or HHC-O, then it’s critical that you first talk about it with your doctor.
Side Effects Of Taking HHC/HHC-O?
Neither HHC nor HHC-O-acetate products has been associated with any real, concerning side effects. But, you might experience some mild side effects that come from the psychoactive properties of the cannabinoids. These side effects are more likely to occur if you take a higher-than-recommended dose, or if you’re a beginner with a low tolerance.
They include the following:
- Dry mouth
- Dry eyes
- Reduced blood pressure/increased heartrate
- Cognitive impairment
Overall, these side effects should only last for the duration of the high. Of course, in the very rare event that you experience a severe or long-lasting side effect, you should consider seeking medical attention.
Does HHC/HHC-O Cause Impairment That Can Be Dangerous?
One thing that you need to keep in mind is that the intoxicating effects of these cannabinoids can cause impairment which can put you into dangerous situations if you aren’t responsible. For example, driving while intoxicated on any substance can be very dangerous, as can operating heavy machinery. If you’re high on HHC or HHC-O, do not engage in any activities in which you or another person may be harmed. Even if you feel generally clear-headed, you absolutely must avoid driving until the effects have worn off.
Is HHC/HHC-O Safe for Children or Pets?
Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) and HHCO-acetate are generally tolerated fine by adults. Our nervous systems are capable of processing these psychoactive properties without causing any real harm. But, these same intoxicating properties make them extremely dangerous for both children and pets, whose nervous systems are not like ours.
Giving HHC or HHC-O to a child or an animal can lead to neurotoxicity, as well as other serious side effects. The bottom line is that under NO circumstances should you ever administer HHC, HHC-O, or any other intoxicating cannabinoid to anyone other than a human adult.
How to Know You Have a Safe HHC/HHC-O Product
Although hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) and HHC-O acetate aren’t inherently known to be dangerous, there could be some products out there that are. This wouldn’t be because of the actual cannabinoid in them, but because of the other ingredients. So, how do you know that you’re only buying a safe and trustworthy product? Simply follow these easy tips below.
Tip #1: Buy Only from Trusted Companies
Make sure to purchase from a trusted manufacturer that has a strong reputation in the hemp industry. A company that has worked hard to build a reputation isn’t going to let it all come crashing down by developing unsafe products. Hence, avoid using those ingredients known to be unsafe to possibly go against the FDA’s requirements along with the 2018 Farm Bill. Look at reviews, as we’ll be getting into more shortly, on their website to hear what other customers have to say.
Tip #2: Look at Third-Party Lab Results
Always look at third-party lab reports that are provided by the manufacturer. This shows that the company has their products tested for purity, safety and potency by an unbiased laboratory, looking for toxins, contaminants and other unwanted compounds during the process. In fact, you can check out Binoid’s COA’s displayed on their ‘About’ page here.
Tip #3: Read the Ingredients
Whenever you’re checking out an HHC or HHC-O formula, carefully read through the list of ingredients provided by the company. Obviously, you’ll want to avoid any products that contain ingredients which are known to cause harm to the body.
Tip #4: Check Those Real User Reviews
Reading real reviews (reviews that sound real and aren’t duplicated) on a company’s website, in order to gather insight on other users’ experiences with that said HHC/HHC-O product(s) that you have your eye on, before making a purchase is key. Binoid CBD has over a thousand real reviews displayed on the website. That gives Binoid a higher trust factor than other brands in our industry that’ve potentially created a reputation for scamming customers.
Bottom Line: Taking HHC/HHC-O is Generally Safe
Overall, neither hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) nor HHC-O-acetate are associated with any real risks to a person’s health. So, if you wish to give either cannabinoid a try, you can do so with the assurance that the likelihood of experiencing concerning side effects is extremely low. Of course, there are cheap products on the market that may be made with ultimately unsafe ingredients. But, by simply sticking to a reputable manufacturer like Binoid, know that you’re getting strictly lab-tested hemp that’s formulated with the most carefully sourced ingredients possible.