Today’s cannabis industry looks nothing like it did 10, 5, or even 2 years ago, and one of the biggest current trends is alternative cannabinoids. In the retail sector, it’s getting hard to keep track of all the different compounds and what they do, but it’s exciting to have so many options and it shows that consumer interest in cannabis is there, and it’s growing. One of the newest cannabinoids that you can expect to see in products, especially vapes, is HHC-O Acetate. Let’s take a closer look at what it is, how it’s made, and where you can find it.
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What is HHC-O? Synthetics and cannabinoid acetylation
The definition of synthetic cannabinoids means one of two things. First, synthetic cannabinoids are compounds that do not exist in nature and must be created in a lab, like HHC-O. Also, a synthetic can be a cannabinoid that does exist in nature, but in such minimal amounts that in order to manufacture enough for it to be used in consumer products, it must still be synthesized in a lab.
HHC-O falls into the first category, while HHC belongs to the second. In cannabis plants, HHC is found in trace amounts in the pollen. HHC-O is the acetate version of HHC. This is created via a process known as LTA decarboxylation. To understand what this means, let’s backtrack a little. We all know about delta 9 THC, the primary psychoactive compound in the plant. Delta 9 THC is a result of the light/heat induced decarboxylation of THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid). Similarly, THC-O is a result of the decarboxylation of delta 9 THC, however, it’s done using a completely different method: LTA decarboxylation.
LTA decarboxylation uses a very toxic compound known as lead tetraacetate to promote oxidation and create oxidative decarboxylation, resulting in acetate ester. Acetate ester is not naturally occurring and can only be produced using some sort of chemical catalyst. As such, HHC-O-Acetate is a synthetic analogue of HHC. Although it’s gaining popularity, especially in vape products, it’s important to know that this is NOT a compound found naturally in cannabis, it is completely synthetic from all standpoints.
All this is not to say that synthetics are inherently bad. If they’re safe and produced by an experienced professional, they can be fun and certainly have their place in both medicinal and recreational settings. But you’re definitely not going to get the same kind of high or experience with these products as you would with the real thing. If you know what to expect, you won’t be disappointed though.
A bit more about HHC
HHC, or hexahydrocannabinol, is a psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants. Although still part of the fringe market, it has been gaining some popularity, as far as alternative cannabinoids go. Regarding HHC research, it’s nearly non-existent. However, both natural and synthetic cannabinoids have been found to suppress tumor growth in numerous different animal studies.
One study in particular examined the angiogenic effects of several hexahydrocannabinol analogs to see how they can be used in cancer therapies. It was determined that HHC could block the growth of the blood vessels that feed tumors, rather than blocking growth of the tumor itself. So, it basically works as an angiogenesis inhibitor that starves tumors.
There is a biologically active naturally occurring (−)-hexahydrocannabinol, as well as its synthetic enantiomer (+)-hexahydrocannabinol. The synthetic HHC, which can be found in spice, has the chemical formula: 9-Nor-9β-hydroxyhexahydrocannabinol, and the natural variety, found in trace amounts in cannabis pollen, goes by the formula: 6aR,9R,10aR-Hexahydrocannabinol.
As the name suggests (Hexahydrocannabinol vs Tetrahydrocannabinol), HHC has many similarities to THC. It’s basically a simplified version of Delta 9 THC. Both HHC and THC have very similar molecular structures and comparable effects. With HHC, all the double bonds have been broken and replaced with hydrogen (AKA hydrogenation). It was discovered during research in the 1960s and 70s in which the goal was to find the most basic cannabinoid-like substances that could still bind to CB receptors.
What about the new HHC-O vapes?
As of now, not many retailers are selling HHC-O yet. As a matter of fact, I’ve been able to find only three so far. All three of them provide similar product descriptions, claiming that it is “up to 1.5x more potent than HHC,” and that it “has a very low viscosity which makes it almost liquid at room temperature, creating an amazing vaping experience.”
HHC is frequently described as feeling similar to delta 9 THC, with “sativa” effects. I personally found it to be like a slightly lighter version of delta 9, but I am a regular cannabis user with a very high tolerance, so your experience may vary. Taking into consideration the effects of HHC, coupled with retailers claims that the acetate version is 1.5x stronger, one can make a reasonable assumption as to how HHC-O may affect them,
All that said, as we always like to offer you all the latest products at the best possible prices, we do have some deals on HHC-O vapes available in our THC WEEKLY newsletter; if you’re interested in trying this compound for yourself. I’m a purist when it comes to cannabis, but I can certainly appreciate the convenience and discretion of alt. Cannabinoids and vape products – especially now that I live in a prohibition state.
(From the THC WEEKLY newsletter)
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