Does HHC-P Get You High?

Medically reviewed by Alexander Tabibi, MD
January 7, 2023
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    Did you know hexahydrocannabiphorol (HHC-P) is one of the newest cannabinoids out there?  Well, now you do, as HHC-P is already making quite an impact in the hemp community thanks to its incredible potency.  By the way, speaking of potency, If you’re searching for a powerfully balanced high, then look no further folks, because HHC-P could be your new favorite hemp derivative.  However, since it is so new, you’re probably want the 411 on what you can expect out of its unique and incredibly strong properties.  Are we right?  Thought so…

    Is HHC-P Psychoactive?

    Yes – hexahydrocannabiphorol is very psychoactive, as it turns out.  After all, HHC-P was deliberately made to be more intoxicating than “regular” HHC, as the changes to its chemical structure allow it to attach to CB1 receptors in the brain far stronger than HHC, to make it about 10x as potent.  HHC-P’s high might be one of, if not the strongest, that can be enjoyed through cannabis, which is why it is so awesome that HHC-P is also a federally legal derivative of hemp.

    As for what HHC-P’s high is like, lots of people say that it’s incredibly euphoric yet soothing simultaneously.  Many hemp users even compare it to a hybrid strain, since its effects seem to be very balanced, creating an overall sense of ease and bliss within the mind and body.  And, who could resist that?

    How Does HHC-P’s High Compare to Other Cannabinoids?

    Hexahydrocannabiphorol is definitely more intoxicating than HHC, and delta 9 THC, along with delta 8 THC and Delta 10 THC.  It’s even stronger than THC-O, one of the first “ultra-potent” cannabinoids to hit the legal hemp market about 2 years ago.  Some users say it’s more potent than THC-P, too.  But, as you’re about to see, there are certain factors that can ultimately influence how high you get off of a specific HHC-P product. Read here for THCP vs THC or HHC-P and THC-P differences.

    What Can Affect How High I Get From Taking HHC-P?

    Cannabinoids are fascinating cannabinoids that’re still a bit enigmatic.  One thing we know is that their effects are not as predictable as, say, alcohol or caffeine.  Complex physiological factors within the body can have a lot to do with how we feel after taking them, and on top of that, different products can give you different results.

    #1: Your Tolerance

    When it comes to how you respond to a particular psychoactive cannabinoid, tolerance is a huge factor.  If you have never consumed a psychoactive cannabinoid before, you’re going to likely get way more high than you would if you’re a seasoned THC-P user taking HHC-P for the first time.  In fact, those who are new to psychoactive cannabinoids, we strongly recommend that you don’t take HHC-P as its high may be overwhelming to you.  Instead, you might wanna start with a milder cannabinoid like delta 8 THC or HHC.  This way, you can slowly build up a tolerance to the intoxicating effects of these compounds, by allowing your brain’s CB1 receptors to slowly adjust to how these cannabinoids interact with them.

    #2: Your Endocannabinoid System

    The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is something we’re still learning about, and as of now, it’s still not fully understood why certain cannabinoids are less effective than others for certain individuals.  We see this with every cannabinoid – even some people feel almost no effects from delta 9 THC despite barely having taken it in the past.  While by and large HHC-P does get people high, you may find that you naturally require a lot of the cannabinoid to feel anything, while others can only take, say, 2 puffs off of a vape before getting far more high than they wanted to.  It’s always best to go slow rather than taking a lot off the bat, even if you suspect your endocannabinoid system requires higher doses than the average person.

    #3: HHC-P Product Type

    Different product types have different levels of bioavailability that determine how high we can get from them.  Take dabs, which are extremely concentrated and absorb into the body almost instantly, compared with tinctures, which are known for being more subtle than inhalable products as sublingual absorption is less bioavailable.  Let’s break down the different product types to explore the kinds of highs that they can offer.

    • Vapes (Vape Carts and Disposable Pen-Style Systems): Very bioavailable – in other words, they absorb very easily into the body, and this means that the high is stronger, and faster-acting, but shorter-lived.  With vapes, expect a pretty powerful high in as little as 15 minutes, lasting for about an hour.
    • Edibles: Since this is the least bioavailable delivery method, it can take up to 2 hours to start feeling the effects, but at the same time, the high can last for up to 8 hours.  Also, people commonly notice that with edibles, there’s more of a “body high” effect – aka stronger sensations in the muscles of the body compared to other delivery methods, which can be very relaxing.
    • Tinctures: Absorb sublingually, which means that you’re getting a “medium” bioavailability level out of them.  Tinctures can take effect in about 60 minutes, with a high that lasts for about 4-5 hours, and a potency that’s somewhere between vapes and edibles.
    • Flower (Loose Buds and Pre-Rolls): Absorbs identically as vapes.  Flower’s bioavailability is pretty much the same, however, people often say that the high with flower is a bit stronger when it’s smoked rather than vaped with a dry herb vaporizer.  That’s likely because of the fact that smoke is denser than vapor, carrying more of the chemical compounds of the flower with each puff.
    • Dabs: The strongest delivery method.  These are concentrates, meaning that the HHC-P is concentrated to be incredibly potent – dabs are not recommended for beginners because of how strong the high is.  They absorb in just a few minutes, with a short-lasting but outstandingly powerful psychoactive effect.

    #4: HHC-P Product’s Milligram Strength

    Naturally, a 20mg HHC-P gummy will get you more high than a 5mg gummy.  This is why you should always check to see how many milligrams are in each serving of an HHC-P product that you plan on taking.  The milligram strength of a product should be easy to find on a product’s label.  Just keep in mind that vapes, dabs, and flower do not come in milligram strengths, because these products are not diluted like the rest of the product types on the market. 

    #5: Your Dosage

    Similar to above, it goes without saying that how much of an HHC-P product you take determines how high you’ll get.  For instance, taking 5 puffs from an HHC-P disposable vape pen will get you much more high than a single puff.  Beginners should, of course, always start with a low dose to get acquainted with a new cannabinoid.  Follow the directions of the product, found on the label, to know how much you should take.

    #6: The Strain

    Yes, certain strains are more potent than others.  Read up on a specific strain of an HHC-P vape, dab or flower product before buying it to get a feel for how strong its high tends to be, as well as what the effects of that high are (energizing, sedating, creativity-enhancing, etc.).  There are three categories of strains that are each associated with a distinctive kind of high:

    • Indica: More commonly taken at night, because they can make a person feel drowsy, and they tend to produce a heavy body high that can cause couchlock – aka a state in which you don’t want to do anything but lie down.
    • Sativa: More energizing and uplifting, and can make you feel more creative, sociable or focused.  They’re best for daytime since they may actually keep you awake at night.
    • Hybrid: The result of crossing together an indica with a sativa.  This allows for a more balanced high that’s somewhere in between an indica and a sativa.

    #7: Your Mental Health

    Yes, your mental health can have a surprising effect on how you respond to different cannabinoids.  For example, those who have anxiety disorders are more prone to feeling anxious if they take too high of a dose of HHC-P, and may experience symptoms like paranoia, dissociation and derealization.  People who experience symptoms of depression may actually have a positive experience with the euphoric effects that HHC-P can offer.

    #8: Physical Factors

    Sometimes, our bodies experience circumstances that affect how much a psychoactive cannabinoid can get us high.  Take getting sick, for example.  Many people find that when they’re under the weather, such as when they have a cold, it’s harder to get high.  Other people find that when they have an empty stomach, they get more intoxicated off of a cannabinoid.  And, it’s been found that during menstruation, tolerance to THC increases, so more HHC-P may be needed to get the desired effect.  Other factors, including blood pressure and cardiovascular health, can impact how you feel when high on HHC-P – most specifically, HHC-P can lower blood pressure temporarily, and this can cause feelings of lightheadedness and an increased heartrate that occur alongside the high.

    #9: HHC-P Product Quality

    Yes, a lot of it has to do with the actual quality of the product.  Products made from low-grade hemp material, or produced using subpar extraction techniques, can give disappointing results.  Cannabinoids are somewhat structurally fragile, so if a company has loose standards during the production process, the HHC-P can become damaged and degrade, losing a lot of its potency by the time it ends up in your hands.

    #10: HHC-P Product Freshness

    HHC-P products degrade over time, and distillate-based products can be no longer very potent after 2 years.  Not only that, but exposing the product to oxygen, heat, light or humidity can make that degradation process even faster.

    #11: Other Cannabinoids in Your System

    Some hemp users enjoy taking HHC-P with other cannabinoids, i.e., delta 8, THC-P, or HHC.  Cannabinoids work synergistically together supply a totally unique high when taken in combination with one another.  At the same time, there are tons of products out there that do combine HHC-P with another cannabinoid.  Of course, if you’re taking HHC-P with another cannabinoid, then that’s gonna change the high by introducing the properties of the other compound into your experience.

    12: Medications You’re Taking

    There are some medications (prescription or non-prescription) that can affect the high you feel.  For instance, cannabinoids that are metabolized by the CYP3A4 enzyme, which includes steroids, certain anti-inflammatories and many other drugs, can make cannabinoids feel more potent in the body, because they’re interfering with the rate at which the cannabinoid can metabolize. 

    Also, cannabinoids that affect how you feel mentally can change the high.  For example,  if you’re on a prescription opioid, then you can get a synergistic effect by combining the narcotic with the HHC-P that makes you feel even more sedated.  The same goes for anti-anxiety medications.  Basically, if you’re on any medications, have a talk with your doctor first, to ensure that it’s safe to combine them with cannabinoids.

    Bottom Line: HHC-P Will Get You High  

    Essentially, hexahydrocannabiphorol is an extremely intoxicating cannabinoid, so you can plan for a very strong and blissful high.  We do recommend that as a newbie, you buy your HHC-P products from a trustworthy source like  Not only that, but also go easy when taking this cannabinoid.  How?  By simply following the directions on the product’s label in order to avoid taking more than you might be able to handle given your tolerance.  Also, make sure to look at the product’s milligram strength and even its strain(s) to get a feel for what to expect.