What is HHC-O?

Medically reviewed by Alexander Tabibi, MD
January 18, 2023
HHC-O Cannabis What Is
HHC-O Cannabis What Is
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    If you are wondering, “What is HHC-O?” – you are not alone. HHC-O is a novel cannabinoid – hexahydrocannabinol-O-acetate which is the acetate version of HHC, a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the seeds and pollen of the hemp plant. HHC is a psychoactive cannabinoid known for acting like a twin of delta-9 THC in terms of its effects, both intoxicating and otherwise.

    Unlike THC, however, HHC-O is chemically stabilized by the addition of hydrogen to its structure, making it more resistant to heat and UV light. The addition of acetic anhydride to HHC-O further boosts its potency, making it about 1.5x more potent than HHC while still maintaining the same effects as delta-9.

    HHC-O is known to provide calming, relaxing, and uplifting effects and may offer relief from physical discomfort, nausea, increased appetite, and mood regulation. It is also a potential neuroprotectant and may have applications pertaining to certain neurological ailments. HHC-O is legal in most states and can be found in a variety of products, including vape cartridges, tinctures, and gummies.