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What Is HHC and Is It Legal in Georgia?
Georgia’s limited medical marijuana program allows patients registered for Georgia’s Low THC Registry to access cannabis oil with less than 5% total THC.
While patients are anxiously waiting for the products to arrive, many cannabis consumers have looked toward alternative cannabis products that might provide some sense of relief.
Cannabis remains federally illegal in the United States, though scientists and farmers have discovered unique and novel ways to extract compounds from hemp and other plants that mimic the psychoactive compounds typically found in cannabis or other plants.
HHC falls right into that same category, and in this article, we’ll talk about what HHC is, how it works, and if HHC is legal in Georgia!
What Is HHC & How Does It Work?
HHC Is a Cannabinoid Found in Hemp
HHC stands for hexahydrocannabinol, and it’s basically Delta-9-THC hydrogenated.
Like turning vegetable oil into margarine, when you add hydrogen molecules to Delta-9-THC, it converts into hexahydrocannabinol (HHC).
THC is present in hemp plants, though the 2018 Farm Bill only permits a maximum of 3% THC to remain federally legal, and for HHC production, that’s no problem. HHC can also be extracted from Delta-8-THC or CBD. While these compounds are only present in small amounts, HHC can be extracted and processed from hemp plants relatively easily.
HHC is a novel cannabinoid with limited research and a potentially massive userbase. Right now there is almost no medical information on efficient HHC is for any symptoms or illnesses, but there are anecdotal reports on how HHC makes people feel.
What Kind of Effects Does HHC Produce?
There’s not a lot of research or evidence available that gives a comprehensive understanding of how HHC works, as it’s a relatively new product. HHC is subject to the same problems that arise with similar THC knockoffs, such as unreliable testing or questionable production methods.
It’s important that medical marijuana patients or patients with chronic or terminal illnesses avoid these type of products due to their untested and unproven medicinal value.
That being said, HHC users typically report that it feels a little less potent than Delta-8-THC, which is around half as potent as traditional Delta-9-THC.
In larger doses, HHC can feel uplifting and relaxing, though there are insufficient reports to conclude any average effects at this time.
Is HHC Legal & Can It Beat a Drug Test?
HHC Is Legal in Georgia and the United States, for Now
HHC sits in a legal grey that Delta-8-THC and Delta-10-THC fall into, though its caveat is that it is not technically a tetrahydrocannabinol.
HHC produced from hemp is legal in the United States and Georgia, though it is not subject to the same stringent testing as medical marijuana or recreational marijuana programs.
HHC itself has not been addressed by the FDA or DEA, and limited information is available concerning its long-term effects.
As a novel (and fairly new) cannabinoid processed specifically for human consumption, it’s unclear where HHC will end up in the cannabinoid lineup for medical marijuana patients. Patients should look for more tested cannabis products that have genuine certificates of authenticity.
Will I Pass a Drug Test if I Smoked HHC?
Another common question about HHC is whether or not it will be caught on a drug test, and currently, the answer is maybe.
Drug tests are typically looking for known tetrahydrocannabinols when it comes to cannabis, but there’s nothing to suggest that HHC can’t be tested for.
In addition, there may be small traces of Delta-9-THC in HHC, which could very well turn up on a drug test, so it will depend on the product and the testing facility. Though it’s presently unlikely that HHC would show up on a traditional drug test, provided it contains 0.00% THC, due to unknown and loose production technology, it’s tough to say.
Considering that the production of HHC could have trace amounts of Delta-9-THC, you’d probably want to stay on the side of caution and avoid HHC if you will be presented with a drug test in the next month.
In the future, when more testing and research is available on HHC, drug testing facilities may opt out of identifying the cannabinoid considering its legal status. But, if a federal agency moves quickly to ban these alternative cannabinoids, drug testing facilities will almost certainly follow suit.
Get Your Georgia Marijuana Card
Georgia provides access to low THC cannabis oil with less than 5% total THC to patients registered for the Low-THC cannabis Oil Registry. To get on the registry, patients need to be diagnosed with a qualifying condition from a qualified physician.
We will be processing medical marijuana certifications as soon as the system is live for Georgia patients.
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Feel free to give us a call at (866) 781-5606, and we can help answer your questions about getting medical marijuana in Georgia.