When it comes to choosing the right HHC product, it can be a bit of a guessing game. Do you want a soft and chewy treat like a gummy or a hard-hitting inhale from a vape cartridge or pre-roll? Are you wanting a smooth and gradual high that lasts for hours or a fast-acting high that is short-lived? Do you prefer to enjoy HHC products during the day or after a long grueling day of stressful activities? So many questions might deter you from completing your HHC purchase, but don’t give up just yet! We’ve compiled a list of possible questions and answers to help guide you through the stressful situation of choosing the right HHC product for you. We’ll start off with a brief explanation of what HHC is and jump right into some of the most common questions and answers concerning HHC products.
What Is HHC
HHC, short for hexahydrocannabinol, is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the seeds and pollen of the hemp plant. HHC exists in very small quantities and must undergo a hydrogenation process in order to make the cannabinoid viable. HHC products are available in a wide variety of forms, but are most commonly found in gummies, tinctures, and vape cartridges (both screw-in and disposable). The effects of HHC are similar to indica strains of marijuana and offer a deep sense of relaxation and euphoria as well as heightened creativity and focus. HHC is considered legal as long as it is derived from federally legal hemp and contains less than 0.3% THC, as mandated by the 2018 Farm Bill. For a fully detailed explanation on how this cannabinoid was discovered, more legal information, and drug testing information, we encourage you to check out our previous article entitled “What Is HHC?” But right now, it’s time to tackle some of the most common questions regarding HHC. The answers to these questions might just help you discover your new favorite HHC-infused product!
Is Time A Factor?
Certain HHC products have a longer reaction time depending on their delivery method. For example, inhalables bypass the digestive system completely and are absorbed directly into the bloodstream. This allows inhalables to kick in after about five minutes from the initial hit. Sublinguals like tinctures also bypass the digestion system by being absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Tinctures and oils are released directly under the tongue, held for a few minutes, and then swallowed. The effects tend to kick in around 45 minutes after swallowing, quite a bit longer than the start time of inhalables. Lastly, there are edibles like capsules and gummies. Edibles are best consumed with food and have a lengthy start time due to being processed by your digestive system, taking anywhere from 1-3 hours to kick in.
How Long Of A High Are You Wanting?
The length of an HHC high will ultimately depend on the user, but there is some information to take into consideration before your initial consumption. Since inhalables bypass the digestive system and start much quicker than edibles, the body is able to process the HHC much faster. This ultimately results in a short-lived high of approximately 1-3 hours. Tinctures tend to last a bit longer, ranging from 4-6 hours. The high from edibles can last for up to 8 hours, and that’s not including the time it takes for the edible to be digested! Whether you prefer to consume your HHC products during the day or at night, make sure you allot enough time for the effects to start as well as enough time to fully enjoy your high.
What Is Your Experience Level?
Edibles and sublinguals are great for beginners as it is simply a matter of chewing and swallowing. The flavor of gummies and tinctures can be artificially sweetened and flavored to mask the bitterness of the hemp, while capsules are easy to swallow with a quick swig of water. The texture of the gummies, silkiness of the tincture, and simplified use of capsules are all attractive for users who have little to no experience with HHC-infused products.
Inhalables, on the other hand, require a bit more work to use properly. If you’re using a screw-in vape cartridge, you will need to purchase an external vape pen (also called a battery) in order to operate your vape cartridge. Disposable vapes are an easier way to bypass acquiring external hardware, as they usually come with charging cables and are ready to use after a quick charge. But for HHC flower, you’ll need to have some experience with rolling up a joint before you can enjoy it. You will also need to purchase a grinder and rolling papers to make your own, or you can use an emptied cigarette to fill with the ground up buds. Alternately, you can use an herbalizer or bowl to directly load up your crushed buds and smoke at your leisure.
Inhalables are considered an advanced user item best used by smokers and vapers who already have the inhalation techniques mastered to avoid unpleasant fits of coughing, but feel free to experiment with them if you’re curious or impatient to feel the effects.
How Much Are You Looking To Spend?
The price of HHC products should never be a deciding factor, but it is an important factor to consider. You’re no doubt familiar with the phrase “you get what you pay for” and the same is true when it comes to premium high-quality HHC products. The cost of using premium ingredients, using independent third-party labs for testing, and building a trusted brand are all costly measures that reputable companies will put into place in order to earn your business. As such, the prices of a brand’s products may be more expensive than the no-name rando you came across in a web browser search.
Edibles and sublinguals like gummies, capsules, and tinctures should cost around $25-$50, but some companies offer heavily discounted or free samples. Inhalables should typically go for about $30-$60, but this doesn’t include the cost of external hardware you’ll need to purchase before using these types of products. A vape battery can go between $10-$100, herbalizers for $50-$150, and rolling papers/grinders/lighters all vary wildly based on price and brand.
How Often Do You Think You’ll Use Your HHC Product?
If you’re just looking to test the waters of HHC, it might be a good idea to start with sample sizes first. Samples can be offered for free (shipping charges are usually additional) or less than $10. Based on how much you like the samples, you may opt for the full size that ranges from 20-30 pieces. If you consume a single gummy every day, that’s almost a month’s supply! Inhalables like vape cartridges and disposables might last anywhere from a few weeks to a couple months, as the amount consumed depends on how deep the hit is and how many hits are taken. HHC products may or may not have an expiration date listed on the product packaging, but tend to have a much longer shelf life than other cannabinoid-infused products. If you decide to lay off your HHC product for a while, make sure to properly store them in a cool dark place and away from pets or small children.
Choosing the right HHC product doesn’t have to be a stressful experience that you dread. Now that you know what to expect, browsing through the vast assortment of HHC products might become your new favorite activity. Depending on how much time you have, specifically in regards to waiting for the effects to kick in and how long of a high you want, now you can choose which type of HHC product to consume (i.e., edibles, sublinguals, or inhalables). Once you decide how often you’ll be consuming HHC products, knowing this information can help you decide how much of a product to purchase and how much money to invest in external hardware. There are many other factors that will ultimately influence your decision on which product to purchase, but hopefully you can use the information in this article as a springboard on how to choose the right HHC product.
Now that you know which HHC product to purchase, head on over to our HHC gummies and disposable vapes section! As always, feel free to share your experiences with our products in the comments below. Here at Erth Hemp, we pride ourselves on offering some of the finest HHC products in the industry, with full-panel CoA’s available upon request! If you have any questions about anything in this article or about HHC in general, you can always reach out to us for more detailed information about anything related to HHC and all of the other hemp-derived cannabinoids in the industry. We sincerely look forward to hearing from you!