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Information about Vaping | March 2024

HHC (Hexahydrocannabinol) VAPES. the evolving landscape of vaping, a new player has emerged: Hexahydrocannabinol, commonly known as HHC. This compound, derived from hemp, is now being used in vape products and is quickly gaining popularity among vaping enthusiasts (including students).

HHC begins with a precursor molecule, THC or CBD (a Cannabidiol). This molecule is then subjected to a chemical reaction with hydrogen (called "hexahydro"). This reaction, known as hydrogenation, changes the compound's molecular structure, resulting in HHC.

Users of HHC vapes often describe the experience as calming and relaxing without the intense high or the potential for anxiety that some associate with THC (the psychotic illegal stuff and is one of the active ingredients found in Cannabis, the other being CBD (cannibidiol). This unique effect profile, combined with the convenience and discretion of vaping, has contributed to the growing popularity of HHC vapes.


While CBD is legal, certain cannabinoids, like THC, are not. Although there's no specific legislation in the UK that directly addresses HHC, it's still deemed illegal to use or sell. This is mainly due to the Psychoactive Substances Act of 2016, which categorises new psychoactive cannabinoids like HHC as Class B drugs, placing them in the same bracket as THC. The Law seem to focus on use of sale of HHC. This would suggest that selling or supplying HHC vapes is an offence in the UK as would be possession (as it is classed as a CLASS B drug).

Are they different types of HHC Vapes…?

Various types of HHC vape pens and HHC vape cartridges are available on the market. Some are disposable, while others come with refillable cartridges. Depending on the brand, vape pens may also vary in size, mouthpiece design, and the amount of HHC oil they can hold.

Is HHC safe….?

You might wonder, what is HHC's safety profile like? HHC has many of the same side effects as THC. Users report side effects like anxiety, dry mouth, red eyes and paranoia. It’s possible that HHC may have long-term side effects which are currently unknown and could be dangerous; it will likely be many years, if not decades until HHC has been properly researched.

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