Does HHC Get You High?

If you’re new to the world of marijuana and its many side products, then you might not be aware of what each of the products made using cannabis-based ingredients are capable of.

Does HHC Get You High?

This means that when looking at things such as CBD, HHC, or THC, it can be confusing to figure out which of these products will be suitable for you. 

HHC tends to be a cannabis product that people are much less aware of, especially when compared to the extremely popular CBD and THC, which is why so many people are unsure about what it does, and what its side effects may be, including whether or not it can get you high. 

So, if you want to learn more about HHC (see also “Is HHC Stronger Than Delta 8?“), including whether or not it is able to get you high, then all you need to do is read through this guide, and we’ll explain everything you need to know about HHC!

Short Answer

If you’re looking for the short answer on whether or not HHC can get you high, then the answer is yes, HHC is able to get you high.

Not much research has been done on the effect HHC has on the body, but many of HHC’s regular users report that it often gives them a slightly mild feeling of intoxication. 

What Is HHC? 

So, what exactly is HHC? Well, both cannabis and hemp plants are known for containing a wide variety of cannabinoids, which are types of chemicals that are naturally found in these plants.

Examples of cannabinoids include cannabidiol, known as CBD, as well as Tetrahydrocannabinol, which is more commonly known as THC. 

As well as these naturally occurring cannabinoids, it is actually possible to create synthetic cannabinoids, with HHC being one of these synthetic cannabinoids, created in 1947 by the famous chemist Roger Adams, using THC as a base. 

This is demonstrated in the chemical composition of HHC, as it’s almost exactly the same composition as THC, except HHC has more hydrogen, as well as a lack of double bonds in the cyclohexyl ring. 

Most, if not all, of the HHC products on the market will include synthetically produced HHC, and whilst there are some signs that HHC can occur naturally, it isn’t often isolated from the other cannabinoids present. 

Effects Of HHC

Ultimately, there’s been very little research on the effects of HHC on the body, so it’s hard to know what sort of an effect HHC can have when consumed.

Those who do consume HHC on a regular basis tend to suggest that it has a similarly intoxicating effect like THC does, however, they tend to be much milder, and are closer to that of delta-8 THC. 

However, it is worth noting that none of these reports have been peer-reviewed or have any scientific evidence behind them, so there’s no real knowledge of whether any of this is something that everyone experiences when taking HHC, or if it’s dependent on the individual consuming the HHC. 

Does HHC Get You High?


Again, because of the lack of research that’s been done on HHC and its effects, it is currently unknown whether or not HHC contains any potential benefits for us when consumed.

What we do know is that like other cannabinoids, HHC is able to work by connecting and interacting with the endocannabinoid system, which is what regulates some of the body’s most important functions, including things such as: 

  • Sleep 
  • Appetite
  • Mood
  • Memory
  • Reproduction/Fertility

Cannabinoids are able to have an effect on our body by affecting the endocannabinoid system, binding to its receptors, with HHC binding to the CB1 receptors, most of which are in our central nervous system.

Since there’s a lack of research into this process, it’s still unknown whether or not the effects of this binding process are positive or negative, so it’s still unsure whether or not HHC has any beneficial effects whatsoever. 

Side Effects And Safety

Since there’s little to no research on the safety of consuming HHC, it’s unknown whether or not it’s actually safe to consume, or if there are any side effects from prolonged usage. 

Since HHC is typically consumed by vaping, and there is a potential concern about the safety of vaping, even without nicotine involved, so you might want to be wary about whether or not you vape HHC products. 

When it comes to the side effects of HHC, there is still much unknown about the exact effects.

However, since users report its effect is similar to THC, it’s safe to assume that some of its side effects are at least similar, some of THC’s effects can include: 

  • Confusion 
  • Anxiety
  • Dry mouth 
  • Lack of coordination 
  • Low blood pressure
  • Memory loss
  • Red eye
  • Tiredness
  • Delayed reaction times 

Whether or not these are the exact side effects produced by HHC is still unknown, and will likely remain that way until more peer-reviewed studies are completed and published, so you should always be cautious when consuming HHC products as a result. 


Another grey area of HHC is its legality. 

As a result of the 2018 Farm Bill, people would argue that HHC is federally legal, as the bill decreed that hemp is legal as long as it contains less than 0.3% or less delta-9 THC.

This bill also meant that it became legal to sell hemp products too. 

Certain state laws tend to restrict the sale of synthetic cannabinoids, and HHC is typically synthetically produced, however some argue that because it can occur naturally in some plants, it technically isn’t a synthetic cannabinoid. 

Ultimately, HHC hasn’t been banned by name on a federal basis, but it is worth checking out whether or not HHC is restricted by the laws in your state. 


We hope you’ve found this guide to HHC and its effects useful, and just remember to be careful when consuming HHC, since there’s a lack of research into what it does!

If you liked this article, you might enjoy our post, ‘How Long Does Delta 8 Last?‘.

Zack Finch