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HXC 101

You might have noticed people talking about HXC lately, wondering what this new cannabinoid is all about. Well, it turns out that HXC is simply short for hexahydrocannabinol, also known as "HHC." HXC and HHC are actually the same thing—it's just different companies using different abbreviations for it.

Hexahydrocannabinol, or "HHC," is a cannabinoid, and it's a long-recognized cousin of THC in scientific circles, has recently gained attention among THC users. As a minor cannabinoid, it exists naturally in Hemp but in quantities too small for practical extraction. Although commercial production of HHC is just beginning, its widespread recognition remains limited.

The History of HXC

During the 1940s, chemist Roger Adams stumbled upon HHC through a method called hydrogenation, which involves adding hydrogen to the THC molecule, changing its properties. This significant discovery, documented in a 1947 patent, entailed substituting a double bond in Delta 9 THC with two hydrogen atoms, boosting its stability and making it more resilient to heat and UV light. Mark Scialdone, BR Brands' Chief Science Officer, highlights how hydrogenation extends HHC's shelf life by preventing thermo-oxidative breakdown.

Can HXC be Detected in Drug Tests?

There are hints that HHC might not go through the same breakdown process as THC in the body. Unlike Delta 8, Delta 9, and Delta 10 THC, there's some indication that HHC doesn't turn into 11-hydroxy-THC, which is often checked for in drug tests.

However, this isn't confirmed and needs more research. As a precaution, people should know that it's uncertain whether HHC could show up in blood, urine, or hair after using it. For those facing workplace drug tests, it's safest to avoid using HHC to prevent risking their job.

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