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Does HHC Show Up on a Drug Test? A Guide

HHC is a cannabinoid that packs a punch. Thought to be stronger than Delta 8 and Delta 10, HHC has attracted plenty of attention from cannabinoid fans across the globe.

One common question that we frequently hear related to HHC is how it may appear on drug tests. So, does HHC show up on a drug test?

The full answer is more complex than you might think. Keep reading to learn more about HHC. Then, dive into a thorough explanation of if and how HHC shows up on drug tests.

Understanding HHC

HHC is a cannabinoid that occurs naturally in very small amounts in cannabis plants. It’s much more commonly created using hemp plants as a source. The abundant CBD in hemp plants is chemically converted through a multi-step process into HHC.

It’s similar in chemical structure to Delta 9 THC, the “standard” cannabinoid that’s dominant in cannabis plants. The major difference is the addition of a hydrogen atom to HHC’s chemical structure.

HHC has only been widely available for a few years. So, as Healthline explains, there isn’t much rigorous scientific research related to it. Most of what we know about HHC comes from user reports and comparisons to similar cannabinoids.

HHC has effects similar to those of Delta 9 and many other psychoactive cannabinoids. It can cause an elevated mood, an enhanced sense of creativity, and changes in overall perception.

What makes HHC stand out is its potency. Based on user reports and reviews, it’s one of the most potent hemp-derived cannabinoids. It seems to offer a more intense experience at the same dose than Delta 8 and Delta 10. However, it’s not thought to be as powerful as Delta 9.

HHC is available in a wide range of products, including vapes, flower, edibles, and much more.

Legality of HHC

As with all other cannabinoids in the US, the legality of HHC depends on its source.

While it’s not common to see HHC products derived from cannabis plants, such products are at least theoretically illegal under federal law. However, states with recreational and medicinal cannabis programs would generally allow such cannabis-derived HHC products to be possessed and sold.

HHC ultimately sourced from hemp is federally legal. This is due to the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized the commercial production of hemp containing no more than 0.3% Delta 9 THC by dry weight. While HHC is very similar to Delta 9, it is chemically and legally distinct from it.

HHC products made from hemp are legal in all states except those that have enacted laws to limit or prohibit possession or use. HHC is legal in most states, but some states have enacted such laws. We recommend reviewing the local and state laws applicable to you before buying HHC.

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Does HHC Show Up on a Drug Test?

HHC has only gained popularity in recent years. So, you may be wondering if HHC shows up on a urine drug test, or any type of drug test for that matter. Drug tests are generally designed to look for signs of Delta 9 THC use, so it’s certainly a fair question.

The simplest answer is that many types of drug tests. Urine tests, blood tests, and hair tests are among the most frequently used. Many of these drug screenings can detect either cannabinoids or, more commonly, their metabolites (the byproducts of chemicals processed in the body).

As Vaping360 explains, the metabolites produced from ingesting HHC are very similar to those produced from ingesting THC.

Many drug tests don’t differentiate between HHC, Delta 9 THC, and other cannabinoids specifically. Instead, they indicate whether a cannabinoid or its metabolite is detected. Because the chemical structure of most cannabinoids are so similar, some drug tests won’t differentiate between them, nor will they only return a positive result for Delta 9 and its byproducts.

So, some drug tests can detect HHC use on a practical level. While they won’t say HHC itself has been detected, they will return a positive result for cannabinoid use.

However, other drug tests may not return a positive result related to HHC use. It all depends on how the test is calibrated and how sensitive it is to the differences between the distinct but similar metabolites of different cannabinoids.

If you have a drug test coming up, taking a break from cannabinoids is likely your best bet. This will increase your chances of passing the drug test (and guarantee you will, if your break is long enough). It also reduces tolerance and gives you a stronger experience once you start enjoying cannabinoids again.

Can You Stop HHC From Showing Up on a Drug Test?

Cannabinoids are stored in fatty cells within the body. This means they have a longer detection timeline than drugs not stored in fatty cells. This can work to your disadvantage if you have an upcoming drug test.

The best way to get a negative drug test result for HHC is to take a break well in advance of an upcoming test — several weeks to a month or more. However, there are a few other options to consider if a break isn’t an option.

Exercise and increased fluid consumption may help to flush cannabinoids from your body more quickly. Be careful not to exercise too strenuously and avoid overconsumption of water and other fluids. Certain detox drinks may also help, although they aren’t guaranteed.

The Best HHC Products Anywhere From Delta 8 Resellers

Delta 8 Resellers brings you HHC products from the very best brands in the industry. We only partner with companies that have proven their commitment to consistent quality, purity, and safety in their products.

We also share the results of independent third-party lab testing on our products whenever available. Check out individual product pages for reports and look into the results for yourself.

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