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Comparing HHC vs Delta 8: Which is Right for Me? – Inheal

Let’s begin by understanding the primary HHC vs Delta 8 differences.

Delta-8-THC and HHC are two different types of cannabis that offer unique benefits and effects. In this blog post, we’ll explain the differences between the two and help you decide which one is right for you. When it comes to cannabis, there are several different compounds, extracts, and products available, and choosing the right one might become a little confusing.

Chris Dorcey
Inheal Editor
Post date
July 31, 2023
Time to read
7 mins 11 secs
HHC vs Delta 8 Comparison

Key Takeaways

  • Delta 8 and HHC are both cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, with different chemical structures and unique effects.
  • HHC is the hydrogenated form of THC. It’s less potent than D9 but stronger than D8.
  • Delta 8 provides a subtler high, whereas HHC causes more energetic and uplifting feelings.
  • Both HHC and Delta 8 are deemed safe for consumption as they won’t likely produce adverse effects.

What is Delta 8?

D8 vs HHC Difference

Delta 8 THC is a naturally occurring form of Delta 9 THC that is found in the cannabis plant. It has a lower potency than delta-9 THC, but it still has psychoactive effects when consumed.

D8 does not cause the feeling of being high or intoxicated. Instead, it causes feelings of relaxation and happiness.

Delta 8 THC can be extracted from marijuana plants by using ethanol or carbon dioxide gas instead of water. The process involves heating the plant material until it releases its active ingredients into the air during evaporation (decarboxylation). These active ingredients evaporate along with water and become concentrated in the remaining liquid at room temperature (the solvent).

The solution is then filtered or evaporated again until only solid material remains behind in a solid form (compound product)

What is HHC?

vibrant cannabis plant

HHC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, one of the active compounds in cannabis. The extraction process begins with the plant matter itself. The plant is broken down into its basic elements, which are then combined with water or alcohol to create a juice that can be used to create another product like a tincture.

The mixture of cannabinoids and other compounds in this juice is then added to a solvent that will extract the other substances out of the plant matter.

The solvent used will depend on what type of product you want to produce, but it may also depend on how pure you want your finished product to be. The extraction process can take anywhere from hours to days depending on how complex the mix is and how much solvent is needed for it.

After all of this has been done, the final product will be ready for use.

Learn more about HHC and how it was made here >


Delta 8 THC is a subtler form of THC whereas HHC has more pronounced psychoactive effects. The primary difference between HHC and Delta 8 THC is their effect. Whereas delta 8 is often associated with the feelings of subtle “high” that can relax the body, uplift mood, and improve mental clarity; HHC is mainly associated with cheerfulness and higher energy levels. The somewhat “stoned” feeling of HHC is not as much as that of delta 9. Both provide pain relief, are naturally occurring, and come from the cannabis plant.


HHC and delta-8 THC are both fairly potent. HHC is roughly 70-80% the strength of delta 9 (THC). Delta 8 is approximately half as potent, meaning HHC is stronger than delta 8. Roughly, HHC’s potency is somewhere between that of delta 9 on the higher end and delta 8 on the lower end. Bear in mind that potency is directly related to the user, consumed amount, and the quality of the product.


HHC is more potent than delta-8, which means it will produce a stronger effect. However, this does not mean that it is more dangerous than HHC. In fact, both drugs have been tested to be safe for human consumption.

Both substances have been extensively researched and found to be safe for use in humans but may not be appropriate for everyone as each individual has their own unique set of medical conditions and drug allergies.

Legal Status

Both hemp-derived cannabinoids are legal. Delta 8 THC has more red flags at the federal level, however. HHC and Delta 8 are both Schedule III controlled substances under federal law; however, they are significantly different in terms of legal status across states and countries around the world. HHC is generally more acceptable around the world.

Since products contain only HHC-O made from 100% hemp extract, companies can completely legally manufacture, distribute, and sell to consumers in the United States. Hemp-derived delta 8 THC is federally legal but producers are not very sure that things will remain that way. That’s another win for HHC, which has producers and consumers both pretty excited about it.

Pros and Cons of HHC vs Delta 8

d8 vs hhc compare

Side effects such as red eyes and dry mouth are common to both of these hemp-derived compounds. Generally, HHC is significantly better than delta 8 and there are fewer side effects of HHC.

  • HHC contains 15% of delta 8 THC and is bursting with therapeutic terpenes.
  • It’s essentially the same kind of high as delta-9 THC with reduced anxiety and paranoia.
  • Delta 8 can make some feel sick and side effects can include vomiting and nausea. HHC is comparatively safer in that regard and has fewer negative side effects.
  • Delta 8 gummies are better for those looking for a subtler and softer euphoric high.

Final thoughts

Ultimately, which one works better for you depends completely on you. It also depends on the quantity and quality of the product. The inclusion of toxins and other residues in HHC is often a problem with low-quality products, so only choose among good brands.

If you’re switching to another or about to try out new THC products, especially our HHC disposable pens and vape cartridges, it’s best to take it slow with a small dosage first and gradually increase the amount. That being said, HHC can easily be the best cannabinoid on the market right now.


The statements on this blog are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease. FDA has not evaluated statements contained within the blog. Information on this website or in any materials or communications from Inheal is for educational/informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult your healthcare provider before making any healthcare decisions, correct dosage or for guidance about a specific medical condition.

by Chris Dorcey

A connoisseur of cannabis creativity and true contemplation with more than 20 years of experience, Chris extracts deep thoughts from getting lightly baked and shares his wandering mind. He blends cuisine and cannabis culture into nutritious, delicious recipes and insights for other hemp lovers.

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