A synthetic cannabinoid with psychoactive effects similar to THC, the molecule benefits from the legal vacuum in France.
A derivative of CBD with THC-like effects
Recently, a new product has appeared in the vape market. Its name is HHC. An acronym for the word tetrahydrocannabinol, HHC is actually a synthetic molecule with psychoactive effects similar to those of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It is now mainly found in stores that offer products containing cannabidiol ( CBD ).
If HHC is talking about him these days, the molecule is far from new, as its first synthesis dates back to 1940, the result of the work of American chemist Roger Adams. Hexahydrocannabinol is obtained from the hydrogenated CBD. The reaction then produces a powder that you simply dilute in a liquid solution and then simply spray on …… for example CBD flowers.
Today, HHC exists in many forms, from CBD flowers with the molecule added, to candy, including oils, and even e-liquids for vape.
If the sale and consumption of HHC are legal in France, its status may soon change. On April 25, Victor Habert-Dassault, vice president of the Republic of Oise, questioned the Minister of Health on this issue through a written interrogatory published in the Official Gazette:
“Mr. Victor Habert-Dassault drew the attention of the Minister of Health and Prevention to the risks of tetrahydrocannabinol (HHC) to human health. As a synthetic component of cannabis, this substance is increasingly used for its psychoactive effects, although it is two to three times more potent than tetrahydrocannabinol. According to several studies, consumption of HHC could lead to health problems such as seizures, loss of consciousness, impaired vision and memory, and even mental disorders. He wanted to know if the government intends to ban the use of this chemical in the products of the CBD sector”.
If a response has not been provided, the Directorate General of Health has indicated that it has addressed the issue and is “considering classifying it as a narcotic”.
In Europe, Finland, Estonia, and Austria have banned the sale of HHC.
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