What you need to know about THC-H
Since the 2018 Farm Act, brands have been studying the various components of hemp. With over 500 naturally occurring compounds, it’s easy to see why. One of the most well-known is CBD, but fewer-known cannabinoids like delta 8, delta 10, THC-O, HHC, THC-P, THC-B, and THC-H are getting more attention lately.
WHAT IS THC-H?
A phytocannabinoid is a cannabinoid that occurs naturally in plants. THC-H is a phytocannabinoid found in the hemp plant. THC-H is a minor cannabinoid, meaning it makes up a small percentage of the hemp plant’s cannabinoid profile.
In 2020, Italian researchers isolated THC-H for the first time. They found it was more than double the potency of delta 9 THC, making it one of the most potent cannabinoids in the hemp plant. Although it’s only found in small amounts, limited studies show it’s stronger than delta 8, delta 10, hhc, delta 9, and THC-O.
IS THC-H LEGAL?
The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp-derived cannabinoids, including THC-H, from the Controlled Substances Act. This made them legal at the federal level in the United States. THC-H is permitted in the United States as long as it’s derived from hemp.
The law restricts delta-9 THC to less than 0.3%. This means it’s illegal if a product contains over 0.3% delta-9 THC. THC-H and the other alt cannabinoids are not subject to this restriction.
While it’s federally legal, THC-H is not legal in all 50 states. Some states have their own restrictions on cannabinoids, so it’s essential to check your state’s laws before purchasing products containing THC-H.
THC-H AND THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
As a cannabinoid, THC-H interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a biological system that helps maintain homeostasis in the body. It comprises receptors, enzymes, and endocannabinoids. The two primary receptors are CB1 and CB2.
CB1 receptors are found in the brain and central nervous system. They’re responsible for psychoactive effects. CB2 receptors are located in the immune, gastrointestinal, and peripheral nervous systems. They’re not associated with psychoactive effects.
While THC-H is a potent cannabinoid, research on its effects is limited. Enzymes break down in the immune system and peripheral nervous system. They play a role in inflammation and pain.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THC-H?
There is a lack of scientific research on THC-H, but studies on similar hemp compounds, including delta 9 THC, show it has potential therapeutic benefits.
THC-H is a CB1 agonist, meaning it binds to the CB1 receptors in the body. These receptors are found in the brain and nervous system. When THC-H binds to CB1 receptors, it produces psychoactive effects, such as the “high” associated with marijuana. The potent and legal compound comes from the hemp plant and contains less than 0.3% delta 9 THC.
CB1 receptors are also responsible for regulating pain, mood, appetite, and memory. THC-H might help with pain, inflammation, anxiety, and depression. However, more research is necessary to confirm these claims.
HOW DOES THC-H MAKE YOU FEEL?
The effects of THC-H depend on the dose and method of consumption. When consumed in small amounts, it produces feelings of relaxation and calm. Higher doses can cause couch lock, sleepiness, and intoxication.
THC-H is a potent cannabinoid, so starting with a low dose is essential and increasing it gradually. Choosing a product with a known cannabinoid profile is also necessary to ensure the amount.
If you’re new to cannabinoids, avoiding products with THC-H is best. Alt cannabinoids like Delta 8 and delta 10 are less potent options that might be more suitable for beginners.
SIDE EFFECTS OF DELTA THC-H
The most common side effects of THC-H are dry mouth and red eyes. This is because cannabinoids interact with receptors in the body that regulate saliva production and blood flow. Other potential side effects include:
- Slow reflexes
- Short-term memory loss
While these side effects are unpleasant, they’re not life-threatening. The risk of developing them increases if you consume high doses of THC-H.
It’s also essential to avoid operating machinery or driving after taking THC-H. The psychoactive effects can impair your coordination and judgment.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THC-H AND CBD?
THC-H and CBD are both cannabinoids that interact with the endocannabinoid system. But they have different effects on the body.
THC-H is a CB1 agonist, while CBD is a CB1 antagonist. This means THC-H binds to CB1 receptors and produces psychoactive effects, while CBD blocks CB1 receptors and doesn’t produce a high.
CBD may have therapeutic benefits, including reducing anxiety, pain, and inflammation. But the research on CBD is more extensive than on THC-H.
THC-H is more potent than CBD, so starting with a low dose is essential and increasing it gradually. Choosing products with a known cannabinoid profile is also important to ensure the amount.
CBD is non-intoxicating, so it won’t make you feel high. THC-H is intoxicating, producing feelings of relaxation and calm in small doses and couch lock, sleepiness, and intoxication in higher doses.
Both CBD and THC-H are found in the hemp plant. In order to supply higher quantities, companies are converting other hemp derived cannabinoids into thc-h.
HOW CAN YOU USE ALT CANNABINOIDS?
Cannabinoids are available in various forms, including tinctures, oils, capsules, edibles, and topicals. The most popular method of consuming cannabinoids is through vaporization. This involves heating the cannabinoids and inhaling the vapors.
Vaporizing is a fast and effective way to experience the effects of cannabinoids. It also allows you to control the dose, so you can start with a low dose and increase it gradually.
Capsules and edibles are another popular way to consume alt cannabinoids. Both capsules and edibles take longer to kick in, so it’s important to be patient and wait for the effects. The effects also tend to last longer with edibles so make sure you’re free the rest of the day.
Capsules are a convenient and discreet way to take cannabinoids. They’re also easy to dose, so you can start with a moderate amount and increase it gradually. Capsules are an excellent option for people who don’t like the taste of cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids like THC-H are legal as a hemp compound through the 2018 Farm Act. However, each state has different laws regarding hemp and alternative cannabinoids so be sure to check your state laws before purchasing any products. Contact us if you have questions about our products.