HHC – What is the metabolites?

The National Cancer Institute defines a metabolite as, “A substance made or used when the body breaks down food, drugs or chemicals, or its own tissue (for example, fat or muscle tissue).” Metabolism is an important component of all living things, including humans, since it is required for their health and normal functioning. Metabolites are made by the cell because they are required for its flourishing capabilities. Secondary metabolites are chemicals produced by an organism that aren’t required for fundamental metabolic processes, although they may have important ecological and other purposes.

What are metabolites from HHC?

A report from 2017 titled, “Conversion of Cannabidiol Following Oral Administration” gives us clarity, stating:

…evidence from human studies, indicating the importance of testing for THC
metabolites as well as a number of other cannabinoids in the detection of such conversion, and (3) THC-like
effects after administration of oral CBD in humans that may not only stem from CBD’s conversion to THC, but
also its conversion to 9a-hydroxy-hexahydrocannabinol and 8a-hydroxy-iso-hexahydrocannabinol. These findings, coupled with a number of limitations in the existing literature, point to the need for large-scale human
studies, specifically designed to explore gastric conversion and potential THC-like side effects…

As we can see, THC and Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) have similarities in terms for how they metabolize in the body. HHC metabolizes as THC metabolites (just like Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC) in the body, most experts believe. Since HHC is such a newly discovered cannabinoid, we’re not exactly sure. But science will show us the truth soon!

What is the metabolites