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    HHC and Drug-Testing: What You Need to Know

    For a lot of us out there, it’s easy to see why hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) has become so popular.  It offers a bliss-inducing high that’s extremely similar to delta 9 THC, while being federally legal and easy to find on the legalized hemp market.  But, can HHC have an impact on a drug test?  If you’re going to be drug-tested in the near future, it’s important to know whether or not taking this cannabinoid puts you at risk of failing.

    You see, we are aware of how frequently a person uses tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which determines how long one must be “clean” in order to pass a test.  While those who strictly use THC on rare occasions likely need a couple of days to clear the metabolites from the system, heavy users may have detectable levels of these metabolites for weeks after their last smoke. 

    Still, is this applicable to HHC?

    Can You Fail a Drug Test After Taking HHC?

    Taking HHC may lead to a failed drug test.  We know that all THC compounds are broken down by an enzyme called, “THC-COOH”, and many people are surprised to learn that drug tests aren’t looking for traces of marijuana, but THC-COOH, which is why even taking delta-8, THC-O, or THC-P can cause a positive.  We still aren’t sure as to whether or not HHC is metabolized by the same enzyme, but we’ve heard of people failing a drug test when hexahydrocannabinol was the only cannabinoid that they’ve taken, as far as they know.

    Which Types of Drug Tests Might Be Able to Pick Up HHC?

    While most of us who have been drug-tested have taken a urine test, there are actually a few different kinds of drug tests that you may encounter under different circumstances.  It’s important to know how taking hexahydrocannabinol can impact each one below.

    • Urine Tests: Account for 90% of drug tests administered in the United States, because they are reliable, affordable and have a fast turn-around rate. They can show whether or not a person has used a THC compound within the last 2 days to 6 weeks.
    • Saliva Tests: Can show whether or not you’ve consumed a THC compound in the last 10 hours. This type of test is usually administered by law enforcement, particularly if a person is suspected of driving while intoxicated.
    • Hair Strand Tests: Display traces of drugs for 90 days or more after the drug was taken. Because they’re expensive and have such a long turn-around rate, they’re more commonly associated with autopsies, to determine if a person took drugs at the time of their death.
    • Blood Tests: Usually reserved for hospitals, since they only show if a person is currently intoxicated. To be intoxicated, THC compounds must be detectable in the blood.
    • Perspiration Tests: Are only really used in clinical trial settings because they’re invasive and expensive. They involve attaching a patch to a person’s skin, where it’s kept for 2 weeks to pick up trace amounts of drugs in a person’s sweat.

    How Likely is Failing a Drug Test After Taking HHC?

    How likely it is to fail a drug test after taking HHC depends on a number of factors, so there’s a chance that you’re in the clear even if you have used the cannabinoid sometime recently.  We also want to point out that as of now, there is no proven way to “flush” hexahydrocannabinol entirely out of your system.

    Factor #1: When You Last Used HHC and How Often You Use It

    THC-COOH can be detected in the body for up to 6 weeks, but it can be detected for a shorter period of time if you only took it a couple times, or if it’s been a long time since you last took it.  How frequently you use HHC plays a big role here, because the more often you take it, the more THC-COOH builds up in the body to break it down.

    Factor #2: Your Metabolism

    You may be someone who naturally has a fast metabolism, which metabolizes compounds quickly.  The rate of your metabolism depends on all kinds of things including your immune system, your hormones, your hydration levels and your nutrient levels. 

    Factor #3: Milligram Strength and Dosage  

    Of course, how much HHC you’ve taken in terms of milligrams is important.  The more milligrams of HHC you take each day, the more THC-COOH will be in the body, and the longer it will take for that enzyme to no longer be present in detectable levels.  So, if you’ve only taken a tiny amount of HHC recently, it could clear from the body before your drug test is scheduled.

    Verdict: HHC May Cause You to Fail a Drug Test

    While it’s not a guarantee, it appears that hexahydrocannabinol will show up on a drug test result, depending on how much you’ve taken recently.  This is why you need to be fully up to speed on what hemp-based or THC-based products you’re consuming, as this will ensure that you are purchasing products via a reputable manufacturer, such as Gas.  Here is where you can cross-check third-party lab test results to ensure that their pure, potent, and are of high-quality.

    Now, a way you might have a slight chance of passing a drug test is by getting plenty of rest, drinking more water, and exercising on a consistent basis.  Why?  Because tetrahydrocannabinol metabolites attach to our adipose (or fat) cells in the human body.  Hence, systematic exercise will help lessen these, but cannot be depended on removing them in their entirety.

    To put it simply though, if you’re going to be drug-tested soon, consider holding off on HHC in the meantime.  The risk of failing a drug test is simply too high, and we all know that a failed drug test result can cost us our jobs and other parts of our livelihood.  It’s like that old saying goes, “better to be safe than sorry”.