Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) is the naturally occurring cannabinoid in the hemp plant that promotes an experience that’s extremely similar to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9 THC). Available in all kinds of formulations, HHC is now one of the most in-demand cannabinoids on the market. And, like many hemp-based products, a number of HHC formulas come in different strengths based on how many milligrams are in each serving.
Whenever we’re trying to experience the effects of HHC for ourselves, we need to consider how much we take carefully. Taking too little will lead to a disappointingly weak high, while taking too much means we may end up with a high far more powerful than we were prepared for. One thing that a lot of enthusiasts overlook is the fact that the number of milligrams that’s ideal when taking one type of delivery method may not be the right amount to take when we’re trying out another delivery method.
What the Milligram Strength Means and Why It Matters
The milligram strength of an HHC product refers to the number of milligrams of hexahydrocannabinol we are consuming with each serving. This is different from the dosage amount, which refers to the quantity of product.
- Products that come in specific milligram strengths include edibles and tinctures, with edibles being particularly user-friendly since each piece contains the same number of milligrams.
- With vaping products, it’s a little trickier because there is no real way to quantify exactly the number of milligrams in a puff, since how we inhale vapor can be different from one person to the next.
Good news is that the large majority of HHC brands out there give us clear directions on the label about how much of a particular product to take, to ensure that we end up with the most satisfying HHC high possible. Newbies are always instructed to take a relatively low number of milligrams since they have a pretty low tolerance to the effects of the cannabinoid.
Navigating the World of Milligram Strengths Depending on Product Type
When it comes to figuring out how many milligrams of hexahydrocannabinol being taken, we need to consider a few things. One is our tolerance, which we touched upon just earlier. Then, there’s our body weight, and the matter of how high we actually want to get off of the cannabinoid.
Another thing that we always need to consider is the actual delivery method we have. The delivery method refers to the method through which the cannabinoid is “delivered” into our body. Ingestion is one, which usually involves taking a gummy. Sublingual absorption refers to tinctures. Inhalable absorption refers to vaping products and flower.
Each delivery method absorbs at its own rate. Not only does it determine how quickly hexahydrocannabinol enters the bloodstream, but it also tells us how much of the cannabinoid is actually getting absorbed rather than skipping ahead to the metabolization process. For example, vaping HHC offers the highest absorption rate, which is why the effects are so potent and fast-acting. Ingestion has the lowest absorption rate, which is why edibles can take a couple hours to kick in, and why the effects may feel a bit milder.
Basically, what this all means is that the same milligram strength can feel different depending on the product type. Eating a 50mg HHC gummy will likely not feel as strong as vaping 50 milligrams of straight HHC. So, when we switch to a new delivery method, we usually switch our milligram strength as well.
Milligram Strength According to Delivery Method
We have now established that each delivery method has its own absorption rate, which plays a big role in the number of milligrams we should generally consume. So, let’s apply this information to each product type to give you a general idea of how much you should consider taking.
#1: Vapes (Disposables and Cartridges)
Whether you’re vaping HHC through a disposable or a cartridge, it’s absorbing in the same way, and so the number of milligrams we should take is the same. Most cartridges sold separately or as part of a disposable contain 1000 milligrams of hemp, or a gram. And, there are about 100 puffs in a gram of vape oil, which tells us that each puff contains about 10 milligrams of HHC. What makes this complicated is some of us take quick, short puffs while others take long, deep inhales, which can dramatically change the number of milligrams we take in. So, generally, we recommend 1 to 2 puffs of an HHC vape, or more if you have a high tolerance.
When we smoke or vape flower, we’re enjoying the same delivery method that we get from vaping with a disposable or cartridge. But, flower is different from a vape oil because there’s no milligram strength whatsoever, since it’s just the raw plant in its natural form. So, rather than thinking about how many milligrams you’re vaping, just follow the same general dosing guidelines and consider taking 1-2 puffs, or more if your tolerance is high.
Like we said, edibles absorb the most slowly out of any delivery method. And, the HHC just doesn’t absorb as efficiently when ingested. So, milligram strengths of edibles, such as gummies, are usually higher than they are with other delivery methods. An HHC edible usually contains somewhere between 10-30mg per serving.
HHC tinctures absorb sublingually (under the tongue), and this means that the absorption rate is basically exactly in the middle of inhalable products and edible products. So, it’s not surprising that the recommended amount for tinctures is usually somewhere around 20mg. To figure out how many milligrams you’re consuming per serving, just divide the number of milligrams in the tincture bottle by the number of milliliters. A dropper usually holds exactly a milliliter of product. If the recommended dosage amount is half a dropper, divide that number by half.
The Main Takeaway
When taking hexahydrocannabinol, or any other cannabinoid for that matter, paying attention to the general dosage guidelines is very important. And, whenever we switch to a new delivery method, chances are that the ideal number of milligrams we should take will be different. Luckily, companies that produce HHC-based products make this easier for us by offering recommended serving sizes on their labels, which gives us a good idea of the amount we should take to ensure the best results with hexahydrocannabinol.At Gas, we carry a variety of HHC product types/delivery methods in unique milligram strengths that can meet your daily needs.