Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) is a fairly new cannabinoid on the hemp market, but it hasn’t taken long for its popularity to really gain some awesome momentum. This cannabinoid exists naturally in hemp, being a hydrogenated form of THC, and producing a high that people say feels practically identical to that of delta 9, while being federally legal. Given its fast rise in demand, more and more companies are producing lines of HHC-infused products, including vapes, gummies and more.
But, one thing that many of us have learned the hard way is that not all HHC is created equally. Sadly, there will always be shady companies out there cutting corners by diluting their hexahydrocannabinol, or, using poor extraction methods that kill the stability of the cannabinoid, making it practically useless in terms of potency. Then, of course, there are straight-up fakes.
So, how do you avoid ending up with cheap HHC on your hands? Well, one of the best ways is to look at third-party lab reports, which show you that a company has had their hexahydrocannabinol rigorously tested by an unbiased, licensed testing facility.
The Importance of Third-Party Testing
Without a doubt, lab-testing is one of the most important parts of running a manufacturing brand that produces HHC products. It’s not only standard in the industry, but also required. The 2018 Farm Bill reads simply that all hemp-based products can only contain up to 0.3% delta-9 THC to be sold legally, and the only way for a company to prove that this is the case is by submitting batches of their hemp extracts to an unbiased, state-licensed third-party testing facility, where it’s thoroughly analyzed.
Lab-testing doesn’t just look for proof of federal compliance. It looks at all kinds of aspects of an hexahydrocannabinol extract, including its purity, and whether or not it’s been contaminated, to show that it’s safe for human consumption. A company can promise that they offer the purest, safest HHC product possible, but basically, the only way to know for sure is to look at the lab report. And, if a company isn’t making their lab reports available to customers, this is a red flag, since it usually means that there’s something about the company’s HHC that they don’t want you to know.
How to Find the Third-Party Lab Report
The bottom line is that a company should make it as easy as possible for you to find a lab report, through their website. Usually, you’ll find this lab report either in a product’s description page, or on a separate page where each lab report is listed in one location. Each HHC product should have its own lab report, so that you can find the specific product you plan to buy and learn about the hexahydrocannabinol extract that’s used to make it.
Should a company not make their lab reports easy to access, you can always contact the company and ask for them. Just remember, some companies require that you scan a QR code on the physical product’s label to access that product’s lab report.
Making Sure the Lab Report is Authentic
Believe it or not, some companies out there will try to get away with using a fake lab report, that was made in Photoshop, or copied from the lab report of another brand. So, the first thing to look for in a lab report is proof that it’s authentic.
All lab reports should contain the name of the laboratory somewhere, along with a reference number. First, look up the name of the lab, to make sure that it’s a real laboratory. If you want more assurance, you can contact the lab and give them the reference number to make sure that the report is legitimate.
What You Should Be Looking for in a Lab Report
An HHC lab report will consist of two documents.
Document #1: Long/Extended Lab Report
This is very concise, and just shows you the breakdown of chemical compounds in the product. Since your HHC product is likely advertised as containing only HHC without any other cannabinoids, you’ll want to look at this document carefully to make sure that the hexahydrocannabinol is as pure and potent as possible. For example, if a company’s HHC product actually contains little HHC and a lot of delta-8 THC, this is where you’ll be able to see that information laid out clearly.
Something that’s interesting about hexahydrocannabinol is that it’s so new that there isn’t a standard for testing it yet. So, you’ll see a lab report say something along the lines of “92% presumed HHC” on the lab report. You’ll also see the number of milligrams of HHC in the product, which should match what’s on the product’s label.
The lengthier document is going to give you this compound breakdown along with information that relates to the purity and safety of the hexahydrocannabinol extract. It’s going to be split into different category sections. This is where you can find out if the HHC contains impurities such as solvents, along with contaminants, toxins and microbes. Of course, you’ll want to read this section carefully.
Document #2: Shorter/Summarized Lab Report
This will consist of the chemical compound breakdown of the sample. Again, you want there to be as much hexahydrocannabinol in the product as possible. You’ll see how many milligrams of delta-8 are in the product, and if any other cannabinoids have made their way into the extract as well.
Can the Product Type Make a Difference?
It’s important to know that the product type you’re buying can make a difference in terms of what you’ll see on a lab report. Allow us to explain.
- Vapes: Vape oils, which are found in both cartridges and disposables, are supposed to contain 100% pure hemp compounds with no other ingredients. So, the percentage of HHC should be very high – 85-95% or so of the entire formula. And, the milligram amount should be somewhere between 850-950mg, making up a full gram (1,000mg) cartridge. The remaining amount should be terpenes.
- Edibles: Edibles, unlike vapes, are not made up of 100% pure hemp since they contain a number of ingredients. The number of milligrams of HHC reported on the lab sheet should match the amount advertised. For instance, if you have HHC gummies that say they contain 25mg per piece, the lab report should show 25mg of HHC.
- Flower: HHC flower is raw hemp flower that’s infused with this cannabinoid Because flower is naturally full spectrum, the lab sheet should show a far more diverse variety of chemical compounds that reflect the compound diversity in the flower. This will also show you how much unrefined hexahydrocannabinol distillate has been added to the flower.
Bottom Line: Read an HHC Lab Report Before Buying
Essentially, you should never buy an HHC product before looking carefully at its third-party lab report. A company can make any claims that they want about their HHC, but only a lab report will give you the unbiased information that tells you about a product’s potency, purity, federal compliance and authenticity.
At Gas Canna, you’ll see that all of our HHC products are thoroughly lab-tested by a third party. We make these lab reports easy to find on our website, because we want our customers to learn more about the hexahydrocannabinol that we’re putting into our formulas. We couldn’t be prouder of the purity levels that we’ve managed to achieve, and so we have absolutely nothing to hide. Whether you’re buying HHC from Gas Canna or any other brand, always check the lab reports first.