How long does HHC stay in your urine?


A urine test is one way of determining whether you are under the influence of drugs. Most schools and workplaces require their students and employees to undergo periodic drug testing. The possibility of a compound, such as HHC testing positive, depends on how long it stays in the system. Herein are the factors determining how long HHC stays in the urine, including the experience level, food consumed, and potency levels.

Although most people claim that HHC will not show in a drug test, the case might be different regarding a urine test and blood test. HHC has similar side effects as THC. Therefore, before becoming too comfortable for a drug test after using HHC, you should ask yourself various questions, including what the THC levels are and how long it will stay in the urine. HHC is an organic chemical compound from the hemp plant. Before finding out how long this compound will stay in your system, here is an insight into what HHC is.

What is HHC?

HHC is the abbreviation of Hexahydrocannabinol. This chemical compound is obtained from THC through the process of hydrogenation. Hydrogen atoms are used to saturate THC under the high pressure of catalysts such as palladium or nickel. Notably, the same process is used to convert vegetable oil into margarine. In the process, hydrogen is used to stabilize the chemical structure. Only traces of highly concentrated HHC occurs naturally in the hemp plant. Although the process involved in obtaining HHC is sophisticated, the potency levels and the effect of cannabinoids are retained. The process strengthens the HHC molecular structure, sustaining various environments, including exposure to oxygen.

What Are the Effect of HHC

Although there is limited research on HHC, a newly discovered compound, most users claim that its impact on the human body is similar to that of THC. Creagh et al. (2018) noted that some of the effects HHC and THC shares include increased heartbeat, feeling euphoria, alteration of auditory and visual perceptions, and change in body temperatures. However, some HHC users have noted it to trigger relaxing effects rather than stimulating, similar to delta 8. It is also important to note that HHC can cause THC-related therapeutic benefits. OBONGA (2005) showed that HHC could be used for painkilling benefits. However, the research has not been approved, and more clinical trials need to be done on the impact of HHC on human beings.

How Long Does HHC Stay in the Urine?

There are various factors contributing to how long HHC stays in the urine. It is also important to understand that some factors differ from person to person. They include;

The Experience

Your exposure to HHC determines how long it stays in your urine. Kauert Stefania & Toennes (2006) noted that HHC takes longer to clear from the body or urine in frequent users since it is accumulated in the system. This is because of its accumulation in the system. According to the study, prolonged use of HHC makes the body adapt, making it difficult for the white blood cells to fight it out. Therefore, veterans will likely have HHC in their urine even after stopping use. On the contrary, beginners will flush HHC out of their urine fast. As a new element in the body systems, the white blood cells will fight it out within a short time.

The Potency Levels

Like any other drug, a higher concentration of HHC will remain longer in the system, unlike low potency levels. If you are scheduled for a urine drug test, take low concentrations of HHC to avoid failing the test. However, it is unsafe to rely on the posted potency levels. Always affirm the COA’s report to avoid overdosing. Some HHC manufacturers post lower potency levels than the actual ones, leading to an overdose.

The Foods You Eat

The foods you eat also play a key role in determining how long HHC stays in the urine. Potgieter Sarah et al. (2020) suggested that taking a lot of beverages such as juice impacts your metabolism. According to the study, fluids speed up the rate of digestion, making HHC appear for a shorter time in the urine. In contrast, stable foods such as meat slow down metabolism, making HHC overstay in the urine.

The Form of HHC Taken

There are different forms of HHC, including gummies, tinctures, capsules, and vapes. According to Shiplo et al. (2016), although HHC tinctures and vapes deliver rapid impact, they are also cleared out in the body faster. On the contrary, HHC capsules or edibles take longer in the body because they must be digested first.

Where Can I Buy HHC Products?

HHC, being a new development in the hemp market, is not widely accessible. The manufacturing process is also sophisticated and expensive. However, you can easily access a wide range of HHC products online. Buying HHC products requires you to be keen on quality for maximum effectiveness. Avoid extremely low prices since they are likely to be of poor quality. If the brand hasn’t posted its COA’s report and is not ready to provide it upon asking, seek another alternative. The lab results will help you affirm quality. If you are getting HHC products from the nearest store, ensure they have QR codes and are accessible upon scanning.


HHC is a new element, and its fate on effectiveness and legalization is yet to be determined. Therefore, you should take necessary precautions to avoid possible side effects. The impact of HHC on our bodies varies from one person to another. HHC is likely to show in a urine or blood test, especially if taken in high concentrations. However, various factors determine how long it stays in the body, including potency levels, body chemistry, food, and experience. Like any drug, clearing it out of your system after long use might be difficult. Lastly, to evade getting caught up in a drug test, take a lot of water, use low potency levels and avoid regular use.


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