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Will HHC Show Up on a Drug Test?

Will HHC show up on a drug test?

If you're concerned about HHC showing up on a drug test, it's important to understand what this substance is and how drug testing works. In this post, we'll explore the basics of HHC and drug testing, and provide some helpful tips for navigating this process.

What is HHC?

HHC, or hexahydrocannabinol, is a synthetic cannabinoid that is often used as a substitute for marijuana. It is similar in structure to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, but is often more potent and longer-lasting. HHC products are not currently regulated by the federal government, and its use is not legal in all states. If you are concerned about HHC showing up on a drug test, it's important to be aware of the potential risks and take steps to protect yourself.

Can HHC show up on a drug test?

Yes, HHC can show up on a drug test. Most standard drug tests do not specifically test for HHC, but it can be detected as positive for THC (the psychoactive component in marijuana) due to its chemical similarity to THC. Since their molecular structure is alike, when HHC breaks down the metabolites it produces are very similar to that of THC, which 11-hydroxy-THC. Since these metabolites are then stored in your body’s fat cells, you can continue to test positive on a drug test for weeks after consuming HHC.

Urine drug tests, which are the most common type of drug test, look for the presence of these metabolites. These tests can detect the presence of THC for up to 30 days after use. It is important to note that other types of drug tests, such as blood or hair tests, may also be able to detect HHC though these are not as commonly ordered.

It is important to note that drug tests can vary in their sensitivity and accuracy, so it is always best to err on the side of caution and avoid using HHC if you are concerned about drug testing.

How long does HHC stay in your system?

The length of time that HHC stays in your system can vary depending on a number of factors, including your metabolism, the amount of HHC you have consumed, and the frequency of your use. However, in general, HHC can be detected in urine for up to three days after use, and in blood for up to 24 hours.

Frequency of Use

For people who consume HHC more frequently, there is a likelihood that it can show up on a urine test even two to three weeks after. Since regular usage causes your body to store more HHC metabolites, it takes longer to be completely eliminated from your system.


Younger people are able to metabolize HHC much faster than someone older. The reason is that as you age, your body's metabolism naturally slows down.

Method of Consumption

The way HHC is consumed can also impact how long it stays in your system. For instance when smoked or vaped HHC may result in faster onset but shorter duration of effects, while HHC gummies and edibles may take longer to take effect but may have longer-lasting effects.

Ability to Metabolize Substances

The rate at which your body metabolizes substances can impact how long HHC stays in your system. Factors like age, weight, and overall health can influence your metabolism.


The amount of HHC consumed can impact how long it stays in your system. Larger doses may take longer to metabolize and eliminate.

How to avoid testing positive for HHC?

Ultimately if you do not want to test positive for HHC, it is best to refrain from using products that contain it. It is important to read labels and do research on any products you use, including CBD products, to ensure they do not contain HHC. If you are unsure about a product, it is best to err on the side of caution and avoid using it. Different drug tests also have varying levels of sensitivity enabling them to detect HHC for a longer duration. If you have used HHC in the past and are concerned about a drug test, it is important to give yourself enough time to detox before the test. It is important to note that there is no guaranteed way to pass a drug test if you have used HHC or other substances.

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