Also Known As: THC Extractions
WHAT ARE MARIJUANA CONCENTRATES?
A marijuana concentrate is a highly potent THC concentrated
mass that is most similar in appearance to either
honey or butter, which is why it is referred to or known on
the street as “honey oil” or “budder.”
WHAT IS ITS ORIGIN?
Marijuana concentrates contain extraordinarily high THC
levels that could range from 40 to 80 percent. This form
of marijuana can be up to four times stronger in THC
content than high grade or top shelf marijuana, which
normally measures around 20 percent THC levels.
Many methods are utilized to convert or “manufacture”
marijuana into marijuana concentrates. One method is
the butane extraction process. This process is particularly
dangerous because it uses highly flammable butane
to extract the THC from the cannabis plant. Given the
extremely volatile nature of butane, this process has
resulted in violent explosions. THC extraction labs are
being reported nationwide, particularly in the western
states and in states where local and state marijuana laws
are more relaxed.
What are common street names?
Common street names include:
710 (the word “OIL” flipped and spelled backwards), wax,
ear wax, honey oil, budder, butane hash oil, butane honey oil
(BHO), shatter, dabs (dabbing), black glass, and errl.
What does it look like?
Marijuana concentrates are similar in appearance to honey or
butter and are either brown or gold in color.
How is it abused?
One form of abuse occurs orally by infusing marijuana concentrates
in various food or drink products; however, smoking
remains the most popular form of ingestion by use of water
or oil pipes.
A disturbing aspect of this emerging threat is the
ingestion of concentrates via electronic cigarettes (also known
as e-cigarettes) or vaporizers. Many users of marijuana concentrates
prefer the e-cigarette/vaporizer because it’s smokeless,
odorless, and easy to hide or conceal. The user takes a small
amount of marijuana concentrate, referred to as a “dab,” then
heats the substance using the e-cigarette/vaporizer producing
vapors that ensures an instant “high” effect upon the user. Using
an e-cigarette/vaporizer to ingest marijuana concentrates is
commonly referred to as “dabbing” or “vaping.”
What are the Effects of Using Marijuana Concentrates?
Being a highly concentrated form of marijuana, the effects upon
the user may be more psychologically and physically intense
than plant marijuana use. To date, long term effects of marijuana
concentrate use are not yet fully known; but, the effects of plant
marijuana use are known. These effects include paranoia, anxiety,
panic attacks, and hallucinations. Additionally, the use of plant
marijuana increases one’s heart rate and blood pressure. Plant
marijuana users may also experience withdrawal and addiction
SOURCE: A DEA Resource Guide 2017 Edition