Super-strong ‘Shatter’ cannabis hits the UK – and people are blowing themselves up
BY: Rob Waugh – Metro.co.uk – April 3, 2017
As if skunk wasn’t already strong enough, people in Britain are now making super-powered ‘Shatter’ cannabis oil – and blowing themselves up.
Shatter’s also known as butane hash oil (BHO) – and users make it using large amounts of (highly flammable) butane gas.
At least two people have died and 27 people have been injured across the UK in explosions thought to be associated with the drug.
Shatter is made by using the solvent to strip THC – the active ingredient in cannabis – out of the plant, creating a glass-like or oily extract.
What is ‘Shatter’ – and how is it made?
Medical Marijuana.com says, ‘BHO is a waxy concentrated cannabis extract made by pushing liquid butane (which liquefies easily) through a tube packed with frosty buds.
‘A solution of cannabinoids, waxes, and oil dissolved in butane comes out the other end.
‘The butane/cannabis wax solution is evaporated, and the remaining BHO has a texture that varies from glass-like to oily.
‘BHO goes by many names. This is a result of the variety of textures that may occur from butane solvent extractions and the numerous post extraction treatments: honey, erl, hash oil, honeycomb, honey toast, wax, shatter, glass, whip, comb, ‘tane, the list goes on.
‘Most part-time tokers find BHO to be too strong to smoke recreationally or medicinally not me.’
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