Breaking Dab: a potent and explosive form of THC
February 1, 2014, 3:52 pm
A few weeks ago, NPR’s news show All Things Considered reported on “wax” or “butane hash oil” or “dab”, a highly concentrated form of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) extracted from marijuana in a process using butane as a solvent. Butane is, of course, highly flammable, and there have been an increasing number of reported explosions caused by individuals trying to make this stuff at home:
This situation has obvious analogy to the dangers involved in meth labs. (“Breaking Dab”?)
Aside from creating a danger during manufacture of “wax.” butane may remain in the finished product and cause explosion when is smoked.
Since “wax” is said to contain about 90% THC, the effects of smoking can be much greater than those that occur after using marijuana or even hash.
Other street names for “wax” are: BHO, “shatter,” “honey oil,” “honey,” “amber,” and “butter.”