Marijuana ‘Dabbing’ Is ‘Exploding Onto The Drug-Use Scene’

NORTH CAROLINA:  Young people who use marijuana and are looking for a new way to get high may be increasingly turning to “dabbing,” a new paper suggests.

Dabbing is inhaling the vapors from a concentrated form of marijuana made by an extraction method that uses butane gas. Dabs, also known as butane hash oil (BHO) — which are sometimes called “budder,” “honeycomb” or “earwax” — are more potent than conventional forms of marijuana because they have much higher concentrations of the psychoactive chemical tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, than is found in regular cannabis, according to the paper.

“We have been seeing an emergence of dabs over the last three years,” said John Stogner, co-author of the new paper and an assistant professor of criminal justice and criminology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. “It is really exploding onto the drug-use scene.”

Is Cannabis Extraction The Future Of A Multi-Billion Dollar Industry?

CALIFORNIA:  With one year of legal adult use cannabis sales in Colorado and an additional four states and Washington D.C. voting to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, headlines have prompted increasingly bigger waves of investment in the semi-legal industry. By the presidential election of 2016, Arcview Market Research estimates 11 more states will have legalized adult use cannabis, giving the aboveground national cannabis market a $10 billion value by 2018.

As more states move towards regulating both the medical and recreational cannabis markets, demand has driven a steady move from raw cannabis to extracted cannabis concentrates. These concentrates have not only boomed in popularity—comprising between 30 and 60 percent of legal market sales—they have blasted their way through residential neighborhoods and onto local news headlines across the country. Amateur extractions have been responsible for at least a handful of deaths and a greater number of dangerous explosions in the residential neighborhoods where they extract. While many purist cannabis activists strongly push for the right to grow-your-own in any legislation, most advocates and industry stakeholders agree that extract production must be heavily regulated because the market will thrive regardless.

“The future of the extract market is the future of this industry,” says Brandon Krenzler, marketing director for Sirius Extracts, a Portland, Ore.-based extraction company. “People are stepping away from flower [marijuana buds] and getting more into the purified concentrates. There is room for an immense amount of growth and that is what we are going to see from here on forward.”

Professional extractors in legal states say DIY home-producers are a “black eye” on an industry that is both inherently medical but also wildly popular and lucrative. These legal extractors crave regulation, and try to stay a step ahead of the government in safety procedures.


New Marijuana Trend Sends Smokers To Burn Units

COLORADO:  For marijuana enthusiasts in Colorado, 420, a common nickname for pot, is old news. The new code number is 710. Flip the digits upside down and you get “oil,” a reference to oil-based cannabis concentrates. This wildly potent wax-like substance is one of the fastest growing segments of the marijuana industry.

The psychoactive component in pot is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. The THC content of pot has been steadily rising for decades, from around 3.5 percent in 1985 to 13 percent today. But these new concentrates can reach a staggering 90 percent THC. The high from smoking them or “dabbing” is so intense, High Times magazine called it a “quantum leap forward” in getting stoned. Concentrates are worth more per gram than gold.

That dizzying concentration also means a higher risk of addiction. Cannabis isn’t usually associated with physical dependency. But Denver’s only burn unit is seeing a rising number of patients burned in dabbing-related explosions, and many of them appear to be in the throes of withdrawal.

Add Up Your Edibles And Calculate Your Concentrates — The New World Of Michigan Medical Marijuana

MICHIGAN:  It seemed like a major victory when both bills passed the House, back on December 12, 2013 — the Provisioning Center Bill passed by 95-14 and the Concentrates Bill passed by an overwhelming majority of 100-9. However, months passed as both bills were then sent to languish in Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville’s Government Operations Committee, where he planned to “sit on” the bills for a while, because he didn’t “want this ballot initiative to take over.”

At that time he said he was not in favor of dispensaries. It seems he has since changed his mind, however, and on July 15, 2014, Richardville’s Government Operations Committee voted both the Provisioning Center and Concentrates Bills out of Committee, to be voted on by the full Senate, likely in September. While Mr. Richardville claims that the current bills will look much different when voted on in September, we have a good idea of the bills’ general framework.

Edibles will no longer be some hazy, undefined grey area under the MMMA. They will be regulated and counted toward a patient’s allowable 2.5 ounces. How did the lawmakers decide to calculate the weight of edibles?