Deputies: Local teens using dangerous marijuana, e-cig combo

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 5 at 11:58 AM

(KMOV)-- Frankling County deputies are warning parents to be on the lookout for a double threat for teens that involves marijuana and e-cigarettes.

Sergeant Jason Grellner with the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit says officers have found e-cigarettes and vials of hash oil, also known as honey oil, in recent marijuana arrests.

"In just the last seven days we have seen three different occurrences," said Grellner.

Like nearly everything else, there are videos on YouTube describing how to make hash oil and Grellner said it’s dangerous.

“The extraction you are talking about boiling; literally bringing to a boil in a fry daddy. Butane or 195 proof alcohol are extremely flammable and explosive substances,” said Grellner.

Numerous explosions have been reported across the county.

C.J. Strohm is a drug counselor with Bridgeway Behavioral Health. He said the hash oil itself is dangerous. He also said the high is exponentially higher than smoking a marijuana cigarette.

“Weed, marijuana 25 years ago was 3 to 5 percent. Marijuana today is 15 to 20 percent. Hash oil today can go as high as 60 percent THC,” said Strohm.

THC is the chemical in marijuana that gives you a high. Strohm says there just hasn’t been much research on the oils. So we don’t know how a drug this potent impacts the brain.

Another problem, teens are using e-cigarettes to smoke it and it’s nearly odorless

“I can go into the bathroom at school and puff on it a few times and I’m going to be under the influence and this is back in my book bag. And if anybody asks, I’m smoking garden fruit nicotine oil,” said Strohm.

Strohm says “hash oil” is in St. Louis County, though St. Louis County Police tell News 4 they have not run across any cases.

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