Police concerned about explosions that result from creation of new form of pot

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by Ruella Rouf / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 2 at 6:09 PM

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Dangerous explosions have been the result of people trying to make butane hash oil or marijuana wax, a more potent form of marijuana that is showing up in Lincoln County.

The name on the street for this potent form of marijuana can vary but include shatter, ear wax, amber or honey oil. A small pinhead of the wax is the equivalent of 15 marijuana joints, said Lieutenant Andy Binder. He said online video sites are filled with tutorials.

A typical marijuana joint may have 25 percent THC. The wax has 60 to 90 percent THC.

“It’s an instant high. Kids usually say it’s the highest they’ve ever been. If you don’t like to get really high, this is not something you would do or want to do,” said Chris Lewis of Bridgeway Behavioral Health.

Lewis said many of those treated at Bridgeway Behavioral Health are familiar with wax.

"Because of its potency, there's no way to regulate it, so there's no way to introduce it to the body and know what the effects will be. It's instantaneous, that's a huge risk."

Experts said teens do not realize how dangerous it is.

 

 

 

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