New form of marijuana production injuring scores

On its front page, the Los Angeles Times reports on the dangerous practice of making a highly concentrated form of marijuana colloquially known as “butane hash” or “butane honey oil.”

The extraction process involves processing marijuana using liquid butane and distilling the resulting mixture until it solidifies into a waxy substance that is stable at room temperature and delivers a strong high. The substance can be consumed using e-cigarettes without marijuana’s attendant odor.

However, butane is explosive and has recently caused more injuries in California than PCP manufacturing, which is more traditionally associated with high-risk drug making. California’s marijuana market is largely unregulated, which is responsible for the scale of the injuries, unlike Colorado, where manufacturers must follow strict standards.

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