Various news outlets have covered butane hash oil, aka BHO, lately. Some online and offline publications have produced stories of BHO that contain helpful information, while others, not so much. BHO is extracted cannabis oil that concentrates THC and CBD. Some BHO can contain up to 80% THC. The BHO extraction processes uses solvents, most commonly butane.
Shatter typically looks like amber colored glass. Some users think that the transparency of concentrates determines purity, but quality and consistency depend on more than just that. Shatter extracts end up looking like clear amber class because of undisturbed molecules in the concentrate. Heat and moisture tends to turn shatter into a more oily, sappy substance, which is why some call it sap.
BHO is diverse, and various forms of the drug are also known as shatter, wax, honeycomb, oil, crumble, sap, budder, or pull-and-snap. The similarities are more abundant than the differences when it comes to various BHO substances that can be vaped or dabbed.
Even otherwise seemingly informed online outlets like The Fix.com have ignorantly labeled dabbing the “crack of pot.” Anyone who understands anything about addiction knows what a ridiculous statement this is, as crack cocaine is a thousand times more addictive than cannabis in any form.
Of course, anti-drug crusaders will jump at the chance to take shots at the legal cannabis industry. Exaggerated claims of the alleged dangers of dabbing can be found throughout the dark corners of the internet. Vice News reported that police in Illinois are:
“Warning the public about an extremely potent drug that is gaining popularity in the state, saying it can cause users to disconnect from reality and might even lead to hallucinations and other types of psychosis.”
Shatter enthusiasts cite how using the substance can save money compared to consuming buds. And also, since the THC content is much higher in shatter than buds, even the most seasoned veteran cannabis lover only needs two or three dabs to feel properly medicated.
Some cannabis activists aren’t thrilled about shatter, though. One of those detractors was Bobby Black, the senior editor of High Times magazine. Back in 2012, Bobby wrote:
“Seeing teenagers wielding blowtorches or blowing themselves up on the evening news might incite a new anti-pot paranoia that could set the legalization movement back decades.”
The article has since been deleted by High Times, perhaps because of the widespread acceptance and popularity of dabbing in the recent years. Bobby Black probably has evolved and changed his opinion and stance on shatter, but his point still remains to this day.
What do you think? Do you think seeing shatter consumers using blow torches to consume shatter is a bad thing? Are you concerned about consuming a product that might contain trace amounts of butane? We want to hear your thoughts! Let us know in the comments section.