Author’s Note: I am not anti-cannabis. I respect the ancient healing wisdom of this sacred plant. What I am is anti-degeneracy and against concentrated cannabis derivatives that are denatured and harmful to our health. I am also not anti-tattoo, but honestly I find most tattoos to be garish and the toxicity of the ink is another issue altogether.
Over the last few years, I have seen California transition from legal recreational cannabis usage for residents, to allowing non-Californians to partake in a weed holiday. Along with this has come the introduction of numerous cannabis concentrates and a revving up of the YOLO agenda. According to (((Wikipedia))), YOLO is: an aphorism (from Greek aphorismos, denoting “delimitation”, “distinction”, and “definition”) is a concise, terse, laconic, and/or memorable expression of a general truth or principle. They are often handed down by tradition from generation to generation. YOLO is an abrahamic concept that is not only alien to a people who believe in reincarnation, but utterly dastardly to our youth who are the future of our race.
At the end of last year the brand Heavy Hitters, a high potency vape cartridge company started offering those age 21+ a chance to apply for the job of “Travel Smoke Weed Get Paid.” To shill for their company, people will get $1,200 a month and $500 in Heavy Hitters product credit to ensure they stay high 24/7. According to their website, special consideration given to candidates who: have an original skill or talent (Skate, Surf, BMX, Tattoo Art, Music, Dance, Art, Production, Streetwear Design, Memelord, or any other dope shit).
The brand itself is pushing a rather dark and artificial aesthetic:
Here is a video about the contest:
The LGBTP agenda is in full swing as well in the California cannabis culture. A dispensary called The Green Cross makes a point of being not only an LGBTP friendly establishment, as well as supporting numerous unsavory organizations such as: Black Lives Matter, Black & Pink (a prison abolitionist organization, which seeks to replace prison with rehab – kind of like an affirmative action for incarcerated trannies), The SF LGBT Center and Southern Poverty Law Center.
Concentrates, a rapidly growing segment of the legal marijuana market, reduce the plant to its chemical essence.
There is a good and a bad side to the legalization. First off, rendering a plant “illegal” is utterly ludicrous. Secondly, anytime something becomes wildly popular, it is reasonable and sane to ponder if an agenda is at play. All concentrates carry risks due to their extract nature, but the most dangerous ones are butane derived. Manufacturing concentrates involves using solvents like alcohol, carbon dioxide and other chemicals to strip away the plant’s leaves and then processing the potent remains. The final products can resemble cookie crumbles, wax and translucent cola spills.
A standard method of concentrate consumption, known as dabbing, uses vaporizing devices called rigs that resemble bongs, but instead of a bowl to hold the weed, there’s a nail made from titanium, quartz or a similarly sturdy material. The dabber heats the nail with a blowtorch and then uses a metal tool to vaporize a dab of concentrate on the nail. Visually, the process is sometimes compared to smoking strongly stigmatized drugs like crack and crystal methamphetamine. For years, dabbing has been considered an outcast subculture within the misfit world of cannabis.
Today a number of portable devices aim to deliver the intense high of dabbing concentrates in a more user-friendly way. At cannabis industry parties, there’s often a “dab bar” where attendants fire up the rigs, and wipe off the mouthpieces after each use. Machines called e-nails allow users to set a rig’s exact temperature to maximize vapor and flavor.
Strong West Coast weed can approach 30% THC. Concentrates, which dispensaries sell by the gram, range between 60% and 80%, but they can be even stronger. One form called crystalline is reportedly 99% THC. (The oil in increasingly ubiquitous vape pens can also be 70% or higher THC but it’s vaporized in smaller doses.) Concentrates aren’t a new concept; hash or hashish, the compacted resin of the cannabis plant, has been used in central and south Asia for more than 1,000 years. But legalization in the United States has laid the groundwork for innovation in the craft.
The more potent and powerful concentration of THC leads to an immediate feeling of euphoria. Due to its odorless and discrete nature, it is becoming increasingly popular among high school students and young adults. With its extremely high THC content there are numerous concerns for the use of concentrates.
Side effects include:
● Impaired judgment
● Poor concentration
● Short-term memory loss
● Impaired motor skills
● Suppression of the immune system
● Personality and mood changes
● Reduced sexual capacity
● Sensory distortion
The high potency of THC highly increases the risk of:
● Severe withdrawal symptoms
● Severe psychological symptoms
What is BHO?
Although currently outlawed in California, Butane Hash Oil an extremely harmful solvent derived concentrate. BHO is mainly made up of two ingredients: cannabis and alcohol. Different alcohols require distinct methods to extract the oils from the marijuana and are associated with different risks. The two most common methods of production are BHO/Butane Hash Oil and Isopropyl.
Method 1- BHO/Butane Hash Oil (most common)
The dried cannabis is stuffed into an open-ended tube where one end is covered by a filter (most commonly a coffee filter) and the other end is closed. Butane is injected into the tube and causes the oils to extract from the plant. The combination is drained into a container and heated at extreme temperatures until the wax is produced.
Method 2 – Isopropyl
When using isopropyl alcohol, the cannabis is first soaked in the alcohol for a period of time before being drained into a container. The liquid from the soaked mixture is then heated at an extremely high temperature until most of the alcohol evaporates and wax is produced.
Health Risks of Butane Honey Oil
Since the wax-like resin of BHO contains a high concentration of THC, smoking this form of cannabis produces a more intense high. This form of smoking, called “dabbing,” is done by heating up a special pipe (often with a small butane torch) until it’s red hot, then using a tool to touch the resin to the inside of the pipe. This produces a smoke instantly that is then quickly inhaled. If coca leaf is to crack, then cannabis leaf is to dabs – it is a chemically derived concentrate of the plant.
It is common to use low-quality alcohol to make the process faster and cheaper, leading to serious side effects and extreme harm to the consumer. Recent studies have linked the use of marijuana wax to irreversible brain and central nervous system damage. In one case, after ingesting the substance a young high school student was left unconscious and awoke with 75% of his cognitive abilities damaged. The high potency of it has proven to increase the risk of an accidental overdose. In addition, the hallucinogenic effects of BHO have been linked to paranoia, psychosis, and hallucinations which can last for days.
In addition to more intense side effects of concentrated THC, butane is a highly volatile gas. There have been reports of explosions and fires resulting from people attempting to create BHO at home. Seventeen people were hospitalized in the city of Portland, Oregon in 16 months after trying to make this substance. People who have smoked bad batches of BHO have also reported intense headaches and swelling around the throat, which can block the airway if it becomes severe enough.
Commercial butane is not something to play with as it has been strongly linked to heart muscle sensitization; it basically can make the heart super sensitive to adrenaline and can lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death, even if you have previously used it without adverse effects. In fact, when you think you are medicated from a butane extracted product, often times part of that “high” feeling is generated from the solvent itself and not from the quality of the cannabis. The ease of availability and low cost makes Butane extractions attractive to some, but the implications can be dangerous and life threatening. Solvents can dissolve the cell membrane and continued ingestion can damage internal cells. This is specifically dangerous to the heart and brain.
According to the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) on Butane, the warning clearly states the potential heath affects: Irritation, nausea, vomiting, headache, drowsiness, symptoms of drunkenness, tingling sensation, suffocation, convulsion, coma. The potential health effects after our body metabolizes Butane into Sec-Butanol are gastrointestinal issues, including, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. However, the real seriousness lies in the long term effects, which may cause sudden collapse, coma, respiratory failure, liver and kidney failure.
Many of these products come in fruit flavors that are being directly marketed to a young crowd. It’s obvious these concentrates are becoming more and more popular as the world gets sicker.
Remember, if Nature can’t make it, stay away from it.