USA: BHO explosions will only increase – Michigan

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Two explosions in one weekend

Two Butane Hash Oil (BHO) explosions ignited in Michigan last weekend, when amateurs were attempting to extract THC from marijuana to make “dabs.”  Michigan’s BHO problem will grow into a bigger problem, because legalizers succeeded in getting marijuana on the ballot in November.  (Read this article to understand the difference between decriminalization and legalization.)

On Saturday, January 20 in Orion Township, a tenant was making BHO  when he suddenly tried to light a cigarette, and everything exploded. The “victim”/maker of the substance was badly burned on his arms and face.   He’s been hospitalized, but the other four roommates made  it out of the house unharmed.

The next day a 25-year-old in a mobile home park blew out the windows of his kitchen when trying to make BHO.   It was 1:30 p.m. in Genesee County, when neighbors heard the loud explosion and called 911.

BHO Labs are part of the current marijuana culture

Butane hash oil fires occur in low rent neighborhoods and as well a exclusive communities such as Butternut Drive in Shelby Township, Macomb County.   Butane is the very flammable gas or liquid used in the extraction of THC for “dabs” or “wax.”   Making wax or dabs, which can be up to 90% THC is very profitable.  Marijuana buds cost between $15 and $20 per gram, but BHO averages a cost between $70 and $100 a gram.

A BHO fire in Oakland Count, Michigan caused explosive damage, shattering windows an objects. A 20-year-old started the fire. Photo: Oakland County sheriff’s office

In order to produce the substance, the producers must strain parts of the cannabis plant through liquid butane.  Then they heat the contents in order to evaporate the leftover residue which just leaves behind the wax-like substance.   In Humboldt County, CA, where a man died making BHO the first day pot was legal in California, officials now control the sale of butane.  Marijuana labs have replaced meth labs as the most dangerous drug labs of this decade. For complete article



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