MANCHESTER, Tenn. – A new, very potent form of marijuana, also called Headband, Blue Dream or Kosher Kush, has been deemed dangerous by Manchester Police.
“They keep searching for ways to make it stronger and they are finding it,” said Mark Yother, Manchester Police Chief.
Yother said his detectives first confiscated the substance known as DABS, which is slang for Butane hash oil, during the Bonnaroo Music Festival earlier this month. It’s the first time they’ve seen this form of the drug in Middle Tennessee.
It’s started in California and Colorado and has slowly been moving eastward across the country.
DABS is derived from marijuana, but it is much more powerful. Heated Butane gas is used to extract the sticky oil from the plant which concentrates THC, the main mind-altering ingredient in marijuana.
Regular marijuana contains up to 25 percent THC. DABS can contain up to 90 percent THC. Yother said users with e-cigarettes inhale vapors from the heated oil and it packs a wallop.
“When you make it so potent then it becomes a danger,” said Yother. He’s also concerned now that the drug has made it to Tennessee and it’s here to stay. Making it can be almost as dangerous as methamphetamine.
Several dealers across the country have caused explosions while using the Butane gas needed to make the hash oil.
Some experts said DABS could well become the future of cannabis: a new product that’s more powerful, easier to conceal and which may someday completely replace the use of marijuana leaf or buds.
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