Hashing out the truth

Facts about Marijuana Concentrates

  • Marijuana concentrates are highly potent forms of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the mind-altering (psychoactive) chemical in marijuana.
  • THC concentrates are often referred to as 710 (the word “OIL” flipped and spelled backwards), shatter, wax, honey, crumble, budder, dabs (dabbing), hash oil, and BHO (butane honey oil).
  • Often appearing as an oil or a solid waxy substance, these masses of concentrates are known to hold extraordinarily high levels of THC, ranging anywhere from 40%-90% or greater.
  • The effects of marijuana concentrates are more psychologically and physically intense than traditional marijuana buds and can be up to 4x stronger than high grade marijuana, which normally measures around 20%.
  • “Dabbing” is a way to smoke marijuana concentrates using an electronic device or glass bong that delivers an instant high. Users prefer using e-cigarettes or vaporizers because it is smokeless, odorless, and easy to hide.

Can you identify these marijuana concentrates?

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Source: NIDA (National Institute on Drug Administration); DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration)


What are the effects of marijuana?

When marijuana is smoked, its active ingredient, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) travels throughout the body, including the brain to produce its many effects.  THC attaches to sites called cannabinoid receptors on nerve cells in the brain, affecting the way those cells work.  Cannabinoid receptors are abundant in parts of the brain that regulate movement, coordination, learning & memory, higher cognitive functions such as judgment and pleasure.

Short-term effects of marijuana use include:

  • cognitive impairment
  • memory loss
  • reduced coordination
  • decreased attention span
  • distorted perception

For additional information visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse: What is Marijuana?