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Marijuana Concentrates

MARIJUANA CONCENTRATES/EXTRACTS AND THC EXTRACTION LABS

THCA that is extracted, using various methods, from undried cannabis plants, is typically clear or white in color, with a texture in the form of crystals, powder, or oil. THCA decarboxylates/converts to THC when it is heated.

Cannabinoids, to include THC, are extracted from marijuana plant material in a variety of ways. The majority of the cannabinoids are found in the oily resin on the outside of the cannabis plant. One of the most common and most dangerous methods of extraction involves the use of butane, a solvent that dissolves the cannabinoids, allowing them to separate from the other plant material. Other solvents, like Freon, hexane, isopropyl alcohol, and ethanol, are also used. Carbon dioxide extraction, also known as supercritical fluid extraction, uses high pressure to separate the cannabinoids from the plant material. The ice-water filtration method uses ice or dry-ice for this separation: the cold temperatures make the resin brittle enough to break away from the plant material. The “rosin technique” extracts cannabinoids using heated pressure, often from a flat-iron, heated spoon, or a commercial heat-press made for producing marijuana concentrates.

Extraction labs using butane solvent continue to cause explosions, resulting in injuries and structural damage. There is no comprehensive nationwide count of THC extraction labs and currently no uniform tracking mechanism in place. EPIC’s NSS has the ability to track these incidents, though there is no mandate for state, local, and tribal law enforcement to report their data to the system. For calendar year 2017, a total of 260 extraction labs were reported.

Marijuana concentrates such as hashish, hash oil, and keif, and THC extraction laboratories continue to pose a threat as the use of alternative forms of marijuana gains popularity in the United States. Percentage of THC present in concentrated forms is much higher than that of traditional leafy marijuana, 56 percent and 11 percent, respectively.

The effects from long-term use of marijuana concentrates are unknown.

Marijuana concentrates are often consumed in e-cigarettes and vaporizers. Marijuana concentrates are also found in other forms such as edible products like cookies, brownies and gummy candies; topicals/ lotions, tinctures, capsules, and patches. These new forms of marijuana present challenges to law enforcement, as they are easier to conceal than traditional leafy marijuana.

Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), a Schedule I drug, is a biosynthetic precursor of THC that is present in live marijuana plants.

THCA that is extracted, using various methods, from undried cannabis plants, is typically clear or white in color, with a texture in the form of crystals, powder, or oil. THCA decarboxylates/converts to THC when it is heated.

Cannabinoids, to include THC, are extracted from marijuana plant material in a variety of ways. The majority of the cannabinoids are found in the oily resin on the outside of the cannabis plant. One of the most common and most dangerous methods of extraction involves the use of butane, a solvent that dissolves the cannabinoids, allowing them to separate from the other plant material. Other solvents, like Freon, hexane, isopropyl alcohol, and ethanol, are also used. Carbon dioxide extraction, also known as supercritical fluid extraction, uses high pressure to separate the cannabinoids from the plant material. The ice-water filtration method uses ice or dry-ice for this separation: the cold temperatures make the resin brittle enough to break away from the plant material. The “rosin technique” extracts cannabinoids using heated pressure, often from a flat-iron, heated spoon, or a commercial heat-press made for producing marijuana concentrates.

Extraction labs using butane solvent continue to cause explosions, resulting in injuries and structural damage. There is no comprehensive nationwide count of THC extraction labs and currently no uniform tracking mechanism in place. EPIC’s NSS has the ability to track these incidents, though there is no mandate for state, local, and tribal law enforcement to report their data to the system. For calendar year 2017, a total of 260 extraction labs were reported to the NSS; 68 percent of the labs were reported in California, and 27 percent were reported in Oregon. Thirty-five percent of the reported extraction labs reported were listed at residential locations and 25 percent were reported/discovered as the result of a fire or explosion.

Source: DEA

Other products produced are "edibles", food or candy products.

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