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Butane Hash Oil Drug Becoming Popular With Teens
Updated November 11, 2015 11:38 AM
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(LAFAYETTE) - A drug called butane hash oil is becoming increasingly popular among teens in Tippecanoe County. BHO is part of a classification of marijuana. On the street, it goes by names like shatter, wax or honey.

WLFI reports the trend is called "dabbing," and it takes marijuana to a new and potentially deadly level.

That's because in dabbing, THC which is the ingredient in marijuana which creates the high, can be nine times higher than in regular pot smoking.

National trainer and speaker for drug prevention, Ofc. Jermaine Galloway says it's becoming a sweeping trend.

"It's a different form of marijuana. It looks like a wax. It has very high THC content, much higher than anything we've ever seen on the streets before," Galloway added.

BHO is made by heating and smoking highly-concentrated marijuana until it becomes a gooey substance called butane honey. Users then smoke a "dab."

Juvenile Probation Officer Aaron Johnson said some teens are turning to BHO over traditional marijuana because it's easier to hide and doesn't produce the level of odor traditional marijuana produces.

Many are using e-cigarettes or some sort of vaporizer to smoke the "dab."

The long-term effects of dabbing are not known.

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