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Man suffers severe burns in honey oil lab explosion in Pasadena

Published On: 06-02-2017 in Category: Addiction, Addiction Treatment, marijuana

An explosion, which took place recently in the back shed of a home in the 1900 block of E. Washington Boulevard in Pasadena, has been confirmed as a drug lab fire by investigating authorities. The authorities said that a young man in his twenties suffered high-degree burns on his arms and face and was hospitalized in a serious condition.

According to the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (L.A. IMPACT), multiple marijuana bundles, pots, pans and hundreds of butane canisters were investigated, and authorities have labeled the incident as a honey oil lab explosion. “Honey oil operation is the chemical extraction of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) from marijuana,” said Detective Scott Schulze of the task force, which operates under the Department of Justice. “This is extremely dangerous and about a third of such labs have already exploded,” added Schulze. Investigators also feel that such labs are mushrooming all over California as it is a lucrative business.

Honey oil is a dangerous substance

THC, the addictive substance in marijuana which is known to activate the brain’s reward system, is obtained by boiling marijuana leaves in butane and is primarily used to manufacture honey oil. This honey-like end product is also known as hash oil and can be smoked or inhaled using a vaporizer to experience a feeling of euphoria. So, there is a great possibility of home-based illegal honey oil producing laboratories engaging in the illicit drug manufacturing.

“Dabbing” is the name given to smoking honey oil and THC-rich resins extracted from marijuana. These oily extracts contain huge amounts of THC. A high level of THC poses a higher risk for addiction and overdosing-related visits to the emergency room. Experts inside and outside California’s growing pot industry fear that dabbing is the latest marijuana craze that is triggering new highs, causing new dangers.

The stimulatory effects of THC make marijuana a popular drug in the United States. THC is known to stimulate the cells in the brain to cause a dopamine rush, which produces pleasurable sensations at a heavy cost. This euphoria-producing chemical has several short-term and long-term negative effects on the brain. It interferes with how information is processed in the brain by inducing hallucinations, can cause changes in thinking patterns and delusions. Apart from permanent paranoia and anxiety, long-term users of THC exhibit increased dependence and tolerance.

According to the Drug Endangered Children Training and Advocacy Center, in 2014 alone, butane honey oil manufacturing lab explosions claimed 32 lives in California. In connection with the safety hazards posed by such labs mushrooming all over the state, California lawmakers approved Senate Bill 212, which calls for tough penalties for those found guilty of manufacturing honey oil within 300 feet of an occupied residence or structure.

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