New dangerous way to smoke marijuana hits streetsUPDATED 10:31 PM HST Sep 17, 2013Video Transcript
Use of B-H-O is heating up in Hawaii. That "heating up" is just some of the concerns from this highly concentrated way to get high. KITV4's Paul Drewes has this exclusive details of this drug. It is much more potent than pot. renn@6:58 "BHOs is a one-hitter quitter" 7:00-7:04 "That's all you would need is one or two for the rest of the day" The danger comes not just from using this powerful drug but also making it. 12:50 "This can be just as dangerous as a meth lab" BHO or butane Honey oil uses butane to extract THC - the psychoactive component -- from marijuana. But heating the BHO mixture to remove the butane can have explosive effects. 6:52 "we've had this happen in the islands, young adults being severely burned" This young man ended up with bad burns on his arms and legs when the butane went up in a flash. Despite the dangers, this THC concentrate has sparked a lot of interest because of its potency. 7:10 "its way more potent than anything natural" High grade marijuana may contain 20 percent THC, while BH Oil is 100 percent THC. So can it legally be used in Hawaii? Standup@11:33-11:44 "Right now its perfectly legal for smoke shops to sell BHO extraction kits, and there is even uncertainty over whether the BHO concentrate of THC is illegal for everyone" Medical marijuana users are allowed to have marijuana concentrate, but Kamita feels this is not the same thing. 10:46-10:58 "Can you be possesion of straight THC? If its straight THC my feeling is no.." Butane honey oil is not just being inhaled but also consumed. 4:00-4:10 "People are extracting BHO and making it into other products, chocolates, candies, that has shown up in Hawaii already" BHO can be colorless and odorless, which means some people could now be puffing away right under the noses of law enforcement. 4:25-4:37 "Using it on their ecigs - very undetectable all you see is the vapor, unlike marijuana cigarettes you don't smell it" Kamita says he will push for clearer laws this legislative session to make sure the THC concentrate is illegal. In the meantime, he is educating law enforcement and even medical personnel about the dangers of BHO Yunji, Kenny back to you.