My Dabbing Story and BHO rise

One other incident was so violent that it blew the house partially off it’s foundation and created a huge fire.

By JANETTA CARTER

After our first article “History of Mary Jane in 420s” , we decided to talk about staffers weed journey, from their first puff until now with the rise of BHO and with all the sophisticated ways to consume weed. MJ is our first volunteer in this 420 series , we all thank her for her courage and for this amazing story.

When we started the 420 movement last decade, we had no idea that weed was about to be legalized in ten states. All kinds of subcultures came to light, but the most fascinating one was also the fastest growing: Butane hash oil, an extract that’s pure THC, called also BHO.

“They would take a bunch of weed, and they would take a bunch of butane, put it into a big fat dish, and throw it on the stove and think it’s going to purge it. And then, yeah, you blow up your f#cking house real fast.”

My Dabbing story started before 420

My weed history first started in 1988 when my big brother took me out in his Volkswagen bus into a big oil field, handed me a bong full of schwag, and said here, hit this until you throw up. So I did. And I threw the fuck up in the field.

I definitely smoked oil in the ’94 for the first time. I was at a fucking Rainbow Gathering. This dude passed me a bong and said here, light it. And then I hit that. At least a minute or two later I was definitely smashed! It was the most psychedelic experience I’d ever had on weed at that point. I asked him, what is going on? He said there’s honey oil on it.

That was my introduction to hash oil. Dabbing is basically having a dabber, which is something needle-like to grab the oil and apply it whatever you’re using. Generally titanium, but you can also use quartz, and you can use glass. Take my blow torch. Heat up my titanium. Inhale. Done.

No smoke without fire

BHO is becoming more and more popular. You can see it because when you look in the news every other day, people blowing each other up. It was basically just idiots not knowing what they’re playing with. They would take a bunch of weed, and they would take a bunch of butane, put it into a big fat dish, and throw it on the stove and think it’s going to purge it. And then, yeah, you blow up your f#cking house real fast.

The way to do it is you get a tube packed with a bunch of weed. You want glass. Generally, people use the turkey basters. And make sure it’s the right one with the needle attachment that your can of butane perfectly fits into. And blast. It basically just sends butane right through the tube. On the bottom, you want a coffee filter.
And I put a mesh screen around that with a metal band lightener. Boom. Into a Pyrex dish. And it all comes out into a nice puddle. So you use your butane to extract your THC. And you want to remove the butane because you don’t want to smoke butane. So you purge.
You want to basically put your bowl that you blasted into in hot water. It’s going to have an initial really violent reaction. When that’s done, it’s going to be still reacting but really, really slowly. Now, some people throw it in the oven. Some people go right to vac at that point. In this one, we went right to vac. What that does is it keeps the oil in a really viscous state and then it helps the purge.

The wild west of the green rush

When you purge correctly, it’s nice and smooth, no matter how big it is. It opens my eyes every time to a totally new way to get high off of weed. One that gets you just so much god damn higher than smoking it normally. For such an awesome substance, BHO has a pretty serious dark side. I wanted to find out how the authorities were looking at this explosive new form of hash extraction.
The first sign of this BHO popularity was one of the large explosions in 2009 from an amateur lab. And then we’ve also seen an expansion of finding evidence related to BHO labs, and it’s growing in popularity. Having a BHO lab and a meth lab are the same.

If you’re using a volatile chemical that’s highly explosive and highly flammable by people that are often using marijuana or BHO, makes for a very dangerous combination.
One other incident was so violent that it blew the house partially off it’s foundation and created a huge fire.

We’ve seen people smoking and having a good time at a party atmosphere, but when you start having people producing it next door to you, you’re going to have people that are going to try to take that marijuana or the profits from that marijuana.

And man, if we thought that dabbing was a growing trend, then we didn’t see sh#t before this. Because there are seriously dozens of bars everywhere with, like, the most elaborate dabbing glass. And they’re just doling out dabs.

A responsible 420 movement

I went down to Denver for the first ever Cannabis Cup held on US soil in a state that legalized weed just last year and has quickly become America’s weed Mecca.

Here BHO is big business, and we checked out totally legal operations dedicated to making shit tons of it, which they distribute to local dispensaries.

Everything is all under the supervision of the Colorado medical marijuana enforcement agency. A lot of people have worked a really long time to make people comfortable with a natural plant that grows out of the ground.

I think the largest danger is people looking for a way to discredit marijuana gravitating towards this. All of these dangers that you perceive are just another argument for legalization.

Whether you want to use BHO or if you don’t want to use it, you still want to live in a society that regulates it reasonably.

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