A new trend in marijuana consumption has emerged. Marijuana is now being consumed in wax, oil, and butter form. These concentrated forms of marijuana are highly potent with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the active ingredient that gets users “high” when they use marijuana.
The process for creating waxes and oils can be very dangerous. The most common method involves using butane to extract the THC from the marijuana plant. The maker uses a cylinder tub filled with marijuana and butane. The butane extracts the THC from the marijuana leaving an oil or wax-like substance at the end.
Butane is highly flammable. Broward County and other areas in South Florida have seen an increase in fires due to THC concentrate manufacturing. Law enforcement officers look for signs like large orders of butane and cylinder tubing to local homes as a sign of manufacture.