[Marijuana-Wax Fact Sheet in PDF ]
The use of marijuana wax is increasing throughout the country and here in Minnesota.
Manufacturing of these products is also on the rise, which has resulted in a number of fires and explosions and is a great public safety risk.
Violent Crime Enforcement Teams across Minnesota are seeing an increase in marijuana wax sales, use and manufacturing.
A marijuana wax manufacturing operation in St. Cloud recently led to the death of a woman after an explosion. In a separate incident, two teens overdosed in Duluth after using the potent drug.
What is Marijuana Wax?
Marijuana Wax is a street name for marijuana concentrates. It is also referred to as Butane Hash Oil, Honey Oil, Budder, Wax, Dabs and 710 (spelled upside down is oil). The appearance of marijuana wax is similar to butter or honey. Highly flammable butane gas is used to extract Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) from the marijuana leaf to create wax.
- Smoked: Using a water pipe, which is commonly referred to as dabbing or in a vaporizer pen, which is similar to e-cigarettes.
- Ingestion: Infusing the concentrates into food or drinks.
- According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the THC levels contained in marijuana concentrates averaged 54 percent in 2013 – that compares to an average of 14 percent THC levels in typical leaf marijuana.
- Marijuana wax can range between 30 – 90 percent THC levels but some samples have been reported as high as 99 percent according to the DEA.
- The high levels of THC in marijuana wax can create a more intense physical and psychological effect in those who use. Long term effects are not known.
- Butane is highly flammable and the manufacturing of marijuana concentrates has resulted in fires, explosions, death and injuries across the country.
- Marijuana wax does not produce an odor, so it is easier to hide and conceal.