Upper Hutt motel explosion caused by butane hash oil mishap – police

By May 19, 2020 Recent News

Stuff co.nz 10 October 2019
Family First Comment: This is what home cultivation is all about, and families and children will be put at risk…
“Butane is used to reduce cannabis to a honeycomb-like substance called BHO – short for either butane honey oil or butane hash oil. The oil is smoked and typically has HIGHER concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the principal psychoactive substance in marijuana – than dried cannabis.”

An explosion that rocked an Upper Hutt motel complex and put one person in hospital was caused by someone making cannabis oil, police believe.

On Thursday a 44-year-old man was arrested on charges of arson and producing the drug. He is expected to appear in the Hutt Valley District Court on October 24 in relation to the explosion at Trentham Motel in September.

Cannabis oil is often produced with the use of flammable solvents such as butane. There have been several incidences of life-threatening explosions being caused by people producing cannabis oil using this method.

According to the New Zealand Drug Foundation butane is used to reduce cannabis to a honeycomb-like substance called BHO – short for either butane honey oil or butane hash oil.

The oil is smoked and typically has higher concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the principal psychoactive substance in marijuana – than dried cannabis.
READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/116203757/upper-hutt-motel-explosion-caused-by-butane-hash-oil-mishap–police

The production of a highly-concentrated cannabis oil using butane gas has caused several life-threatening explosions in Nelson, prompting a warning from emergency services about the dangers. Emergency services have attended four explosions caused by manufacturing cannabis oil using butane gas in Nelson-Tasman in the past 15 months.

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