‘Amateurish’ Invercargill couple making high-potency cannabis oil blew up part of their Kāinga Ora house resulting in $46k of damage. Door frames and several windows were blown out, and a fire started. There was even damage to a neighbour’s roof.
The judge did not impose a reparation order because of an inability to pay.
Dabs or dabbing are names for the use of concentrated butane hash oil (or BHO). BHO can have a THC concentration of up to 90%, making it the most potent form of marijuana concentrate. This concentrated form is produced through a chemical process using butane gas. Butane is used to extract the oils from the cannabis by a technique commonly known as ‘open blasting’. The result is a product far more potent than traditional cannabis.
This home-made method, using everyday (and flammable) gas cylinders is very dangerous. The butane is blasted through cannabis-packed containers (in this case soft-drink bottles) to extract the high-potency oil.
This is an important example of what happens when ‘home-grows’ are allowed (as would have happened if we had legalised dope). The risk and harms of making high-THC dabs would have been even more common in New Zealand.
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