Video: Flaming hash explosion follows High Times concentrates panel
Of all the dangers -- real or not -- that we discussed on the panel, exploding concentrates never came up once. After picking up a chunk of what I was told was in-house butane shatter oil at a local dispensary I was reviewing, I brought it home to test out. Taking the advice of De Sailles, I lit up a titanium nail with a torch, then threw a chunk on to watch how the oil vaporized. Instead, the chunk flamed up high enough to have been face-scorching were I really hitting the piece. On top of that, it sent a cloud of stringy, black particles of tar into the air.
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As you can see, the results made the High Times panel more appropriate than ever. We're set to have the sample tested next week and will be posting the results here on Mile Highs and Lows.
Which brings up the one thing that all the panelists agreed on: More research is needed. But aside from local cannabis testing companies doing evaluations on samples, large-scale research on a Schedule 1 drug is hard to conduct. Without the support of the federal government, research on a scale broad enough to produce dependable results is nearly impossible. Shackelford did point to language in HB 1043 that allows for cannabis research and testing, but noted that very little progress has been made since then.
Safety for professionals is another concern. Shackelford, who sits on the Colorado Department of Revenue medical marijuana advisory workgroup, hinted at future regulations for the industry, including specifying the use of closed systems that re-circulate the butane or an industrial vent hood for people doing open extractions. "We will be making sure that the products provided to patients in Colorado don't have any downside or any negative effects," he said.
See the panel discussion here: