Marijuana extracts are a newly popular method of use is smoking or eating different forms of THC-rich resins called. Smoking THC-rich resins extracted from the marijuana plant is on the rise. Users call this practice dabbing. People are using various forms of these extracts, such as:
- hash oil or honey oil—a gooey liquid
- wax or budder—a soft solid with a texture like lip balm
- shatter—a hard, amber-colored solid
These extracts can deliver extremely large amounts of THC to users, and their use has sent some people to the emergency room. Another danger is in preparing these extracts, which usually involves butane (lighter fluid). A number of people who have used butane to make extracts at home have caused fires and explosions and have been seriously burned.
How Do Marijuana Extracts Affect The Brain?
THC acts on specific brain cell receptors that ordinarily react to natural THC-like chemicals in the brain. These natural chemicals play a role in normal brain development and function. Marijuana extracts overactivate parts of the brain that contain the highest number of these receptors. This causes the “high” that users feel. Other effects include:
- altered senses (for example, seeing brighter colors)
- altered sense of time
- changes in mood
- impaired body movement
- difficulty with thinking and problem-solving
- impaired memory
The police are looking for signs of impairment. Newly trained drug recognition experts (DRE) are on patrol. They detect and arrest cannabis users who choose to drive after using the drug. Even though you may not be under the influence of the drug, you may have a metabolite of cannabis stored in your fat cells. Ohio will punish you for having been high, not being high! If you find yourself in need of an attorney who has trained in drug recognition expert protocol, contact Charles M. Rowland II at (937) 318-1384 or on his 24/7 number (937) 776-2671.