Narcotic investigators with the Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Enforcement Unit (MCNVCEU) seized several vials of marijuana wax, also known as Butane Hash Oil this week in Lincoln County.
Marijuana wax is the latest form of marijuana and is significantly more intoxicating than other forms of the drug.
Marijuana wax has the appearance of ear wax and is stored in small glass containers.
On the street it goes by many names including shatter, wax, ear wax, honey oil, amber and/or dabbing.
Butane is used in the process of manufacturing marijuana wax and is considered highly flammable.
National reports indicate the process has caused several fires, explosions and severe burns.
Cooks of marijuana wax who neglect its specific manufacturing method can create extremely toxic knockoffs, which raise health concerns for teenagers who may not know what they are consuming.
“Smoking butane is neurotoxic and is very dangerous,” said Sheriff John Cottle. “Users need just a small amount, the size of a pen head, of marijuana wax to produce an intense high.”
Sheriff Cottle says strong strains of marijuana contain 25% THC, while marijuana wax can contain upwards of 60-90% THC.
Marijuana wax is often smoked out of a vapor or electronic cigarette and found more frequently in Missouri.
For teens, it is easier to conceal, easier to carry, manufacture and consume.
Parents who find vapors are strongly encouraged to look for other items like butane containers, gals or metal tubes, glass backing dishes, isopropyl alcohol and coffee filters, which are household items used to make marijuana wax.