Since its rapid rise in the medical marijuana market, BHO (butane hash oil) has come under fire for being a dangerous and non-medicinal substance used solely to achieve new psychoactive heights. Now some states are even considering bills that would ban the sale of dabs altogether.
Ryan introduced us to X-Tracted’s top-shelf brand Refine Seattle, a league of concentrates that truly captures the therapeutic properties of the cannabis plant. In collaboration with Steep Hill Labs, X-Tracted has developed a scientifically informed process that seizes both purity and potency. But what exactly coinstitutes “medical-grade” hash oil?
Many people who are passionate about hash oil understand that there is in fact medical value in pure, potent concentrates. Not only do they eliminate combustible plant material, high quality oils will be rich in cannabinoids and terpenes, or cannabis compounds that deliver a diversity of medical effects too numerous to list here. Unfortunately, hazardous home extractions and substandard BHO have shifted the political spotlight away from processors with safe extraction practices and clean products.
Ryan explained that certain hydrocarbons like those used at X-Tracted Labs have certified purity and predictable molecular behavior, and have also been approved for human consumption. On the other hand, canned butane commonly used in amateur extractions is more of a mystery bag of gases and carcinogens.
“They typically have 30% N-butane, 30% iso-butane, 20% propane, and then a bunch of random other stuff, up to 40 or 50 gases,” he told us. “It’s not food grade, so there’s no regulation.”
Different gases have different evaporation temperatures, and if you’re not sure what those gases are, it’s very likely that impurities will not be fully purged. For this reason, consumers should demand lab tested products until regulation can hold producers accountable for quality and purity.