Chasing Bigger High, Marijuana Users Turn to ‘Dabbing’

NEW YORK TIMES (5/12) – …The practice of consuming marijuana extract — a yellow, waxy substance that can contain high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical in unprocessed marijuana that produces a high — appears to have risen rapidly in New York City over the past few years, according to federal law enforcement officials as well as people who use and sell the drug. Its rise crosses social lines, from experimenting teenagers to workers on Wall Street. And it is driven by many factors, including the Eastward-trickling effects of a much more permissive marijuana culture in the West, where it is now dispensed legally in some states. Medical experts have begun to raise alarms, saying the substance is too new to be fully understood and could pose unknown health risks. Critics cite its largely unregulated production, in a process that often involves home cooks who douse marijuana with volatile butane, which can lead to explosions. Read more

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