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‘Dabbing’ cannabis may release cancerous toxins

copypasteimage 25Researchers have analyzed the chemical composition of the vapors released by butane hash oil – a cannabis extract commonly used in “dabbing,” or vaporizing – and found carcinogenic substances.

In light of cannabis being legalized in several states across America, more and more people use marijuana recreationally.

The practice of “dabbing” has also gained popularity; users think that dabbing is safer and gets them a “cleaner high.” In dabbing, consumers place a small amount, or a “dab,” of concentrated cannabis on a hot surface (usually a nail) and inhale the resulting vapor.

But while dabbing cannabis extract is perceived as being less harmful than smoking it, new research suggests that the practice exposes users to various carcinogenic toxins.

The researchers – led by Dr. Robert Strongin, a professor of organic chemistry at Portland State University in Oregon – examined the composition of the vapor produced by butane hash oil.

Butane hash oil is the cannabis extract typically used in dabbing. The extract is made using the solvent butane to extract the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) from the cannabis leaves and flowers.



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