BHO labs are one of the first things that fascinated me after signing on with Straight Up. I had previously never heard of honey oil and the resulting explosive disasters that illegal manufacturers leave in its wake.
Let’s start with what is butane honey oil (BHO)?
“Honey Oil is an evaporated solution of tetrahydrocannabinol and various other compounds produced by a solvent extraction of cannabis. It is a specific type of Hash Oil and can be a very potent drug due to its high THC concentration, which generally varies between 70 – 90 percent.Sometimes called butane hash oil or BHO, or simply “oil”, it can range in color from a bright yellowish gold to a dark amber, viscous (sticky or tacky) liquid made by solvent extraction of cannabis resin.” Source
What is BHO lab?
“BHO extraction has become very commonplace. The extraction process is simple, necessary manufacturing materials are easy to obtain, and instructions are readily available online. An Internet search for “butane hash oil” provides 50-plus videos of would-be chemists demonstrating their self-proclaimed expertise in THC extraction. In addition, plant material that was previously thrown away can be processed into marijuana concentrates. Dosages of these concentrates are typically about one-tenth of a gram, with a current street value of $40–$80 per gram.
Although there are various methods to produce cannabis concentrates, this article focuses on the most common solvent-based butane extraction methods, specifically open blasting and closed-loop extraction systems.
Open blasting, named such because the butane solvent evaporates into the surrounding air, is the most common. This technique requires the following materials:
- Marijuana shake (aka trim)
- Extraction tube (made of PVC, glass, galvanized pipe, plastic bottles or various other objects which is capped at both ends)
- Coffee (or similar) filter
- Holding container (Pyrex or similar dish)
The process begins by packing dry marijuana trim into an extraction tube. The bottom cap has numerous small holes drilled into it, and the upper cap has one hole in which a nipple is attached to receive a butane canister discharge nozzle. The filter is placed between the bottom cap and the extraction tube. This configuration allows butane to be pushed through the tube in a manner that contains the plant material, yet allows the butane to escape.
The next step, known as blasting, occurs when gaseous butane is injected into the extraction tube where it pressurizes and liquefies. This liquefied butane serves as a solvent, pulling the THC molecule out of the plant material. This liquefied butane then drips out of the holes within the bottom cap and is captured in a holding container such as a Pyrex dish.
The final step, known as purging, draws the solvent out of the concentrate. This is accomplished by evaporation of butane into the ambient air. Purging is completed via various methods including a hot water bath (similar to a double boiler), stove top heating, or placing the Pyrex dish in the oven. Commonly vacuum ovens are used to remove the final traces of butane or other solvents.
Lastly, in a process known as winterization, the concentrates can be submerged into denatured alcohol or high-proof rum to separate out lipids and chlorophyll, further refining the product and removing any remaining impurities.” Source
Why Risk It?
As mentioned above, the current street value is $40-$80 per gram – that’s $18,000 – $36,000 per pound. Talk about a “get rich quick” scheme!
Why Risking It Is Actually A Terrible Idea (Besides the fact that it’s extremely illegal)
For this portion of the post, I figure showing is a lot more straightforward than telling.
In summation, it will probably fatally injure, if not kill you. So I guess the risk assessment is really just the price tag you’d put on your own life.