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I'm sick from smoking some contaminant in my BHO

Discussion in 'Concentrates and Extracts' started by Dontdodabs, Mar 16, 2014.


    Icemud420 Well-Known Member

    These are the reasons I don't mess with any extract products unless they have a batch tested lab analysis for pesticides, heavy metals, residual solvents, mycotoxins, and molds/bacterias. As someone who works in the industry, alongside with a million dollar extract lab and partnered with a ISO standardized testing lab I can tell you that roughly 90% of the extracts contain pesticides in the current California market... major brands included!!!!

    Pure butane itself is rather harmless, and the most danger comes from asphyxiation from the way high concentrations of butane remove oxygen from the air... and the explosive factor (very dangerous stuff) as it is explosive at low levels.

    Most of what people are probably reacting to in my opinion is either pesticides or other contaminates from un-pure butane... as it is very very common in todays unregulated industry. Unless they are using 99.99% butane or a pure propane/butane blend... then you have to ask yourself...what else is in the gas they are using, and how can it effect me?

    Not making this stuff up... there are handfuls of articles and independent and 3rd party random tests that confim this... just look at the results of the PNW's secret cup from the last few years... may of the entries were disqualified due to residual solvents and contamination from pesticides and other unwanted things.

    Many unregulated growers have been doing whatever it takes to save their harvests and not lose profit, even if it means spraying their plants with stuff that should not be sprayed on smokable plants... this is what made me start growing my own in the first place, meeting many of these growers and having my mind blown how many times they would have no care for the end user, and all about profit and saving a harvest. It happens way more than you would expect in unregulated states.

    Sometimes its not even the growers fault, but contamination can occur from neighboring grape or other agriculture farms where they are sprayed and the wind picks up the pesticide and contaminates nearby outdoor cannabis plants.

    They are even finding that in some cases, that say you have a mother plant and treat the mother with pesticide, and then you take clones... well even the clones after they mature and harvest contain levels of pesticides that do not pass the standards....

    I've even found that nutrients.... like Terpenator and other brands like popular botanicare have levels of high arsenic, and other undesirable heavy metals in them which again ends up in the final product. Even feeding plants things like alfalfa meal, or crabshell meal can potentially contaminate plants if the source fertilizer was contaminated... and this then ends up also in the final product... and with contenctrates... you are concentrating everything, not just the thc and cannabinoids. Washington state has a great resource for checking your nutrients for heavy metals....

    If products are not properly winterized they generally contain a lot of cutical waxes which have been shown to cause granulomas and harm to lungs...

    Extracted cannabis, although having a lot of potential for application, is still quite new and with the high demand and prices, there is a lot of black market and backyard extracts being passed around... and if even major brands are getting passed around with pesticides and residual solvents... imaging what you probably are smoking.... and without a full spectrum lab analysis.... you are potentially putting yourself at risk.

    This isn't meant to be a post to scare anyone, as I love cannabis just as much as all of you.... but this is what is actually going on right now in unregulated markets like california, and most likely others that don't mandate full spectrum testing.....
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2017
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    gb123 Well-Known Member

    ALL LP's up here spray their shwags!
    Medical folks love concentrated poisons!
    HC says ITS OK!! :cuss::fire::spew:
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    natureboygrower Well-Known Member

    good post.first time i heard of bho was in cervantes bible talking about the honey bee about 10 years ago.5 years ago or so i tried a dab from a friend and loved it.being in a place where it wasn't easy to find,i learned how to make it myself.never really feeling 100% safe about it,it took a new member on here fall of '16 to open my eyes completely to the dangers of it.i've moved on,glad i did,and happy to see i think its a trend that might be starting to wane.i think there are safe ways to do it,to those who have the funds to buy the right equipment.unfortunately,not everyone has those funds and i personally believe the whole butane movement was geared towards backyard blowers.too easy to do.watch a youtube video ad you're off and running.no glass or ss tube? no problem.i'm sure anything from plumbers pvc to wiffle ball bats have been used to blast through.
    what's a bit concerning to me now,is that ppl think they can blast garbage material and end up with some pristine product.i've seen it more than once on here,someone has powdery mildew/botrytis and they "throw it in the oil bin" thinking it's filtered out somehow.damn,what do you suppose we'll see for health issues 10 years from now?
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    TJGlotz New Member

    I haven't even tried to smoke anything since it all went down. I'm convinced it was the last batch of dabs I got. Not reputable. I'm pretty sure there was too much butane in them or something similar like a.pesticide. your symptoms were pretty similar compared with mine , minus the heart palps and I guess I did kinda black out but it was like a black out from not having enough oxygen kinda like I was breathing fine but it was like I wasn't getting any oxygen at all and slowly started to fade.

    TJGlotz New Member

    Thanks buddy

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