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DEA Cracks Down on Potent Marijuana Product Called “Wax” in California


The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is cracking down in California on a potent marijuana product called “wax,” according to ABC News. Wax is legal—and popular—in Colorado.

Wax is a distillation of marijuana said to be so potent that a single hit will keep a person high for more than a day, the article notes. A person making wax uses the flammable substance butane to strip out the THC, the chemical in marijuana that causes a high.

“There is no weed out there that possesses the punching power that the wax does,” an anonymous undercover DEA informant told ABC News’ “Nightline.” “And it’s like smoking 20 joints of the best grade of weed that you have into one hit of the wax.”

Gary Hill of the DEA’s San Diego office said, “We have seen people have an onset of psychosis and even brain damage from that exposure to that high concentration of THC. Our concern is that this is going to spread before we get it under control.”

In Colorado, wax is legal for anyone over the age of 21. It is sold in recreational marijuana dispensaries. A three-day contest called the X-Cup, held in Denver, is designed to determine who can make the most potent batch of wax.

8 Responses to this article

  1. dad / August 20, 2014 at 9:37 am

    stop blaming plants for our problems.

  2. Matthew / August 5, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Get a life and stop trying to ruin mine! I require large doses of THC in order to live any kind of life at all due to chronic back and knee pain. Without strong cannabis concentrates that pain relief is impossible to achieve.

    • Steve / August 10, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      The common flaw amongst the addicted is self-centeredness. So your pain trumps all.

      Maybe they are not trying to remove your pain medication but trying to keep kids from ruining their lives as teens. I was one of them.

      All of my friends started with pot so I know the dangers. I also know the stuff is much more potent than what I used to smoke.

      If a kid smokes pot for two years before the age of 19 his IQ drops by 8 points. Emergency rooms in Colorado are reporting more and more teens checking in for psychosis.

      But as long as you are alright…

      • Stony T / September 6, 2014 at 1:52 am

        You’re right man. All your friends are in the psyche ward now, banging on the walls, moaning for more pot.

        Let’s get rid of another revenue producing resource.

        We understand. It can be lonely at home with your cock in your hand and another in your mouth.

      • Shaggy Law / September 11, 2014 at 12:39 pm

        Are you seriously blaming the product for parents inability to monitor their children appropriately? First any claim that any cannabis product gets someone high for “more than a day” is ludicrous. Concentrates have been around for a long time — commonly known as hash. It is simply impossible to get high for that long on pot. Perhaps with edibles you could make a similar claim that the high lasts longer but I still would have argue it would be no longer than six hours. Furthermore, I would point out that claim was made by a “DEA Agent” without mention of any scientific background or expertise. The DEA is a police organization who have a vested interest in keeping cannabis illegal — obviously for continued funding. They are not scientists, they are men with guns. Therefore, without an independent source to back up the statement, the claim has little (if any) weight.

        Also, you make a claim that cannabis has screwed your life up. I am sorry to here that. It is possible for many legal things to do that. I’ve known people to let gambling, video games, eating, alcohol, nicotine, legal prescriptions, and etc. become controlling factors in their lives. Should we prohibit the use of all those things? Of course not, we would encourage (but not enforce) moderation. To prohibit something as harmless as those things (in moderation) would be a slight against the fundamental principle of individual liberty. One could say cannabis should be covered under that principle. Cannabis screwed up your life because you allowed it to. Much the same way that someone who allows too much junk food to ruin their health. Of course there are other factors involved with all individuals who are afflicted with these problems, but the decision to correct these problems ultimately fall on the individual — in this case, you. But to make your argument that a substance should be illegal based on your personal experience is.

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    David Brace / February 27, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    they are right on some things and way off base on others. for instance,, 1 hit of wax or shatter is “NOT” going to keep you Stoned all day long, lol. maybe 3 or 4 hours max.
    and no,,,, it’s not like 1 hit is like smoking 20 joints of the most potent bud out there. If I take 1 hit of wax I will feel like I am very Drunk without the hangover.
    If i tried to smoke 20 Joints of the best bud out there I would be knocked out before finishing the 2nd joint so the DEA are really misinformed.

    • Randall Webber / August 19, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      You’re right; no amount of cannabis, regardless of how potent, will keep a person high for 24 hours. By definition, smoked cannabis preparations have a duration of action of 3-4 hours, with some after-affects lingering beyond that point, but not for 24 hours. It does not help anyone for misinformation like this to be published, but rather threatens the credibility of the source.

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    JM / February 27, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Once the THC is stripped from the marijuana bud, can that weed still be smoked (making use of the other 400-some cannabinoids that have pain killing properties yet no psychoactive effects)or does the Butane process irrevocably harm the bud?

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