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Honey oil (often shortened to oil, and sometimes referred to as BHO, or butane hash oil, which is particular to the method by which it is made) is an essential oil that has a viscosity ranging from thick to runny, extracted from the cannabis plant. It is commonly smoked using hot metal blades or plates, inhaled using specially designed vaporizers, or smoked from a bed of ashes. Honey oil is considerably more potent than cannabis itself, due to its extreme purity and lack of other vegetative matter. For other uses, see Honey (disambiguation). ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 938 KB) Summary This is a photograph taken by me(Ryan Bushby) of a potent extract of cannabis. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 938 KB) Summary This is a photograph taken by me(Ryan Bushby) of a potent extract of cannabis. ...

A closeup image of a drop of cannabis oil on the end of a needle

Honey oil is a psychoactive drug in the same class as cannabis, from which it is derived, and contains a similar blend of THC, cannabidinoids, and cannibidinols (in the UK, cannabis, including cannabinol, cannabinol derivatives and cannabis oil was reclassified as a Class C drug in January 2004). The THC content of honey oil is variable based on the particular strain of cannabis from which it was derived, and is similar to that of hashish. The name honey refers to the colour and consistency of the oil; there is no actual honey involved. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (430x1000, 261 KB) This photo was taken by Ryan Bushby(HighInBC) with his Canon PowerShot S3 IS. To see more of his photos see his gallery. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (430x1000, 261 KB) This photo was taken by Ryan Bushby(HighInBC) with his Canon PowerShot S3 IS. To see more of his photos see his gallery. ... “THC” redirects here. ...

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Manufacturing

Honey oil is made by separating the resins of a cannabis plant from the plant material, using one of a number of industrial solvents, such as butane, hexane, grain alcohol and denatured alcohol, naphtha, and various mixtures of these chemicals. Solvents are selected based on their ability to evaporate completely and cleanly, leaving no chemical residue, as well as which substances they more readily dissolve. Naphtha (CAS No. ...


The purest, most potent grades of honey oil are made using only the flowers and leaves of the female cannabis plant which contain trichomes. This material is placed in a metal or plastic sleeve and washed in chemical solvents to separate the resin from the plant material. The solvent slurry is optionally filtered, then reduced by evaporation, resulting in paste that varies in colour from amber to dark green. This paste if filtered will be translucent and runny. If the paste is not filtered, it may by very thick, and opaque.


The most common solvent used in the preparation of honey oil, particularly for home made is drinkable ethanol (i.e. alcohol), as THC is highly soluble in it. It offers the advantages of being easy to buy, a natural product, and not too dangerous. .The drawback is that as ethanol is always mixed with some water, evaporation of it is quite slow. For the best quality of result, after filtration, the mix is able to rest in a warm place for a few days, which avoid having to heat the oil for evaporation. Ethanol, also known as ethyl alcohol, drinking alcohol or grain alcohol, is a flammable, colorless, slightly toxic chemical compound, and is best known as the alcohol found in alcoholic beverages. ...


As this method takes time, professionals generally use high-grade butane instead of alcohol, sold in sporting goods stores and used in camping stoves and cigarette lighters. Due to the low boiling point of butane, the evaporation is much quicker but extreme care is needed in the handling and preparation of these materials due to its extreme combustibility. A combustion reaction taking place in a igniting match Combustion or burning is a complex sequence of exothermic chemical reactions between a fuel and an oxidant accompanied by the production of heat or both heat and light in the form of either a glow or flames. ...


A third method is quite a compromise between the two and use isopropyl alcohol and is referred to as ISO Oil or as QWISO for Quick Wash ISO. Evaporation is slower than butane or ethanol, isopropyl alcohol is a synthetic chemical. Isopropyl alcohol [1] is safer than butane [2], but less than ethanol. Isopropyl alcohol (also isopropanol or rubbing alcohol) is a common name for propan-2-ol, a colorless, flammable chemical compound with a strong odor. ... Butane, also called n-butane, is the unbranched alkane with four carbon atoms, CH3CH2CH2CH3. ...


Availability

Honey oil is generally considered the province of amateur growers[citation needed], who make it from collected trim leaves and immature "buds" from harvests as a by-product. Honey oil is generally not sold on the street as commonly as other cannabis products[citation needed], but is highly prized among connoisseurs and those who use cannabis products medicinally.


Honey is most often found in widge where fresh marijuana is not available all year round[citation needed]. A high prevalence of 'outdoor' marijuana growers will make oil to use or sell through the winter months when there is no crop.


Effects

Main article: Health issues and the effects of cannabis#Effects

This article is about health issues and the effects of cannabis. ...

Physical effects

The effects of butane-extracted resin are comparable to marijuana, except intensified. The initial effect is typically a very strong and sometimes overwhelming sensation that typically lasts anywhere from 20 minutes to 8 hours in duration with progressively less intensive effects. The reduced intake of cannabis for some medical users by the inherent potency of butane extracted resin is seen as a possible health benefit.


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