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How unhealthy are certain extraction methods for pot?

Asked by DrasticDreamer (23983points) July 10th, 2015

How unhealthy is it to consume pot (as edibles) that was extracted using CO2, butane or USP ethanol? Additionally, are there any other methods that can be used?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Yuck, you’re scaring me. Butane? My college friend used butter and a little oil, fried a bit, then put it in his brownies. A bit later, at a concert, and he was totally stoned.

Silence04's avatar

Well considering those 3 things aren’t exactly “unhealthy” in the first place, I don’t think you have anything to worry about.

Regardless, they are just being used as a means of chemical extraction. And those are the most efficient methods, so if there is any residue left behind from the extraction it’s probably extremely low.

It’s probably more “unhealthy” if you were using a butain lighter to light up…

Coloma's avatar

I’m the old hippie gal that still enjoys a little weed now and then, either smoked in a pipe or in edibles but, apparently the honey oil thing is getting to be quite dangerous. There was just a case of some explosion in a nearby community here in a honey oil lab, if you would even call it that. I am way out of the loop on how various new substances are being made from marijuana but I want my weed fresh and pure without any chemicals, kinda a no brainer of you ask me. Weed is kinda like sex, why can;t you just be happy with the natural product instead of finding more and more ways to kink things up? lol

jerv's avatar

It depends on how it’s done. Each can be done correctly and yield a safe product. Each can also be done incorrectly and, you guessed it, yield an unsafe product. WA state has cracked down a bit there, drawing up regulations and such, resulting in many dispensaries no longer carrying certain items as they cannot guarantee that their supply of said goods was manufactured within the parameters set by regulation. However, those that make medibles as a primary business have generally considered it a worthwhile investment to upgrade their operation to fit regulation, so at least in WA state, medibles are safe.

Like @Coloma, I prefer just lighting up a little flower rather than dealing with waxes, shatters, oils, or anything like that though.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

What I got is from Washington since Oregon isn’t quite up and running yet, but I wanted something specific for my rib pain. I would just smoke it, but I can’t because my rib injury gives me breathing problems sometimes, so smoking it isn’t possible for me at the moment. I also got something that has a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBC because I’m not looking for a head high. More of a body relaxer. I asked the question because I noticed on the back that it said it was made using one of the three extraction methods and I figured they were telling consumers for a reason.

jerv's avatar

I would think that you’d want something a little more Indica-dominant if you want the body high without too much of a head high… something like Blue Moon Rocks, a 60/40 hybrid. Eases the pain but without the couch-lock.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

Yeah, prior to this, my only experience with pot was smoking it, but I had to stop entirely because of the medical problems I was having (severe dizziness was one symptom – which still happens off and on.) So I was looking for something with a lot more CBD than THC precisely because I didn’t want to be glued to the couch or have breathing problems if/when my rib muscles seize up.

I don’t have much experience at all with edibles, but I think what I was given is pretty mild in general. THC and CBD are only 10mg. But I’ll take any helpful advice I can get, because I’d like something for pain management. I won’t take prescription pain pills (and this is something I’ve been dealing with for years now, so it’s high time [har, har] that I get something for the pain). But because of some of my symptoms, I can’t eat anything that will knock me on my butt, either.

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