Hash oil becoming more popular across the country




Posted on May 9, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Updated Saturday, May 10 at 9:37 AM

WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash. -- A traffic stop in Whitman County lead a drug task force to a type of drug that is becoming more common and it is dangerous.

A search of the car turned up several pounds of marijuana and a potent form of the drug called hash oil.
Hash oil is a powerful extract from the plant. Some say it produces a much stronger high.

You can find many videos online on how to use butane to extract hash oil from marijuana. It is a new and fast method of getting the oil but it is also explosive.

Stories have appeared across the country of explosions resulting from the attempt to extract hash oil.

Sheriff Deputies in San Leandro, California said a butane tank blew up while a couple tried to make hash oil in their tent.

In Colorado, fire departments have rushed to the scene of more than 30 hash oil extract related butane explosions since marijuana became legal.

Last August in Spokane, authorities said a man using a similar method while driving his car caused an explosion that injured him and his daughter.

The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office could not say if the two men arrested Thursday made the hash oil themselves but suspect it is likely.