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Ventura County man arrested for operating honey oil lab at his residence

Published On: 08-01-2017 in Category: Addiction, Behavioral Health, Marijuana

Ventura police officers arrested a 55-year-old man from his private residence at Rodgers Street on charges of having an equipment possibly used to manufacture butane honey oil, which is a highly concentrated form of cannabis. Later, owing to possible dangers of a deadly explosion, the investigating officials evacuated the property of its occupants, including three minor children, and seized the drug-manufacturing equipment.

The main accused, Robert Schlichter, was subsequently arrested and booked into Ventura County jail on charges of manufacturing drugs and child endangerment. His bail was set at $50,000, media reports said.

Honey oil is a deadly substance

Known to activate the brain’s reward system, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the main ingredient in cannabis — is manufactured by boiling marijuana leaves in butane. Alternatively termed as hash oil, the honey-like end product is a highly addictive drug, which is usually inhaled or smoked utilizing a vaporizer to derive a much sought-after euphoric high.

Studies suggest THC exerts an exhilarating effect on the neurons in the brain’s neural structures associated with rewards, triggering a dopamine outburst. This dopamine rush is the reason for the pleasure-filled “high” that recreational weed junkies crave for. In recent years, numerous home-based clandestine honey oil producing laboratories have mushroomed all across Southern California, making it a highly profitable venture in the illegal drug manufacturing and trafficking industry.

With easy to procure cheap ingredients and readily available online tutorials, and the prevailing market rate at $800-1,300 per pound, more and more individuals are allured by the idea of making fast bucks, which has led to numerous fatal explosions, including severe third-degree burn injuries and serious smoke inhalation injuries.

As per the Drug Endangered Children Training and Advocacy Center, in 2015 alone, butane honey oil manufacturing lab explosions claimed 32 lives in California. In connection with the safety hazards posed by such labs mushrooming all over the state, California lawmakers approved Senate Bill 212, which mandates stringent punishments for those found guilty of producing honey oil within 300 feet of a residential property.

A trend that is widely gaining popularity among teens and young adults is “dabbing.” It refers to smoking or inhaling honey oil and THC-rich resins extracted from marijuana. Research indicates young marijuana addicts are highly vulnerable to the perils of using dabs, as it involves intake of a potent, distilled version of marijuana that could result in an immensely uncontrolled high, causing hallucinations, accelerated heartbeat, psychosis, blackouts and paranoia. Experts have observed that regular and prolonged dabbing builds greater tolerance to THC, resulting in intake of even larger doses of the drug to experience the high.

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