Parents who shared low-potency joints when they were in school are often surprised to learn about the new forms of ultra-potent marijuana concentrates.

One increasingly popular way to use extremely potent marijuana is dabbing, which as been described as marijuana’s equivalent of crack or freebasing.

Dabbers often use a blowtorch to heat a highly concentrated form of nearly pure THC, the main psychoactive drug in marijuana.

report produced by Rocky Mountain PBS and aired on 9News described the suicide of a Colorado man who dabbed. In the report, Dr. Kari Franson, associate dean at the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy, says dabbers are “getting 80, 90 percent THC in a concentrated oil. And when they smoke it, they’re taking in 600-to-800 milligrams of THC.”  The article notes that’s compared to a limit of 10 milligrams in each serving of an edible in Colorado, or maybe 25 milligrams of THC in a typical marijuana cigarette.

This intensive dose of THC has been associated with psychosis.

And the concern is not just the extreme amounts of THC.  In a study published by the American Chemical Society, researchers identified toxic chemicals in the vapor produced during the dabbing process, according to Newsweek.

To see what dabbing looks like and learn about its effects check out our video which describes the concerning impacts of the growing trend.


Smart Colorado opposes public marijuana use bill

Colorado House Bill 1258 would let marijuana stores open facilities where customers could use marijuana.
Smart Colorado is concerned that HB18-1258 would contribute to more drugged driving. A state panel has noted that those who use marijuana less than once a week may be impaired for at least eight hours after eating or drinking marijuana products.  Meanwhile, marijuana-related DUI citations and accident fatalities have risen recently.

With no limit on the amount of marijuana that can be consumed onsite and no restrictions on the potency of the products sold, this bill increases the likelihood that individuals will get behind the wheel impaired.

The language of Amendment 64, which legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, states that “nothing in this section shall permit consumption that is conducted openly and publicly or in a manner that endangers others.” HB18-1258 flies in the face of that constitutional prohibition against public use.

Although Smart Colorado Executive Director Henny Lasley testified against the bill, it was approved Monday by the Colorado House Finance Committee. The bill was supported by Reps. Adrienne Benavidez, Matt Gray, Leslie Herod, Chris Kennedy, Dafna Michaelson Jenet, Dan Thurlow, Mike Foote and Dan Pabon. It was opposed by Reps. Susan Beckman, Phil Covarrubias, Polly Lawrence, Shane Sandridge and Kevin Van Winkle.Thank you to those that contacted the House Finance Committee in opposition of HB18-1258.

We will keep you informed about the progression of this bill, along with other bills relating to protecting the health and safety of Colorado youth

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