Cannabis concentrates rarely get talked about because of the popularity of buds and flowers, but the results of a study undertaken by the Global Drug Survey (GDS) 2015 showed that it isn’t something that should be taken lightly.
Butane hash oil (BHO) or cannabis oil has the potential to be game changer, especially with the flourishing vaping industry behind its back. Here are some of the results of GDS’ study that might help steer the trajectory of BHO development in the future:
1. BHO is great for recreational and medicinal marijuana users
GDS’ study showed that both high potency herbal cannabis and BHO preparations have similar effect profiles, which means that most BHO products these days contain lots of THC—cannabis’ active ingredient responsible for its psychedelic effects. This makes it a good fit for recreational weed users. However, manufacturers are looking to make more balanced preparations of BHO in order to offset the negative effects of THC, such as paranoia, anxiety, and memory impairment. As such, CBD-containing BHO ideal for medical marijuana users are in the cards.
2. BHO can help you quit tobacco
According to GDS 2015, almost 70 percent of BHO users used non-tobacco routes of marijuana delivery, with less than 50 percent using some sort of vaping device. Previous studies have also shown that cannabis is the gateway drug to tobacco, with as much as 80 percent of cannabis users outside America preferring to mix their weed with tobacco. With combined use being associated with poorer quit rates, worse lung health, and higher rates of dependence, the fact that BHO leads to non-tobacco routes of administration only goes to show that it has the potential to lessen cigarette smoking in the general population.
3. BHO is more potent, thus riskier
Not all findings from GDS 2015 were good news. The study also suggested that people who use BHO got more stoned more quickly and for a longer duration than high potency herbal users. Because of this, people also build tolerance more quickly, getting them at higher risk for acute adverse effects. However, this does not mean that other cannabis types are safer, since more research is needed in order to quantify the use of other cannabis forms.
There is still a lot to learn about cannabis oil, so keeping our minds open on the findings of recent studies can help us make informed health decisions in the long run.
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