New cannabis drug hits Illinois streets
It looks like toffee or peanut brittle, but parents be warned that this new marijuana drug is no sweet treat.
Shatter, also known as wax, sap, butter, butane oil and a number of other nicknames, has recently made its way to the Chicagoland area. This highly potent marijuana product, considered the purest and most powerful weed, is extremely dangerous.
Police in Illinois are warning the public about its potential dangers.
“Shatter is extremely poisonous and destructive to the nerve tissue,” Illinois State Police officials said in a statement. “The drug contains high levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which can cause users to disconnect from reality leading to hallucinations and other types of psychosis.”
The cannabis product resembles clear, thin sheets of dried honey or tree sap, and is made by an extraction process that removes any lipids or fats. Users usually melt the product and inhale the smoke to get high. The product typically contains 80 to 90 percent THC – making it six times stronger than the average marijuana cigarette.
Police haven’t seen the drug before August, when it was discovered during a routine traffic stop in Grundy County. At that moment, police confiscated over 100 pounds of Shatter and arrested three people for possession.
“Shatter can contain chemicals very toxic to the brain and nervous system,” says Dr. Rubinstein. “Users may be more likely to experience hallucinations, delusions, psychotic breaks, seizures and serious medical events that could have long lasting and life-changing consequences.”
Dr. Rubinstein stresses that parents aware of the affects the drugs could have on themselves and people around them.
“One exposure could lead to hallucinations or seizures that could cause an auto accident, or lead the kid to commit serious harm to themselves or another person,” he says, adding that parents should talk to their children about illicit drugs and addictions at a very early age. “Once a child understands ‘dangerous’ and ‘addiction,’ it’s a good time to begin the conversations.”
Illinois State Police also warned that shatter is becoming more available in this area popular among kids and young adults. Parents should be on the lookout.
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