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People are risking their lives making super-strength cannabis in the UK

Butane hash oil is made using large amounts of flammable gas which can explode.

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PEOPLE ARE RISKING their lives by making super-strength cannabis, police in the UK have warned.

A highly dangerous new method in making butane hash oil is emerging in Britain, causing explosions, serious injuries and deaths.

Butane hash oil 

Police and fire crews have warned people about the dangers of butane hash oil, which is made using large amounts of the flammable gas, which can explode.

Yesterday, a Glasgow man whose drug lab exploded was jailed for more than six years. A man also died after an explosion seriously damaged a house in Birmingham.

A BBC investigation has revealed that two deaths and 27 people have been injured in 2014 from making the drug.

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The practice of making butane hash oil has been more popular in the US, however the rise in incidents suggests it is spreading across the Atlantic.

John Galvin from Fire Investigations UK told the BBC that butane is being used as a solvent to extract the products they require to make the oil.

The finished product is a very concentrated form of cannabis.

However, it takes very little to ignite it.

“Flicking a light switch, or it could be a fridge switching on and off,” said Galvin.


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