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Hash oil, also known as butane hash oil (BHO)butane honey oil, butter, dabs, amber, oil, shatter, honeycomb, liquid THC, or cannabis oil, is a marijuana derivative obtained through extraction using butane oil, a highly inflammable fuel product. The residue obtained after the extraction process can then be smoked, vaporized, or even ingested with an edible, at provides a strong rush and acts instantly on the cannabis receptors of the human brain. 

Hash oil is a potent derivative of marijuana with the concentration of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabino (TCH) being anywhere between 50 to 90 percent. According to a studyin the 1990s, the THC content in confiscated marijuana products were nearly 4 percent, which by 2014, had risen to almost 12 percent. 

After the extraction using butane oil, all present gas is removed from the mixture so that the extract can be used as wax-like or honey-type residue. However, it should be noted that many people have been injured trying to extract BHO as the process involves a flammable component making it dangerous. 

Hash oil can be consumed with the help of a dab rig, nail, and torch flame, commonly known as “dabbing. It refers to the process of heating the dab ring and placing a drop of hash oil on the heated surface. The smoke from the hash oil is then inhaled with the help of a pipe giving a high that is more intoxicating than smoking. 

Effects and consequences of hash oil consumption

The use of hash oil is popular amongst teens and young adults and has been observed that the majority of the users are under the age of 25 and smoke it using a vaporizer or a charcoal puck. Teen marijuana abuse leads to impairment in learning, memory, and thinking functions and can lead to problems in academics, relationshipsand worsening mental and physical health. 

Due to the high THC concentration, the physical and psychological effects of abusing hash oils are severe compared to marijuana. BHO abuse may lead to: 

  • Malaise 
  • Anxiety 
  • Paranoia 
  • Drowsiness 
  • Panic attacks 
  • Hallucinations 
  • Slowed speech 
  • Lack of motivation 
  • Feeling disoriented 
  • Reduced inhibitions 
  • Weakened judgment 
  • Lack of concentration 
  • Impaired ability to drive 
  • Developing a feeling of timelessness 
  • Reduced or partial loss of short-term memory 
  • Increase in blood pressure and heart rate 
  • Drug tolerance due to prolonged use leading to consumption of larger quantity 

Long-term use of hash oil may lead to dependence which gradually turns into an addiction because of which, a young individual might start avoiding school and sportsIn addition, marijuana is also known to affect brain development, especially in teens. 

Given its highly addictive nature, sudden cessation of BHO may lead to the development of severe withdrawal symptoms like: 

  • Anxiety 
  • Tremors  
  • Insomnia 
  • Irritability 
  • Nightmares 
  • Restlessness 
  • Night sweats 
  • Vivid dreaming 
  • Sleep disorders 
  • Upset stomach 
  • Fever and chills 
  • Lack of appetite 
  • Anger and irritability

Treatment of hash oil addiction

Treatment of addiction to hash oil is similar to the treatment of marijuana. With the combination of medically supervised detox program and therapy along with counseling sessions, recovery is possible. While a detox program helps flush out the drug and the associated toxins from the system and manage the withdrawal symptoms, behavioral therapies, support groups, and counseling help change the negative thought process, identify the triggers, and learn to deal with them. A strong aftercare program helps avoid relapse and maintain lifelong recovery. 

Treatment at Adeona Healthcare

Adeona Healthcare, a leading rehab center for teens aged 12 to 17 yearsprovides comprehensive treatment programs foteen drug and alcohol addiction, mental health disorders, and dualdiagnosis. In addition to medications, our trained medical team also offers solution-focused therapy (SFT), dialectical behavior therapy (BDT), and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) which all increase the chances of long-term recovery. 

We understand that teenagers are sensitive and therefore needs delicate care. Hence why we individualize the treatment program for each of our teen patients keeping in mind their treatment goals and requirements. For further information, call our 24/7 helpline 8883799360 or chat online with a representative. 

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