On 25 August, a report from Insight Crime says that a series of seizures and drug raids across Latin America have revealed how previously niche high-strength marijuana products are establishing themselves within the region’s drug markets. These products are known as “concentrates” and use mechanical or chemical separation techniques to create much more potent forms of marijuana by extracting high levels of THC. Low-grade marijuana herb that is mass cultivated tends to contain between 2% and 10% THC, while concentrated forms of marijuana contain anywhere between 20% to 30% – in the case of “hashish” or marijuana resin – and 60% to 90% – in the case of highly processed extracts like “THC oil” or “wax”. In the article InSight Crime examines 5 countries at the forefront of this development.
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