Alberta police are sounding the alarm about a trending drug that one user says is crucial to her well being.
St. Albert RCMP announced last Thursday they had seized 49 grams of the highly concentrated marijuana derivative “shatter” from a home in Fleetwood Crescent, where they also seized more than 100 grams of marijuana.
They arrested two men during the seizure, made on April 21 following an extensive investigation.
“As shatter is so highly concentrated, it is important that residents recognize it and be educated about its risks so everyone can be a part of keeping our community safe,” RCMP said in a press release.
Mounties describe shatter as a “highly potent” marijuana derivative that is hard and toffee-like in appearance.
While marijuana generally has a THC level of 12-15 per cent, shatter can have levels of the psychoactive ingredient up to 90 per cent, RCMP say.
Edmonton Police Service drug expert Det. Guy Pilon said shatter started showing up about three years ago in Edmonton and police have been seeing more of it this year.
He said police have concerns about the making of the drug, in which butane is often used to extract the THC from marijuana plant leftovers – a process also called “dabbing” – which can cause explosions.