We recently shared a video of exploding hash -- a chunk of what I was told was in-house butane shatter oil that flared up like a flamethrower when it hit my titanium nail and sent a cloud of stringy, black particles of tar into the air. See it below.
Earlier this week, we dropped a sample to be tested in the hope of figuring out what was actually in this stuff. Now, the results are in -- sort of.
After seeing the video we posted online, Charlie Steinberg, owner of Herbal Synergy offered to run the test for us through his portable gas chromatography machine. Steinberg regularly tests hash and waxes from dozens of dispensaries around the state and he told us the results on real shatter hash should never come out below 50 percent THC -- and most of the time it's much higher than that.
So when tests on our sample came back less potent than most dried flowers do, Steinberg was admittedly surprised. Here are the numbers:
"I ran the sample and have not seen anything like this! In over 4,000 tests this is quite unusual," he writes. "The sample did have some THC9 and CBD, about 5% each. The other peaks we see are going to be looked into now."
For those non-scientists out there, the test essentially works by taking some of the hash, mixing it with a solvent, then burning it in a controlled environment in an intricate machine to find out what elements burn off and at what temperature. By comparing that with known results from lab-produced standards, the tester can find out what something is and how much of it exists in the sample.
The problem is, if you don't have standards to test against, it can be hard to determine what something is or isn't. Herbal Synergy can test for cannabinoid levels, mold and mildew, but finding out exactly what is in the "hash" sample we gave him is more difficult.
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It wasn't inert plant material -- that much we know. But Steinberg says he isn't sure what the remaining 90 percent of the "hash" was. We left him with a large chunk and he says he is going to continue to run tests through the weekend on a few other substances for which he can obtain standards. We'll update this post if anything else comes up.
Calls to 420 Wellness on Alameda, where we got the hash, still have not been returned.
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So while we still don't know exactly what caused the chunk of pseudo-hash to burst into flames, we at least have some more definitive proof of how bunk it really is.
Here's the video: