Since legalization in 2017, there’s been a massive influx of licensed producers and private retailers coming to the fore, including Burb. But does mean that all weed and cannabis products in the market are legal? No! There’s still a ton of grey and black market product available for purchase. While this may seem like a positive thing for some, a huge difference between products coming from the unregulated market vs. the legal market is quality control.
As an example, there’s a massive difference in quality between grey market and legal market shatter - products from the grey market don’t go through the same strenuous process to remove impurities. This results in products that contain traces of propane, hexane, and other dangerous variations which are extremely harmful to the human body. In a recent study conducted by the University of British Columbia, researchers found that gas and heavy metals found in grey market shatter had a similar damaging effect on the brain similar to those who consumed narcotics such as heroin.
Another danger in grey market shatter is the level of pesticides in the starting material (flower) used by grey market producers. If the flower contains banned pesticides, the shatter concentration process will inevitably concentrate the pesticides as well. This could result in consumers inhaling high doses of pesticides alongside THC in their shatter.
Check out our Guide to Shatter to get more product and quality information, dab tutorials and more.