A new form of super-strength cannabis dubbed “cannabis shatter” has hit the streets of the North East.
Police raided a property on Whernside Walk in Ryton, Gateshead , on Thursday after gathering intelligence that the drug was allegedly being produced there.
Officers uncovered a “cannabis shatter factory”, which they say is one of the first to have been found in the region.
A 25-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were both arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a class B drug.
Here is everything you need to know about the harmful drug.
What is cannabis shatter? Cannabis shatter seized from a house in Gateshead (Image: Northumbria Police)
Shatter, also known as Butane Hash Oil (BHO), is made by using large amounts of highly flammable butane gas.
That helps strip THC – the active ingredient in cannabis – out of the plant and leaves a glass-like extract that hardens to give the appearance of cooled caramel or honeycomb.
It is then broken up into small shards for users to smoke it as they would a cannabis plant.
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Drug experts warn that shatter is more potent than cannabis in its traditional form.
They say it is up to 10 times stronger than normal cannabis and can cause long-lasting psychiatric problems.
The drug is also found to have more intense negative effects such as drug induced psychosis, anxiety and paranoia.
Are there any other concerns? Cannabis shatter (Image: handout)
Yes, those who produce the drug are putting themselves and others in serious danger.
The process to create the substance involves using butane gas to