A new study published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows why most extractions are best left to the professionals. The Canadian researchers behind "Burns from illegal cannabis oil manufacturing" looked at the data for 161 burn patients at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary between April 2012 and March 2014, and they identified 12 people who sustained their injuries from cannabis oil production. The researchers compared the 12 extraction-related burn patients to the other 149 burn patients, who served as the control group, and they found notable differences, including the following:
- 83 percent were male vs. 74 percent for the control group
- 75 percent were 40 years old or younger vs. 48 percent for the control group
- 75 percent of the cannabis oil burn patients required skin grafting
- Burns covered 24 percent of the body surface area vs. nine percent for the control group
Overall, the patients who burned themselves trying to make cannabis oil spent an average of 32 days in the hospital's burn unit.
"Burns from illegal cannabis oil manufacturing are large, require extensive management and involve younger patients than burns in general," noted the researchers, who argued that this is a health concern worth monitoring and addressing. It's also a reminder that making cannabis concentrates can involve risk, and professional training, equipment and safety procedures are absolutely essential. Otherwise, you might be spending a month in the hospital with a quarter of your skin fried extra crispy.
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