Not trying to start a fight, just some observations I've had about concentrates that will hopefully spur an insightful discussion. For the truly ill, concentrates have a place, sure. But for the recreational user, I have several issues. First, one of the beautiful things about cannabis is its simplicity: it requires very little preparation after picking. Same goes for the coca leaf, a wonderful and safe drug when all alkaloids remain intact as a whole plant product. However, when the active alkaloids are extracted and the entourage chemicals left behind, cocaine is produced, which is a super-potent and addictive drug. Similarly, the opium poppy can be manipulated into an even more dangerous drug through extraction. Or fermented potato mash can be distilled into vodka. Obviously, cannabis is different, but a similar process occurs in the production of Marinol, which isolates THC. And the negative side effects of Marinol are well-documented. What is left behind in your typical BHO or ice water hash process? Interestingly, and on a somewhat related note, I have noticed that drip coffee gives me a jumpy harsh buzz whereas french press coffee is smoother and more well-rounded. Paper filters limit the amount of insolubles in the final brew, whereas the wider pore mesh filter allows insolubles and solubles alike to mingle. Cannabis extracts are a natural course for the marijuana-dependent after they have moved through the usual methods of intoxication. First, a joint suffices, then only lung-busting bong rips will get you off, and then, ahhhh, BHO, the wonder cannabis product. It's like getting high for the first time. But what happens once the body is habituated to huge doses of cannabinoids? What kind of effect does this have on withdrawal? Or psychological dependence? Now this is where I might lose all of you: I think BHO is a symptom of the widening gap we place between ourselves and nature. No longer content with a simple beautiful earth flower, we must manipulate a perfectly perfect plant into something with more kick that doesn't resemble its natural form. It's just a brown drug substance after extraction, not a flower. Further, BHO seems to be all about image with most users I know. Their instagram accounts are filled with pictures and videos of them dabbing with their stylish rigs. Most of these people work at/run dispensaries. Is this medical marijuana? OK, so I'm a bit biased. But no hate toward the dabbers out there, honest.