'Shatter': Man found with 100g of potent form of cannabis which looks like broken glass

The new variant has THC levels of 80 to 90 per cent

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A potent cannabis product, which is reportedly six times stronger than average, has been found on a man in Canada.

Police discovered approximately 100 grams of "shatter" after pulling the man over in his vehicle for driving while on a mobile phone in Nova Scotia.

Shatter is given its name due to the look and feel of the product, which is similar to broken glass. It is amber in colour and resembles toffee or honey. It is made by extracting resin from cannabis marijuana and soaking it in solvents, and is then extracted a second time which removes any lipids of fats.

Users normally take the drug by melting and then smoking it. The Canadian Mountain police have said the drug can be “quite toxic and often highly addictive”.

It is thought to be the purest and most powerful product, due to the levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

Constable Mark Skinner told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: “We’re looking at a THC level of 80 to 90 per cent in some cases. It certainly can pose a dangerous health risk for even experienced users.”

Although this was the first time shatter has been found in the province of Novia Scotia, it was also found in Ontario, Canada and Pennsylvania, USA in April, 2015.

Skunk, previously considered to be one of the strongest forms of the drug usually has around two or three times the levels of THC than normal pot.

The 21-year-old man faces charges of ‘possession for the purpose of trafficking’ and ‘operation of a motor vehicle while using a cell phone’ and will appear in court in October.

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