Mother who learned to make hash oil from YouTube videos charged with endangering kids after house explosion

This dark oil is the pure concentrated form of cannabis extracted in numerous different ways. (Photo by Jamie Forde/NurPhoto)
This dark oil is the pure concentrated form of cannabis extracted in numerous different ways. (Photo by Jamie Forde/NurPhoto)

A mother has been charged for putting her four children in danger after an explosion occurred in her home while she was attempting to make hash oil. It was something, she told police, that she’d learned by watching YouTube videos.

In December 2018, Lenne S. Parsons, 34, was attempting to make hash oil in the laundry room of her Kennewick, Wash., home when vapors from the butane she used during the extraction process ignited, according to the Tri-City Herald.

According to court documents obtained by the outlet, Parsons' children, all under the age of 11, were eating lunch in the dining room while she was attempting to extract THC from the resin secreted by the marijuana plant. If successful, the final product can have a THC concentration of approximately 80 percent, as opposed to traditional cannabis, which has a 14-15 percent concentration of THC, according to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.

"She said at the time of the explosion she heard one of her children come up behind her and say 'mom,' at which point she felt the heat and saw an orange flash," prosecutors wrote.

After the explosion, Parsons grabbed her children and took them to the backyard. Kennewick firefighters and police responded to the scene. Parsons was treated for burns to her hands and arms at a local hospital. Her son was also sent to the hospital to be checked out, as he had singed hair and complained of pain in his feet.

Firefighters extinguished the flames and found a large quantity of marijuana and butane tubes in the home. They alerted the police.

After securing a search warrant, investigators found "a pile of green vegetable matter on the ground consistent with marijuana, an extraction tool to extract resin from marijuana, [and] an electric griddle on the dryer in the laundry room with razor blades with a golden gummy substance on them consistent with marijuana resin."

The court document also shows that a box of 12 cans of butane, seven 1-gallon bags of marijuana and a Pyrex pie plate with residue consistent with marijuana resin was seized at the scene.

If convicted of the charges of reckless endangerment and manufacture, deliver or possess with the intent to manufacture or deliver marijuana oil, Parsons could face up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

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