The New Drug Trend of "Dabbing" — What is It?

The New Drug Trend of "Dabbing" — What is It?
The New Drug Trend of "Dabbing" — What is It?

 

Many troubled teens turn to drugs to help them cope with the daily pressures that are put on them.

Between school, social issues, and home problems (most teens do not get along with their parents), teens doing drugs is becoming increasingly more of an issue. Substance abuse in teens has not only increased in frequency, but also in subtlety. Many teens have found ways of doing drugs that hide the evidence from their parents and other authorities. Dabbing is one of these ways.

What is Dabbing? 

Dabbing is a way to ingest cannabis that involves very highly concentrated amounts – dabs – or butane hash oil (BHO). This hard wax is made by extracting THC – the active ingredient in marijuana, that creates the high – from cannabis through a process that involves using butane gas as the solvent. Alternatively, dabs can also be made from extraction methods that involve CO2 or ice water instead. Dabs are incredibly popular, though, because they contain around 70-90% THC, which is far more than the typical cannabis flower. It creates a more powerful high than smoking a “bowl” of marijuana leaves, but it is also more dangerous. Due to the high concentration of THC, just a small dab is needed to achieve the high your teen is seeking. As a result, many teens refer to dabs as being the “crack” of marijuana. 

The high from concentrated THC oil gives such a different, intense high; this poses higher risks to beginner users. In fact, the high is so intense that it can literally knock you unconscious. For example, there has been a case in which one person nearly cracked their skull when their head hit the sidewalk, and yet another (experienced) smoker broke her two front teeth when she hit her face on the ground after passing out from dabbing. 

Some teens wonder, is "dabbing" a seemingly harmless substance really that damaging?