Teenagers that have been smoking marijuana are now being introduced to marijuana mabs. Marijuana dabs (pictured below) contain butane hash oil, which is a highly potent form of marijuana. Dabs go by other names such as honey, oil, wax, or ear wax, due to its sticky amber appearance. Dabs have a higher THC concentration compared to the plant form of marijuana.
Donald Davies, former manager of a Sacramento marijuana dispensary said, “Dabs can be 70% THC compared to high end cannabis plants, which register between 15% and 25% [THC]”. How are dabs ingested? According to Dr. Jeffery Hergenrather “The user inhales a small amount of vaporized and/or burned cannabis concentrate that has been placed on a “nail” with a tiny spatula or needle. A single deep inhalation has a stronger and faster psychoactive effect than any other delivery method can provide”.
Major studies on marijuana dabs haven’t yet been conducted, but Dr. Itai Danovitch, president-elect of the California Society of Addiction Medicine says, “Evidence suggests the drug is addictive”.
Though dabs may seem like a more potent high, they are also more hazardous. Furthermore, butane contains a combination of hydrocarbons that include benzene, ethyl, mercaptan, heptane, and hexane. Long term effects may include heart problems and brain damage.
Those addicted to marijuana dabs must find a treatment center that is right for them. If you know your child is abusing this drug, don’t wait to get help! Call us today at Inspirations for Youth and Families at (888) 757-6237. Our trained counselors will be able to answer all of your questions for free. We are here to help you.