Dabbing is becoming more popular all over the country. This is mostly because people are choosing it as a different method of using marijuana. It has become especially popular in states where marijuana is legal.
Dabbing is when a person inhales and uses a small portion of a vaporized or concentrated drug. This can be a small amount of cannabis extract or resin. Dabbing can be very dangerous. In fact, it can be more dangerous than people think. This is why the growth of dabbing is beginning to alarm authorities, medical professionals, and citizens around the United States.
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Defining a Dab
The main extract you will find in dab weed is butane hash oil, often referred to as BHO. In order to create this type of concentrated form of marijuana a person would have to use butane. This is a very combustible and flammable chemical. The process alone can cause explosions and be extremely dangerous. Once this part of the process is completed, the butane is removed, which results in a sticky, resinous dab. The consistency of dab can vary. It depends on the overall details of how it’s created. There are many names for dab which include the following:
- Honey oil
- Black grass
This extract can contain around 60-80 percent THC, compared to regular marijuana that has around 12 to 13 percent THC. This means a person can use less dab to get the same high they experience when using regular marijuana. However, it also means side effects can be more powerful and dangerous, as well.
Risks of Dabbing
BHO can be smoked with an oil pipe, glass bong, or water pipe. People are also using e-cigarettes and vaporizers to smoke dab. This way it is easy to conceal and helps them hide the odor of the drug. Some people even put dab in food or drinks, as well. Edibles containing BHO give a person the ability to ingest highly, potent and concentrated THC. This method of using dab has the potential to cause people to pass out or have trouble breathing.
Since, dabbing has a higher THC concentration than marijuana, the psychological and physical effects may be much worse than regular marijuana. When a person creates this particular type of marijuana, they place dab on paraphernalia which is heated to temperatures of about 400 degrees Celsius. Of course, the dangers of this can be fires and burns on the person’s skin. It also can lead to the person inhaling rust, benzene, and other harmful chemicals, which can all lead to long term health problems. In addition, many studies show about 80 percent of marijuana concentrates which have been evaluated were contaminated by residual solvent and dangerous pesticides.
The creation of BHO or dab involve a person using butane, which is extremely flammable. Many people say the dangers of creating BHO are similar to those of making meth. Plus, there are many people who get seen every year in hospital emergency rooms for burns because they participated in making BHO. Some of these people even needed skin grafts and suffered severely from their burns.
Due to the fact there isn’t much research on dabbing, it is actually hard to identify all the risks associated with the drug. However, many people speculate dabbing can increase the odds of someone having a fall, accident, health problems, and blacking out. However, further studies do need to be done in order to better understand the complete list of dabbing dangers.
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Dabbing Withdrawals and Abuse
Some studies show people who abuse marijuana as a teenager may be at higher risk of psychosis. It also may affect their brain development in a negative way. Many experts are saying dabbing can affect people in the same way. In addition, they believe dab has many of the same withdrawal symptoms as marijuana. Some symptoms associated with marijuana withdrawal include the following:
- Aches and pains
A person can experience some or all of these symptoms when they quit using marijuana or stop dabbing. If you have took the initiative to stop using and need help with your withdrawal symptoms, the best thing to do is contact a drug or alcohol addiction treatment center today. These facilities are dedicated to helping people overcome their marijuana and dab withdrawal symptoms.
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Treatment for Marijuana Disorders
There is a false belief which indicates marijuana is not an addictive substance. This is why many people do not believe they need to find treatment. However, several studies show over 4 million people in America have a marijuana use disorder. Some signs a person could be suffering with this type of disorder include the following:
- Stop doing activities they love because of marijuana usage
- Continue to use marijuana even though it is affecting their relationships
- Have problems going to school or work
- Frequently, dismiss their responsibilities
- Continue using marijuana even if they are facing significant consequences
- Using the drug more and more frequently with each passing day
- Spend a lot of time trying to get the drug
- Have cravings for marijuana
Thankfully, there is treatment for marijuana and dabbing use disorders. Some research on marijuana indicates the best treatment for this type of disorder requires a combination of motivational and behavioral therapy, along with contingency management programs. These services can help a person overcome their need for marijuana and dabbing, prevent them from relapsing, and give them the courage to lead a life without substance abuse.
Although, dabbing is becoming a popular fad around America, you should be concerned with its dangers. It can cause fires, burns, breathing issues, and possibly long term health problems. In addition, it can be addictive and trying to quit using the substance can be very difficult. However, it is possible, if you or a loved one would like help with your dabbing or marijuana addiction, today is the best time to contact a treatment center and get the help you deserve.
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