It’s been a solid year for tabloid-driven drug scares.
First came the panic over the impact super-strength skunk has on mental health. Then it shifted to synthetic legal high Spice, which led to several high-profile hospital admissions (mostly of students) before there were moves to have the synthetic cannabinoid outlawed.
Next up for scaremongering is likely to be ‘dabbing’, a form of smoking a powerful cannabis oil.
Dabbing involves heating concentrated Butane Hash Oil (BHO) – also known as dabs, honey oil, wax, shatter and budder – and inhaling it through a glass pipe or bong. It’s a process that has led to dabbing being dubbed ‘cannabis crack’.
“Dabbing means people can enjoy cannabis without mixing it with tobacco. From a public health perspective that is potentially a real game changer”
Even seasoned smokers are surprised by the strength. Street cannabis has around a 15 per cent concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. A dab has up to 90 per cent. It’s been said if a regular joint is like having a pint, a dab is the equivalent of downing a quarter of vodka.
Despite the potency experts say dabbing could be a “game changing” way of getting stoned – because it’s healthier than smoking cannabis with its traditional mix of tobacco.
Dr Adam Winstock who helps produce the Global Drugs Survey told Loaded, “Dabbing could be the thing that means people can enjoy cannabis without mixing it with tobacco. From a public health perspective, that’s potentially a real game changer.”
Dabs can also be rubbed into the skin, gums, or even turned into a suppository, if shoving cannabis up your tunnel is how you like to get on one.