A new type of marijuana is growing in popularity in Central Ohio. Commonly referred to as "dabs" or "wax," this highly concentrated marijuana has Ohio police concerned. "Dabbing" has even become popular among many casual users.
Dabbing is new to Central Ohio, it's only been around for about 18 months, but it has been widely used on the West Coast for nearly a decade.
One Worthington Police Sergeant described dabs as "the marijuana equivalent of crack cocaine."
Following the Dabbing Trend on Social Media
One way police in Ohio have picked up on the trend is by closely following social media. It is not uncommon for Ohio residents, primarily those in their teens to early 30s, who dab to post about it on social media using lingo such as "Dabber McGee" and "Dabginity."
Open talk about dabbing on social media indicates that dabs have become the norm.
"When it's normal to talk about, it's normal to do it," commented police.
How Dabs Are Made
To make marijuana dabs, manufacturers isolate the most potent parts of the marijuana in a container. Butane, the highly flammable compound, is then used to extract THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) - marijuana's active ingredient – and the final product is inhaled.
What makes dabbing so dangerous is its high THC concentration. Researchers have conducted studies on various samples of seized dabs and found that the concentration levels reach 70 to 90 percent.
Ohio police are educating the public about this new type of marijuana through programs like Operation Street Smart.
Dabs give users a stronger high, faster. Because of this, one drug addict explained, "It's going to be cool to smoke dab because… everyone's trying to figure out that way that's the easiest."
High THC concentration isn't the only aspect of dabs that causes concern. Many health experts warn of dangers during the manufacturing process. Butane is highly flammable and can explode. In fact, one butane-related explosion has already happened in Columbus.
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