You may have heard students talk about dabbing, and thought they were referring to the popular dance. But, dabbing is a discreet way to ingest marijuana concentrates, that looks a lot like vaping and is growing more popular with students. Dabbing involves inhaling vapors of highly concentrated THC, the chemical in marijuana that makes users feel high and carries some major health risks for students.
The most dangerous part of dabbing, short-term, is that it can cause heart palpitations, anxiety, and panic attacks. Long-term use can cause addiction or dependency problems, along with issues surrounding learning and thinking.
Dabbing also exposes students to dangerous toxins - high levels of benzene, a known carcinogen, and methacrolein, a noxious irritant, in the vapor. But exposure to toxins isn’t the only risk, the amateur heating process, known as “blasting,” also comes with fire risks comparable to those of manufacturing methamphetamine.
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Read our recent blog post for ways to encourage students to put down the e-cigarettes.
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