Oct 02

What’s In a Name

In what is perhaps William Shakespeare’s most popular play, Romeo and Juliet, the celebrated bard declares through his heroine, Juliet, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet; so Romeo would, were he not Romeo called, retain that dear perfection which he owes.” In this famous stanza, Juliet declares that in spite of Romeo, whom she loves, being an avowed enemy of her family, her love for him cannot dim and in her eyes his glory will not fade.

If a rose by any other name is just as sweet then the adverse must also be true. A poison called by any other name is still just as deadly. Dabbing, a new way of smoking marijuana allows the user to smoke the THC oil instead of the plant material itself. This allows for a more intense high, but according to some mental health officials it also causes more harmful mental side effects.

As is often true of teen passion—think Romeo and Juliet—logic sometimes takes a backseat to the pleasures of the moment. The NIMH, National Institute of Mental Health, recently released a study stating something most parents have known for years…that a child’s brain is still developing. But one fascinating point the NIMH’s study did highlight was that the human brain is still under heavy construction until well into the early 20’s.

It is this mental fog that allows the juvenile to confuse the thrill of having fun with life threatening behaviors. Perhaps it’s to this brain-fog, too, that accounts for the rise in popularity of this new type of ingesting marijuana known as dabbing.

Along with the risks of brain damage, the act of dabbing brings with it an increased danger of explosion. According to Tiffany John, LMSW, a Research Associate at CASA Columbia, There have been increasing news reports of houses and apartment buildings exploding as a result of dabbing, leaving individuals in need of skin grafts and reconstructive surgery for severe burns, broken bones or can even lead to death. The increase in explosions has resulted in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to issue a special warning about the dangers of manufacturing hash oil.

Oil slick, a small jar to hold the weed oil; a dabber, a dentistry looking tool for scraping the oil out of the jar. Or perhaps the oil rig, a bong like specialty pipe to smoke the marijuana oil; and finally the nail, the part that is attached to the oil rig to super-heat the oil for dabbing. These are all terms specific to dabbing, but in our comparison, let us not forget the words of our dear Juliet, So Romeo would retain that dear perfection which he owes, the fancy new words and tools does nothing to diminish the inherent dangers of using brain altering drugs.

Dabbing not only allows for a more discreet mode of ingestion—often no detectable odor—it delivers a more intense dosage of the drug to the blood stream. With this increased high also comes the increased risk of addiction and other health risk, not to mention burns and explosions. If after checking out the video links and the hyperlinked news leads I’ve embedded in this edition, you have any further questions about dabbing or any other drug issue, feel free to reach out to your SRO Corps here at The Resource….


Checkout the links down below for more information.

1. What You Should Know About Marijuana Concentrates/ Honey Butane Oil

2. Downloadable pamphlet on marijuana concentrates.