Dab Drug Side Effects and Why It Can Be Dangerous
Among the dab drug side effects that are still being discovered include psychosis, anxiety, severe hallucinations, and high levels of paranoia due to the concentrated amounts of THC entering the body.
Faulty equipment and the dangerous THC extraction process pose further dangers to the user and others around them. Using an unknown extraction compound could also lead to overdose risk as unscrupulous dealers add dangerous drugs and chemicals to their dab mixtures.
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Every few years, a new trend enters the world of substance abuse; whether it’s a new drug compound or a new way to use a known drug. The implications and long-term effects are completely unknown at first because time is needed to do ample research on the negative effects.
It has become clear what some of the initial dab drug side effects are, while many other dangers of using such concentrated amounts of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, may yet reveal themselves over time. In this article, we will explore the current main risks involved with dabbing.
Side Effects of Concentrated Cannabis
Many of the side effects of cannabis are well documented. These side effects include anxiety, hallucinations, psychosis, and paranoia. However, such high concentrations of THC being inhaled through dabbing hasn’t yet been fully documented because it is a relatively recent change to the otherwise old drug.
The more serious dab drug side effects include vomiting and other side effects that are coming to light, even after short-term exposure to dabs, which is usually associated with chronic, heavy use of cannabis.
An Increase in Tolerance
One of the biggest concerns that healthcare professionals have concerning dab drug side effects is the development of a tolerance to the drug’s effects. Due to the much stronger dose of THC that dabs have compared to normal cannabis, tolerance increases far more rapidly.
Some medical professionals fear that this increased exposure to THC will result in users requiring far higher than normal amounts of the drug in order to experience the desired effect, and they may not be able to experience any sensation from herbal cannabis eventually.
Users of dabs often report that their experience is nothing like they are used to by smoking cannabis normally. Common names for dabs include “pot on steroids” and “shatter”, providing insight into the drug’s potency. According to some estimates, one inhalation of a dab product can be as potent as 10 similar inhalations of herbal cannabis.
The risk here is that users may not be aware of just how hard the drug may hit their system as the concentrated THC dose takes effect so suddenly. This may lead to a higher risk of psychosis, paranoia, disturbing hallucinations, and the other effects associated with heavy cannabis use.
The Dangers of the Extraction Process
The dangerous dab drug side effects are not limited to just the use of the drug; it’s common for people to attempt the THC extraction process themselves. The process involves butane, which is a volatile, highly flammable liquid.
One study found that it was exceedingly easy for people attempting to extract THC to receive severe burns and other injuries. Burns can happen in an instant due to the extremely high temperatures that butane burns at.
Several reports of building fires have already been recorded, which were started due to the THC extraction process. Some of the people responsible are serving up to nine years in prison.
While cannabis may be legal in many states, the dangers of dab drugs are yet to be fully explored.
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