No, we aren’t talking about a dance move today. Funny how we Americans seem to take fun and positive things and go extreme and dark on them.
Just when I thought the negative influences on our children couldn’t get any worse, we get “dabs” or “wax,” the latest teen craze. So many of our youth think dabbing is harmless and a mighty fun thing to be doing. After all, “it’s just marijuana, dad!”
Not so fast there son. “Dabs” are concentrated hash-like THC, the ingredient in pot that produces the high. Dabbing has been described as “marijuana on steroids.” (Kevin Winslow, interview with Healthline, 2019).
The potency of dabs is frightening, especially for young people. Dabs are like a teenager quickly drinking five shots of whiskey as opposed to sipping through a couple of beers. What happens next is unpredictable, but it isn’t good. The effect hits before the brain can really process how far along intoxication is rolling. Kids sometimes pass out or go to sleep right after dabbing.
Even without dabbing, the new potent marijuana available today is a frightening escalation of intoxication for kids. The marijuana of today is not your hippy grandfather’s pot of the 1960s or even the more powerful pot of your 1980s pot-smoking parents. Now, marijuana is scientifically engineered for the faster and more explosive high.
Anyway, how did teen crazes in America devolve from dance moves, hula hoops, and other games to powerful drugs? Seems to be a rather devilish twist, to my thinking.
Dabbing is a relatively new phenomenon, and studies are just coming out about the dangers. As someone who loves children, I do not need an expert’s opinion to know that the earlier a child falls prey to bad things, the worse the effect will be on that child. The earlier that a child’s brain is exposed to getting intoxicated, and the more powerful the intoxicants, the more damaged the brain will be. And the more times a child is exposed to the bad thing, the more that child will be impacted long-term. Those are eternal truths. All people of goodwill know them to be true.
I have zero interest in debating whether marijuana is a “gateway” drug. When something is happening that is clearly harmful to children, it is time for action, not intellectual debate. Marijuana on steroids is a pathway to faster, deeper and dirtier highs.
With anxiety rampant, escapes from stress are very attractive to our youth. Most teens will choose a rollercoaster or a “big drop” over slower rides. Dabbing offers a rush. It is enormously popular with our youth. After passing out, they brag to their friends on Snapchat. The power of the internet is being put to not-so-good use in this instance!
It’s the age-old tragic story. You give someone too much power too fast at too early an age. Then you watch them self-destruct. The potent marijuana available today is too much for children to handle. Dabbing is at another level, and it saddens me for the kids.
Dabbing has a druggy feel to it. The manner in which dabs are ingested and manufactured reminds a viewer of so-called “hard drugs” like methamphetamines or heroin. The dabs themselves actually look like heroin. Any kid can get on Google or Youtube and learn how to make a dab with butane. You will get a dirty, drug-culture feeling, watching how dabs are made or ingested. I worry for the teenagers watching videos of other kids immersed in this culture and then living in the dab-manufacture and smoking world.
Dabs are easy to hide and dabbing produces less smoke and smell than smoking the marijuana plant directly. If you find small torches and/or butane around your place, it is time to investigate what your kids are doing. If you see nails, screwdrivers, other tools or utensils with burnt edges, your children are probably dabbing. Listen to your kids when they are talking to other kids. Talk to other parents. There is a very good internet site which shows parents the “tricks” kids use and the signs of drug or alcohol use. (powertotheparent.org). Look at the article “Hidden in Plain Sight” on their website.
Of course marijuana/thc is legal in some states, including Washington state. It is NOT legal in any state in the U.S. for persons under twenty-one-years-old to possess or use marijuana. Every parent gets to set the parameters on what they will allow their children to do. For my teens, I am choosing a zero tolerance for marijuana use and especially dabbing! This is a fight worth fighting.
By: Neil Presley Cox
Are you hurting on the inside at this moment? Maybe you are reading this because you feeling bad about something.
Some problems are not only painful but seem to be impossible to fix. The internet is full of information. Unfortunately, much of it is designed to mislead or to separate you from your cash. It may not offer you much help if you are already confused about things. So, where do you turn for answers?
I wish I had quick fixes for your problems and mine. I do not. What I have is something even better in the long run: a hope which comes from faith. With that, I can keep my sanity and continue loving the people around me even when things do not get fixed.
Here is a way to start your own journey to deal with the hurt:
First, take some quiet time and accept yourself. Be gentle to yourself. You are who you are at this very moment: stardust, a child of God. You have made mistakes and yet, today, you are starting on a better path. Give yourself a break.
Next, one way or another, you are going to need a little hope. Without it, you will lack motivation to take any positive action in your life. Life without hope is like life without sunshine. We are left shivering and immobile.
This does not mean hope that everything will be fixed just the way you want it. Other people may or may not change or do what you want them to do. This is the kind of hope that can give you a happier life, regardless of how other people choose to behave.
Hope can come when you take a small step in a direction your heart knows is right. A little action is required here. For an addict, this might mean talking to someone at a treatment center. Just talking about options for now might open the door and let in a little light.
Helping someone else with no expectation of a pay-back is another way to restore a little hope.
The third suggestion I have is to consult with people who have made it to the place in life you hope to reach. Look for kind people and run from users and double-talkers. When you find the right person(s), find out what they did, and continue to do, to overcome the same obstacles you face. Start doing some of those things yourself, over and over again.
For me, I cannot start down the third suggestion without having done some work on the first two. Someone could bring me a gold-plated solution to whatever is bothering me, and without some self-directed gentleness and the light of hope, I would turn right away from it. Oh, sure, my eyes might light up for a second. It’s just that my spirit wouldn’t be able to sustain any action without gentleness and hope.
Finally, use the “Five Percent Rule” to help you continue along the way. This means not trying to solve everything in three hours. Bite off a small piece just for today and let momentum guide you along.
Do you have a comment? I would love to hear from you.