Adults don’t know about it, but kids do. We learned about it from kids on the street. It’s called “dab.”
“‘Dab’ is marijuana cooked down into a highly concentrated paste,” said Det. Larry McKinnon of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
‘Dab’, also know as BHO or Butane Hash Oil, was popular in the 70s, but it’s making a comeback — and more potent than ever.
“It’s big out West. We haven’t had a problem with it here yet, but we are anticipating it. Whatever starts out there, eventually comes here,” said McKinnon.
Children can easily get information about it. All they need to do is push a button on their smartphones.
“Everyone has heard of Instagram. Just enter #DAB and immediately, more than 400,000 pictures come up,” said McKinnon.
Part of the danger of ‘dab’ is in its production. Highly volatile chemicals are used, and amatuer scientists are blowing themselves up making it. Just last year, two people were seriously burned when their St. Pete home exploded. Neighbors watched it happen.
“He came out and said ‘call my mom.’ I said, ‘you need to call 911 cause you’re burnt. I can smell your flesh,’ ” said a neighbor.
The impact of the house explosion was so powerful, it blew the walls out, and that’s the danger parents need to know about. If you hear your kids talking about ‘dab’ or ‘dabbing’, or you see it in their texts, intervene.