‘Dabbing:’ Dangerous New Drug Seized in Maryland

"This is the crack of marijuana," one official quoted a user as saying of the concentrated butane hash oil.

Screen shot from ABC15 News, which reports "Dabbing" is becoming a problem in Arizona.
Screen shot from ABC15 News, which reports "Dabbing" is becoming a problem in Arizona.

A drug that is gaining popularity on the West Coast is moving eastward and is expected to become more of a threat in Maryland, according to a state law enforcement official.


That drug, butane hash oil, is such a concentrated form of marijuana that users have been known to pass out while ingesting it, police said.


“It’s what’s described to me by one user, ‘This is the crack of marijuana,’” said Sgt Mike Conner, who works in the criminal enforcement division with the Maryland State Police. He said it is being seized in Maryland on state highways and through the mail system and "eventually it will come here" on a more widespread basis.

“It’s so potent. …. “It’s a popular way of people getting a very, very strong high,” he said.

He said police have discovered butane hash oil, also known as “dabbing,” “honey,” “amber,” “wax” or “ear wax,” being shipped through the postal system to addresses in Maryland, though he said he was unable to specify exact locations. He said drug dealers and users don't know how to extract the powerful oil from marijuana, so they buy it and have it shipped.

He cited one traffic stop on I-95 this summer in Cecil County. Police said they seized the oil as well as electronic cigarettes in a vehicle in which passengers were traveling from Florida to New York for a concert.

Users ingest butane hash oil by heating up a piece of metal, like a titanium nail, possibly with a butane torch, and touching the hash oil to it. They then inhale the smoke created from the heat through a glass-smoking device, which, in some cases, can resemble a crack pipe, according to Conner.

“A puff of smoke is emitted, and then the user inhales the entire puff of super-concentrated smoke,” according to SFweekly.com

“It is dangerous,” Conner said. “People claim you can’t overdose on marijuana. In fact, you can. It’s so strong, they are passing out.”

Organizations dedicated to reducing drug use in teens say butane hash oil is gaining popularity because of its potency: It can contain as much at 90 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), compared to other strains of marijuana, which contained 25 percent. The drug is also easier to conceal and carry, according to ABC15news.com in Arizona.

Some users are as young as 11, ABC15news.com reported.

Conner said parents concerned about their teens using butane hash oil should be alert for these items:

  • Butane torch
  • A glass-type smoking device
  • A titanium nail or other kind of nail with a burned substance on the end

Dave Baraskewich November 14, 2013 at 03:47 PM
The person who wrote this article must be on some kind of prescription meds cause obviously, they are F' BAR. The cop whom she quoted is about as stupid as her. The "IDIOT" who stated that this is the "Crack of Marijuana" is about as inteligent as a maggot. C'mon people, oil has been around for decades and you are just starting to see it now. Yeah, you are right when you state that you get an instant buzz and that you may pass out , but that is only for a few seconds, not what you people are insinuating. Dabbing is new because it's easier to hide the paraphanalia than back in the day we used kitchen knives to do the same. You morons should get your facts straight and stop trying to freak people out with bullshit.
Brenda Cole November 14, 2013 at 05:53 PM
I've smoked for over 20 years, I am 51. I have to agree all the hubbub over the dangers of THC are bullshit. That said, it's articles like this that actually make you want to try new things! I never heard of dabs, I was content with my buds, now I want some dabs. LOL Thanks for informing me.
Jason Tuttle November 14, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Yea, Brenda Cole, "tinctures" are great as well. They are prepped with everclear. About 1 gram to make an ounce, and basically boil in everclear for like 40 minutes. Just do a search on the details. It is highly potent, and if you have sleep issues / pain issues this will put you to sleep in about 20 minutes, filling 2 large size "000" gelcaps. - Yes this article Is BS and am sick of 'refer madness style propaganda".
adam przyborowski November 15, 2013 at 05:06 AM
I will admit, however, that if you are smoking a dab that was made horribly ( leftover butane or alcohol) then yes it can be very bad. but it wont hurt you in the long run either. thats how you know its not even bad
Goldy Loxx November 19, 2013 at 10:41 AM
I can't believe how stupid this country is!! IT"S LIKE TAKING A SHOT AS APPOSED TO DRINKING A BEER U FUCKNG MORONS!!!!!
Chris Rutherford November 20, 2013 at 03:39 PM
I love how he worst thing happening to people is they pass out. What a joke. Also, I love how they talk like people dont know what any of thos items are already used for? lol
Richard Calogero Howard November 20, 2013 at 04:25 PM
You can buy OIL (wax if you will) without the butane , that's just one way too make it. I don't smoke dabs but I tried for the first time the other(I didn't pass out /I don't know if it's cause I'm a weed smoker but I smoked CRUMBLE it's oil but it's not made with butane) look it up.
Michael Napier November 20, 2013 at 05:59 PM
gimme a break weed isnt dangerous at all these people need to get off their high horse and start going after real drugs like meth and real crack wtf is wrong with them thank god i live in a state were weed has been decriminalized
Johnny Francis Bendik November 20, 2013 at 09:31 PM
I hate the world we live in today the damn cops the government can all go to hell. can we please just get on another level and do away with all the close minded ppl in this world, it really would make it a proper place to live
Cory Hart November 21, 2013 at 01:11 AM
OMG this is so scary! When will it end? This is going to kill so many more mislead people from the path of God and they will be stuck in hell with..... BAHAAHHA nah I couldn't do it without laughing. Fucking morons. It's weed, chill the hell out. Who cares? They pass out? Yeah cool alcohol, sleep aids and really good sex do the same thing....EVERYONE HALT! WE BETTER BAN ALL OF THAT TOO! Stfu pigs and go fight some real crime. I am sure somewhere not far from their station is a rapist who is getting away with real crime
Trevor Keasler November 21, 2013 at 01:12 AM
LMFAO! they're just now Figuring out what oil is!? haha. I wanna know where they're getting this oil from! I've never passed out! hahaha
Mike Smith November 21, 2013 at 01:58 AM
15,000 That's how many joints you would have to smoke over a 20 minute time span in order to receive a fatal dose of t.h.c. So the cop from Maryland is right YOU CAN O.D. ON POT If you can figure out how to smoke that much that fast please email me instructions!!! Ignorant on purpose. It not that he doesn't know the truth he just doesn't WANT to know
Nilda Vanilda November 21, 2013 at 02:22 AM
lol this is so stupid. dumb people will believe anything they hear
Alexx Montes November 21, 2013 at 07:32 AM
WOW!!! This article is so stupid. Dabs are seriously not dangerous. Just another way to smoke. I hate all this slander on the internet about marijuana...
Kyle Gerardi November 21, 2013 at 02:18 PM
This article is complete BS spreading lies and propaganda. I tried the hash oil multiple times and it is slightly more intense than your average high- nothing to write home about. A monster hit of this hash oil impairs me way less than a few beers.
Nick Lambert November 21, 2013 at 03:23 PM
my favorite thing is people saying "SMOKING" Dabbing has no SMOKE involved at all... that's one of the major fucking points of doing it..... ITS VAPOR... and the "Butane" is processed OUT of the oil/wax... You will find more harmful chemicals in a mcdonalds cheeseburger then you will Concentrated THC oils... because thats all it is... THC Oil... nothing else When you smoke actual bud .. the oil is evaporating with the burning plant matter and the smoke contains this vapor... Oil takes the plant matter completely out of the equation, so the only thing you inhale is the equivalent of "THC steam" if you will Ingesting, or dabbing/vaping is the best and least harmful (vaporizing thc oil actually clears the lungs much like a steamy shower) ... way of taking medicinal THC into your system 3 shots of any liquor and im on the floor ... but hey .. THE GUVUNMENTZ SAYS ITS LEGALZ SO IT MUST BE OKAYS RITE GUYZ!?!?!? anyone who thinks the butane is actually in the oil, thinks this is smoke, or thinks this is more harmful then your precious "Jaeger bombs" and other BLAST ME INTO HAMMERED style drinks ... Is a completely uninformed sheep..... Do your damn research... fuck, the law/government could say "Grape jelly connected with alzheimers" and half you bat-shit-crazy clowns would believe it
Nick Lambert November 21, 2013 at 03:24 PM
sorry for my lack of spacing lol
Edward Monk III November 21, 2013 at 05:45 PM
yeah, if you prefer the taste of fruity flavored dish soap over old fashioned chronic, coughing your ass off for five minutes straight, taking 5 minutes to freebase a hit of hash oil because your thats the only way to get ripped anymore because your a weed dealer. I guess its somewhat economical, but dont think its necessary or worthwhile for pedestrian weed enjoyment. But we got a lot a pretty decent quality standard over here, i dunno bout else where.
Fay Trisker November 21, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Passing out from something does NOT equal overdosing!!! I really wish they would give facts and not try to over do the drama!
Devon Pakko-Lee November 21, 2013 at 11:47 PM
This is criminally irresponsible reporting. Spreading fear and misinformation. You can not overdose from any of this. You aren't smoking the butane because it is evaporated in the extraction process. You are only smoking the THC resins. People are passing out from oxygen deprivation, not from the marijuana itself. You hit a cigarette too long and hold it in too long and you'll pass out. Hell, you can pass out when coughing from a cold. It's NOTHING to do with the BHO itself. You should be ashamed of yourselves, spreading the same kinds of baseless fears that made marijuana illegal in the first place!
Sadie Bierlein November 22, 2013 at 04:23 AM
Ahahahaha! Well cry me a Fucking river! The odds are 1 in a trillion that anyone would come close to overdosing on hash oil. It's almost impossible and I have never heard of anyone in my life that has ever even come close to overdosing on hash oil. This is why I hate pigs and the media. They are based on a bias outlook and they feed the entire population bullshit lies, they can't even get the weather right half of the time. People keep smoking hash oil and weed. It wont do any harm if anything it will give you cool interesting ideas afterall stoners are some of the most creative people in the world.
Gee Funk November 22, 2013 at 01:08 PM
You just wasted 2 minutes of my life that I will never get back. The comments in this thread had more fact and actually kept me interested.
Xerome Pedersen November 22, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Overdosing means having an effect that makes the persons vitals cease to work. Just because some of them pass out a few minutes later does not mean they are overdosing. Leave it to the scum bag cop talking to the media to make anything sound worse than what it actually is. "This drug is so dangerous it will lead you to a snack and a nap." No one has ever died from cannabis use, they've died due to the laws concerning the plant. So to your lying ass Sgt Mike Conner, I say do the world a solid and TELL THE TRUTH YOU LYING PIECE OF SHIT! Alcohol is legal and lethal, so why is cannabis illegal when it is not lethal? BECAUSE IF CANNABIS IS MADE LEGAL, THEN THAT HUGE BUDGET YOU GET FOR THE WAR ON DRUGS WOULD SHRINK, AND WE KNOW THAT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT LOVES TO GET MONEY ANYWAY THEY CAN, THEY DON'T CARE IF THEY EARN IT OR STEAL IT! THEY JUST WANT MORE FUNDING FOR MORE TOYS.
Steve Strawn November 22, 2013 at 03:47 PM
I just love all the positive comments regarding oils.
Tea L November 22, 2013 at 05:04 PM
It really should be legal. The government will tax it and make money and then can focus going after the real bad guys. Former Mayor of Baltimore Kurt Shmoke was one of many respected leaders who said it should all be legal if for no other reason than to reduce or eliminate the crime from drug trafficking, which is the real problem. It is those ridiculous holier than thou Republicans who will never allow it to be legal, even as they continue to drive drunk and kill people and try to restrict rights of women and minorities. It's all their fault. We need to get the vote out to LEGALIZE IT! Put those f'ing drug dealers out of business.
Benjamin Bäkker November 23, 2013 at 04:41 AM
really their only passing out from a lack of oxygen, your not susposed to inhale too big of a hit, just about the size of grain of rice does it nice, i smoked plenty dabs before this was even spread on here, for crying out loud, this isnt new, its just finally being noticed, people havent mysteriously died from it, just passed out, and the thing is that weed is a sleep stimulant, so if you reach that peak quick enough, you pass out, and wake up quite refreshed, there really is no harm to it, so stop acting like its crack and look at it for what it really is, an herbal remedy to help the mind and body. :)
Kyle Syrowski November 25, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Lisa Rossi is an un informed biased cunt bitch. She's probably married to a pig. fuck the cops they should invest more time into going after real criminals. Weed is somehow considered & it's a natural plant/flower that grows on earth smoked in it's normal or concentrated form. I see no connection with being a DRUG lol
Nick Poloni November 25, 2013 at 01:05 PM
everybody's pissed at everybody.... I just wanna burn fatties with each of you... Then maybe everybody can go back to chillin...
Matt Boryczka December 25, 2013 at 10:35 PM
actually YOU CANNOT overdose on marijuana you incredible fucking dipshit sgt. do some research before spouting your mouth off. additionally, fool who wrote this article, cite only reliable sources.
Danny Martinez December 29, 2013 at 10:06 AM
I have dabbed before and I plan to dab again


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