“At a minimum, dabs are four times as strong as a joint, and the high is administered all at once,” said John Stogner, co-author of the new paper and an assistant professor of criminal justice and criminology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
“When recreational users attempt to create dabs at home, in a process known as ‘blasting,’ the safety risks are ‘comparable to those of manufacturing methamphetamine,” the paper’s authors wrote.”
He also said there is not a good understanding of the health effects and physiological risks associated with dabbing because there haven’t been good studies of this method of using marijuana.
In the only previously published study of dabbing — a survey of about 350 frequent marijuana users — researchers found that the users viewed dabbing as more dangerous than other forms of cannabis use because they reported it led to a higher tolerance for the drug and worse withdrawal symptoms, suggesting a possibility of addiction or dependence, the researchers noted. “It’s dangerous to assume the risks of dabbing are akin to [those of] smoking marijuana,” Stogner said.