Google “hash oil” and the very first entry that will come up, even before a Wikipedia entry, is a site titled “The Dangers Of Dabbing – Educate Yourself On The Dangerous‎ New Marijuana Trend.” It’s listed as an ad, which means somebody is paying good money to make sure that the first impression hash oil makes on someone trying to find out more about the product is that it’s dangerous, so dangerous that they have to use the word “danger” twice in the title.

The article was published by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, a group that sounds like it’s some kind of official government agency, but is instead a non-profit that seeks to provide people with facts about drugs, but doesn’t actually seem to know all that much about drugs.

“The Dangers of Dabbing” is aimed at parents and meant to scare them through buzzwords and shallowly researched evidence. The article calls dabbing “the crack of pot” and makes the claim that, “We do know that marijuana can be addictive.”

Here’s an excerpt of one of the most provocative parts of the article:

“Dabbing comes with a slew of negative side effects, including a rapid heartbeat, blackouts, feeling like something is crawling under the skin, loss of consciousness and psychotic symptoms, including paranoia and hallucinations.

As this trend grows, more YouTube videos are being uploaded by teens chronicling their dabbing experiences. These videos showcase teens dabbing for the first time or experimenting with higher and higher doses trying to outdo their peers on the Internet. Many of these videos feature the individuals falling out of chairs, unable to move on their own and pleading with their friends to call for medical assistance.”

Though most of those side effects do occur in anecdotal evidence, they are rare and the last few mentioned (paralysis, pleading for medical assistance) sound a lot more like YouTube videos of K2 or Spice users. The article only has two sources for the negative effects of using dabs, and both lead to dead pages on other news sites, making a less than credible case for their outlandish claims.

Some crackpot alarmist parent group spreading anti-dabs propaganda is not too surprising. What is alarming, however, is that said propaganda seems to be at least partially funded by the government. According to the NCASA’s website, the organization “is funded by grants from federal and state agencies, as well as private and corporate foundations and by charitable donations from the public.”

Which sucks. If these idiots (who also claim 1 in 7 marijuana users are addicted) can get a government grant, then maybe I can get one to subsidize my wax. Better go start my proposal now.