The Truth About the Dab: Are Students Simulating Cocaine Use in New Fad?

In the past few months, a new fad has developed among public school students. Last year, it was screaming the number "21", then it was the professional basketball player LeBron James. After that frenzy faded, the new trend was pretending to summon a demon in a bizarre ritual called the "Charlie Charlie Challenge."

Now, in public schools across America, students are performing a "dance" called the "dab" where "the dancer simultaneously drops the head while raising an arm and the elbow in a gesture that has been noted to resemble sneezing."

The "dance" was publicized in November of 2015 by professional football player Cam Newton, who plays for the Carolina Panthers (rap and hip-hop "artists" had already been using the "dance" for several months at that time.) However, there is evidence that this "dance" has existed in the drug community for many years prior to when it gained national media attention. One rapper claimed that the "dab" originated from the "dab" method of marijuana use, where users inhale marijuana directly rather than smoking it over a period of time. A parents' group opposed to juvenile marijuana use summarized the "dab" method in October 2014, long before the "dab" dance came to prominence:

“Dabbing” is a way to get the quickest, long-lasting high with a single inhale.  In fact, a single puff from a pipe or vaping pen can give the effect of smoking many joints.  Unfortunately for parents, the new vaping pens make it extremely difficult to see, smell or detect.

“Dabbing is to marijuana, as crack is to cocaine,” is a way it’s been explained.   No one should ever try it, because the psychosis can be immediate, and, as a habit, it is nearly impossible to get unhooked.

In early- and mid-2014, the "dab" marijuana use method made nationwide news as a new dangerous drug use method. Remember, this is long before the "dab" was recognized as a "dance move." 

An even more credible explanation for the "dab" phenomenon involves an far more harmful drug, cocaine. In the "dab" method of cocaine use, addicts would pretend to be sneezing, but would discreetly inhale cocaine from their elbow while it was covering their nose. 

Various drug use websites have articles discussing the "dab" method of cocaine use, all dated well before the "dab dance" even existed! 

For example, drug users on the website claimed on January 5, 2015 that "Anything you vaporize can be dabbed, basically any freebase drug. Crack cocaine, crystal meth, freebase heroin etc." Other addicts chimed in with comments such as "I do know it's similar to crack ... that's why I try not to do it too often." 

So, the "dab dance" is not a harmless celebratory gesture as supporters claim. But are public school teachers really promoting it? 

In Fairfax County, Virginia, students in a elementary school classroom participated in a school-sponsored "dabbing" contest and recorded their results as part of a math assignment. Teachers mention "dabbing" in worksheets, tests, and quizzes across the country. 
Schools must immediately end the promotion of this gesture. I understand that children often joke about inappropriate topics, and that schools should not create a totalitarian police state (as some have attempted) to suppress jokes about things like that, but there is no reason for schools to amplify those gestures. 

In addition, the whole mythology of the "dab" needs to be exposed. While the "dab" has been promoted as a harmless, celebratory gesture, the "dab" is in fact not even a dance, but a cocaine and/or marijuana use method. 

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  2. This was a joke article but it's gained so much traction since I originally posted it...


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