“My colleagues and I have suggested for some time that it would be foolhardy to assume that dabbing carries no more risk than traditional cannabis use. We particularly highlight the fire risks associated with amateur butane-based extraction,” John Stogner, a professor at the University of North Carolina, who was not involved in the research, tells Newsweek via email.
Stogner—who declined to comment on Strongin’s study specifically—has studied the dangers of dabbing. “A number of fires, explosions, and severe burns have been attributed to home blasting,” Stogner and his colleague wrote.
“Although blasting may be an appealing project for a young cannabis user, the safety risks have been described as comparable to those of manufacturing methamphetamine,” he concludes.