MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ (WTXF) It's a potent form of marijuana that Manchester Township, New Jersey police are warning parents about. People say they've never heard of it.
Police shared the warning on social media, cautioning parents to be on the lookout for dab, which is an oil extracted from the cannabis plant four times as potent as traditional weed. Police worry it looks like candy.
Dab, otherwise known as hash oil, is ingested by heating the oil and inhaling the vapor it emits.
Marijuana advocate Mike Whiter is a Marine Corp veteran who says he uses hash oil to effectively treat his post traumatic stress disorder.
"It's the difference between beer and whiskey. It's more concentrated. You only need a tiny dab that's why they call it a dab," he told FOX 29.
Whiter says police are just doing their jobs by alerting parents but says as an advocate for legalization he doesn't believe in what he calls 'fearmongering.'
"They've had it on the west coast where cannabis is pseudo legal but its kind of a new thing in the east coast. It's a trendy thing now," Whiter said.
Still parents like Danielle Bonafide say dab is not something they want they're kids exposed to and she'll be on the lookout for.
"I worry someone would say, 'Oh here's candy and he would believe it'" she explained.
Manchester police say dab is usually placed on wax paper or other nonstick surface.