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High on balm? Teens find new way to get high using over-the-counter lip balm
A trend called Beezin' is the latest craze among teens looking to get high, but it has some serious side effects.
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 06:28 PM
You can always count on kids to come up with new and creative ways to get high
. Back in the old days, that meant sniffing glue or "huffing" the fumes from solvents or other chemicals. These days, it means using over-the counter lip balm on your eyelids.
Yes, you read that right. The latest craze among teens looking for a quick high is called "Beezin'" and it refers to using Burt's Bees
peppermint lip balm on the eyelid. Apparently, it causes a tingly and stinging sensation that feels similar to getting high or drunk. Some kids also say they use it to stay awake and alert.
So what do the folks at Burt's Bees think about the Beezin' craze?
"There are lots of natural things that probably shouldn't go in eyes — dirt, twigs, leaves, food — and our lip balm. Burt's Bees tests all of its products, including the Beeswax Lip Balm, to ensure they are safe for their intended use," the representative wrote to the New York Daily News
. "We recommend that people use our products as directed and we will make every effort to ensure that the intended use of our lip balm is clearly communicated."
Possibly the worst part about Beezin' is that kids may think that since the lip balm is "all-natural
" that using it on the eyelids is actually safe.
But as you might expect, there are health consequences to misusing lip balm. Health experts warn that the side effects could range from an allergic reaction to possibly even blindness if one person's oral herpes were to infect the eyelid of another lip balm user.
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