Just when adults thought kids could not possibly find another way of getting high, they stumbled upon a way to use an existing product in an inappropriate fashion to help them catch a buzz. The new craze among teens is to use lip balm made by Burt’s Bees as a way to get buzzed.
Teens are calling this new craze beezin’ because the lip balm is made from beeswax, but they are to naïve to understand that the beeswax has nothing to do with their ability to get high using the product. This is the way it works – teens take the popular lip balm and instead of applying it to their lips as directed by the manufacturer, they smear the greasy product on their eyelids.
Burt’s Bees lip balm is made from all natural ingredients, and one of those ingredients is peppermint oil, which is known for giving off a tingling sensation. When applied to the eyelids, the lip balm gives the user a tingling, stinging high, and if the teen is already under the influence of another intoxicant, such as alcohol, or marijuana, the lip balm serves to enhance the high already being experienced from the other stimulant(s).
Some teens say the lip balm does not make them high so much as it keeps them alert. It is safe to say that smearing something on the eyes that would then cause them to tingle and burn would keep anyone alert because they have deliberately irritated their eyes; however, that does not mean it is safe to do or that it the product should be used in that manner.
For heaven’s sake, what are these teens thinking by using lip balm as a new crazy way to get buzzed? Maybe that is precisely the point – the teens that are using the lip balm to accentuate a high or keep themselves alert are not really thinking at all.
Just because Burt’s Bees lip balm is made using all natural ingredients does not mean it is okay for someone to use the product anywhere they want to on their body. Products are made with specific uses in mind and if they are used in a way other than directed by the manufacturer then users run the risk of harming themselves.
It is absolutely crazy to put anything on or around the eyes that is not specifically made for this area. The eyes are one of the most sensitive areas on the human body and they are easily irritated and damaged. Dr. Brett Cauthen with the Today Clinic reviewed the ingredients in Burt’s Bees lip balm and said the peppermint oil is definitely the culprit responsible for making teens experience these feelings when they apply the product to their eyes. He said the “peppermint oil is a very strong irritant” and that applying it to the eyelids can cause redness of the eye mimicking pink eye symptoms and can cause inflammation.
It is ridiculous that times have gotten so bad that parents cannot trust their kids with something as simple as a tube of lip balm; however, that is just the way it is. Not to mention the fact that it may be hard to put a stop to the new craze of teens using Burt’s Bees lip balm as a way to get buzzed because word is spreading fast on YouTube and social media outlets like Twitter, which means more and more teens will want to try it for themselves.
Opinion By Donna W. Martin