Title

Cannabis Butane Hash Oil Dabbing Induced Lung Injury Mimicking Atypical Pneumonia

Division

West Florida

Hospital

Trinity

Document Type

Case Report

Publication Date

2-18-2020

Keywords

lung injury, marijuana use, marijuana abuse, public health, dabbing

Disciplines

Internal Medicine | Public Health | Pulmonology | Respiratory Tract Diseases

Abstract

“Dabbing” is the inhalation of concentrated marijuana, usually in butane solvent. This case report illustrates a previously healthy 25-year-old caucasian male with a 10-year history of cannabis butane hash oil (BHO) use. The patient presented with dyspnea and cough. The evaluation included a chest x-ray, basic laboratory investigations, computerized tomography angiogram of the chest and echocardiogram. Patient was diagnosed with acute lung injury mimicking atypical pneumonia. He was treated with steroids and had clinically improved and advised to stop dabbing. Further studies are needed to elucidate the full spectrum of the adverse effects of dabbing.

Publisher or Conference

Cureus

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