“Beezin” may not be a new trend among teens, but the practice of putting Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm on the eyelids to enhance a buzz from drugs or alcohol is gaining in popularity (Twitter: @uzma_Indianbuzz).
OKLAHOMA CITY (WRIC) -
“Beezin” may not be a new trend among teens, but the practice of putting Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm on the eyelids to enhance a buzz from drugs or alcohol is gaining in popularity, according to fellow CNN affiliate KOKH in Oklahoma City.
In addition to adding to the experience of being high or drunk, proponents of the trend say “Beezin” can also simply help them stay alert.
“It’s the peppermint oil that’s causing the burning sensation, and I suppose some people think that that’s kind of funny,” said Dr. Brett Cauthen, a physician at Today Clinic , looking over the balm’s ingredients. “The peppermint oil in the lip balm is a very strong irritant and can cause inflammation in the eye, redness of the eye, swelling.”
A simple search on YouTube or Twitter reveals “Beezin” is nothing new.
@jourtn3y_2oh tweeted, “beezin was such a junior year SAT move why are doctors deciding to bug about it now….”
@WahWhoWah tweeted, “lol been Beezin’ since before it was on the Internet,” and attached a picture of a Google trend showing the topic’s increased interest over time.
Others appear in disbelief that using lip balm to get buzzed is an actual thing, are using Twitter to joke about the trend.
@akaMikeDanger tweeted, “If you’re into Beezin’, I know a guy who can score some premium Chapstick, bro. Pure! He gets all the best junk.”
Even though Burt’s Bees lip balm touts 100 percent natural ingredients, doctors warn that it’s unsafe to use the product in the eye area.
“Our big message is natural does not equate with safety,” Dr. Cauthen said.