Welcome back to YouTube Jokes Mistaken For Ways Teens Actually Get High. Earlier this month, teens were reportedly smoking coffee for the caffeine buzz (false). Now they're getting a different kind of buzz by "Beezin," rubbing Burt's Bees-brand lip balm on their eyelids (also probably false).
WKRC in Cincinnati reports that kids like the tingling sensation they get from using beeswax lipbalm not as prescribed, because it enhances the experience of being drunk or high.
"It's the peppermint oil that's causing the burning sensation and I suppose some people think that is kind of funny," Dr. Brett Cauthen of Oklahoma City's Today Clinic speculated to WKRC.
Beezin' isn't all burning sensations and giggles, though. Cauthen warns it could lead to inflammation in the eye, redness of the eye, or swelling.
But is this mildly irritating trend for real? The evidence to consider includes an Urban Dictionary entry posted in 2010 (tracing it back to Colby College), a 2013 music video by a New Jersey "comedian musician" who writes "parodies," and a few YouTube videos of kids trying beezin' for themselves.
Yep, sounds like a genuine threat to our youth. Ban Burt's Bees.