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Beezin: New way to enhance effects of drugs

Oklahoma City -- A quick search on YouTube and Twitter shows "Beezin" is picking up steam. It involves people applying a light layer of Burt's Bees natural lip balm wax on their eyelids.

Those who are into "Beezin" say it adds to experience of being drunk or high. Others say it helps to keep them alert.

So what exactly causes that tingling sensation in Burt's Beeswax? Dr. Brett Cauthen at Today Clinic looked at the ingredients and offered a quick explanation.

"It's the peppermint oil that's causing the burning sensation, and I suppose some people think that is kind of funny," Cauthen said.

Eyes are one of the most sensitive parts of the body, meaning Beezin may cause pink eye-like symptoms.

"The peppermint oil in the lip balm is a very strong irritant and can cause inflammation in the eye, redness of the eye, swelling," said Cauthen.

Burt's Bees products are supposed to be 100 percent natural, which might be why the trend seems fairly harmless. But Cauthern warned using any product other than what's intended for is risky.

"Our big message is natural does not equate with safety," he said.  

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