Smoking bed bugs? Truth or hoax?

by nobugsonme on April 11, 2014 · 9 comments

in bed bugs, drugs

Are kids getting high from smoking bed bugs?!?

The maker of this video would have you think so:

 

The video has gone viral in the last week or so.

However, as the Epoch Times points out, it’s a hoax:

An April Fool’s Day hoax saying kids are “smoking bed bugs” to get high has gone viral this week. The hoax is a YouTube video created by pranksters, who altered a KNXV-TV video from 2013 about smoking butane-extracted hash oil. The original report had nothing to do with bedbugs, and the pranksters just used and altered the footage to make it look like people are smoking bedbugs. The original video and report can be seen here.

The Epoch Times credits Snopes.com for debunking this one, as they have done with so many other internet rumors and hoaxes.

That 2013 video, which was actually about a new drug called Butane Hash Oil, can also be seen below:

 

Notice how the guy talking about bed bugs in the hoax video is doing a (rather amateur-sounding) voiceover and closing segment, and, meanwhile, the other newscasters and interviewees don’t mention smoking bed bugs even once?

Also, to those in the know, the “sugar water” bait used to catch bed bugs is a tip-off: bed bugs, unlike some pests, won’t be attracted to sugar water.

Still, the editing is quite impressive, and it’s easy to be taken in by this one.

The only smoking bed bugs I’ve ever heard of are those that have been caught in those over-zealous DIY bed bug heat treatment attempts, which all too often seem to end in fire.  (Remember, don’t try to do your own heat treatment for bed bugs!)

And there you have it: smoking bed bugs = a hoax.

Also, for the record, a bad idea.

Smoking bed bugs won’t make you high.

However, since they may have been exposed to pesticides, it is probably not a safe idea, even for the most experimental types.

Thanks to forum user whoanellie and David Cain for bringing this to our attention.

Did the videomakers get you?  I have to admit, seeing this first thing in the morning did make me do a double-take.

Please share your comments below!

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1 NotSoSnug April 11, 2014 at 11:56 pm

Awesome video, pretty authentic looking. Sadly there is only 30,000 views so far but we will seek to increase that!

NoBugs, are you certain that inhaling combusted bed bugs has no hallucinogenic effect? I think we need hard science and then a corresponding regulatory response. This could be the next big moral panic!

2 CarpathianPeasant April 12, 2014 at 12:12 pm

It could bring bed bugs to the top of the day’s news.

3 ShaneW April 12, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Not only was the bedbugs vid a hoax, this original interview was misleading.

How do I know? I’m the guy in both.

Here’s the truth:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlYRMaiaOeo

4 Anamorphosis April 12, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Hahahahahahahahaha! Reminds me of that South Park where kids were getting high off cat spray.

5 Anamorphosis April 12, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Oh, wanted to pass on tis news that was published today – Bed bugs on bart in SF
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=resources/traffic&id=9501248#&cmp=fb-kgo-article-9501248

6 nobugsonme April 13, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Thanks, Anamorphosis. I saw the stories on that too but did not get to post about it until tonight:
http://bedbugger.com/2014/04/13/bed-bugs-take-bart-train-out-of-service/

Shane, sorry the media misrepresented your original interview. All the best to you.

7 nobugsonme April 13, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Carpathian,
Yes– and, of course, bed bug news always heats up along with the weather. It’s starting…

8 Bridgett May 21, 2014 at 9:05 pm

The only thing that BUGS me about this, is that dumb ass kids not knowing it is a hoax, may try to actually do it. Sad really.

9 nobugsonme May 26, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Yes, that’s partly why I posted the article– so we could spread the word that this is indeed a hoax.

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