Cannabis sweets ’50 times’ more potent than a joint land 13 girls in hospital

Cannabis sweets '50 times stronger than a joint' have put 13 girls in hospital.

Parents have been warned over the innocent-looking treats called Medicated Nerds Rope Bites, which appear to be packaged for kids but actually have dangerous levels of psychoactive chemical THC, the principal constituent of cannabis.

Medics rushed to La Sainte Union Catholic School in Highgate, north London, after teenage girls aged 13 and 14 were struck down by the toxic sweets.

Police have said they had been suffering from "nausea, hyperactivity, elevated heart rates and hallucinations".

One source said: "The illnesses came down to a bad batch of jelly babies."

Another added: "A bunch of year 9s took some cannabis edibles and passed out, and there was a lot of throwing up at lunchtime."

The sweet packet is marked with the label "super potent formula, 600mg of THC" while adding that is had a "60 minute activation time".

A 600mg dose of THC could be more than 50 times more powerful than a cannabis joint, which averages around 12mg of the substance according to scientific studies.

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While it looks like it is packaged for children, the packet carries the warning: "Keep out of the reach of children and animals."

Medicated Nerds are available to buy online with some packets available for as little as 6p and while some websites ask whether the visitor is over 21, there is no age verification process.

Pictures taken by shocked witnesses show a line of ambulances outside the all girls secondary school.

Dad Nsimba, 55, whose daughter attends the school said everyone "panicked" when the news broke on Tuesday morning.

In a text message sent to parents the school assured them there was not a coronavirus outbreak.

Met Police officers in Camden, north London, tweeted: "We understand the sweets contained THC. We await tests to establish the quantity of THC in each sweet.

"While we await a full update from the hospital, nobody is seriously unwell."

No arrests have been made as police enquiries continue.

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