Parents warned over innocent-looking cannabis sweets ’50 times stronger than a joint’ that put 13 girls in hos – The Sun

PARENTS have been warned over innocent-looking cannabis sweets “50 times stronger than a joint” that put 13 schoolgirls in hospital.

The ‘Medicated Nerds Rope Bites’ appear to be packaged for kids but actually have dangerous levels of psychoactive chemical THC.

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The ‘Medicated Nerds Rope Bites’ appear to be packaged for kids but actually have dangerous levels of psychoactive chemical THC.

Packets of the cannabis-laced Nerds can be bought online for just 6p

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Packets of the cannabis-laced Nerds can be bought online for just 6p

Ambulances outside the north London school yesterday morning

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Ambulances outside the north London school yesterday morningCredit: @EmreOzCabbie

13 pupils were rushed to hospital on Monday morning from the Highgate school

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13 pupils were rushed to hospital on Monday morning from the Highgate schoolCredit: Google

It comes after medics raced to La Sainte Union Catholic School in Highgate, north London, after the teens – aged between 13 and 14 – were struck down by the sweets.

Cops said they had been suffering from “nausea, hyperactivity, elevated heart rates and hallucinations”.

A source told The Sun: “The illnesses came down to a bad batch of jelly babies.”

Another family source said: “A bunch of year 9s took some cannabis edibles and passed out, and there was a lot of throwing up at lunchtime.”

SWEET SCARE

The illuminous Nerds packet is marked up with “super potent formula, 600mg of THC” and says it has a “60 minute activation time”, the Daily Mail reports.

It also warns “keep away from children” – despite having packaging that would appeal to kids.

A 600mg dose of THC – which is found in cannabis – could be more than 50 times more powerful than a joint, which has 12mg of the substance, scientific studies suggest.

Packets of Medicated Nerds are available online with some sites selling them for just 6p.

The product is dispatched from the UK and the US but is mostly now sold out.

In some instances they are being peddled to youngsters online by teenage dealers – as part of a worrying new “edibles” trend where drugs are disguised as sweets.

Police issued a warning in July urging parents to stay alert after officers seized the sweets during a major drugs and weapons raid Yorkshire.

Officers stormed three Harrogate premises on August 21 and confiscated Nerds labelled as containing cannabis along with cash, mobile phones, drugs and weapons.

Cops are launching a probe into what exactly was in the sweets passed around in Highgate – but released a statement saying THC had been confirmed.

Met Police officers in Camden 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 hospital, nobody is seriously unwell.”

A paramedic car remained outside the school yesterday afternoon

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A paramedic car remained outside the school yesterday afternoonCredit: London News Pictures

Notices on the school gates yesterday afternoon

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Notices on the school gates yesterday afternoonCredit: London News Pictures

No arrests were made as police continue their enquiries.

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

Shocked dad Nsimba, 55, whose daughter attends the school, said everyone had “panicked” when the news broke yesterday morning.

Nsimba, a business student, told The Sun Online: “It’s very sad, and this incident worries me.

“But now the students know that these things are not good for them. They have to avoid doing it.”

But Nsimba, from Democratic Republic of Congo, said he was generally happy with the school’s response to the incident.

He added: “It’s a very good school. They look after the children well.

“Every time something happens, they communicate with the parents immediately.”

He added that he was “confident” the school would get to the bottom of the issue.

In a text sent to parents in the immediate aftermath of the incident, the school rushed to assure parents that the illness was not a Covid outbreak.

The school, near Parliament Hill, is a secondary school and sixth form for girls.

Former students include actress Imelda Staunton and singer Tulisa.

The sweets were seized by cops ina raid in Bradford in July

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The sweets were seized by cops ina raid in Bradford in July

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