Parents have been warned over innocent-looking cannabis sweets that are reportedly 50 times stronger than a joint which 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.
The warning comes after medics rushed to La Sainte Union Catholic School in Highgate, north London, after the teens – aged between 13 and 14 – were struck down by the toxic sweets.
Police have said they been suffering from “nausea, hyperactivity, elevated heart rates and hallucinations”.
A source is alleged to have 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.”
The 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”.
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.
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.
Police are investigating 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.”
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.
In a text sent to parents in the aftermath of the incident, the school assured parents that the illness was not a Covid-19 outbreak.
The school, near Parliament Hill, is a secondary school and sixth form for girls.
Former students include actress Imelda Staunton and singer Tulisa.