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Children taken to hospital after consuming cannabis candy
Parents have been warned about cannabis-containing gummy bear sweets, which children suffer from panic attacks and hallucinations. Cannabis foods, packaged in packaging similar to popular confectionery brands, are sold as gummy bears and lollipops on social media and consumed by children ages 12 and up. A Surrey youth welfare agency this week warned families of the growing presence of cannabis foods on the streets, which has resulted in many children in need of medical attention. The charity Catch 22 warned that the candies containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) can cause paranoia, panic attacks, nausea, reduced mobility, hyperactivity, increased heart rate, and hallucinations. Online websites market the candy as a “medicinal treat” that “delivers a powerful, long lasting punch.” “First of all, they’re pissed off; then they are cute … then you are stoned, “it says on one website. The amount of cannabis in the candies can vary significantly, and they are sometimes infused with other harmful drugs, according to Catch 22. The candy lasts between one and three hours to work, which means that children often consume larger amounts of the drug because they think it isn’t working. The charity has advised parents to monitor food packaging and packaging to look for formulations like CBD or THC, suggesting the items are infused with cannabis oil.