Cannabis-infused candies have become the latest craze among teens, with authorities warning parents that they pose serious danger due to their strength and if consumed to excess.
Known as ‘edibles’, they are available for free on the internet for around £ 20 for a pack of 30.
But street vendors sell individual candies for as little as £ 1 each, which has led to an increase in popularity among schoolchildren, especially in London and other urban areas.
“Edibles” are attractively packaged in a way that appeals to young people while making it difficult to distinguish them from regular candy.
A London schoolgirl told MailOnline: “All children take them, during school hours and outside. They are easy to find and they are very inexpensive, especially if you pick them up from the dealerships. If you buy them on the Internet, they are delivered to you.
The ‘candies’ come in a variety of different strengths of THC – the active component of cannabis, ranging from 75 mg to 300 mg, which can cause vomiting and other side effects.
Concerns have been raised, however, that not all packages contain adequate information about their strength and simply say ‘cannabis infused’.
Some of the ‘sweets’ are selling themselves as a health treatment with a UK website claiming,’ Eating marijuana works best for LONG LASTING pain relief muscle spasms and similar conditions.
Among the “edibles” he lists are: Gummie Bears; Cherry Candy; Watermelon rings and fishing rings. THC fruit syrup is also available. Everything is presented in a stylish and colorful packaging.
While it is illegal to sell items containing THC in the UK for recreational purposes, it is medically legal, which is a dangerous loophole that many young people and dealers exploit.
Earlier this year, police warned children against consuming watermelon candy with cannabis.
They warned that the cartoon-covered Stoner patch packs did not contain details of the strength of the “candies” and whether or not they were legal.
Lauren Green, PC from North Yorkshire, said: “We want to educate parents and caregivers that we have seen an increase in the number of young people in possession of drug infused candy known as ‘edibles’.
“They can look a lot like well-known candies such as Haribo, Smarties, and chocolate bars. Edibles can be mixed with illegal drugs such as cannabis and MDMA.
“Unregulated candies like these are dangerous because we don’t know what levels of drugs they contain. “