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Glendermott Primary School, Derry

Warning from Public Health Agency

10th Jun 2021

The purpose of this letter is to inform you of a warning we have received from the Public
Health Agency that they are aware of products that look like familiar sweet products with
colourful packets, familiar cartoon images and which are appealing to children, but that in
fact contain cannabis extract, or THC (the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis).
A young child assessed in hospital had inadvertently consumed cannabis after finding
what they believed to be a packet of sweets on the ground. While on closer inspection the
sweet packet is labelled as containing THC, to all other purposes they look like a common
brand of sweets which are marketed for children. One of the brands was called HARRIBO so please be careful. 


Further Information on the Cannabis Containing Products and Their Effects:
The effects of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) involves the central nervous and
cardiovascular systems. In adults the effects are generally mild and short-lived but
ingestion rather than inhalation is associated with longer lasting effects.
As children often have a smaller body mass than adults the effects may be more profound
and can include:
 Loss of coordination
 Hallucinations
 Nausea/vomiting
 Lethargy, collapse or loss of consciousness
 Cardiovascular
There have been a few seizures of similar products (see images below for examples) -
labelled ‘Medicated Nerds Ropes, 400 mg THC per rope’ and ‘Medicated Nerdz Rope
Bites, 600 mg THC’. Analysis has confirmed the presence of THC. The sweet edibles are
available in a variety of flavours, and sold in branded packaging- SXEDIBLES. Other
branded packaging from SXEDIBLES, ‘millionz bites, 600 mg THC’- also confirmed to
contain THC, with the product available in multiple flavours. Other products have names
which often have a slight variation of a familiar sweet product e.g. have received ‘Harribo
Fruitilicious’- wrapped jelly like sweets or Calibo Xtra Strong’