Parents have been warned about gummy bear sweets containing cannabis which are leaving children suffering from panic attacks and hallucinations. Cannabis edibles, which are packaged in wrappers similar to popular sweet brands, are being sold as gummy bears and lollipops on social media and consumed by children as young as 12. A youth charity in Surrey this week issued a warning to families about the growing presence of cannabis edibles on the streets which has left many children needing medical assistance. The charity Catch 22 warned that the sweets, which contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), can cause paranoia, panic attacks, nausea, impaired mobility, hyperactivity, elevated heart rate and hallucinations. Online websites market the sweets as a “medicated treat” which “pack a powerful, long-lasting punch”. “First, they’re sour; then they’re sweet … then you’re stoned,” one website reads. The amount of cannabis in the sweets can vary significantly and they are sometimes infused with other harmful drugs, according to Catch 22. The sweets take between one and three hours to have an effect, meaning children often end up consuming larger amounts of the drug because they think it is not working. The charity has advised parents to monitor food packaging and wrappers to look for wording such as CBD or THC, which suggests the items are infused with cannabis oil.