Arrests after teens' synthetic cannabis collapse

Two teenagers collapsed after smoking what is believed to be synthetic cannabis from an e-cigarette.

The pair, aged 14 and 15, were taken to Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary for treatment.

Cumbria Police later executed a warrant at a shop in the city and seized a number of items.

They also arrested a man, 55, and a 52-year-old woman, who are being held on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a Class B drug.

'Unknown effects'

Insp Andy Hanson, from Cumbria Police, said: "There may be a misconception that due to the name 'synthetic' people may not think it is illegal.

"However, many synthetic cannabinoids contain mixtures that classify them as a Class B drug.

"As many synthetic cannabinoids are new, they can have completely unknown effects in addition to the normal risks associated with cannabis use.

"No high is worth risking your health, or becoming involved with illegal activity."

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