HIGHdrangea thieves: French police look to weed out ‘hortensia gang’ stealing flowers to smoke ‘because they can’t afford cannabis due to economic crisis’
- Hydrangea bushes being stripped in villages across northern France
- Gendarmarie believe they are being used as cheap alternative to cannabis
- Experts confirm when smoked they can produce a similar effect
- Police chief blames spate of thefts on the country’s economic downturn
French police are on the trail of a ‘hortensia gang’ who they believe are looting ornamental hydrangeas from parks and gardens to smoke as a cheap alternative to Cannabis.
Authorities in the north of the country believe cash-strapped potheads have resorted to puffing on the petals because they can no longer afford to buy the real thing due to the country’s economic downturn.
Locals in the small village of Hucqueliers near Boulougne were left devastated after dozens of hydrangea bushes were stripped of their glorious white and pink petals in a spate of night-time raids.
One victim, Jean Carpentier, who lost around 30 of his prized flowers told regional TV station France 3: ‘The thieves came and cut my plants right under my window.
By Daniel Miller, Daily Mail
Hydrangea, a very common ornamental plant, contain the same toxin in it’s leaves, but it would take eating many leaves for poisoning to occur.
Signs and symptoms of poisoning are identical to cyanide poisoning and can include headache, dizziness, coma, seizure and poor heart function.