Deciding About marijuana

Substance abuse

grades 6-8

This course provides participants with information about the chemical compounds in marijuana, the short and long term effects of marijuana use, and why recreational marijuana is illegal for people under the age of 21.

*A product license is for 1 Year Per School

Topics

Covered

  • Other names for marijuana

  • Where marijuana comes from

  • Ways people use marijuana

  • THC’s effect on the brain

  • The location of cannabinoid receptors and the associated functions impacted by THC 

  • How potency and delivery can impact the drug’s effect

  • The difference between CBD and THC

  • Long term effects of marijuana use

  • Short terms effects of marijuana use

  • The risk of consuming bootlegged/black market marijuana

  • Addiction

  • The difference between recreational and medical use of marijuana

  • Marketing strategies companies use to sell marijuana

  • How to say no

Objectives

  • Students will be able to describe what happens in the brain when marijuana is consumed.

  • Students will be able to explain that THC is the chemical in marijuana that gives users a high.

  • Students will be able to describe the difference between recreational and medical marijuana use.

  • Students will be able to identify 4 long-term effects of marijuana use

  • Students will be able to identity 4 short-term effects of marijuana use.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate refusal skills 

Standards

met

National Health Education Standards – Performance Indicators:

  • Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health 

  • Standard 2: Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors. 

  • Standard 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks 

  • Standard 5: Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health. 

  • Standard 7: Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks. 

Program Materials

Estimated Teachable Minutes

Deciding About Marijuana - 18 Minutes

While You Watch worksheet - 18m

Analyzing Advertisements - 30m

THC and the Brain - 15m

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