Magic Lantern Media

Effects of Weed on Your Body and Brain

This item is included in the following series/curriculum: Talk It Out: Teens, Substance Abuse, and Addiction  

  • Grade Level: Upper Elementary (4-6)-Senior High (10-12)
  • Subjects: Health, Health
  • Produced By: Cerebellum Corporation
  • Year: 2016
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • Running Time: 14m
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Using vintage footage, the program opens with a discussion of how peoples' attitudes about marijuana have changed dramatically over the years, but the one thing is certain; marijuana changes the way the brain functions. Students will learn how the THC in marijuana enters the lungs, is absorbed into the bloodstream, and enters the brain almost immediately. Viewers will come to understand the immediate effects of marijuana use on various body systems. The program discusses the effects of marijuana on attention, memory and learning and sites the evidence from scientific studies on the long-term, harmful changes in the brain. In addition, the program explores the use of medical marijuana and its legalization as a recreational drug in different states, which would pertain to its legalization in Canada as of October 17 2018. After viewing this program, students will:

  • understand that marijuana changes the way the brain functions
  • learn the immediate effects of marijuana on the body systems
  • understand marijuana has negative effects on attention, memory and learning
  • learn that marijuana is a drug that can be prescribed for medical purposes
  • recognize that marijuana is an illegal recreational drug

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