Students are often bombarded with misinformation about cannabis use from peers and media. The purpose of this lesson is to have students approach this complex topic by understanding what cannabis is, the different forms of cannabis use, and how cannabis affects the body. Students will also discuss the risks associated with cannabis use and refusal strategies.
By hearing and participating in this lesson, students will:
- Identify different methods of cannabis use.
Recognize the effects of cannabis through different methods of intake and understand how the brain and body is impacted.
Compare and contrast waiting to allow the brain to develop and starting drug use early.
Apply learned strategies to swiftly refuse cannabis substances and products from marketing and peers.
Feel in charge of their own choices.
Cannabis can be consumed by eating or inhalation.
Cannabis use can cause short term effects (such as memory loss, skin sensation, and altered perception) and long term effects (such as heart and lung damage).
Young and developing brains are particularly susceptible to damage due to cannabis use.
Refusing marketing and peer to peer marketing by saying no, shifting the blame, or saying you feel pressured.
YOU are in charge.
Below are some additional activities that you can do with your students as time allows.
Instructions and activity linked here
Scroll down to “Lesson 1.2 - Activity 2: Can-You-Guess? Cannabis Jeopardy”
Keep an open environment for students to come and ask questions or circle back to the material