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Marijuana

Marijuana is the dried leaves and flowers of the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant. Stronger forms of the drug include high potency strains - known as sinsemilla (sin-seh-me-yah), hashish (hash for short), and extracts including hash oil, shatter, wax, and budder.

Also known as: Boom, Bud, Chronic, Gangster, Ganja, Grass, Herb, Kif, Mary Jane, MJ, Pot, Reefer, Skunk, and Weed

Marijuana and the Teenage Brain

This fantastic video resource informs students about the latest research on the effects of marijuana on the brain. Animated graphics clearly shows how THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, hijacks the brain's endocannabinoid system and harms the functioning of different parts of the brain associated with coordination, cognition and intelligence, and mental illness.

SOURCE: ClickVIew (2013) Rated E, Duration 23:15 mins.

Depressants, Hallucinogens and Stimulants

This engaging and candid program provides an overview of three classifications of drugs. Statistics on teen use of illicit drugs are followed by a closer investigation of cannabis, ecstasy and methamphetamine (ice). The appearance, characteristics, street names, and long and short term effects of each drug are discussed. An ideal resource for improving drug awareness and understanding the risks of illegal drug use.

SOURCE: ClickView (2015) Rated E, Duration 7:04 mins.

Pothead

Pothead tells the fictional story of Trevor, a teen becoming gradually addicted to marijuana as his grades slip, his relationships with his parents and friends become strained, and his motivation to do things other than smoking marijuana diminishes. As Trevor’s downward spiral plays out, the programme weaves in interviews with real teens who were potheads, but managed to turn their lives around. Their stories provide a thought-provoking counterpoint to Trevor’s story, underscoring the message that addicted teens can change their lives for the better.

SOURCE: ClickVIew (2014) Rated M, Duration 18:32 mins.

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