Say "NO" to Underage Cannabis Use
In this interactive module, students will learn about the effects of marijuana on the developing brain and use this information to help them (and their friends!) make informed and responsible decisions when confronted with peer pressure to use marijuana underage.
This resource supports and enhances educators’ implementation of the Ask, Listen, Learn: Breaking down the Myths of Marijuana Digital Exploration and helps connect the module to topics being taught in the classroom.
Part eight of the Ask, Listen, Learn underage drinking prevention program addresses the effects of cannabis on the developing brain. It is important for kids to have the knowledge and tools they need to say “NO” to an array of risky behaviors.
Students will delve into the recommendations for minimum age requirements for cannabis use and how these recommendations lead to legislation. They will then simulate the role of elected officials to discuss and debate another topic: the importance of health education in schools.
Separate cannabis facts from fiction in this classroom activity that challenges students to explore the role of the endocannabinoid system and how its neurotransmitters are affected by THC, a chemical compound found in cannabis. Students will apply what they learn to draft a creative writing piece.
Encourage student collaboration around the short-term and long-term effects of cannabis on the developing brain. This activity compels young learners to work together to develop refusal and exit strategies rooted in their research plus create an original slide video that shares these strategies with their peers.