I returned to a wet and stormy PCR for a lesson with the 6th grade (this time everyone was in their proper classroom). Today, we finished our lesson on THC and marijuana. First, we refreshed what we talked about last time:
- Marijuana is not a vitamin or a health food.
- Marijuana is a plant that contains the hallucinogenic drug THC.
- THC makes your heart beat faster and disrupts balance, vision, coordination and reaction time.
- THC makes it hard to recall information and negatively impacts learning.
- Kids that use THC may permanently lower their intelligence.
- THC can be just as addictive as any of the other recreational drug.
- Abusing THC can trigger mental illness.
- Smoking/vaping marijuana is just as bad for your lungs as smoking/vaping anything else.
After that, we finished watching the video: Marijuana and the Teen Brain, and then I answered the kids questions.
When we were done with the video, we had a little extra time to play a board game named Spend or Save. The game plays like Candyland, but the idea is the players are trying to save money for a summer trip, and the cards they draw tell them if they have made the decision to Spend their money or Save it.
As I wrote in the last entry, I think its important to talk to the kids about marijuana in depth at least once a year, and you can see how each presentation builds on the material from the previous year. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.