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Marijuana Risks: Build A Brain

Marijuana is stronger, more available than ever, and use in the U.S. is on the rise. In Build A Brain, viewers learn how marijuana can interfere with the delicate machinery of the brain including erasing I.Q. points and deleting memories. To learn more about marijuana, visit or call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for 24/7 free and confidential information and treatment referral.

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The Reward Circuit: How the Brain Responds to Marijuana

Mind Matters: How Does Marijuana Affect Your Brain and Body?

Addiction : the Hijacker Episode 1

Real Risks of Marijuana

Created by: Scholastic and the National Institute on Drug Abuse

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students will understand the health risks associated with marijuana use. An article and worksheet get students to think critically about the short- and long-term health effects, the science of addiction, and how marijuana use can affect their lives. 

Mind Matters: The Body’s Response to Marijuana

Created by: National Institute on Drug Abuse

A visually appealing booklet for students that explains how marijuana changes the way the communication centers in the brain work and ultimately cause their effects. This booklet is part of the Mind Matters series focused on easy-to-understand scientific facts.

Mind Matters Series

Created by: National Institute on Drug Abuse

A set of visually appealing booklets—The Brain’s Response to: drugs, marijuana, nicotine, opioids, cocaine, inhalants, methamphetamine, prescription stimulant drugs, and synthetic drugs like K2/spice and bath salts—that explain how the drugs change the way the communication centers in the brain work and ultimately cause their effects. All of the booklets are available in both English and Spanish. 

Lesson Finder: Marijuana

Lessons and Classroom activities on marijuana use and its effects.


Chronic State: How Marijuana Normalization Impacts Communities small picture

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