DC-S1 Ep 04 - What You Don't Know about Marijuana (4/13)

This is also part of this series: Drug Class - Season 1 (13)

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Subjects: Addictions, Drugs, Human Body, Mental Health Issues, Psychology, Science, Sociology, Substance Abuse, Youth Issues

Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Cooper Rock
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 23 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: Yes

Copyright Date: 2008
Available in French: No

Marijuana is a poorly understood drug. In this episode Rand explains that marijuana is not the innocuous drug that it is often portrayed as. He illustrates the chemical changes that take place in the body with different levels of use and we learn that the drug has a definite and negative effect on brain function. Marijuana is a fat-soluble drug that becomes stored in the fat cells of the brain. The brain works by sending messages using neurotransmitters from inside one cell over to another cell. With heavy marijuana use, this process slows down resulting in boredom, memory loss, frustration and anger. It can take up to two years, for the THC to be completely out of your system.

Awards: 2008 Gemini Award for Best Direction in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series for the Travis’ Story Episode

Links: http://www.drugclass.ca