Tuesday-Wednesday, October 16-17, 2012: The Science of Marijuana

Objectives:

Students will read for understanding, critical thinking, and to connect.

Students will participate in cross content study and read for information.

Students will think critically about the topic.

Before We Read: ( Leave your responses in the reply box.  Make sure you write in complete sentences)

1) In what ways do drugs affect the body and the mind?

2) Why do you think people use drugs.

Link: http://headsup.scholastic.com/index.php?cID=216

Practice your note taking skills by noting the function of each part of the brain:

1. Amygdala:
2. Basal ganglia:
3. Brain stem:
4. Cerebellum:
5. Hippocampus:
6. Hypothalamus:
7. Neocortex:
8. Nucleus accumbens:
9. Spinal cord:

Answer the questions : (In complete sentences)

1. THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana, disrupts the function of the endocannabinoid
system in a person’s brain. Which areas of the brain are critical to the ability to safely drive a car?
How might THC impair driving ability?
2. Which areas of the brain are most in play when studying for a test and why? How would smoking
marijuana affect these areas and a person’s ability to study for a test?
3. How might marijuana use affect a person’s relationships with other people, such as friends,
teachers, or parents? Answer the question in terms of THC’s effect on brain function.

 Complete the following notes organizer below.  Leave a reply with your answers and notes from the article.

Link: http://www.scholastic.com/smp/pdfs/nida/NIDA10-INS2_Worksheet.pdf

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10 thoughts on “Tuesday-Wednesday, October 16-17, 2012: The Science of Marijuana

  1. Amydala: it’s purpose is to help the brain regulate your emotions, like fear and anxiety, but with the THC effect it causes paranoia and panic

    • Brain stem: it helps the brain regulate information between the brain and spinal column but with the THC effect it causes antinausea effects

  2. Basal ganglia: it helps the brain regulate your planning and body movement but with the THC effect it causes slowed reaction time

  3. Cerebellum: it helps the brain regulate motor coordination and balance but with thevthc effect it causes impaired coordination

  4. Hippocampus: it hes the brain regulate by helping to learn new information but with the THC effect it causes impaired memory

  5. Hypothalamus: It helps the brain regulate by eating and causing sexual behavior but with the THC effect it causes increased appetite

  6. Neocortex: it helps the brain with complex thinking, feeling, and movement but with the THC effect it causes altered thinking, judgement, and sensation

  7. Nucleus accumbens: It helps the brain regulate Motivation and reward but with thebthc effect it causes Euphoria (feeling good)

  8. Spinal cord: It helps the brain with transmissions of information between the body and brain but with the THC effect it causes altered pain sensitivity

  9. Drugs can affect your mind by not making you care about anything.

    Drugs can affect your body by making you short of breath.

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