Stanford Medicine has developed a Cannabis Awareness and Prevention Toolkit aimed at preventing middle and high school students from using cannabis. One of the modules in the toolkit, titled “THC & the Brain,” provides information about the adolescent brain, the role of dopamine in brain development, and addiction to marijuana/cannabis. The module’s learning objectives include recognizing the role of dopamine in adolescent brain development and providing examples of what can release dopamine naturally. The toolkit’s goal is to help students learn basic information about all cannabis/marijuana products and understand how their brain can be affected by them.
Find more from The Halpern-Felsher Reach Lab at Stanford University (USA, 2018)
The Halpern-Felsher lab studies developmental, cognitive, psychosocial and cultural/social factors involved in adolescents’ and young adults’ health-related decision-making, perceptions of risk and vulnerability, health communication and risk behavior.