Mind Over Matter Series: 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. The Teacher’s Guide includes background information, lesson plans, and activities. Part of a set of nine booklets—The Brain’s Response to: Cocaine, Hallucinogens, Inhalants, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Nicotine, Opioids, Prescription Drugs, and Steroids.

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • Colorful booklet addressing the biological effects of marijuana
  • Teacher’s guide (online only)

Grade Level(s): 


Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Understanding of biological drugs effects
  • Skills in reading comprehension

Time / Duration: 

  • 1-2 class periods


  • Computer with Internet access per 1-2 students OR
  • Order free copies of the booklets for students


  • English
  • Spanish