Cannabis and teenagers

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As a requirement of the MYP programme (an international scholastic programme adopted by international schools around the world), it's needed to fulfill a "personal project". A personal project is an individual project and should focus on a topic of interest for the student.

I've decided to do my personal project on raising awareness to teenagers about cannabis. As I myself am a teenager in the Netherlands, the presentation includes statistics mainly for Holland, only.
Of course, elaborations of the bullet points on the slides would've been made had this presentation been oral, as well.

Thanks for watching and please comment and give feedback!

Pier

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  • Conclusion is fine, overall it looks like a very good slide show but I'm a picky man. People like to see pictures, a little picture here and there will make text go away. I personally hate it when there is a slide show which I read all the text on, and then only 1 minute later it gets changed. People like pictures, even if they are small, they 'waste time' and make your slideshow more interesting. I hope this helped you, you better get me my +10 likes now hahaha ;)! Goodluck
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  • Good, like the double sided bullet points, image is fine
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  • Again a table could be done ot organize it more
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  • good picture, good stats, maybe underline them to make them stand more out?
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Cannabis and teenagers

  1. 1. Cannabis in the Netherlands“How can I raise awareness to teenagers about cannabis and its effects?” A presentation by Pier Coppola – MP5A Personal Project
  2. 2. Contents• What is cannabis?• What’s it composed of?• Effects on the body? (Short-term/long-term)• Bad trip/Good trip?• How does it affect teenagers?• Is cannabis an addictive drug?• Who uses this substance?• Current Dutch Law
  3. 3. What is cannabis?• A narcotic drug that specifically targets the brain.• Marijuana: a natural plant• THC makes it a drug• Depressant: slows down processes of the body• Smoked (Joint), Eaten (Spacecake)
  4. 4. What’s it composed of? What makes it a drug?• Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)• Acts on brain receptors, changes the way we act• The more THC, the more powerful the weed• Average THC concentration in Dutch weed: 18- 19%. Has risen by 9% since 1995• Gradually rising causing authorities to question the legalization policy
  5. 5. Effects of CannabisShort-term Long-term• Short-term memory • Bronchitis• Concentration • Lung cancer (enhanced/deprived) • Decreased• Well-being (Depressed/Happy) concentration, caring, and• Eye and Skin perception memory.• Reflexes slowed down • Decreased production of• Creativity (Artistic/Visual), hormones• Blood-shocked eyes • Mental Probelms (Schizophrenia, Depression)• Extreme hunger (“Munchies”)• Increased Heart-rate• Talkativeness
  6. 6. Is cannabis an addictive drug?• Psychologically addictive.• Minorly physically addictive, but THC is withdrawn from your system slowly, so no major effects felt by the user.• Cravings and depression.
  7. 7. How Marijuana Affects the Brain• Dopamine is the chemicalthat affects our happiness:“The more, the merrier”.• If one consumes toomuch cannabis, our bodygets used to the highamounts of dopamine inour blood stream.•Depression occurs whenwithdrawn, because THC isneeded by the body tostimulate dopamineproduction.
  8. 8. How does it affect teenagers?• Lack of co-ordination affecting sports• Fitness conditions also affected• Costs to keep such a habit• Reduced hormone production (growth, sperm, etc...)• Depression if withdrawal occurs 12% reduction of the hippocampus (memory), 7% reduction of the amygdala (emotions and memory) in heavy users. Also lack of decision-making skills.
  9. 9. Teenager use in the Netherlands• 43% of 17-18 year-olds have tried it.• 16% of 12-16 year-olds have tried it• Estimate of 408,000 people in the Netherlands are regular users (2.5% of all population)• Why do teens do it?
  10. 10. Bad Trip/Good Trip• Many factors influence your trip• Bad trips uncommon, but extremely scaring for the experiencer Good Trip Bad Trip • Euphoria (Happiness) • Paranoid • Liberated (Feeling Free) • Depressed • Confident • Tired • Bad memories brought up • Relaxed • Laughing Mood
  11. 11. Dutch Law on legalization of cannabisCurrent Dutch Law Pending requestments• 18+, you’re allowed in a • Cannabis types with more coffeeshop. than 15% THC should• You’re allowed to have 5g become illegal (hard drugs) on you at once. • Only Dutch residents should• Growing marijuana is illegal. be allowed in coffeeshops. • Membership card needed to enter.
  12. 12. Conclusions• Cannabis affects the brain and has negative long-term effects if consumed often for a long- term.• Stricter laws might be made in the future.• Enhances happiness but intenses depressions.• Peer pressure and media play a large role.

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