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All You Need to Know about Marijuana in 17 Minutes (cc)

Program summarizes the many risks of marijuana use. Viewers learn how THC attaches to cannabinoid receptors in the brain to cause psychoactive effects. Scientists use MRI images to show how marijuana causes serious impairment to learning and memory and can permanently damage a young person’s brain. The legal issues related to marijuana are covered, and the association between pot and mental illness is explored. Doctors use graphic medical images to show how marijuana raises the risk of lung cancer. Young recovering addicts describe how marijuana affected their lives and futures. They also dispel myths that marijuana is not addictive. The program includes new information about synthetic cannabinoid products such as Spice and K2.

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Grades 5-9           17 min.     2010       DVD-5020          

Grades 5-9
The Botany of Desire with Michael Pollan

Featuring Michael Pollan and based on his best-selling book, this special takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world, seen from the plants' point of view. The program shows how four familiar species -- the apple, the tulip, cannabis and the potato -- evolved to satisfy our yearnings for sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control.
High School - Adult              116 min.            2009            DVD

High School - Adult
Burning Out

In today's world it is very common to get mixed messages on the issue of marijuana. BURNING OUT uncovers the harmful truths about smoking marijuana by dealing with the people who have suffered the pain and tragedy of addiction. It is important to inform high school and college kids that they live in a world where drugs are available, and taking advantage of that proximity, even just once, can have devastating consequences.
High School - Adult                    23 min.             2007                DVD-204

High School - Adult
Cannabinyzed: Physical & Mental Effects of Marijuana (cc)

As the legal status of marijuana changes its perceived dangers are lessening while the potency of the drug is increasing. This video covers marijuana as a psychoactive substance that induces its effects by manipulation of natural brain chemicals known as the endocannabinoids. The toxic and addictive impact that results from the drug’s disruption of natural endocannibinoids is characterized in this video by the testimony of those impacted by the drug and by the scientists who are studying its effects. This video is 26 minutes and will help to clarify the many myths and misconceptions regarding the effects of marijuana.

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High School-Adult   26:55 min.   2016   DVD-205                Spanish captions

High School-Adult
Drug Education for Teens/Marijuana, v. 8 (cc)

It's referred to as weed, hemp, cannabis or pot, but regardless of what you call it, marijuana is arguably the most widely used illegal drug today. But what does smoking pot do to your mind and body? In Marijuana, students explore the physical consequences of abuse as well as the controversy surrounding its medicinal uses. Amazing animations give viewers an in-depth look at the short- and long-term impact that marijuana has on the brain. Interviews with users and experts explain the crippling effect that marijuana can have on the motivation, memory and future of even the most casual user. 

Grades 7 & up          23 min.         2004          DVD-78   Spanish Language Track

Grades 7 & up
Drug Wars: The New Marijuana

What is the truth about marijuana? Anyone who views this video will be clear about the dangers of smoking marijuana. Eric Martin, Executive Director of the Addiction Counselor Certification Board for the State of Oregon, makes it simple by dispelling the myths about marijuana. Martin discusses the effects of marijuana on the brain, heart, lungs, and immune system. Viewers will see how using this addictive substance will affect even the simplest activities in their daily lives. PLEASE SPECIFY IF YOU WOULD LIKE A VHS OR DVD COPY.
High School - Adult                23 min.           2003              DVD-206

High School - Adult
Drug Wars: Up Against the Stem

Several teens are in drug treatment counseling talking about how their marijuana use spiraled out of control. They tell stories about being kicked out of school, losing the trust of friends and family, selling possessions that were important to them, missing out on activities like sports, and getting in trouble with the law. In all the teens' stories we hear how they never expected to suffer all the consequences of marijuana use when they first decided to try it. Instead, they were surprised to find how desperate they became in their need to get high. The teens' stories are integrated with the scientific side of marijuana use. Eric Martin, a national expert on drug abuse, explains how marijuana use can cause permanent damage to the brain, heart, lungs, and immune system. By describing changes in growing techniques, he also presents a convincing case that marijuana is no longer a natural substance. PLEASE SPECIFY IF YOU WOULD LIKE A VHS OR DVD COPY.
High School                 23 min.              2003              DVD-207

High School
Edible Marijuana: Is It Safe? (cc)

While many teens may think that eating marijuana is an okay way to get high, it is in fact dangerous, risky and still illegal for teens in every state, even those where marijuana use is legal. This program helps teens understand the science of why the THC in edible marijuana causes unpredictable and dangerous highs. Metabolizing edible marijuana produces a different response than smoking it, so the risks of underestimating the potency of eaten marijuana can lead to intoxication, paranoia, high anxiety and tolerance. The program stresses that teens are more susceptible than adults to brain damage from marijuana use of any kind; there are no 100% accurate uniform standards for THC content even in states where recreational marijuana use is legal; some edibles may look like ordinary candy, cookies, cakes, and other foods; marijuana in any form is psychologically addictive and perhaps physically addictive; marijuana use can impact school, family, work, friendships, motivation and energy levels. As edibles become more and more easily available, teens need to understand the risks and dangers, including DUI.

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Grades 7-College   18:41 min.   2016   DVD-5056

Grades 7-College
Getting Stupid: How Drugs Damage Your Brain (cc)

This video presents to middle schoolers the latest scientific information on how alcohol, marijuana, inhalants and other drugs cause serious and potentially permanent damage to the human brain. Video includes interviews with scientists who use actual brain scans of drug users to explain how the brain's chemistry is harmed by drugs. Hi-tech images of the human brain make the evidence compelling and memorable. Students will clearly see those areas of the brain that are impacted, such as the hippocampus, blood vessels and nerve cells. New research has demonstrated that the ability to do common thinking tasks is seriously compromised in the still developing brains of teenagers who drink alcohol. Program delivers an urgent wake-up call to viewers who may not be aware of the real dangers of how taking drugs can damage the brain. 

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Grades 5 - 9            21 min.            2003         DVD-4062

Grades 5 - 9
High on Spice: The Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana

In this hard-hitting program, viewers learn the dangers of a newly banned drug called Spice or K2. Until December 2010, Spice was legally sold around the country as incense (“not for human consumption”) in convenience stores, head shops and on the Internet. Hundreds of ER visits and calls to poison control centers nationwide prompted the DEA to categorize Spice as a Schedule I substance. Although now illegal, Spice continues to be abused by teens who assume the herbal mixture—which is sprayed with various synthetic cannabinoids—is a substitute for marijuana. Viewers hear from young adults who were hooked on Spice with scary and sometimes life-threatening results including terrifying anxiety attacks, hallucinations, escalated blood pressure and addiction. The program also interviews drug counselors and law enforcement personnel who emphasize the dangers of experimenting with any substance that contains unknown quantities of experimental chemicals. Program clearly and memorably lays out the truth about this unpredictable drug and its potential to cause great harm.

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Grades 7 - College             13 min.              2011            DVD-5042

Grade 7 - Adult
HOOKED: Illegal Drugs and How They Got That Way/Marijuana and Methamphetamine/Opium, Morphine and Heroin, v. 1

There has been a "drug culture" since the dawn of civilization. Sumerian cuneiform tablets from 3000 BC show a poppy harvest as do ancient Egyptian scripts and Greek statues adorned with poppy crowns. Far more recently, Freud sung the praises of cocaine that was included in the original recipe for Coca-Cola. But since the industrial revolution, drug use has changed dramatically society's response to this - particularly in America - has been to demonize users and make drugs illegal. HOOKED explores the world of illegal drugs, meeting with pharmacologists and scientists to learn exactly what effect they have on us and exploring the social and legislative changes that have transformed (and, some would argue, created) the drug culture of the 20th century. Outspoken advocates on both sides of the "war on drugs" illuminate this polarizing issue, and fascinating accounts and artifacts illustrate the role of drugs throughout history.
High School - Adult                     90 min.             2000                 DVD

High School - Adult
Illegal Drugs - A Shattered Life!

A true to life presentation about how former athlete T.L. Crandell's life was shattered because of the drugs he abused as a youth. Today's youth are up against even tougher challenges. Is there anything that can help them understand that the choices they make today will be the reality they will be living with tomorrow? Crandell's Answer: "There definitely is! Education is the key to this problem. Young people are smart. They want to make good life choices. Once they understand the "deeper issues" involved, it is impossible to live the lie." Take a stroll with Crandell through the beautiful mountains of southern Idaho and listen to the story of how illegal drugs ruined his life and why taking drugs for pleasure destroys good lives. PLEASE SPECIFY IF YOU WOULD LIKE A DVD OR VHS COPY.
Grades 7 - College              21 min.                2004                DVD-146

Grades 7 - College
Keep Off the Grass: Hidden Dangers of Marijuana Use

This video dispels the myth that marijuana is "harmless". Psychological dependence on marijuana causes a loss of motivation, energy, and memory--as well as a web of interpersonal problems. Emotionally, marijuana can provoke chemical depression. On the physical side, marijuana harms the lungs, reproductive organs, and all other body systems. This video addresses students who may think that smoking marijuana is a safe alternative to hard drugs. By allowing viewers to hear from real people in recovery who describe how marijuana was their gateway into serious substance abuse and addiction, this video offers information with a memorable anti-drug message.

Grades 7 - College                 27 min.             1997            V-5094

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Grades 7 - College
Marijuana and the Teenage Brain

This program informs students about the latest research on the effects of marijuana on the brain. Animated graphics clearly shows how THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, hijacks the brain’s endocannabinoid system and harms the functioning of different parts of the brain associated with coordination, cognition and intelligence, and mental illness. Clinicians who treat marijuana users forcefully explain that it’s possible to become addicted to marijuana and that the risk of addiction is higher for teenagers because their brains are not yet fully developed. The author of a long-term study cites research that shows that people who started using marijuana as teens show an average loss of 8 points in IQ. Recovering marijuana addicts provide a human face to the effects of marijuana as they describe why they started using and how use led to dependency and addiction.

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Grades 7-College   23 min.   2013   DVD-5044

The Marijuana Papers: Research Update (cc)

This program reveals the latest scientific research about how marijuana changes the adolescent brain, impairs the brain's ability to perform complex tasks, lowers the body's immune system and can become powerfully addictive. Using a format similar to popular TV detective shows such as CSI, several real teens travel across the country in search of answers to important questions like: Is it true marijuana's not addictive? And how can something "natural" like marijuana be harmful? Along the way they meet Dr. Susan Tapert from the University Of California in San Diego, a research scientist using MRI's to track brain function in teens who've experimented with marijuana. She shows them how new studies have scientifically linked loss of memory function to teenage marijuana use. The teenage sleuths also speak to Dr. Michael Roth a researcher dealing with marijuana's harmful effect on the immune system. Dr. Roth gives them a first hand demonstration in his laboratory which graphically shows how the active ingredient in marijuana actually inhibits the body's normal healing process. The teens also speak to drug counselors who introduce them to other real teens whose lives have been forever damaged by the drugs devastating effect on an individual's potential to do well in school and to function normally as an adult. 

Grades 7 - College              21 min.             2005              DVD-5081

Grades 7 - College
Marijuana: Neurochemistry & Physiology

Designed to be used in a group or clinical setting, this objective, non-judgmental video presents the latest research and findings on the neurochemistry and physiology of marijuana. The content focuses on the research advances in understanding how marijuana works on a cellular level and how those neurochemical changes affect sedation, the sense of novelty, appetite, memory, the immune system, visual spatial organization, paranoia, and dependence.
Adult          32 min.          2005             DVD-216

Marijuana: the Escape to Nowhere (cc)

This video challenges myths about marijuana by clearly stating that marijuana is addictive and use results in physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences. It also explains to clients in simple language the pharmacology of today's more potent marijuana and shares the hope and healing of recovery.
Adult              40 min.             1999             DVD-220

Marijuana: The Mirror That Magnifies

Presents an objective nonjudgmental examination of marijuana through the use of animation, graphics, interviews with current users and those in recovery. The video examines botany, reasons for use, effects and side effects, including respiratory system involvement, cognition, memory, motivation, tracking ability, and mental stability. Levels of use, compulsion, tolerance, withdrawal, and recovery are also covered.
Adult              28 min.              1995             V-223

The Myths of Marijuana Debunked (cc)

Marijuana is not addictive. It doesn't harm the body. It doesn't harm the brain. Marijuana doesn't impair driving or negatively impact teens' futures. There's no connection between marijuana use and unhealthy risk taking. These statements are just plain wrong - yet many kids believe they are true. The program forcefully debunks these misconceptions with the latest facts, science and statistics to prove the deadly danger of marijuana use. This high impact video will turn kids' heads and lead them to seriously question marijuana use as something "fun, harmless and natural." Juxtaposing commentary from real kids with real ex-users intercut with fast-paced narration, this video drives home the message that marijuana is a dangerous drug. Along with the follow-up print materials, this program delivers a strong no-use message.
Grades 7 - College              21 min.             2007              DVD-5115

Grades 7 - College
Natural High 2: Riding the Drug-Free Wave

This video gives kids the chance to listen to their peers and their "heroes" who include professional surfers, skateboarders and models who speak out against drug use. Such talent as Tony Hawk, Travis Pastrana, Tori Allen, Mr. Wiggles, Nina Heinberg, Windy Fisher and more share the message of a drug-free life.
Grades 6 - 12                 20 min.             2004              DVD-360

Grades 6 - 12
Natural High 3

Within the cosmic collection of feedback gathered from Natural High 2, students and teachers across the country requested music as the theme for the next Natural High DVD. So the Foundation decided to do just that! Natural High 3 celebrates singing, song writing, musical instruments and performance as a natural high. It features several of Billboard's top artists - Mya, P.O.D. and Switchfoot, as well as Darrin Henson, choreographer to Prince, Britney Spears and Michael Jackson. Natural High 3 is loaded with heartfelt quotes, inspiring behind the scene stories, and real applicable messages. New on Natural High 3 are Spanish subtitles and an updated Going Deeper discussion guide with corresponding video clips.
Junior High - High School                26 min.              2007                DVD

Junior High - High School
Natural High 4

Natural High 4 is a powerful film displaying how youth can live up to their highest potential - DRUG FREE - through the way of Natural Highs! It has an in-your-face approach to building resilience, as shown through the words, deeds, actions and right choices by stars of today's generation. Natural High 4 features drug free heroes in music, traditional sports and the extreme. Stars include Pro Skater Paul Rodriguez Jr., Pro Golfer Anna Rawson, Rock Band Relient K, NBA player Mike Conley Jr., WNBA player Lisa Leslie, and pro surfer and musician, Timmy Curran. Natural High 4 comes with a video discussion guide, and Natural High 3 and 2 included on the disc! Choose which film works best for your classroom or watch all three!
Middle School                  25 min.               2009             DVD

Middle School
Natural High 5

Natural High 5 features Lauren Conrad, Travis Pastrana, Terry Kennedy, our Sunset Splash Honoree Cassadee Pope and many, many more! This fast-paced DVD uses action sports, hit music and today's popular culture to bring a simple message to kids: Find Your Natural High and Say No to Drugs. NH 5 is our best film yet and test audiences have been giving it rave reviews.

Middle School           25 min.           2011           DVD


Middle School
Natural Highs and the Truth about So-Called "Natural" Drugs (cc)

Experiencing a "natural" high from sports, music, meditation, or just plain laughter, is one of the joys of human existence. This program describes the role of the brain's reward pathways and how neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins influence feelings of pleasure. It tackles the issue of using so-called "natural" drugs like marijuana and peyote. Too many teens think that because these drugs are plant based, they are safe, when in fact using these drugs may irreparably harm the teenage brain. Inside a neuroscientist's lab, viewers see how these drugs can cause a surge of dopamine and actually change the natural chemistry of the brain, causing toxicity, addiction, behavior changes, and memory loss. Case studies of real teens contrast the experiences of teens that have learned to experience "highs" from healthy pursuits versus recovering marijuana addicts to reinforce the message.

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DVD formate includes an interactive quiz

Grades 7 - College                  18 min.              2007              DVD-5064

Grades 7 - College