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Cannabis & Your

Mental Health

This set of lessons looks specifically at the effects of cannabis on youth mental health. There are many other substances that can affect your mental health but cannabis is a significant concern for many young people.

In Lesson 1 - Cannabis, students look at the main concerns that psychiatrists have for young people who use cannabis.


In Lesson 2 - Dependence, students explore the effects of cannabis and other substance use on pre-existing mental health problems and look at signs of dependence. 


Junior Cycle Wellbeing

Strand 4: My Mental Health

Learning Outcome

4.7 Explain the significance of substance use for one's mental health

Lesson 1 - The Plan

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Slides for use in Lesson 1

If you are having difficulties with our online presentation, please click here to download the lesson as a PowerPoint file.

Teacher's Resources

Some background knowledge is useful for delivering this lesson. Have a look at a video from our teaching team or download the Teacher's Background Notes.

Andrew Bates from St Colmcille's Community School discusses his experience developing and delivering this lesson on cannabis with his 2nd Year students.

Delivering the Cannabis Lesson

Delivering the Cannabis Lesson

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