Cycles video
Scene from the video in which characters engage in realistic conversation

Developed by researchers at the UBC School of Nursing, Cycles is a film-based resource that encourages teens to talk openly and honestly about why some young people use cannabis (marijuana). The resource features a locally produced 28-minute film about fictional high school students and their relationships with cannabis. It also has a facilitator’s guide with lesson plans, teaching tips, student handouts and quick facts about cannabis use. The facilitator’s guide is available in both English and French, the video is available with and without French subtitles.

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Links to BC Curriculum

Physical and Health Education 9/10
  • Explore and describe factors that shape personal identities, including social and cultural factors
  • Identify factors that influence health messages from a variety of sources and analyze their influence on behaviour
  • Assess and evaluate strategies for managing problems related to mental well-being and substance use for others
  • Analyze strategies for promoting mental well-being for self and others
  • Propose strategies for developing and maintaining healthy relationships
  • Propose strategies for avoiding and/or responding to potentially unsafe, abusive or exploitive situations
  • Propose healthy choices that support lifelong health and well-being
  • Reflect on outcomes of personal healthy-living goals and assess strategies used
  • Identify and apply strategies to pursue personal healthy-living goals
Drug literacy objectives
  • Assess the complex ways in which drugs impact the health and well-being of individuals, communities and societies
  • Explore and appreciate diversity related to the reasons people use drugs, the impact of drug use and the social attitudes toward various drugs
  • Recognize binary constructs (e.g., good vs bad) and assess their limitation in addressing complex social issues like drug use
  • Recognize how official responses to drugs may have less to do with the drug than with other factors
  • Develop social and communication skills in addressing discourse and behaviour related to drugs
  • Develop personal and social strategies to manage the risks and harms related to drugs