Talk to Frank: Drugs on the Brain

  • screen shot of brain activity
  • screen shot: why do some people freak out?
  • screenshot of scientists

This resource has undergone expert review.

Year 9–10, Year 11–12
Time Allocated

Partial lesson (under 45mins)

Links to National Curriculum





This video series is available on YouTube.

Access the 'Talk to Frank: Drugs on the Brain' video series


Talk to Frank (initiative funded by the Home Office, UK)


Video length: Four short videos, each under 2 minutes. 

This British series of very short videos provide a short introduction to LSD, Cocaine, MDMA/Ecstasy, and Cannabis. They focus specifically on the effect of these substances on the neurochemical processes within the brain. 

Expected Benefits

  • Increased knowledge of drug-related effects and harms.

Evidence Base

Expert Review*:

Drugs on the Brain is an engaging series of animated videos that provide brief, factual information about four illegal drugs. The series is well-produced and uses interesting pop-art graphics to illustrate its key points. The animated depiction of neurochemical effects within the brain will help young people to understand how these drugs influence perceptions, emotions and behaviour in the short and long-term. When viewed as a series, the videos can be a useful way to highlight the similarities and differences across different drugs. Given their brevity, these videos would provide a useful introduction or conversation starting point. 

* Review provided by researchers at the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of Sydney.

Page last reviewed: 23/06/2024

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