#213 – The High Life

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Now that more research is allowed, what does research indicate about any social consequences associated with smoking marijuana?

Psychology researchers conducted a longitudinal study where they evaluated over 900 participants.  These adults were involved in a long-term study assessing them from birth until age 38.  Participants completed up to 5 different cannabis assessments between the ages of 18 and 38.

The results indicated that those who smoked marijuana four or more days per week over many years had lower paying and less skilled jobs than those who did not smoke regularly.  In addition, they were in a lower socio-economic class than their parents.  Regular and persistent users experienced more financial, work-related, and relationship difficulties including partner violence and controlling abuse.  These challenges worsened over time as the number of years of consistent use increased. Lastly, when compared to individual’s dependence on alcohol, those who were dependent on marijuana had more difficulty covering the costs of their daily living expenses.

While some states are legalizing marijuana for medical benefits, consistent use may also have negative impacts. Consider all of the potential consequences associated with cannabis use before using.

References:

Cerdá, Magdalena, Moffitt, T. E., Meier, M. H., Harrington, H., Houts, R., Ramrakha, S., … & Caspi, A. (2016). Persistent Cannabis Dependence and Alcohol Dependence Represent Risks for Midlife Economic and Social Problems A Longitudinal Cohort Study. Clinical Psychological Science, 2167702616630958.

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