What Are Social Consequences of Using Marijuana?
There can be a few social consequences associated with using marijuana:
- Studies have shown that students who smoke marijuana tend to get lower grades and are more likely to drop out of school than their peers who do not. Doing poorly in school or dropping out of school can have a social impact in terms of how peers are perceiving you, as well as the types of people you are hanging out with.
- Family relationships can be strained if family members have a negative view of marijuana use. Marijuana use can also negatively impact drive and motivation, which could also end up being a source of contention with family members if there are problems in school or a lack of interest in activities.
- There are many people who have specific views of people who use marijuana. A person who uses pot might be viewed as lazy or not interested in (or not pursuing) things with purpose. This could mean that certain types of people may distance themselves from you if you are smoking.
- Some people who smoke pot regularly find that their friendships revolve heavily around smoking with other people. There are teens and young adults who have stopped using marijuana, only to find that they did not have much in common with the people they were hanging out with without the mutual activity of using pot. So friendships with strong foundation might be harder to form.
If you have any concerns about marijuana use – your own or a friend or family member – TeenHealthFX suggests that you reach out to a trusted adult to talk about it. You could speak to a parent/guardian, a staff member at school or your doctor. You can also learn more about marijuana use by reading about it on the NIDA for Teens website.