Just like physical effects on the body, Marijuana affects us socially as well. Social consequences to Marijuana use can be both positive and negative. Positive social effects are often subtle and unnoticed (inclusivity in a group, social connectedness or increase in approval by peers), but encourage future use.

    Negative social consequences (peer disapproval of use, smell, lack of motivation), may be dismissed or associated with other causes.  When the social consequences are primarily negative and increase in frequency and severity, a person may begin to examine how Marijuana is negatively impacting their lives. Negative social consequences are more likely to encourage individuals to reduce their use and seek treatment than health effects or physical withdrawal symptoms.

    Listen to the stories of Cooper, Matt and Sarah. As you listen to their story, listen for the social consequences their Marijuana use has caused them and how their choices to use Marijuana may be influenced by the social consequences they experience.