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How Cannabis Can Help You Become More Sociable

Whether it’s smoked as joints in the coffeehouses of Amsterdam or infused into the culinary delights whipped up by chefs in Colorado, cannabis has long been at the center stage of countless social activities.

By all accounts, marijuana can indeed have positive effects on people’s social lives. Although the stereotype of the relaxed and lazy stoner is well-entrenched in people’s minds even today, many cannabis enthusiasts actually credit the popular herb for the role it plays in helping them navigate the many social situations they encounter in their everyday lives.

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Marijuana: Weeding Out Social Anxiety and Loneliness

It would probably be a bit of an overstatement to say that cannabis can cure social anxiety and feelings of loneliness and social isolation. After all, in order to truly defeat depression and the feelings of rejection, a person must endeavor to create more meaningful social connections, be it with people who have been in their lives for a long time or with new individuals who may come knocking on their doors later on.

Nevertheless, preliminary studies that looked into the effects of marijuana on people who were experiencing depression or emotional pain appeared to be promising.  For instance, a 2013 study conducted by researchers from the University of Kentucky showed that lonely individuals who used marijuana had higher feelings of self-worth compared to those who did not. Moreover, lonely marijuana users were also less likely to experience major bouts of depression, and they also reported having less feelings of emotional pain due to social exclusion.

One possible reason why cannabis use seems to be effective in keeping loneliness at bay and preventing the onset of clinical depression is the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in weed—the major psychoactive ingredient in the herb. As reported by Psychology Today, THC is a cannabinoid that attaches to the same cannabinoid receptor as acetaminophen, a substance which has previously been shown to have an ability to reduce emotional pain brought about by rejection.

Acetaminophen is generically known as paracetamol and is commercially sold as an over-the-counter pain medicine under brand names like Tylenol and Panadol. It so happens that the processes by which the brain responds to rejection and loneliness appear to be profoundly connected to brain processes that have something to do with response to physical pain. Understandably, more studies have to be executed so that scientists can have a better understanding of all the mechanisms involved in these interactions. 

In Cannabis Use, There Is Community

Aside from using weed to counter the symptoms of loneliness and social exclusion, many people also use cannabis to enjoy being with other people. For some, getting high is the perfect precursor to a most awesome night of partying, while for others, getting stoned is simply a way to facilitate amity and companionship. Because of the way cannabis alters one’s state of mind, it also opens up opportunities for the most interesting conversations to take place, whether with old friends or with new ones. 

As with other types of social activities, however, it always pays for cannabis users to be mindful of their behavior when they are enjoying weed with other people. If you really want to have a grand time, it makes sense to observe certain rules of etiquette so that you don’t end up reinforcing the negative perceptions that the general public still has regarding cannabis enthusiasts. 

For instance, not being a lazy bum and keeping your surroundings clean after a session can already go a long way. Being kind and welcoming to other social stoners, especially those you’ve just met, is another great way to enjoy marijuana. Last but not least, don’t ever be that perennial mooch or freeloader who expects to get a free blaze every time. This behavior is simply despicable, so just don’t.

Truth be told, the stoner culture has so many positive aspects that need to be underscored. As a member of the community, it’s your duty to set a good example. Cannabis can indeed help smoothen your social interactions, but it’s really up to you to make the most of them.

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