Marijuana is often used as a remedy or treatment for social anxiety. Studies have shown that willingness to socialize increases with active marijuana use and the amount of time users spend socializing also increases. However, with larger doses of marijuana, users may experience a lack of desire for socialization. While effects vary among users, marijuana seems to be relatively successful in providing positive results regarding socialization.
During the pandemic, marijuana use increased significantly. Most believe this has to do with forced isolation and loneliness. In parallel to most effects of marijuana, these experiences differ for each user, for the amount of marijuana consumed, frequency of consumption, etc.
Peers strongly influence each other, which can make those who choose not to use marijuana feel rejected and separate from their peers. With its increasing popularity among adolescents and young adults, marijuana is becoming a similar occurrence to drinking alcohol at parties. Adolescents are being exposed to marijuana at younger ages which can encourage future use.
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