Marijuana is said to be less destructive than alcohol health-wise, but it can give one’s financial and social well-being a blow. Heavy users and long-term dependents of cannabis are often faced with economic and social problems when they reach midlife. They find themselves being into less prestigious jobs with low pay and poor skills. Persistent use of the drug affects job performance and relationships with others.
This was confirmed through a study led by Magdalena Cerda, an associate professor at the University of California, Davis. Her research team concluded that people “who smoked regularly, defined as at least four times per week over the course of several years, had significantly more economic problems such as high levels of debt, poorer credit rating, limits on cash flow and even difficulty paying for food or rent,” as reported in this article.
Furthermore, they have a higher likelihood to manifest antisocial behaviors in the workplace. Lying may be natural for them and they may find themselves more irritable that they easily figure in conflicts with people at work. Moreover, they may find it hard to maintain intimate relationships as conflicts will always arise.
To date, no study has solidified the conclusion that marijuana intake causes the aforementioned problems, but this study seems to have proven a strong link between them.