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Habituated Pot Smokers at Increased Risk of Midlife Social & Financial Crisis


A recent study conducted by an international team of researchers revealed that habituated cannabis users, who smoked pot regularly over a longer period of time, fared worse at midlife compared to their parents.

The research was aimed at examining the economic and social consequences of cannabis usage over a prolonged duration of time. According to the researchers, persistent marijuana users are likely to experience greater financial and work-related difficulties in midlife than those who are not addicted at all or have used it only occasionally. Habituated cannabis users also dealt with relationship troubles, anti-social behavior in the workplace, lack of motivation and bout of depression in adolescence, which worsened as years of regular use continued.

The long-term research was carried out on a sample of 947 people from New Zealand belonging to different socio-economic classes, from skilled professionals to unskilled laborers. They were checked on and interviewed periodically, at the age of 3, 5, 9, 11, 13, 15, 18, 21, 26, 32, till the age of 38. The researchers combed through the large volume of data and compiled the results to find that people who smoked cannabis for four or more days of the week over several years experienced downward social progression. Such people ended up with jobs that paid less, required fewer skills and were less prestigious.

18% (173 participants), were examined to be marijuana reliant in at least one phase of the research; additionally 15 % (140 participants) fell into the regular cannabis use categories, in at least one phase of the research. Those results were also comparable with constant cannabis dependence and constant regular cannabis use.

The research also tried to do a comparative analysis between the consequences of marijuana abuse and alcohol abuse. As per the common belief, marijuana is considered less harmful than alcohol when it comes to health, but the research shows that marijuana users are at a greater risk of serious declines in social class and financial well-being than those who are dependent on alcohol.

According to the researchers, the study was carried out to spread awareness about the dreadful consequences of persistent cannabis usage. Although there have been previous studies in the field of cannabis abuse, it’s the first detailed study that tracks and analyses various factors including the participants’ intelligence, family structure, gender, ethnicity, parental substance abuse, criminal convictions and antisocial behavior over a period of almost four decades. As it accounts for such a wide variety of parameters, the researchers claim that the conclusions derived from it are stronger than all the previous attempts.

Study has been published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science.

  • Austino

    hahahah funny read….

  • yewzernayme

    I was gonna read this article, but then I got high

  • Joe Cogan

    Are people really smoking cannabis daily at age 3? Who were in the study group, Willie Nelson’s grandkids?

  • Khru

    The people were from New Zealand? The ones who do the hoochi haka dance? Riiiiight.

  • Kayla

    lol, four decades? pot itself has changed drastically in the span of 40 years. any old school, joint smokin’ dad or grandpa will tell you that. how can you accurately get a read on its users if the drug itself has changed? hm, and another thing, this article paints stoners as people who are lazy and essentially going to fail. but look around you… in the ever-changing and fast paced modern word, the industry of cannabis is booming, and fast. these stoners with a tendency towards laziness and “lack of motivation” own start-up companies who actually treat their employees like human beings for cannabis related things like the app High Me!, which connects you with local stoners. or, the Buddha Box which is basically like one of those monthly make-up things, but for pot. these stoner minds learned the absolute most efficient way to consume and grow pot, so much so that it is now an art… a science. edibles, vaporizers, portable this, portable that… this is a field that is growing, and rapidly. in ways you wouldn’t even imagine, or know if you didn’t read about it. my point is, a marijuana user, habitual or not is not someone you can lump into a group and write a stereotype off on. that’s easy. it takes more effort to realize that it is not the plant that controls the user, it is the disposition of the user in accordance to how they use the plant and let it affect them. you can live a perfectly happen and sustainable life while using pot, you don’t have to degenerate into whatever type of person this article tries to describe. lastly, the two main points of this article have to do with social class and money. two things wrong with human beings, they care too much about how big their pockets are and what they’re going to by and all of the people who will be watching when they do. social class– what the hell is a social class? nowadays, almost everyone is the working class. we forgot about that thing called a wealth gap. blah, this article is overall just a gross misrepresentation of regular pot smokers.

  • Tør

    “the study was carried out to spread awareness about the dreadful consequences of persistent cannabis usage.”

    That’s nice. I like those experiments where you already have the results before you start. Makes it easier for everyone.

  • Correlation does not equal causation. Did persistent cannabis use cause people to be less motivated in life, or were the people who were less motivated in life drawn towards more cannabis use?

    Anecdotally, I know folks who are regular users who are smart, motivated, and accomplished.

  • SatJ

    “According to the researchers, the study was carried out to spread awareness about the dreadful consequences of persistent cannabis usage.”

    So they came into this study with the conclusion in mind? That’s not how science is done. Don’t think I’ll be taking these “results” very seriously.