Three professors from the department of psychology and neuroscience at Dalhousie University interviewed 188 Halifax cannabis consumers to better understand the patterns and motives driving their most recent smoke session. Of the group—all of whom were over the legal age of consumption—55 said they were alone the last time they smoked pot.
The study found that participants who reported consuming in a solitary setting were significantly more likely to experience negative or adverse side effects, including psychosis, abuse, and future dependence.
While participants who consumed with others reported fewer undesirable outcomes, the secondary analysis also revealed a link between social consumption and an increased likelihood of alcohol consumption alongside their cannabis use.
The researchers suggested the results of the study “serve as a guide for future investigations”, which could ultimately play a role in shaping future drug policy—like the permitting of legal consumption lounges and the development of targeted harm‐reduction strategies.Piper Courtenay is The Georgia Straight’s cannabis editor. Follow her on Twitter @PiperCourtenay and Instagram @PiperCourtenay.