Marijuana: The Introvert’s Drug Of Choice?

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With the legalization of Marijuana in many countries and some states, a lot of new research has emerged studying its benefits and side-effects. One study about marijuana and social exclusion recently caught my eye by University of Kentucky psychologist’s Timothy Deckman and C. Nathan DeWall.

DeWall previously published a 2010 paper suggesting that Acetaminophen (i.e. Tylenol) reduces the pain of social rejection. A follow-up to his work found that the same painkiller can reduce existential anxiety.

Since Acetaminophen and Marijuana work via similar brain receptors, both researchers wondered whether Weed could also soften the pain of exclusion. They describe four experiments confirming their theory.

Weed Out The Loneliness

Not everyone was born to be a complete Loner. Some Introverts for lack of having close relationships, develop great feelings of loneliness and social isolation.

One of the experiments outlined by Dewall and Deckman, focused on 5,631 Americans who reported their levels of loneliness, their use of cannabis or not, and their feelings of self-worth. The report found a correlation between loneliness and feelings of self-worth, highlighting how these feelings of loneliness and low self esteem were substantially weaker for regular cannabis smokers. They write: “Marijuana use buffered the lonely from both negative self-worth and poor mental health.

Another experiment of 537 participants discovered that out of those who experienced social pain, the ones who were regular Marijuana smokers were less likely to have suffered a major depression in the past year.

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Intro-Amplification

We know that half (if not slightly more) of the population is predominantly Introverted. So, as you will find out below, it comes as no surprise why Marijuana has such a widespread appeal.

Some appreciate the smoother edges marijuana provides on our harsh, fast paced reality:

Smoking really helps me center myself when I’m feeling overly anxious or socially warn out. It helps me sit down and think about what’s really important, and focus on the outside reality instead of what’s going on in my head. ~ Faemonsta (LonerWolf reader)

Others who suffer from some type of social or general anxiety claim it exacerbates their inner feelings further:

Weed makes me think things through more and not be very sociable. Anxiety around other people, for me, comes from this because I start getting paranoid of what other people are thinking about me and how I look. I guess I get very self-conscious when I’m high. ~ Mukant666 (LonerWolf reader)

In many cases Weed, like many drugs, amplifies your present inner emotional state of being.

Mary-Jane’s Allure

By now, it seems apparent why Marijuana can be such an attractive drug for some Introverts.

While alcohol is a social lubricant that boosts your energy and frees you from your inhibitions in social settings to be more loud or chatty, Marijuana quiets and slows everything down, enhancing your inner emotions, senses and creative thoughts, allowing you to appreciate the world calmly and alone from the safety of your home.

Marijuana (like alcohol) can also be used as a social crutch. I’ve observed and read of many who use it to slow their anxiety-induced thoughts, to change their personality into one less likely to receive negative evaluation, or to escape from their present reality.

The self-handicapping theory of substance use can also be applied, where marijuana can be used socially so others will attribute negative (i.e. socially awkward) behaviours to the effects of marijuana, not to a flaw in your personality – essentially taking away your responsibility.

So I’m interested to know, what is your opinion? Do you, or have you used Marijuana or any other substance before? Feel free to anonymously vote in our poll below if you don’t want to leave a comment.

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  1. Jeremy says

    After being a goody two-shoe, introverted youth for the majority of my life, weed opened me up to more social interaction and decreased the likelyhood of me retreating back home when being introduced to a large amount of new people. It calms an over-stimulated brain and lets you take things slow and easy, one thing at a time. It also allows me to better self-reflect at the end of the day as well do to it slowing down my brain.

    Over all it definitely opened me up more as an individual and improved my social life.

    • says

      Hi Jeremy,

      You’re not the only one I’ve heard share this experience, it’s great that you’ve had such positive effects from your exploring with marijuana.

      For some people, substances like marijuana and mushrooms have completely changed their perception of the world entirely, even if it was only tried once. They claim that their minds feel much more open, less rigid, and more awe struck by what they see.

      To some people, it can bring the same positive effects that meditation, mindfulness and other techniques of quieting/slowing down of the mind do.

      I’m happy to read how it has enriched your life!

  2. Brenda says

    I don’t really feel that weed makes me more or less social. I did meet a lot of people because of weed, though. I smoke weed almost every day, sometimes I don’t even smoke enough to get me high, just enough to relax and chill. And I absolutely love going out by myself to smoke weed. I listen to music, read or draw. It’s pretty great. I like going ou with people, too, but I absolutely NEED time to be by myself. If I’m going out with friends on saturday at 10pm, I’ll go out alone around 8:30pm, just to enjoy being by myself before I can be with people. There’s nothing to ruin the high, no one to bother, it’s just me and my thoughts.

    • says

      Hey Brenda!

      Marijuana has a different effect on everyone, you seem to have pulled of quite a practical use for it.

      In my experience, as long as the substance isn’t abused for the wrong reasons (as a crutch for your unhappiness), isn’t harmful and doesn’t inflict any problems on anyone else, I don’t see anything wrong with it. As you’ve pointed out, it works for you, it relaxes you and helps you enjoy time with yourself , and inspires you in different ways.

      Thank you for sharing this positive experience with marijuana :)

  3. Silja says

    There was a period in my life I wanted to kill myself. i thought that I’m so unlucky that only drugs could help me out. i would have become addicted if I’d knew where to get some weed.
    i donĀ“t want to offend people who take drugs. but i experienced that surviving bad times in your life without any help makes you stronger and more self-confident.

    • says

      I completely agree Silja. Drugs should never be used as crutches for our unhappiness, the only way to cultivate self knowledge and self understanding, leading to self acceptance is through having the will power and courage to continue through our hardships.

      I do however think that not all substances can be generalized under the same negative term of “drugs”, each has a different composition and effects on a person. Under certain conditions (the mental maturity, physical health, level of happiness and acceptance at that moment and stage of spiritual growth), some substances can be beneficial for a person as a self exploration device or enhancement of ones already current positive disposition.

      Thank you for sharing your observations and insight of the matter :)

  4. Bianca says

    I recently moved out on my own for the first time, moved to a whole new state and everything to get away . This article really made me aware of how much I tend to use pot as a crutch. I spent the holidays all alone for the first time and it really bothered me that I had nothing to do on Christmas so I just got really drunk and high to mask the lonliness. I’m having trouble meeting true friends or any sort of relationship because of internal self hate. The only way I cope with being alone all the time is smoking weed. It has been my crutch for 4 years now and I really don’t ever plan on quitting. I seem to be waiting for that dream guy to come and save me from myself but apparently I’m not good enough to have a boyfriend so weed has become my BFF

    • says

      Hey Bianca!

      Its good that youve realized marijuana can become a crutch when used in the wrong circumstances. Marijuana, like any substance, is a tool, it can be used to escape the world and your unhappiness, or if your life is generally happy as it is, then it can be used to enjoy a greater appreciation for your already content state. In some cases its used in shamanic therapies to broaden your understanding of yourself, but that requires the guidance of someone else.

      So the way your using it is obviously harmful, like any tool, its only as beneficial as the intentions of the beholder. A good idea would be to reduce the quantity you smoke, select a certain day to try and develop meaningful connections with others that will draw you away from your crutch and give you a sense of purpose. The biggest reason behind many of these addictions is that theres nothing else that really motivations or gives you a sense of meaning, which is why when I work with clients in similar circumstances, I encourage them to take on some of our Involution techniques, cultivating self awareness, self understanding and self acceptance are the first few steps to quit. Without learning to accept and love yourself youll find it hard to find a meaningful relationship as youll never feel youre good enough for someone else to love you.

      While your cultivate self awareness and self-love, Id suggest embarking on some hobbie, interest, or passion that might distract you till you learn self-acceptance. Once that happens youll find it easy to find a romantic parter.

      Feel free to let ask or keep me updated of how things go, or your opinion on these matters.

      Thank you for sharing your experience,

      Sol

  5. Raven says

    I smoked weed back in my youth and had bad experiences each time from it. It worked as a stimulant on me, making me extremely hyper. It also increased my heart rate and blood pressure to dangerous levels. I occasionally encounter others who have experienced the same thing from it. More than likely, we’re in a minority, but, we do exist. I’m highly sensitive, introverted, empathic…my body doesn’t react (in the usual ways) like most people’s to many drugs, or even to some foods, and drinks. I have no doubt its all related to my super sensitive nervous system.
    I’ve spent all my life having to listen closely to my body because of its “unusual” sensitivities.
    I think many people dont realize that some of us cannot use weed…even if we wanted to. :-)

    • says

      Hello Raven!

      Im so happy you left a comment, we need experiences from all sides to make it aware to everyone that everything doesnt work for everyone.

      Just like some food diets work for some people and dont for others, the same applies to anything in life, especially substances that alter your consciousness.

      While learning about shamanic therapies this factor become ever so present in treatments of different people. Everyone reacts differently to different substances, for some, its an amazing life changing experience that guides people towards a more spiritual path, and for others its a traumatizing or at the very least, very uncomfortable experience that biases toward the substance.

      Im glad through your self understanding your realized marijuana affects you that way because of your physical nature, and havent like many people who tried it one, accused marijuana of all kinds of negative attributes and become an advocate against it.

      Thank you for sharing your experience, and most important, your self discovery and understanding of yourself in relation to that experience ! :D

      Sol

      • Raven says

        Thank you, Sol, for the nice reply. I enjoy yours, and Luna’s writings. I admire what you both are doing with this site. :-)
        Yeah, my body’s “strange” nature was a key element in my realizing my natural shamanic tendencies.
        Just when you think you may understand something…. nature comes along with its love of diversity and changes the scene completely. :-)
        Peace….
        Raven

  6. kitten says

    I’m definitely an introvert and smoke on a regular basis. It levels me out, I can think properly and deeply (which is a massive rarity when you’re a mum). It also motivates me in my daily life I’ll think of a new experience my daughter and I could share together and then it’s all I will think about for days until I can get it done :) it’s made me a creative mother through the similar thought and motivate process.

    • SolW0lf says

      What a cool mum! :), I’m happy to know not all parents are alike, there’s those willing to encounter their roles in a different way. I think it some cases it can make you a better parent, I’ve met quite a few people that lead otherwise normal lives yet the fact they do smoke cannabis enhances their patience as parents, makes them enjoy doing more “child-like” activities with their children and they don’t feel the well-intentioned desire of ‘controlling’ their children or disciplining them to fit well into society, the whole “children must be seen but not heard” mentality.

      Thanks for commenting!

  7. NotMeSir says

    I tried medicinal cannabis in the form of chocolate since no way would I smoke anything. Being HSP I think I should have started with a smaller dose. The beginning sensations were funny but I then had a bad time of it. Would have another go though, small dose, stay home…

    • SolW0lf says

      I’ve heard similar experiences. I’d personally never jump into the waters deep end in such matters, probably start small and build upon that. I’ve heard some people use some medical marijuana by melting it with a lump of butter in the microwave and using it on some toast. If you ever do, let me know how it goes :)

    • Tessa Coker says

      I am HSP and I had exactly the same experience with chocolate. I got a battery operated vaporisor-inhaler thing with measured dosage and use to help me relax at home mainly and alone. My psychiatrist says it is a MUCH better choice than even an occasional small dose of Valium. But expensive and not covered by health insurance. Let’s hope it gets legalised soon.

      • SolW0lf says

        My grandad was prescribed some for his glaucoma, he users the volcano vaporizer as well. If anyone is going to use it regularly, I really would advise getting one.

      • SolW0lf says

        Meditation is the best high,and hypnotism is pretty cool also as well as Lucid Dreaming :). This article delves more into the preferred substances of those who choose to take drugs for recreation :). Thanks for the comment!

        • Tessa Coker says

          Tried that lucid dreaming and it is really difficult to get there but the process was pleasant!

          • SolW0lf says

            With practice you will perfect the lucid dreaming art, it just takes a lot of commitment and disciple….and lack of deep sleep haha. Each activity has value onto it’s own, I can’t deny that certain drugs have immense self discovery value.

            Old Shamans thought of each substance almost as if they had a personality, some were soft and gentle, others would make them sick and throw them into an existential abyss head on. It just depends what appeals to you most at that moment :)

  8. Toni says

    I completely agree. The level of introspection and clarity I achieve is amazing. And for that time it is okay for me to be thinking as intensely as I am..even when I smoke with extroverts in that time it isn’t weird to be so lost in your thoughts…wish it could be legalized!

    • SolW0lf says

      I’ve heard that from quite a few people. Some find immense interest in the clarity and creativity of their thoughts when they smoke. Others seem to just be fascinated and at awe with the amplified colours and senses in their bodies. Either way, both attract more introverted people. Funny enough, as you say, it’s also an introvert activity to try socially :)