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Is marijuana harming your relationship?




A couple dances and smokes a joint during a rally for the legalization of marijuana in Mexico City, on September 5, 2010.
A couple dances and smokes a joint during a rally for the legalization of marijuana in Mexico City, on September 5, 2010.
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The increased availability of pot means your romantic partner is just as likely to have a joint after work as they are a glass of wine. Some use it as a way of managing anxiety and believe it has a positive effect on their lives.

"But just as with alcohol," says Dr. J. Wesley Boyd of Harvard, "some who use marijuana do so in a compulsive way that places major portions of their life in jeopardy and produces real, significant negative consequences in their lives — be in strained family relationships, compromised job performance or something else."

What is your experience with pot affecting the rest of your life, particularly your personal relationships? If your partner is a functional user of marijuana, does it help or hinder your relationship? If you get high fairly regularly, does it affect your love life?

 

Guest:

Dr. J. Wesley Boyd M.D., on faculty in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; staff psychiatrist at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA); Author of "Almost Addicted: Is My (or My Loved One's) Drug Use a Problem?"