Emotional unavailability is perhaps the best description of how cannabis use affects family life and our most important relationships. Research conducted at the Center for Psychological Studies at the Scripps Institute found striking discrepancies in how marijuana users perceived themselves versus how others perceive them. The findings will not surprise those who have lived with a marijuana user.
The research methodology included structured interviews with users and their family members. The results were clear. Cannabis users believed that the drug improved their self-awareness, and, thus, enhanced their relationships with loved ones.
In contrast, the perceptions of their family members revealed gross perceptual distortions, specifically in regards to interpersonal competence and emotional availability.