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Contrary to popular belief, the social effect of drug use is not necessarily negative. Studies have shown that peers and acquaintances play a role in the initiation of substance use. However, the same evidence also supports that ties with others, especially those with similar characteristics correlate with better mental health (Ford, 2001). According to Ford (2001), by regulating behaviors and attitudes through the creation and exercise of constraints, or by providing individuals with a belief that life has meaning and purpose, social integration may no only promote mental health, but physical health as well. Some studies have found that marijuana use is associated with a short-term positive self-concept, and positive effects on self-acceptance (Ford, 2001). When marijuana is not used as a coping mechanism, it has been found to decrease depression. Generally, the social aspect of substance use is a positive factor, as membership in such a group and the perceived support that it provides has salutary effects on mental health.

Extensive research has shown that group activity has a positive effect on mental health. Based upon such research I expect to find that the smoking of marijuana does increase one's sociability.

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