Is Marijuana the Cure for Loneliness?

Surprising results may lead to new treatments, but risks remain.

Loneliness is far more dangerous to our health than most people realize. Being lonely suppresses immune system functioning, puts us at greater risk for depression, Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular disease, and generally increases our chances of an early death by 14%. Add in the burden of unrelenting emotional pain and it is clear that loneliness is an incredibly damaging emotional condition with devastating impacts on both our quality of life and longevity.



Consequently, scientists and psychologists are investigating a variety of approaches to alleviate the devastating effects of chronic loneliness. What makes loneliness difficult to treat is that the sharp emotional pain people feel often causes avoidance behaviors that minimize the person’s risk of further rejection on the...

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