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saying Sometimes. Thus the question on social influence must deal primarily with actions ordinarily
unacceptable to the individual, but not necessarily harmful.
Four users mentioned increased feelings of love and compassion toward others: (1) "Increased feelings of
tenderness and compassion toward people I'm with, and toward animals, if any present" (Very Often, Strongly);
(2) "I become less evaluative of myself and others, more loving" (Usually, Fairly); (3) "I am more concerned
with other people's happiness" (Very Often, Fairly); and (4) "If there is some particular person whom I have not
cared for, if I get the opportunity to be around him while I'm stoned, I often gain understanding of him and feel
very close to him afterwards. The person need not also be stoned" (Very Often, Strongly).
"Feel that many statements made by other people are, more often than not, ambiguous" (Very Often,
"When I am with others we tend to share fantasies" (Very Often, Strongly).
"I am more tolerant of other people's beliefs and ideas" (Usually, Fairly).
"I tend to become a member of a group: laugh when they laugh, listen when they listen" (Sometimes,
"People seem more violent when I am stoned" (Sometimes, Maximum).
"I enjoy listening to stories about people" (Usually, Strongly).
"I feel much more political" (Very Often, Just).
"A feeling that my friends are different when they're stoned" (Usually, Just).
"Think you would like to turn others on" (Rarely, Maximum).
"Say something and then realize no one heard you—this is frightening, for you're with people and they didn't
notice you at all" (Sometimes, Very Strongly).
"I dislike people, especially men who are with me—I see them differently, more clearly, it seems" (Very
"An ability to communicate ritual messages" (Usually, Strongly).
"I am aware of multi-level communication; i.e., people are communicating more things than their words
express, and often the messages
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aren't related, or one is used to communicate another" (Very Often, Strongly).
"A good way to get to know someone more quickly" (Very Often, Fairly).
"I tend to want to be with familiar people who are as stoned as I" (Usually, Maximum).
"Can relate better to my own children" (Very Often, Fairly).
"Strong desire to be alone, bordering on narcissism" (Very Often, Strongly).
"Experience extreme withdrawal" (Sometimes, Just).
"Loneliness has a pleasant rather than an undesirable quality" (Usually, Just).
LEVELS OF INTOXICATION FOR SOCIAL INTERACTION
The effects of marijuana intoxication on social interaction by level of intoxication are summarized in Figure
12-7. The overall ordering of levels is highly significant (p <<< .0005).
FIGURE 12-7. INTOXICATION LEVELS, SOCIAL EFFECTS
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marijuana. They might have been convinced that smoking pot is an undesirable thing to do
because, in their minds, only undesirable people used it. Even more important than any
knowledge about the effects of the drug in convincing them that turning on might have
merit was their association with and attitudes toward people who endorsed and used
marijuana. At the point where the individual realizes that it isn't only undesirable (in his
eyes) people who use it, but many poised, sophisticated ones as well, his defenses against
using it have been weakened, possibly more than by any other single factor. "I didn't want
to smoke it because that added you to a collection of people who were undesirable," said
one nineteen-year-old ex-coed. "The times when I could have turned on, I didn't want to
try it with the people I was with—they were depressing people to be around," added
another young woman. The disillusionment came with the awareness that "people I
respected smoked it. I gradually began to realize the fakery about it," in the words of a
thirty-year-old executive. "People I like smoked it." "Friends I knew and respected
smoked it and like it." "A guy I admired was smoking, and I asked him if I could smoke."
This theme ran through our interviews. "At first I looked down on it—it's dope, it's habit
forming, it leads to heroin, it's demoralizing. But once, when I was staying over at my
cousin's house, I thought, if my cousin, whom I dig, is doing it—she's a great kid—it can't
be too bad," a twenty-year-old clerk explained. "I was apprehensive, a little excited,
scared, and ignorant, but I trusted the guy I was with," a twenty-nine-year-old commercial
artist told me, describing his turn-on ten years ago.
It is necessary that the proselytizer be someone whom the potential initiate trusts; he is
generally unwilling to put his fate in the hands of a stranger. If he accepts society's
generally negative judgment of the drug, there must be some powerful contrary forces
neutralizing that judgment before he will try marijuana. Peer influences are just such
powerful forces. Society's evaluation, even if taken seriously, is a vague and impersonal
influence. The testimony of one or several friends will weigh far more heavily in the
balance than even parental disapproval. If an intimate friend vouches for the positive
qualities of cannabis, the ground has been cleared for a potential convert.
More specifically, the relationship between the neophyte and his marijuana initiator is
crucial. The lack of association in the naif's mind of marijuana with a specific unsavory
"scene" is, of course, important, but it lacks the immediacy and impact of his feelings for
those who actually hand him a glowing joint. Although sexual parallels should not be
pushed too fa
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