How to Manage Cannabis Use in a Relationship With a Non-User

TL;DR: Communication is key when talking about weed use.

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While using cannabis is legal in so many states, the topic can still be taboo. It is important for us to explore how its use has impacted couples and how you could manage a relationship if one person uses marijuana and the other person does not. 

Try these tips: 

Talk about your family history
If the person who is using marijuana has a family history of drug or alcohol addiction and is smoking it more often than not, then they may be at a higher risk of becoming addicted to the drug than others. The same thing goes for the other person in the relationship. Even if they are not the person who uses pot, they can get addicted to it by way of a second-hand high. When you enter into a relationship it is important to talk to the other person and find out what their stance is on marijuana use in any capacity, and whether addiction runs in their family. This can determine whether you could or should go forward with the relationship or if you should just stop using the drug and give it up for your significant other.

Take time to discuss how your use is affecting the relationship
Every couple needs to set aside dedicated time to assess how the relationship is going and what they can do to make it better. This especially goes for couples where one person smokes marijuana where the other one doesn't. The key to making it work is discussing how the drug is affecting your relationship. Is the non-user getting discouraged because you fall asleep on them every time you smoke? Is the user frustrated because you seem to tense when they smoke and attempt to relax? Communication is key to making it work!

Respect how each other feels about the drug
You may fall in love with someone and love everything about that person. You may love the fact that they are kind and generous and patient, but the one thing that is a problem with the person is the fact that they smoke pot. If you feel as though you cannot live without that person despite their usage of marijuana, you can discuss how to make it work. Set boundaries and say they can smoke as long as it is not inside the house. Tell them when you do or do not mind them getting high so that it does not cause friction between you two. And if it becomes a problem, agree to be open and honest with one another so you can fix the problem and get back on the same page!

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