Already dubbed #MaritalMarijuana by the Washington Post, a study suggests cannabis use correlates to a lower incidence of domestic violence.
Researchers from Yale University, Rutgers, and University of Buffalo studied data from 634 couples over 9 years of marriage, beginning in 1996. Both partners took a series of questionnaires spanning a variety of topics covering drug and alcohol consumption to acts of physical aggression towards one another.
The big conclusion?
Couples in which both spouses used marijuana frequently reported the least frequent IPV [intimate partner violence] perpetration
Married couples who smoked together were less likely to act aggressively towards one another.
Still, the authors kindly remind us that we shouldn’t assume calmer behavior is a direct result of smoking pot. One of two guesses being “marijuana may increase positive affect, which in turn could reduce the likelihood of conflict and aggression.” So, stoners are happy people, and happy people don’t like to fight.
Their other hypothesis? People who smoke weed think slower:
Chronic [marijuana] users exhibit blunted emotional reaction to threat stimuli, which may also decrease the likelihood of aggressive behavior.
The findings refute the age-old idea that marijuana can negatively affect a marriage in the same way as alcohol abuse, as smoking weed didn’t seem to trigger the type of aggression associated with alcohol.
Now, the authors are looking to start more tests with current newlyweds, as the past study includes data nearly two decades old.
Note: The National Institute for Drug Abuse partially funded the Buffalo study. NIDA’s biases against weed decriminalization — for example, restricting the availability of marijuana for research — have been strongly criticized in the past. So, when a institution like the NIDA begins funding studies supporting legalization, it’s a sign that the bigwigs in politics are finally having a change of heart.
~ New Study Says Couples Who Smoke Marijuana Together Are Happier ~