Looking to have a happy, non-violent relationship with that special someone? Smoke marijuana together a recently released study says.
Marijuana influenced couple unlikely to abuse one another
A new study released by the University of Buffalo shows that couples who get high together are less likely to physically abuse each other.
The study tracked the relationship between marijuana use and concluded that they “found that more frequent marijuana use by husbands and wives predicted less frequent IPV (violence) perpetration by husbands. Husbands’ marijuana use also predicted less frequent IPV (violence) perpetration by wives.”
Although previous studies have been inconclusive due to cross-sectional study methodology, this study was clear. It concluded the least amount of violence in a married relationship occurred when both the husband and wife smoked marijuana together.
The study considered 634 couples over a time period that began in 1996. Questionnaires asked couples about alcohol and drug use as well as physical altercations.
While it might be considered relatively rare for a physical abuser to admit on a survey they engage in physical violence with their spouse, the victims of physical abuse are known to honestly tell their story when they know the results will not be made public or individually identifiable, which is the case in how this study was conducted.
A positive impact of marijuana
Based on the study results, researchers concluded a positive net impact of marijuana use. “Marijuana may increase positive affect, which in turn could reduce the likelihood of conflict and aggression,” the report concluded.
It is unclear if the reduction of physical violence is due to a numbness the user may experience to verbal jabs and slights, or if the source of potential arguments is smoothed over when the users smoke marijuana, but the researchers noted the net result not the cause. “Chronic marijuana users exhibit blunted emotional reaction to threat stimuli, which may also decrease the likelihood of aggressive behavior,” the report said. While the report noted the blunting of stimuli, it did not apparently discuss the increase in stimuli perception when both partners have smoked, in particular the positive correlation smoking weed and having connected sex together can have. That, apparently, is a study for another day.