New research indicates that frequent use of marijuana makes married couples less likely to commit violent acts against one another.
Researchers from Yale University, Rutgers, and University of Buffalo recruited a total of 634 couples from 1996 to 1999 in New York State. Each of the couples were in the process of applying for marriage licenses. They then followed their lives (via mail-in surveys) to find out how marijuana use affected their relationships.
Within the first year of marriage 37.1 percent of husbands committed acts of violence including slapping, choking, or beating. Additionally, the use of marijuana was measured by how often the couples used the drug. They were also asked how often they used alcohol.
Researchers hypothesized that the use of alcohol and marijuana would have the same effect on couples.This didn’t hold true: “More frequent marijuana use generally predicted less frequent (abuse) for both men and women over the first 9 years of marriage. Furthermore, they found that when both individuals in a relationship use marijuana (rather than one partner using and the other not using) they were least at risk for partner violence.
It was then determined that one of the side effects of marijuana may be reduced aggression and need for conflict.
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