A study conducted by researchers with the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions and Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) have found a very unusual fact among couples who smoked marijuana- they had the lowest rate of intimate partner violence.
The study was conducted on 634 couples and researchers found that couples –in which both husband and wife smoked pot had the lowest rate of intimate partner violence.
Kenneth Leonard, PhD, director of the UB Research Institute on Addictions said, “These findings suggest that marijuana use is predictive of lower levels of aggression towards one’s partner in the following year. As in other survey studies of marijuana and partner violence, our study examines patterns of marijuana use and the occurrence of violence within a year period. It does not examine whether using marijuana on a given day reduces the likelihood of violence at that time.”
The study involved 634 couples and the researchers obtained information pertaining to the first nine years of their married life. The researchers found that couples who consumed marijuana had a lower risk of domestic violence.
However the research team ‘DOES NOT IN ANY WAY RECOMMEND COUPLES TO START SMOKING MARIJUANA’ to keep their married life healthy. There are explanations for the link between pot smoking and lower domestic violence.
One of the main reasons for lower levels of domestic violence among pot smoking couples could be a convergence of interests, shared values and social circles and this similarity could be a reason for reducing the likelihood of conflicts.
The researchers further added that further studies are required to find a link between pot-smoking and domestic violence.
The study is published in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. It was supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and others.