Couples Who Smoke Marijuana Together Less Likely To Experience Domestic Violence

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Couples who smoke pot together are less likely to experience domestic violence, according to research conducted at the University at Buffalo. The study, published in the journal of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, surveyed 634 couples through the first nine years of marriage.

Roughly 22 percent of women and 28 percent of men reported using pot, with rates of domestic violence lowest among those couples who smoked together.

"I think we were all surprised that [marijuana] led to that significant of a reduction in violence," lead investigator Ken Leonard told news station WIVB. "Particularly when both the husband and wife reported frequent marijuana use that there were lower levels of both male partner aggression and female partner aggression."

"It is possible, for example, that -- similar to a drinking partnership -- couples who use marijuana together may share similar values and social circles, and it is this similarity that is responsible for reducing the likelihood of conflict," Leonard added in a presser.

The authors also suggest that chronic cannabis users exhibit "blunted emotional reaction to threat stimuli," thus reducing the prevalence of aggressive behavior.

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