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Does Marijuana Lower The Risk Of Domestic Violence?


dank nuggetA fact that I use often when debating someone about marijuana reform is that alcohol increases violent behavior, while marijuana does not. I have heard multiple retired cops point out that they have gone to many scenes where violence was fueled by alcohol, but have never reported to a scene where someone smoked marijuana and all of a sudden became violent. Everyone that I know that consumes marijuana is much more relaxed afterwards, whereas even the most docile person can get ramped up when they have had too much to drink.

According to a new study that was recently released, marijuana use between intimate partners can lower the risk of domestic violence. Per High Times:

Investigators at Yale University, Rutgers, and the University of Buffalo assessed over 600 couples to determine whether husbands’ and wives’ pot use was predictive of domestic abuse at any time during the first nine years of marriage. Researchers reported: “In fully adjusted models, we found that more frequent marijuana use by husbands and wives predicted less frequent IPV (intimate partner violence) perpetration by husbands. Husbands’ marijuana use also predicted less frequent IPV perpetration by wives. Moderation analyses demonstrated that couples in which both spouses used marijuana frequently reported the least frequent IPV perpetration.”

If you know someone that consumes alcohol, yet thinks marijuana should remain illegal, offer up this study. Domestic violence is a horrible thing, and anything that reduces domestic violence should be embraced. I’m very curious to see how Kevin Sabet tries to spin yet another study that makes his job even harder than it already is.


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  1. Sativex is supposed to replace or supplement current anti-psychotics, but the percentage of schizophrenics that would need it to treat violent behavior is relatively small.

    It would be very interesting indeed if our prison system utilized cannabis as a treatment for anger and violence — and even recidivism. In fact, I’m sure researchers would find an amazing amount of prisoners willing to be lab rats for such a study. And it would be a relatively inexpensive study, too.

  2. The director of the study is at the Research Institute on Addiction, and a co-author is at the Center of Alcohol Studies — so I guess the study was funded by the anti-drug crowd. It appears they were trying, again, to prove that cannabis is a bad thing.

    What all these groups don’t understand is that my favorite plant has already been proven to do so many good things — so many very, very good things — that even if “bad” effects are discovered, it’s not going to matter in the overall scheme of things. (Legalization is inevitable, people, deal with it.)

  3. Captain Obvious on

    I think the high CBD strains have been found to be the best for mental issues. Notice GW Pharma is going to get a CBD spray approved for schizophrenia. Which means it will be used off label for everything like anxiety or any type of violent ideation. It will be interesting to see the effect on violent prisoners and repeat offense stats.

  4. I’m glad that your partner is self-medicating for his anger issues, but I would still be careful. Cannabis is a great drug, but I’m not sure how much it can help a man that would beat you “for any reason.”

  5. I am in a former abusive relationship. He would beat me for any reason. He did not drink or smoke pot at the time of the beatings. He took up smoking pot and now our relationship is stronger than it has ever been. He doesnt raise his voice, we laugh and communicate, and has never raised his hand no matter how much I push his buttons. It is like it totally rewired his brain.

  6. What wasn’t mentioned here, but was on the Huffington Post reporting of this study, is that the researchers hypothesized that marijuana use would increase domestic violence.

  7. I have witness many a drunken violence my sons mother was beat by her ex. Kicked in the stomached. Where eventually she had 21 ulcers. She dead now. It’s been 13 years. Never have I seen somebody who smoked pot become a ass. But drunk or cocane ,crack,crank oh yes I have. Heroin too.
    If anyone has ever been violent because of pot has already violent tendencies and would become violent anyhow.

  8. I think the wisdom of the singer-songwriter John Prine sums it up best. In one song he mentions a man who gets to drinking, gets a big red nose and beats his old lady with a rubber hose. In another song, obviously about MJ, he croons “Please tell the man [police] I didn’t kill anyone. I’m just trying to have me some fun.”

  9. If this study is correct then it does not seem to be much of a leap to suggest there would also be less domestic violence against the children in the household by parents who consume marijuana as opposed to alcohol.

    Perhaps marijuana advocates should suggest legalizing marijuana to protect the children.

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