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Study: Newlyweds Who Smoke Marijuana Are Less Prone To Domestic Violence

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 1:40 PM

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Want to ensure that your new marriage won't end in a spate of domestic violence? Try smoking some marijuana, before and after saying "I do."

That simple conclusion — smoke weed and you'll avoid spousal abuse — is the takeaway from a recently-released study making the rounds today.

In a review of newlywed couples' experiences over the first nine years of marriage, researchers found cannabis-using couples were less likely to engage in violence and abuse, according to the journal Psychology of Addictive Behavior.

There is, however, one odd and perhaps worrisome finding: wives who both smoked marijuana and engaged in IPV — that is, intimate partner violence — prior to marriage may beat their husbands more, the researchers found.

The study was unearthed and sent our way yesterday by cannabis researcher and writer Clint Werner, author of the excellent "Marijuana: Gateway to Health." 

Perhaps oddly, science to date is far from conclusive on what exactly marijuana use will do to a relationship. Fitting conventional wisdom, alcohol use is a predictor of IPV among men. Drinkers fight. So what do smokers do?

Researchers looked at 634 couples and observed them over nine years of marriage (not a bad run by today's standards). They found that husbands who smoked were less likely to be violent against their wives and to be the victim of violence themselves. Couples who smoked together had the best hope for peace of all.

But wives who engaged in violence prior to marriage were just as likely to do so after. Which would beg the question of "why are you getting married," in the first place, but that's none of our business.



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Chris Roberts

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Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.

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