Similar to a drinking relationship, married couples who
smoke marijuana together are less likely to be engaged in domestic violence,
found a new research.
Looking at 634 US couples over the first nine years of their
marriage, the research found that more frequent marijuana use by husbands and
wives predicted less frequent intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration by
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious, preventable
public health problem that affects millions of people. The term is
as actual physical, sexual, psychological,
emotional or stalking abuse by an intimate partner
. This type
of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not
require sexual intimacy.
"It is possible that 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," explained Kenneth
Leonard, director of the University at Buffalo's (UB)
The research attempted to clarify inconsistent findings
about domestic violence among pot-smoking couples that primarily has been based
on cross-sectional data (i.e., data from one point in time).
It found that husbands' marijuana use also predicted less
frequent IPV perpetration by wives. Couples in which both spouses used
marijuana frequently reported the least frequent IPV perpetration.
The study appeared online in the journal Psychology
of Addictive Behaviors