Marijuana Lowers the Risk of Domestic Violence

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  Marijuana Lowers the Risk of Domestic Violence

Posted by CN Staff on August 26, 2014 at 18:36:12 PT
By Paul Armentano  
Source: AlterNet 

USA -- The use of alcohol significantly increases one’s likelihood of becoming either a perpetrator or a victim of a violent act, including acts of intimate partner violence. As for cannabis use -- that’s a different story. In fact, according to a just-published study in the journal Psychology and Addictive Behaviors, couples who use pot are particularly unlikely to engage in intimate partner violence.
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.” Although investigators did note an association between wives’ marijuana use and their propensity for violence, this correlation only existed among women who possessed a past history of violence prior to marriage. Investigators concluded, “These findings suggest there may be an overall inverse association between marijuana use and IPV perpetration in newly married couples.” Their findings were not especially surprising. According to a previous study, published in January in the journal Addictive Behaviors, alcohol consumption -- but not cannabis use -- is often a factor in intimate partner violence. In that study, investigators at the University of Tennessee and Florida State assessed whether alcohol intoxication and/or cannabis use by college-age men in a current dating relationship was associated with increased odds of physical, sexual, or psychological aggression toward their partner over a 90-day period. They reported: "On any alcohol use days, heavy alcohol use days (five or more standard drinks), and as the number of drinks increased on a given day, the odds of physical and sexual aggression perpetration increased. The odds of psychological aggression increased on heavy alcohol use days only." By contrast, authors determined that "marijuana use days did not increase the odds of any type of aggression." Nonetheless, in 2013, the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) appropriated nearly $2 million in funding for a four-year study to assess whether marijuana use “results in affective, cognitive, or behavioral effects consistent with partner aggression.” Commenting on the latest findings, Dr. Mitch Earleywine, professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Albany and the author of the book Understanding Marijuana, said, “I commend these authors for writing up these results. There was a time when investigators with these data might not have bothered to write it up for fear that it would never appear in print (because it contradicts federal anti-marijuana sentiment). Times have really changed.”Paul Armentano is the deputy director of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and the co-author of Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink (Chelsea Green, 2009).Newshawk: The GCWSource: AlterNet (US)Author: Paul Armentano Published: August 26, 2014Copyright: 2014 Independent Media InstituteContact: letters Website:  -- Cannabis Archives

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Comment #8 posted by runruff on August 28, 2014 at 20:47:07 PT
Misery and violence are both optional!
They are both a choice we make.The only time My Dear Wife and I ever disagree is whenever I am wrong about something.
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Comment #7 posted by runruff on August 27, 2014 at 12:05:47 PT
MacDonald's Ciggyfry.
I just saw a demo on how to smoke a Mickey-Dees French fry.MacDonald's uses so many chemicals to grow their potatoes that they will burn like a cigarette. Just pinch off one end and light the other. It is catching on among young people.I have not eaten any thing at this garbage pit since I found out that they add molasses to the cows manure and feed it to them a second time. That was about thirty years ago.
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Comment #6 posted by runruff on August 27, 2014 at 09:05:26 PT
And the beat goes on!
Yeah but where the prohibs once sat at a full drum circle they now have all their drummers beating on one little snare drum like their "Little Drummer Boy" Ken Sabet. Ken leave that worn out old drum alone, can't you hear, the song is not the same. WE HAVE CHANGED THE LYRICKS AND YOU ARE SINGING OUT OF TUNE! I think Idiot Boy is tone deaf!
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Comment #5 posted by runruff on August 27, 2014 at 08:48:17 PT
Sounds like a bunch of lab rat crap, to me!
Man boobs,loss of sexual appetite,loss of brain cells,increased risk of cancer,loss of motivation and ambition,dangerous driver while stoned,and lord have mercy, blood shot eyes!I have not worn a watch since 1967 when I decided to pace life on my time not Greenwich Mean Time. The slave band came off and so did my corporate pacer. I have been self supportive since on black market or "scab" work, which can pay very well if you have skills.I filed my last tax report in 1978, I live normal as anyone even owning properties and to this day I have not heard from the IRS. These lazy bureaucrats only pick the low hanging fruit. They "investigate" those who file and never glance at those of us who simply drop off the rolls. You will never go wrong underestimating the laziness of a federal bureaucrat or their lack of intelligence. Most tax payers won't take the risk. I sleep better knowing I have not paid tithes to this evil war mongering regime who treats its people like medieval serfs! I have spent that 30% on Me my Dear wife and many charities local. I would love to list the people and organizations we have helped but there is no reason to so I won't. Take my word, I tell the truth even if it hurts! 
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on August 27, 2014 at 04:12:39 PT
At this point in time... It's the lab rat?
At this point in time with most of the news regarding cannabis it seems like nearly every story leans toward positive. You would think cannabis prohibitionists would watch what they do and say more.But, NO. So Boulder may be rejecting one of their latest scams."Boulder rejects "Don't Be a Lab Rat" cage after BVSD balks at teen pot campaign's prop" may be commendable to help kids stay away from booze & pot like many things, however, after all the baggage cannabis prohibitionists have accumulated, they should really stick to the facts.What they do now, more than ever, may increase contempt for their message. And their messages in the past have shown to increase cannabis use with young people.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on August 26, 2014 at 20:25:55 PT

John Tyler
I did watch the Emmys and marijuana was almost in every joke. It was cool to say the least. 
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on August 26, 2014 at 19:55:16 PT

Cannabis can do no wrong.
It's like cannabis can do no wrong.Often cannabis replaces something else and it's a better replacement.-0-Some people know of cannabis as the tree of life.& the very last page of the Bible indicates the leaves of the tree of life are for the healing of the nations.The brighter the light, the better cannabis appears.When We get to the spiritual benefits of cannabis, the world will change.
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Comment #1 posted by John Tyler on August 26, 2014 at 19:42:25 PT

Did anyone watch the Emmys?
Did anyone watch the Emmys? This year it was a cannabis theme. Everybody was talking about it. If you didn’t catch it, here is an entertainment segment I found.

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