Couples Who Smoke Pot Together Stay ... Chill

Researchers say it's especially true when both spouses partake

By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 27, 2014 6:43 AM CDT | Updated Aug 31, 2014 3:18 PM CDT

(Newser) – It isn't called a peace pipe for nothing. New research backs up what most people would have probably guessed—that married couples who smoke pot tend to be less violent than those who don't, and that this is especially true when both partners toke up. In a study of 634 couples over a nine-year period, researchers at the University of Buffalo write in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors that more frequent marijuana use (at least two to three times a month) predicts less frequent violence, and that even a husband who uses marijuana predicts less violence from the wife.

The study did not, however, look into whether marijuana use on a particular day impacts violence on that day—in other words, whether actually being stoned influences behavior. "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 ... conflict," one researcher says. They plan to investigate day-to-day use and behaviors before drawing "stronger" conclusions. (Earlier this summer, one man actually used 3-foot pot plants to attack his brother.)

In this Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, photo, a young couple trades off smoking out of a mask bong on the final day of Hempfest, Seattle's annual gathering to advocate the decriminalization of marijuana.
In this Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, photo, a young couple trades off smoking out of a mask bong on the final day of Hempfest, Seattle's annual gathering to advocate the decriminalization of marijuana.   (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)
This undated photo released by the Fayette County Sheriff's Department shows marijuana plants discovered growing in a home in Newton County, Ga.
This undated photo released by the Fayette County Sheriff's Department shows marijuana plants discovered growing in a home in Newton County, Ga.   (AP Photo/Fayette County Sheriff's Department)
Partygoers listen to live music and smoke pot on the second of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver, Sunday, April 20, 2014.
Partygoers listen to live music and smoke pot on the second of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver, Sunday, April 20, 2014.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this 2013 file photo, a man smokes a joint.
In this 2013 file photo, a man smokes a joint.   (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
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