We have a feeling a lot of people are going to be vigorously nodding their heads in agreement at one of science’s most recent declarations: People who are frequently sailing high on marijuana tend to be happy and relaxed, and happy and relaxed people just don’t fight too much.
It’s the hypothesized conclusion drawn by researchers at the University of Buffalo, who studied 634 couples over nine years of marriage, and found that couples who were frequent pot smokers had a significantly lower incidence of domestic violence.
They simply found that couples who smoked a lot did not tend to steer towards such behavior, because, they’re thinking, “chronic [marijuana] users exhibit blunted emotional reaction to threat stimuli, which may also decrease the likelihood of aggressive behavior.”
And the interesting part is that this data was gathered starting in 1996; the researchers are curious to see how these findings would stand up today, where marijuana use is much more mainstream, we could say, considering it’s even legal in some cases.
Makes you wonder, as the sanctioned use of medical marijuana becomes more widespread, if marriage counselors in the future will send couples home with a list of things to do to improve their situation, starting at the top with “Smoke some dope.”