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Not a Joke: NIDA Thinks Marijuana Causes Domestic Violence
TruthOnPot.com – It should be common knowledge by now that, unlike alcohol, marijuana reduces violence and aggressive behavior.
But the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) appears oblivious to this fact.
On Thursday, the University at Buffalo announced that the federal research agency is giving them a $1.86 million grant with hopes of proving otherwise.
According to Maria Testa, Ph.D, a social psychologist at the university and lead researcher of the new study, there is “a lack of research regarding marijuana use and aggression.”
Yet according to the same press release:
“Testa says that despite the commonly held belief that marijuana suppresses aggression, many studies have found a positive association between marijuana use and intimate-partner violence.”
So which one is it: A “lack of research” or “many studies”?
Sadly, not only do Testa’s statements contradict one another, neither seems to be true.
In fact, marijuana’s ability to reduce aggression is well documented by decades of research.
A federal report published in 1972 concluded that “rather than inducing violent or aggressive behavior,” marijuana was “usually found to inhibit the expression of aggressive impulses.”
And just last month, a group of researchers from Spain explained exactly how marijuana could do this through its interaction with the brain’s endocannabinoid system. They showed that THC “significantly decreased the aggression levels” – albeit in mice.
But that doesn’t seem to deter Dr. Testa – or her supporters at the NIDA.
Testa now has a very comfortable budget to conduct a study entitled “Proximal Effects of Marijuana in Understanding Intimate Partner Violence.”
The social psychologist will spend the next four years trying to identify a link between marijuana use and domestic violence.
Good luck with that.
The full press release is available online at buffalo.edu