SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – Married couples that smoke pot have a lower rate of domestic violence, a new study finds.

Researchers from the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions and Research Institutes on Addictions surveyed over 600 couples over the first nine years of their marriage; and found that the more marijuana they smoke the less likely they were to engage in domestic violence.

“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 the likelihood of conflict,” Kenneth Leonard, director of the University of Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions, and lead investigator on the study, said in a press release.

Researchers followed-up with the couples on their first, second, fourth, seventh, and ninth wedding anniversaries, LiveScience reports.

The researchers would ask the participants if they were a victim of domestic violence during the previous year.  They would also ask the participants how often they smoked marijuana during the previous year.

“Although this study supports the perspective that marijuana does not increase, and may decrease, aggressive conflict, we would like to see research replicating this findings, and research examining day-to-day marijuana and alcohol use and the likelihood to IPV on the same day before drawing stronger conclusions, Leonard said in the release.

The study only included heterosexual couples who were entering their first year of marriage and stayed married through all nine years.

The researchers were clear to point out in their study that smoking pot is not the key to a peaceful marriage.

The study was published online in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

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