New Study: Alcohol Fuels Aggression While Marijuana Reduces It

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So, why is marijuana illegal again?

Tapping the keg of America’s never-ending violence, “intoxicated aggression” spikes precipitously among drinkers, while marijuana snuffs out those same aggressive tendencies. At least that’s the takeaway message from a peer-reviewed study just published in the July 2016 edition of Springer Science.

Per the Psychopharmacological Journal, researchers from the European Union (EU) assessed whether the consumption of alcohol or cannabis would noticeably elevate “subjective aggression” in both alcohol and cannabis consumers.

For the study, “Subjective aggression was measured using a 100-mm VAS with “not aggressive at all” at one end and “very aggressive” at the other end of the line. Participants had to rate how aggressive they felt at two different time points (i.e., before and after the aggression exposure block). The first time point was aimed to assess the acute effects of alcohol and cannabis treatment on subjective aggression in the alcohol and cannabis group, respectively. The second assessment point followed after a period of aggression manipulation, in which participants were exposed to aggressive stimuli during two laboratory tasks (SC-IAT and PSAP) in order to provoke aggression in the participants. The second time point was aimed to assess both the effects of alcohol and cannabis treatment and the effects of the provocation on subjective aggression.”

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As such, participants were required to abstain from any and all alcohol or marijuana consumption for a minimum of one-week prior their assessment. During the aggression test, cannabis and alcohol consumers each received a placebo dose of their respective substance, then subjected to aggression exposure. “consisting of administrations of the point-subtraction aggression paradigm (PSAP) and the single category implicit association test (SC-IAT). Testosterone and cortisol levels in response to alcohol/cannabis treatment and aggression exposure were recorded as secondary outcome measures.”

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Researchers concluded: “The results in the present study support the hypothesis that acute alcohol intoxication increases feelings of aggression and that acute cannabis intoxication reduces feelings of aggression following aggression exposure.”

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Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog – though not necessarily in that order. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don't drink alcohol or consume any other "drugs." I consider myself to be living proof that weed is not a gateway drug. If it were, I'd be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math) ... I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be for calming what stirs the savage beast.

11 Comments

  1. Andrea Cherez on

    The results of this study are such a no brainer I can’t believe they even bothered to do it. I hope they didn’t waste too much $ on it, $ that could’ve been better spent on connoisseur weed. Maybe it’ll help some bonehead politician to do the right thing.

  2. The more Peer Review studies the better. Marijuana will soon be legal nationwide.

    The only way to take the crime out of marijuana is to legalize it.

  3. Monterey Bud on

    Just wait until the DEA pulls their head from where the sun never shines and removes Cannabis from its schedule 1 status. Vindication will be ours, and this miracle plant will put human ignorance on display for all to loathe. Harry J Anslinger’s greed mongering racist pals will be exposed for their dimwitted hatred of one of God’s greatest creations.

    • Alistair Nicol-Smith on

      Singing from the same songbook here in sunny edinburgh. Still Class B, but the cops have more serious things to keep an eye on. Until they are told to go bust people just because…. The persecutary(like that word) state is never that far away. Most of Anslingers generation are dead, so it’s their descendants that still peddle the mythology ot the evil weed. Slightly more worrying was a post i read saying that the uber-right have included cannabis users as people you can righteouly beat up…

    • Alistair Nicol-Smith on

      Singing from the same songbook here in sunny edinburgh. Still Class B, but the cops have more serious things to keep an eye on. Until they are told to go bust people just because…. The persecutary(like that word) state is never that far away. Most of Anslingers generation are dead, so it’s their descendants that still peddle the mythology ot the evil weed. Slightly more worrying was a post i read saying that the uber-right have included cannabis users as people you can righteously beat up…

  4. How about all the growers in this country…donate a few pounds of weed to all the police in and around the country that are having problems…shooting people for no reason…except for the color of their skin… hate and stupidity..and see what happens…? Maybe you can save someone’s life… If they would only try it…?

    • many people have come up with eciting discoveries…bill gates and the computer…many successful people are pot smokers…alcoholics also lose their motivation when they are too drunk to do anything…hang overs the next day

  5. Patricia Round on

    The biggest crime of all is keeping people from having medical marijuana. These people are suffering and dying because of money. Money for drug (cartels) companies , justice system, cops, prisons and the politicians who enable them. How these SOB’s sleep at night is beyond me.

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