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.”
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.”
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.”