New Study: Alcohol Increases Aggression, Marijuana Doesn’t

Jul 20, 2016


The results of a recent study in the Netherlands confirmed the long-held claim by supporters of marijuana policy reform that marijuana is much safer than alcohol, specifically as itNMBarScene relates to violent behavior. According to the findings, alcohol users demonstrated more aggressive tendencies while intoxicated than while sober, while marijuana users became less aggressive while under the influence.

The Washington Post reports:

They found, first of all, that “alcohol intoxication increased subjective aggression in the alcohol group.” The alcohol users, in other words, acted more aggressive when they were drunk than they did when they were sober. By contrast, the smokers became less aggressive when they were high.

These findings held through both the self-assessments — alcohol users rated themselves as more aggressive when drunk — and through the responses to the tests: The drinkers tried harder to undermine their computer opponents when they were drunk. But the smokers actually acted less aggressive toward their computer opponents when they were high.

“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,” the researchers conclude.


3 responses to “New Study: Alcohol Increases Aggression, Marijuana Doesn’t”

  1. I think whatever reduces harm should be encouraged. If that means making cannabis legal to take people out of the pubs then so be it. I have no problem with either cannabis or alcohol.

  2. Is this really front page news?? Anybody that didn’t already know this needs to crawl out of their cave and open their eyes. At some point, maybe a little common sense should evolve in humanity. “Really…alcohol causes aggression while cannabis chills you out??” Come on people, lets get it together and legalize across the board already. Society has suffered enough.

  3. Oh, I DO have problems with alcohol abuse. You destroy your liver, cause stomach cancer, fry brain cells, destroy all of the B vitamins in your brain, so that you cannot think straight and forget that you cannot drive when you’re drunk and then IF you get home, you beat up your wife if you don’t go ahead and murder her! Cannabis use does not cause these effects, although it does have the ability to alter your mind for a period of time. Many varieties of cannabis have chemicals which are beneficial to humans, health and mood enhancing and relaxing. Personally, I don’t desire to use cannabis nor tobacco by setting either on fire and inhaling their smoke, however I would like toe right to grow marijuana, harvest the beneficial oils, or dry it and cook with it and eat the plant, make brownies or lozenges or use a vaporizer some way. But if dangerous tobacco use is legal, then much less dangerous cannabis use must be allowed, too.!

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