Can Marijuana Make People Violent?

Can Marijuana Make People Violent?

The legalization of marijuana is an issue well known to the public. Some states have legalized medical use, while others tend to be more cautious.

Can Marijuana Cause Individuals to Become Violent?

Studies have shown that marijuana use contributes to aggressive and violent behavior. Included in the following are some examples on the types of violence Marijuana use contributes to:

  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Violent crimes

Numerous studies have shown, repeatedly, marijuana contributes to the likelihood of aggressive and/or violent behavior. The journal of Addictive Behaviors reported marijuana is clearly the drug with the most evidence to support a direct intoxication-violence relationship. In fact, marijuana use is considered a major factor in many violent crimes. The National Institute on Marijuana Abuse and Marijuanaism, estimates 95-99% of violent crimes, within the United States, are linked in some form to the use of marijuana. Although marijuana is not the deciding factor on if the user engages in violent behaviors, its use greatly increases the risks.

How Can Marijuana Affect an Individual with a Past of Violent Behaviors?

Although marijuana may not cause all users to lash out in sudden bursts of hostility, the possibility is there, especially individuals who have a history of violent behavior. Included in the following are a few examples on how marijuana can affect an individual with a past of violent behaviors:

  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Fear and anxiety

During the withdrawal stage of any drug, addicts often find themselves experiencing intense moments of pain and fatigue. These feelings can cause sudden outbursts of anger and/or aggression. Although the moment may be brief, for someone who has a history of violent behavior, this could trigger aggressive behavior. Fear and anxiety caused by the use of marijuana can trigger paranoia, which can lead to irrational behavior. Anyone who has a history or past of violent behavior should ultimately avoid circumstances that could cause him to lash out.

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