Ask an expert
Question

16 Nov 2004

Can Marijuana exacerbate violence?
Hi All

My husband occasionally indulges in Marijuana. I have noticed that when he uses it he has a tendency to become violent, especially towards me.
He is, otherwise, very passive and could not hurt a fly.
I am concerned because due to media hype, marijuana is supposed to create a "chilled out" effect, with him it is the exact opposite.
Is it possible with long-term use that he will become a violent person?

Answer 435 views
Expert
CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

marijuana, like a number of other drugs, can be disinhibiting, and in that way might lower one's threshold towards acting violently. It's not likely that it will make him an all-out and thoroughly violent person, but he needs, while not under the influence of it, to look seriously at how it affects him, as viewed by observers like yourself qwho may not be under the influence themselves at the time. He should re-evaluate whether his enjoyment of it is worth this side-effect ( all drugs have side-effects, whether pills or leaves, swallowed or inhaled ).
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.