Psychology

Men who have used psychedelics are roughly half as likely to commit intimate partner violence

A new study has found evidence that men who have used psychedelic drugs in the past have a lower likelihood of engaging in violence against their current partners.  “We were interested in looking at the association between psychedelics and violence for a number of reasons,” said Michelle Thiessen, a clinical psychology graduate student at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus and study lead author.

“First, the association between substance use and violence has received considerable attention, but research specifically looking at psychedelics and violence was lacking. We wanted to see if psychedelics were associated with violence in the same way as alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine etc.” “Second, we found in a previous study that psychedelics appeared to be protective against partner violence in a sample of men involved in the criminal justice system and we wanted to know if that association could be extended to a community sample of both men and women.” “Finally, there’s a lot of important and informative research coming out almost weekly regarding the therapeutic potential of psychedelics and we wanted to dive a little deeper into this association and see if there was a plausible mechanism underlying this association, in the case of our study we looked at emotion regulation.

Original Article (Psypost.org):
Men who have used psychedelics are roughly half as likely to commit intimate partner violence
Artwork Fair Use: The Womanstats Project

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