Marijuana has long been revered for its ability to easy pain and promote creativity and self-awareness, but did you know that it could help you build a strong, successful relationship? Thanks to its ability to calm the mind and move the soul, marijuana may be another therapeutic ingredients you can use to foster a healthy relationship with your partner, and here’s why:

Marijuana Reduces The Occurrence of Domestic Violence

Back in 2014, research suggested that couples who smoke together may actually be at a reduced risk of domestic violence than those who don’t. These findings come from a study which followed over 600 couples for nine years of marriage and found that the more often couples smoked cannabis together, the less likely they would be to experience intimate partner violence.

The study found the same to be true even if cannabis was used exclusively by the husband, and was most profound for women with no history of IPV. In other words, weed may help to ‘mellow out” aggressive tendencies or behavior that can lead to physical violence.

Couples Bond Over Their Cannabis Hobby

Couples who report high levels of marital satisfaction share a common trend: they make time for the two of them. Whether they use their time to play games, work on a project or cook, couples who share hobbies also truly enjoy sharing their lives with their partners.

If both partners enjoy marijuana, then it too, can become a hobby with which to bond. Couples can learn about cultivation, share research and insights, and stock up on their collection of paraphernalia all while enhancing their relationships. For extra-special occasions, couples can even book cannabis tours.

Marijuana and Sexual Pleasure

There is a lot of debate about whether or not cannabis can help or hinder sexual pleasure. For about one-third of the population, getting high before sex is an uncomfortable experience caused by an overly-active internal monologue.

The majority of people, however, report heightened sexual pleasure because of the way cannabis enhances the sense of touch. It can also serve as a catalyst for intimacy, allowing users to connect more closely with their partner both during and after intercourse.

The success of a sexual encounter after cannabis consumption, however, seems to be dose-dependent. According to Dr. Shelley Narula of SteadyHealth.com, testosterone levels in mice rise drastically after consuming cannabis, but then drop below normal after about 20 minutes in mice that received large doses of THC. Mice that received minimal doses of THC, however, maintained an increased testosterone level for more than an hour suggesting that light to moderate cannabis use in men may improve sexual desire and intimacy while high doses may have the opposite effect.

Marijuana Users Are Loyal

Despite some anti-marijuana claims that marijuana makes people immoral, one recent survey conducted by a dating website, My420Mate.com, suggests the opposite: marijuana users top the charts in morality.

The survey asked 4,500 of its registered simple moral question and found an overwhelming majority of respondents to be highly moral. Though the survey lacks the general public’s input, it raised an important point that marijuana and morality seem to go hand-in-hand, but not the way some might think.

Cannabis Helps Get Rid of The Blues

Depression is a disease that affects the whole family. If one or both partners are depress, their risk for divorce is nine times greater than the average couple. However, cases of mild to moderate depression, especially depression that is caused by high levels of stress, can be effectively treated with cannabis.

According to a recent study, conducted by researchers at the University of Buffalo, those who experience chronic stress have reduced endocannabinoid production which could contribute to their depressive symptoms. This also explains how cannabis combats depression, by supplementing the brain with plant-based cannabinoids like THC and CBD.

Marijuana’s Effect on Communication Problems

Positive communication is of the utmost importance in a successful relationship. If communication is lacking, feelings will get hurt, isolation will occur and intimacy will wane. Unfortunately, compulsive marijuana use has been shown to hinder positive communication, especially when it is used to replace awkward arguments.

Perhaps this is because marijuana can cause short-term memory loss, maybe its euphoric sensations help take your mind of the pain, or perhaps you’ve never learned stress-coping techniques because marijuana was always around. Whatever the reason, if marijuana is to remain a positive influence on your relationship, it must never take precedence over good communication.

There are many therapeutic benefits to cannabis well beyond easing pain and lifting nausea. Though research is limited, preliminary studies suggest that couples who use cannabis together may be in a better place within their relationships. They may experience higher levels of marital satisfaction, a more intimate connection with their partner and a more fulfilling sex life. As long as communication patterns remain constructive, cannabis can be a welcome guest in a successful, long-term relationship.