It’s a sunny afternoon in July and you are sprawled out on a blanket under the shade of a tree. An ice cold drink in one hand, a sparked joint in the other and your significant other laughing beside you. Can it get more picturesque than that? Cheesy, but it turns out it can. Although factors of relationship longevity vary, many stoner couples claim that the quality and happiness of their relationship is heightened by their third lover—Mary Jane. And there’s even some research to back it up. Do couples that smoke together, stay together?

The Little Things

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We all have things that annoy, frustrate or irritate us about our significant others: They never do the dishes when it’s their turn, they forget to pick up the milk, they don’t know when you are upset even if you think it’s obvious, or maybe they just can’t read your mind when you want them to. However, after smoking a joint together, these little things really do seem little, and reading each other’s minds could turn into a hilarious and totally plausible challenge. Smoking weed with your significant other not only helps you both relax, it also helps you to forget those things and remember what is actually important—laughter, friendship, love and weed. The dishes can always be done later; plus, they are way more fun to do while high—bubbles, anyone?

Imagine the Activities

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Taking out the trash, cleaning the fridge, making brunch for your mother-in-law’s birthday, walking to the store—activities that were once the most mundane parts of coupledom become enlightened and new. Not only that, you can add smoking weed together to the list of things you both actually enjoy doing together (along with binge-watching House of Cards on Netflix and playing the fine sport of dodgeball). Having shared interests can increase the longevity of relationships and enjoying the effects of weed is one more thing you can bond over.

Sexy Time Becomes Sexier

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Many stoner couples report having amazing sex after smoking weed. Whether it’s because of the weed directly or because people feel more free and uninhibited after smoking isn’t certain. However, THC is known for both its relaxing and euphoric properties, which could enhance the euphoria experienced when climaxing. Considering that the effects of marijuana are subjective, gather some data on your own (if you catch our drift). Spark a joint or incorporate weed into your meal (check out these recipes for ideas) and hit the bedroom—or the floor, counter, table—subjectivity, right?

Seriously, Though

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Marijuana use in couples not only enhances sex life and makes mundane activities entertaining. According to a study conducted at University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions and Research Institute on Addictions, it can also be linked to lower levels of domestic violence. Researchers found that increased marijuana use by either partner reflected less domestic violence. In addition, couples who were both frequent marijuana users had the lowest levels of domestic abuse. Although researchers concluded that marijuana use could predict lower levels of aggression in couples, they also noted that additional research is needed.

Let’s Chill Out and Love Each Other

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Every couple faces challenges. Oftentimes, a well-intentioned conversation can turn angry and defensive as emotions rise. However, a 2013 study found that THC lowered research subjects’ brain activity in response to negative stimuli. Weed can help keep couples calm during intense debates, making them more likely to hear each other out rather than shutting one another down. Now that’s some research we’ll toke to.



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