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Parents who use marijuana and alcohol are at a higher risk of ‘physical abuse’ at home

Marijuana might not be an optimal parenting hack for everyone, despite some claims to the contrary.

Parents who have used marijuana in the past year are more likely than non-users on average to discipline their kids through corporal punishment (like a slap or spank), physical abuse (like a hit on the head or a kick) and also nonviolent tactics (like loss of privileges or time-outs), according to a new study examining 2009 data on the impact of substance use on parenting.

“We tend to have this view that marijuana use has this calming, [relaxing] effect on people,” lead study author Bridget Freisthler, a professor at the Ohio State University, told MarketWatch.

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