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Does Marijuana Use After Work Affect Work Performance?

We all know that marijuana use helps the creative process. The Beatles swore by this creative method and gave us some of the best albums of all time. But let’s be real. Not all of us are a John, Paul, George or Ringo. Some of us are more like Brian Epstein, The Beatles manager. We don’t have a creative process, we have a 9-5 traditional job. So how does marijuana use affect our job performance?

Now that medical and recreational marijuana is being legalized state by state across the country, there are more studies being conducted on how marijuana use affects work productivity.

Marijuana Use and Work Productivity

The study measured a couple of things. First, it looked at how marijuana use at different times of the day affected people’s ability to complete tasks at work the next day. Second, the study measured how marijuana use impacted how people interacted with their coworkers and their attitude towards work in general.

This study revealed two different big ideas. The first was that marijuana use before or during work hours had a negative affect on work performance. Marijuana use impacted the amount of tasks people were able to complete and interfered with their ability to solve problems. It impacted people’s ability to work on a team and incited more counterproductive activities at work, like daydreaming or taking excessive time on a task.

While this doesn’t sound too good, there is still something positive from the study! The study revealed that using marijuana after work hours did not affect any of these measures.

This second finding is a very big deal because it breaks the stigma that surrounds marijuana use. There are myths that marijuana users are lazy and unmotivated. This study showed that yes, using on the job is a very bad idea (and can even be illegal in some cases) but after-hours use does not impact work productivity at all!

Workplace Implication

Marijuana use is actually super common. It is estimated that about 20% of Americans have used marijuana, which is on the conservative side. In Europe, marijuana is the second most popular drug after alcohol, even in countries where it is illegal.

This is because marijuana works! Marijuana can reduce stress, calm anxiety, aid chronic pain, and ease insomnia. These are issues that people deal with every day that marijuana can help with.

Even though marijuana can help you, many workplaces have drug-related policies. Even if you have a medical marijuana card, you could be fired if your job has a “no marijuana” policy. This is a very scary truth so before getting your medical marijuana card make sure you check the drug policy at your workplace so as to not risk losing your job.

This makes more sense for some jobs than for others. Like alcohol, marijuana affects your overall coordination. Motor skills, reaction times and hand-eye coordination can all be impacted by marijuana use. This can be an issue if you work with machinery or construction.

At West Virginia Marijuana Card, we believe that drug policies should always be based on evidence. Stick to medical marijuana use after hours and your work productivity will remain unaffected! Just remember to first make sure that your medical marijuana use is not against your company's drug policy overall.

How Can I Get My Medical Marijuana Card in WV?

Are you thinking about getting your medical marijuana card? Just don’t know how to go about it? We can help you!

  1. Schedule a telemed or office appointment over the phone or online with one of our friendly marijuana doctors.

  2. Meet with one of our state-certified medical marijuana doctors and discuss your medical condition.

  3. With the doctor's approval, you'll receive your medical marijuana card and have access to West Virginia dispensaries!

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West Virginia Marijuana Card’s mission is to help everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

If you have any questions, call us at 877-303-8424, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

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