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Does Using Cannabis After Work Affect Work Productivity?

For a long time artists and musicians have used marijuana to incite their creative process. Some of the greatest musicians of all time swear by this method like The Beatles have. But not all of us are a John, Paul, George or Ringo. Some of us are more of a Brian Epstein type, the manager of The Beatles. We work 9-5 traditional jobs, day in and day out. So how does marijuana affect us during our jobs?

At Ohio Marijuana Card, we want to give you all the tools you need to make the best decisions for your health and wellness goals, especially when it involves medical marijuana. We want you to also know how marijuana use can affect your daily life. Now that medical marijuana and even recreational marijuana is being legalized across the country, there are more and more studies that are looking into how marijuana affects work productivity.

Recent Research Findings On Marijuana Use & Work Productivity

A recent study showed that using marijuana after work actually did not affect people’s performance or productivity on the job the next day. The study looked into a couple of things. First it looked at how using marijuana at different times of the day affected people’s ability to complete tasks at work the next day. Second, the study looked at if marijuana use impacted how people viewed their coworkers or if it changed their attitude towards work.

This study found two different big ideas. The first was that marijuana use before or during work hours negatively affected their work performance. Marijuana use before or during work hours impacted the amount of tasks people were able to complete and interfered with their ability to problem solve. It also impacted people’s ability to work on a team and incited more counterproductive activities at work such as daydreaming or taking excessive time on a task.

This doesn’t sound too good at all. But there is still something positive from the study! Research showed that using marijuana after work hours did not affect any of these measures at all.

While the first finding seems a bit scary, the second finding is a very big deal because we know there is a lot of stigma that surrounds marijuana use, whether it is used for medical purposes or not. There are myths that marijuana users are lazy and unmotivated which would impact work performance. 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 doesn’t impact work productivity at all.

Work Implications

Marijuana use is actually more common than one would think. It is estimated that about 20% of Americans have used marijuana, which is a number that is more on the conservative side. In Europe, marijuana is the second most popular drug after alcohol, even in countries where it is not fully legal yet.

This is because marijuana is such a beloved plant! It is known to reduce stress, calm anxiety, aid chronic pain, and ease insomnia. These are issues that people deal with day to day. Marijuana helps with that and much, much more.

Many companies, especially if they are working with children or institutional careers, have drug-related policies. Even with a medical marijuana card, you could be fired if your job has a no marijuana policy and performs drug tests. This is unfortunately a very scary truth so before getting your medical marijuana card make sure to check your company's drug policy as to not risk your job.

For certain jobs, this does make sense. Like alcohol, marijuana impacts your 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 Ohio 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 unharmed. Just remember first to make sure that your medical marijuana use isn’t against your company's drug policy overall.

How Can I Get My Medical Marijuana Card in Ohio?

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 card via email from the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.

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