Currently, the many degrees of cannabis use are starting to gain attention. As states are passing bills to legalize the medical use of cannabis, research has progressed to identify the different needs for patients interested in prescriptions. This includes choosing from various approved products with doses of CBD to accurately help certain medical conditions. In the larger realm of recreational use, the stigma of non-productive stoners just trying to be rebellious has proven to be far from the reality of most people. Not only do hard working people use cannabis, but sometimes they use it as they work.
In states with legal recreational marijuana, more people now have access to cannabis products as new companies are constantly moving onto the scene. Edibles, vapor, oils, and fresh buds have new markets since removing the threat of punishment. Employees are taking advantage of this nuance by acquiring marijuana edibles and taking small doses or “microdosing”. Many say microdosing during work improves creativity and concentration. Microdosing is said to be much different from the average psychoactive experience. Since it is just small quantities with around 2.5 milligrams of THC, the edible gives most people a manageable high, making them still functional. Kiva Terra Bites provides a manual for microdosing with their low-dose mints catered to members of the workforce.
Doing whatever it takes, even if it means taking bits of a drug in order to improve results doesn’t seem like a farfetched idea for those in heavy-stress work fields. It’s the same mindset that makes athletes desire an extra boost from steroids. “Mental creativity and performance is how people make their career here in Silicon Valley,” says Geoff Woo, the CEO at Nootrobox. Adderall and Ritalin are known as “smart drugs”, used in competitive and high-stress environments, mainly at schools. The draw for choosing doses of cannabis over stimulants like adderall is the natural mellowing effects of the plant. Dr James Fadiman, author of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide states, “You function better physically and mentally. You find the office jerk bearable and you’re more compassionate about the flaws of others. You feel you’ve had a pretty good day”.
The risk for employees who microdose can be high depending on their position and employer. People in construction or jobs that are more physical than mental don’t have much potential to have a manageable dose of THC. When feeling calm and creative doesn’t necessarily bring an advantage to daily tasks, it may become a setback. In a white-collar workplace, though cannabis use could be benefiting workers, most employers have zero-tolerance for any type of drug use. Since cannabis is federally classified by the DEA as a dangerous schedule 1 drug, employers don’t even have reason to support the idea of its use during work hours. 39 percent of employers surveyed in 2015 by the Society for Human Resource Management said they wouldn’t hire someone who admitted to consuming weed, even for medical reasons. It’s not as simple as just discovering a new way to work better. With cannabis comes barriers and there is no telling if taking a bit at work will ever be widely accepted. Still, cannabis is finding it’s way into the workplace and for some, it is working wonders. AGRiMED advises that you consult with your employer’s HR department to learn more about their policy on medical marijuana in the workplace.
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