What you should consider if you smoke weed everyday at work

Published Jul 15, 2019 10:07 a.m. ET
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According to several surveys, most cannabis consumers are what are called occasional users who only smoke on the weekends, or even more rarely. The rest of us are regular users, and many of us smoke weed everyday, including the hours that we spend at work. In Canada, there are very few job positions that can conduct drug testing, but if you work in a space like that, then you probably aren’t a regular consumer. The United States and other regions allow random and sporadic drug testing of employees, which makes enjoying marijuana a tad more complicated. Here we will cover four different things that you should seriously consider if you are one of the cannabis enthusiasts who just can’t wait until the end of the day.

Drug testing

Some countries allow for random and or regular drug testing, and this can be especially difficult for anyone who likes to enjoy marijuana products on the daily. If you are applying to or already have a job that does have this requirement, since there is no fast way to get the pot out of your system, it is a good idea to research the type of testing that they do. Saliva testing can detect cannabis use for approximately 24 hours. Urine testing can go as far back as one month; blood testing is the most precise and can detect THC for up to six months. Whether or not you want the job, and how to plan your consumption will be determined by their answer. Unless you have a medical prescription, most businesses will not allow employees to opt out, or to test positive without risk to their position.

Workplace safety

The effects of marijuana will differ from one person to the next, but your number one concern with smoking weed everyday at work should be everyone’s safety. If your job is dangerous or hazardous in any way, then you might want to save your smoke sessions for first thing in the morning, and the moment you clock out. However, if you hold a position that contains little to no risk, then the effects of marijuana might should not negatively affect your safety

The smell

If you smoke weed everyday, then you likely already know that it smells, a lot. Which is fine if you enjoy the sweet aroma of some fresh herb, but not everyone is going to feel that same way. If your job requires you to work with or interact with other people who are not cannabis friendly than you might want to consider using edibles or a vaporizer instead. This will cut down on the amount of smell and improve your health. This is especially true if you work in a scent free environment, where a lingering smell could get you fired.

Where and how you will consume cannabis

Though most of the THC is delivered into your body as you inhale the smoke from a joint, there is still lingering smoke that can adversely affect other people around you. If you want to smoke weed everyday at work, then you will need to find a legal space to be in that isn’t going to put your coworkers at risk. Though it might not seem like a big deal, someone who is not used to THC may get quite confused after accidentally breathing some in, and even if they don’t, they likely won’t appreciate it. Though vaping is an excellent alternative for many who find themselves stuck in crowded smoking pits, the most discreet way to enjoy THC at work is by eating marijuana edibles.

Know your limit

The effects of marijuana for regular consumers is relatively predictable, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also consume too much. Even if you have a cannabis strain that energizes and lifts you, when it wears off, or if you smoke too much it could impair your judgment, motor function, and overall productivity on the job. None of which are suitable for any employee who wants to keep their weekly paycheck. To avoid this, limit how much THC you ingest to reasonable levels, and whenever possible, choose marijuana strains that will provide more positive effects, while keeping up consistent dosing throughout the day. Then you won’t have to worry about how to get pot out of your system, say if you have work the next day.

Uplifting and energizing marijuana strains

If you are looking for the perfect strain to help you relax while maintaining your normal productive routine, then check out these ten perfect weed strains for an active lifestyle:

1. Sour Diesel
2. Green Crack
3. Pineapple Express
4. Trainwreck
5. Durban Poison
6. Strawberry Cough
7. Lemon Haze
8. Maui Wowie
9. Agent Orange
10. White Fire OG

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