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Can You Smoke Weed at Night and Still Be Productive at Work the Next Day?

In a bid to accomplish more, some people decide to quit smoking weed. Smoking up makes them lazy and unmotivated, they say. But it turns out that it may not be a problem at all, at least not when you do it at the right time. A new study found that smoking up after work does not actually affect people’s work performance the next day.

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Now that cannabis has been legalized in more places around the world, scientists have started looking into its effects on productivity. The study published in May is based on tests conducted by professors Jeremy B. Bernerth from San Diego State University and H. Jack Walker from Auburn University. They found that regularly smoking a joint after work did not hurt employees’ performance the following day.

The research explored how cannabis affected people’s ability to meet job requirements, their behaviour toward colleagues, and attitude toward work. The study tested 281 employees, collecting data from their direct supervisors, and examined the relationship between three time-based cannabis measures and the different forms of workplace performance.

Unsurprisingly, it found that weed after work is totally fine but it doesn’t go as smoothly when used right before or during work. Getting high before and during work interfered with their concentration, affecting their ability to carry out tasks and solve problems. It also led to counterproductive behaviour and decreased their ability to help out colleagues.

Studies on the effects of alcohol on work performance are extensive and, when comparing data, the researchers found that heavy drinking after work negatively affected performance in more ways, including reduced productivity, bad attendance, inappropriate behaviour, and poor working relationships with colleagues. They found that there did not appear to be excessive negative effects on a person’s coordination the day after taking weed. It turns out that hangovers from alcohol are way worse than the next-day effects of cannabis.

According to the United Nations, legal or not, 158.8 million people around the world use weed. That’s over 3.8 percent of the planet’s population. It’s popular for its stress-reducing abilities, which makes it a favourable remedy after a stressful day at work.

But smoking up isn’t totally safe whenever, wherever. Another study published in March found that chronic, heavy cannabis use is associated with worse driving performance. This is alarming since next to alcohol, weed is the second most frequently found substance in the bodies of drivers involved in fatal automobile accidents.

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A new study looked into the effects of smoking weed before, during, and after work hours.

I Go to Work High Every Day

And I do a damn good job.

I wake up every day at 8:30 a.m. to smoke my first half-joint and take a big hit off a bong, so I can get super high before I get into the shower. I take another hit when I get out of the shower and start getting ready. Then I go to work.

As a concierge in Portland, I have an eight-hour work day of multi-tasking, answering complicated questions, taking reservations, training new associates, and any other rogue task that is trickled down to me. I have been called the backbone of the company.

You might not think it, but the stakes in a job like this can be very, very high. Just a few months ago my co-worker was nearly assaulted by an angry customer who lunged at him. My co-worker was able to dodge the customer and run for the door, but no one else tried to intervene, so I had to get security and call 911. It was business as usual minutes later, even though I had a minor anxiety attack first.

Smoking weed is so ingrained in my daily life that it doesn’t even cross my mind that working and smoking aren’t a thing.

That’s where the weed comes in. I’ve developed more anxiety from this job than I have ever felt in my life, and I doubt I could handle it if I weren’t smoking. Smoking weed is so ingrained in my daily life that it doesn’t even cross my mind that working and smoking aren’t a thing.

I get a 15 and a 30-minute break during the day, and I smoke during both of them; it’s how I release all the tension I’ve built up. I keep a kit with me that’s airtight so you can’t smell anything, and I hide in a different place each time so nobody sees me. After all, I work for a major corporation with a specific code of conduct—if they catch me, I’ll be fired.

I smoked my first bowl at the age of 14. I ditched school and hung out with some friends at a park near my neighborhood. We had some really bad brick weed—it was brown and had tons of seeds in it. But I got super high and thought it was the best thing in the world. I remember the feeling of the breeze touching lightly on my skin. I thought, “Oh my god, this is amazing.”

I made smoking weed a way of life early on. I wasn’t your stereotypical pothead, though, floating through class and barely paying attention. I graduated. I was prom queen. I had a plan to go to community college.

Then, by age 21, I found myself addicted to heroin. A mentor I’d had since childhood stepped in and brought me into a “recovery bootcamp,” after which I went back to school and got an associate’s degree and music technology certificate. I learned how to cope and get off the hard drugs. I quit everything for a while.

Four years later, I broke my leg, and I started to have extreme chronic pain. I had to figure out alternative ways to manage it because I didn’t have health insurance, and the only thing I could think of was to take a variety of pharmaceuticals I bought on the street, from Oxycontin to Vicodin. That dependency developed into a familiar downward spiral.

I don’t really know many other women who smoke as much as I do.

But those kinds of drugs dulled my senses. I couldn’t focus or concentrate. I decided to stick to what I knew and could control: marijuana.

Doctors say any type of smoke is bad for your lungs. They say it’s like a rock, choking your air stream from within. But for me, it feels like a window, opening me up, clearing my seasonal asthma, inspiring my creativity—even upping my business prowess.

In my earlier years of smoking, I produced music and took meetings with DJs. Often, in a stoned, blissed-out dream state, I imagined parties packed with people dancing to my songs. Soon, I had an event business in Denver, Portland, and Seattle.

My next professional endeavor is to be a stylist and fashion blogger for plus-size women. I want to start an Instagram community for fashionable curvy stoner girls—I’ve already tapped into a wellspring of support through #curvystonerchick.

I don’t know many other women who smoke as much as I do, for the reasons I do, and still get things done. But I’m a high-functioning stoner, and I plan to stay that way.

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I smoke pot every day before going to work.