I don’t really enjoy weed today like I used to but I still believe in its benefits, especially increased concentration. When I used to smoke weed, it wasn’t readily available to me by prescription in a sleek dispensary. There were no gummy bears, ventilators or carefully weighed dosages to give me just the right high — I simply rolled a joint and smoked it, not only to get high but to really flex my creative muscles too.
Marijuana was incredibly effective for my creative thinking and concentration. Weed would put me in the right frame of mind to come up with a great story idea and give me drive to find good, strong references to support my argument. Oftentimes, I would edit my story after my high had come down but, for the most part, I was high functioning on weed.
Bloomberg published a story earlier this week that argues, for some people, eating weed at work is exactly the same as drinking a cup of coffee but with the added benefit of increased creativity. The story references microdosing at work, the process by which you ingest just enough to get a tiny high for increased concentration and creativity for problem-solving, and so forth.
Microdosing is key: “People aren’t using drugs to get blasted into outer space,” says Christie Strong, the marketing communications manager at Kiva Confections, a California-based edibles maker. “In a small amount, people are finding they are having more focus, instead of that typical cannabis experience when they’re a little distracted and hazy.”
People who microdose for work have gravitated to low-dose edibles, such as brownies and mints with THC content of less than 5 milligrams—low enough for a manageable high for first-time users — and low enough to have a high-functioning day at work.
Unfortunately, it’s still illegal to ingest THC at work, and your employer can still take legal action if you show up to work high on THC. The chance of you being able to use THC to your benefit in a professional setting remains completely up to the discretion of your boss and organizational code of conduct. There are, however, employment lawyers who are helping companies write and adopt new policies for HR and marijuana.
While most companies don’t drug test employees anymore, the limitations for how safe and awesome being high at work are depend largely on the type of employment you hold. Do I want the pilot of my long-haul flight over the Atlantic Ocean to be high (even just a teeny tiny bit high)? No. Do I care if the copywriter who wrote the ad for Squarespace I heard on a podcast was high? Not at all.
Anyway, the fact that we’re even having a conversation about the benefits of being high on THC at work is interesting. We may be only a few years away from going outside for an “edibles break” between meetings, and that’s something.
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