Researchers Say Marijuana Smokers Are Less Motivated at Work
Are marijuana users less motivated on the job?
That’s what Norwegian researcher Christer Hyggen wanted to know; and to find out he tapped into data from a 25 year long study on almost 1500 Norwegian subjects.
The subjects, who were in their late teens and early twenties at the onset of the study in 1987, filled out surveys at five intervals over the 25 year study period. The surveys included questions on marijuana use habits and attitudes about work and work commitments.
The FindingsAfter controlling for extraneous factors like drinking habits, work satisfaction, mental health and socio-economic factors, Hyggen found that:
- People who reported smoking marijuana within a year of being asked reported less commitment to work than abstainers
- People who reported smoking marijuana within 12 months of being asked on only one of the 5 questionnaires (the experimenters) became as committed to work as the never-users over time.
- People who continued to report marijuana use over the 5 surveys became less committed to work as they aged into adulthood.
Commenting on the findings, Hyggen explained that he cannot say that marijuana use causes lower work performance, only that it is associated with it, but that in general, "people who quit smoking cannabis increase their work commitment, and people who take up smoking cannabis reduce their work commitment."
The full research results can be found the journal, Addiction.
Post a comment 0
We welcome republishing of our content on condition that you credit Choose Help and the respective authors. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons License.
70 Reasons to Quit a Heavy Marijuana Habit
Thinking about giving up marijuana but not sure you’re ready to take the plunge? Well, here are 70 benefits of quitting – all first-hand accounts from previously heavy users about how life changes for the better once you don’t need to get high all the time.Read the complete article
Marijuana Detox: Coping with Withdrawal Symptoms
How to get past the first 2 weeks of marijuana withdrawal symptoms. Learn what to expect from marijuana withdrawal, with tips and suggestions for coping with individual withdrawal symptoms.Read the complete article