Workers in Canada who’ve toked up just lately don’t seem to have confronted any higher danger of a office damage than those that abstained, according to a new study out this week, suggesting that hashish use isn’t essentially linked to sloppiness on the job.
Researchers from the University of Toronto discovered “no evidence that cannabis users experienced higher rates of work-related injuries,” and pending different potential research, they mentioned that “occupational medicine practitioners should take a risk-based approach to drafting workplace cannabis policies.”
The research, printed this month in Occupational Medicine, was primarily based on observations of 136,536 working Canadians. Researchers mentioned that they used “used multiple logistic regression modelling to calculate the odds of experiencing a work-related injury (defined as non-repetitive strain injury) among workers who reported using cannabis more than once during the prior 12 months as compared to non-users,” after which “repeated the analysis among participants working in high injury risk occupational groups only.”
Of the greater than 136,500 individuals, “2577 (2%) had a work-related injury in the last 12 months,” and amongst these 2,577, “4% also reported being a cannabis user in the same period.”
“We found no association between past-year cannabis use and work-related injury (odds ratio for work injury among users 0.81, 95% confidence interval 0.66-0.99),” they wrote. “The association was unchanged in the subgroup analysis limited to high injury risk occupational groups.”
They concluded, as quoted by NORML: “To the best of our knowledge, this was the largest population-based cross-sectional study examining the association between past-year cannabis use and work-related injuries. … We found that workers reporting using cannabis more than once in the past year were no more likely to report having experienced a work-related injury over the same time period in a large cohort of the Canadian working population.”
The Canadian authorities made leisure marijuana use authorized within the fall of 2018, though the unregulated weed market has continued to thrive north of the border.
The Study Corroborates Other Findings
The research printed in Occupational Medicine follows different analysis which have dispelled the hyperlink between hashish use and a scarcity of office security. Earlier this year, researchers from San Diego State University in California and Auburn University discovered that “after-work cannabis use did not relate to any of the workplace performance dimensions,” which they mentioned “casts doubt on some stereotypes of cannabis users and suggests a need for further methodological and theoretical development in the field of substance use.”
For marijuana advocates, analysis like that has been important in counteracting long-held perceptions about marijuana use, which has led to an finish to pot prohibition in states and cities throughout the nation.
In response to this week’s research in Occupational Medicine, NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano took intention at “[s]uspicionless marijuana testing never has been an evidence-based policy.”
“Rather, these discriminatory practices are a holdover from the zeitgeist of the 1980s ‘war on drugs.’ But times have changed; attitudes have changed, and in many places, the marijuana laws have changed. It is time for workplace policies to adapt to this new reality,” Armentano mentioned in a press release.