Pot Linked to Slacking Off at Work
Not-so-surprising research links pot to low motivation on the job
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2012 12:22 AM CST
Updated Feb 24, 2012 1:19 AM CST
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(Newser) – Here's a finding that seems to be a waste of research money: Smoking marijuana is linked to decreased motivation at work. But scientists aren't sure if the pot is to blame, or if people who tend to toke are a tad too chill to begin with—or so angry with work that they turn to smoking. "There's a popular belief that people who smoke cannabis are slackers and that they don't want to work," Norwegian researcher Christer Hyggen tells Reuters. Hyggen examined detailed questionnaires concerning subjects' pot smoking and attitude toward their jobs.

People who reported smoking marijuana also reported less dedication to work than abstainers, even controlling for other factors such as mental health, Hyggen found. Study findings also suggested that over time, "people who quit smoking cannabis increase their work commitment, and people who take up smoking cannabis reduce their work commitment," said Hyggen.

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ppacimr9ball
Feb 29, 2012 8:32 AM CST
what the heck - um lets talk about what alcohol does or cigarettes - give me a break THERES NOTHING WRONG WITH IT, IT IS NOT PHYSICALY ADDICTIVE, chill out and smoke one
i2ollingstone
Feb 24, 2012 1:23 PM CST
I don't go to work, or leave my house for anything really, but I especially don't go to work without a bong rip right before going out the door. I find that it's towards the end of my shift that I begin to make the mistakes and get angrier. Then I go home and immediately take a bong rip again. Addiction? I won't argue one way or another. I do think it's better than being addicted to and taking an anti-psychotic every 8 hours though.
Dideamon
Feb 24, 2012 11:44 AM CST
All I hear about in the workplace is everyone uses Facebook...