Pot Protects From Workplace Accidents

Another one of the overhyped stereotypes around marijuana users has just bitten the dust. For years people assumed that getting ‘stoned’ made you either lazy or careless. The bleary-eyed stoner getting into mishaps is the stuff of much comedy. But what if marijuana use actually made you more careful and less likely to screw up and hurt yourself?

A new Swiss study published at Bio-Med Central concludes exactly that: marijuana can protect you from injury. The study, titled “Alcohol and cannabis use as risk factors for injury – a case-crossover analysis in a Swiss hospital emergency department” compared the injuries that required hospitalization. The authors’ conclusions were surprising: marijuana use is not only NOT associated with increased risk of injury – marijuana users actually get injured less than sober people: “The results for cannabis use were quite surprising. […] The present study in fact indicated a ‘protective effect’ of cannabis use in a dose-response relationship.”

“Great news,” proclaimed Cannabis Culture Magazine editor Marc Emery. “We’ve said for years that marijuana users are responsible and productive members of society. This study confirms that using marijuana can actually make you more careful, resulting in less accidents and emergency room visits. Booze makes you take risks without thinking while marijuana makes you contemplative and cautious.” The authors of the study agreed, speculating that the effects of marijuana, in contrast to alcohol, make you more likely to avoid risky situations.

Jacob Hunter, BC Marijuana Party organizer, agreed that the bumbling stoner stereotype, like so many things about marijuana’s risks, is another myth: “The problem with these stereotypes is that they get ingrained in the public mindset and are hard to dislodge, even with scientific proof. People still think marijuana users are lazy and unproductive, even when some of them like Michael Phelps, Pierre Burton and Barack Obama achieve at the highest levels. Hopefully this study will open some eyes.”

Click here to read “Alcohol and cannabis use as risk factors for injury – a case-crossover analysis in a Swiss hospital emergency department

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Marc Emery 604.689.0590
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Comments

13 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    sure i have 3 pot heads that work for me and they are about to find a new job the sober guys work way more effient the pot heads are fuckin useless but they dont think so they r like who ever wrote this page lol they think they are fast and productive lol and safe but nothing could be further than the truth so the swiss can take that gay study and ram it so far up your stoned ass you may once again see straight.

  2. zaqary on

    I’v been smoken since i was 12 yrs ol’. n working when i was 14 yrs ol’, every day id wake up hit my bong or pipe n go to work stoned still do 90% of the time and iv worked numrous lets say risky construction jobs where u do have to pay attention all the time and not only has marijuana helped me by keepn my sences hyped like hearing something before i see it. i think everybody should smoke pot for working mabey not beginers but when there more experenced i hope they will 😉

  3. Anonymous on

    I remember that exact story from an old popeye cartoon….

  4. greg williams on

    Pot has always made me a productive person. I remember once i was in the South Pacific helping this Tribe and in return for the help they honored me with a crown with Mocking bird Feathers on it.
    This is important for two reasons.
    Reason #1.
    It was a act of friendship
    Reason #2
    That same crown i was awarded with helped save my life.
    Here’s how…
    After winning the award i was wearing my new crown proudly while i was diving for Pearls ( Mocking bird feather are water resistant) and i came upon this rather large clam with a pearl in it the size of a pool ball…, so i dove down and swam inside the clam to grab the pearl and just as i went to swim out the clam closed.
    Fear not, for i was able to take one of the Mocking bird feathersa off my crown and tickle the inside of the giant beast and swim out to safety.
    I am very lucky to be alive. It was a close one brothers and sisters.

    Ummm…., what was the question?

  5. G. lenard on

    I do not think that confessions of smoking pot at work really benefits the cause? However, the myths about marijuana and its effects on its users have long out lived the days of reefer madness. The right wing ideology seems to be pushing to assure changes to the marijuana laws to not benefit the users. Our right wing support from parliament hill in Ottawa for the Bush created heroin smuggling facade in Afghanistan is perfectly fine? Bush is gone from the forefront but there is still far to many followers in far to many positions of influence stopping and retarding any social gains made in understanding marijuana is not the devils drug!

  6. Intellectual Stoner on

    Yes this is true…I do it everyday and yes I function smarter and harder if need be cuz i don’t feel the pain physically and mentally I think slower(my mind tends to race) and clearer…I also appreciate lunch alot better.:)

  7. Zwooff on

    Sounds like a plasma Arc Shape cutting machine.
    My old supervisor didnt like it a bit that I came to work a bit buzzed- 3rd shift. But knew that when he handed me a/the “hot list” and that he needed the parts by 1-am. The jobs would be done and 45 welders would not be standing around winding their watches and scratching their behinds, while waiting for parts.

    Yup, the bossman even called me “milehigh”

  8. PAULIEWALNUTS420 on

    I AGREE I WORKED IN MFG ON A MACHINE THAT WAS 100FT LONG AND SOUNDED LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN WHEN IT RAN .I HAD TO LISTEN FOR CERTAIN TELL TALE SIGNS OF CERTAIN DISASTER IF NOT ATTENDED TO .BUT WHEN I SMOKED I WOULD BE ONE WITH THE MACHINE IT WOULD TALK TO ME WITH IT’S NOISES DIFF NOISES FOR DIFF PROBLEMS SO WHEN I WOULD HAVE PROBLEMS GETTING IT TO RUN MY SUPERVISOR WOULD TELL ME TO “TAKE A BREAK””OR TAKE A PUFF” AND WITH IN 10 MIN OF TOKIN UP ITS WAS HUMMIN ALONG TOO !!!!!!!!I COULD ONLY TELL WHAT WAS WHAT WHEN I WAS STONED.ATTENTION TO DETAIL IS AWESOME WHEN HIGH AND I USED IT EVERY CHANCE I GET WITH NO WORK PLACE ACCIDENTS

  9. Canabus Satpetia on

    I’m not convinced that I’m safer while under the influence. I’ve definitely have had experiences where I thought “…wouldn’t have slipped up there had I not been high”.

    I was encouraged by the study – it seemed open-mindedness throughout. They broadened their scope enough to see that use/acceptance/environment all play a role when it comes to safety. “Possible explanations and underlying mechanisms, such as use in safer environments or more compensatory behavior among cannabis users, were discussed.” It is the focus on both the environment and the cautious forethought (that comes from being high) and the potential for danger in that particular environment that registers on the safety index. Fine to get a groov-on while doing easy carpentry – but perhaps not so fine to be working with the demolition crew just after eating that cookie you hadn’t tested – the one your friend said was “really strong”.

    When we start thinking we’d be better off high in a life-threatening situation, I begin to disagree with pot and the workplace. And as far alcohol (I love wine too) it’s a very reliable way to blur my motor skills – nasty effects.

    But that said, I couldn’t possibly cover all the benefits cannabis offers to my life – they are broad and deep. I can’t wait to see the day it gets liberated.
    Canabus Satpetia

  10. Big Ol' Boy on

    It’s always nice to witness the validation of things we’ve known for decades.

  11. sirsmokesalot on

    I agree! I used to work for a construction company where my co-workers and I, including the foreman, would smoke a few before starting work. Working 14 hours a day can seem very long without any food, that was the only problem after smoking but other than that everyone did what they were supposed to do and no one fooled around.

  12. jomila on

    I smoke everyday before work and at lunch time. I work in a manufacturing plant building cars and I’ve never been hurt. I always think, what if everybody knew I smoked weed before work and at lunch they wouldn’t believe it because of all the sterotypes around weed. I’m one of the top workers in my area with excellent quality. Now explain that, I need someone to come study me, that would squash the sterotype.

  13. G-ice on

    Good article. I can use that Jacob Hunt quote, “”The problem with these stereotypes is that they get ingrained in the public mindset and are hard to dislodge, even with scientific proof. People still think marijuana users are lazy and unproductive, even when some of them like Michael Phelps, Pierre Burton and Barack Obama achieve at the highest levels. Hopefully this study will open some eyes.” 😀