High Productivity: Weed as a Performance-Enhancing Drug at the Office

The sun was rising on a Friday morning when Jordyn realized something was off. “My boyfriend woke me up—probably around five in the morning,” she says. The look on his face was stoned panic. “He was like, ‘Jordyn, I’m so sorry to do this, but I need you to know how high I am.’ I had never seen him so nervous before.”

Jordyn managed to calm him down and fall back asleep, but when they woke up for work a few hours later, Jordyn realized that she, too, was still incredibly high from the medical-grade edibles they had eaten the night before. The moment she started to make breakfast, “I completely lost myself in this universe of oatmeal. I have no idea how long I was stirring it for,” she remembers. “That’s when I knew it was going to be a very different kind of day at work.”

While Jordyn never intended to bring her extended edibles trip to the office (a branding agency in Manhattan), for many others a wake-and-bake is as much a part of a pre-work ritual as downing a latte—softening the drudgery of menial labor; offering an energetic boost of new ideas to creative workers; or helping someone with chronic pain get through the day painkiller-free. “The way I use weed to do work is similar to the way some people use Adderall,” says David, an assistant at a gallery in Manhattan. “It’s a useful tool in specific circumstances”—i.e., mundane tasks like “updating e-mail lists” or “finding and replacing em dashes.”

“The fact is, I’m at the top of my game when I’m stoned,” David explains.

But when it comes to revealing the secret to his productivity with his co-workers, David remains in the weed closet. “I don’t want to fuck with any potential stigma,” David says. “Reliability is super important.”

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