Cannabis Use Disorder in the workplace

cud in workplace

As the legalization of marijuana continues to spread across the United States, it’s important to be aware of its effects in the workplace. Nearly 20% of users grapple with cannabis use disorder and a large portion of them are actively employed. MDGuidelines Health AdvisorTM is your go-to source for evidence-based insights on cannabis use disorder.

Using cannabis can lead to a range of issues, including impaired mental functioning, weight gain, weakened immunity, sinusitis, pharyngitis, bronchitis, emphysema, and damage to lung cells. The increased heart rate during cannabis use also heightens the risk of a heart attack.

Acute cannabis intoxication can bring about anxiety, panic, and paranoid reactions, along with cycles of nausea, vomiting, and dehydration—a condition known as cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome.

Most notably, cannabis use hampers reaction times, distorts time perception, reduces physical coordination, and impairs cognitive function and judgment. Consequently, individuals under the influence pose a risk to themselves and others, warranting their removal from the workplace.

During recovery from cannabis dependence, it’s crucial to consider temporary work accommodations:

Eliminating safety-sensitive work tasks

Providing extra supervision in new or stressful situations

Allowing flexibility to schedule therapy appointments

Offering timely feedback on identified problem areas and job performance

While relapse is common, many individuals seeking treatment for cannabis use find success and maintain remission, especially when surrounded by a supportive social environment. Understanding and addressing cannabis use disorder in the workplace is essential for fostering a healthy and productive professional environment.

Length of Disability for Cannabis Use Disorder

No one should be permitted to work under the influence of cannabis.
Although most individuals are eventually able to abstain from cannabis use,
some individuals remain chronically dependent.

Detoxification and counseling, cannabis use disorder.

Duration in Days
Job Class Minimum Optimum Maximum
All Work 1 7 28

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