• Jennifer Betz

Using Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Make You Less Professional


is using medical marijuana unprofessional?

Professionals at any stage in their career have less to worry about than they ever did when using cannabis!

With adult-use cannabis now being legal to grow, possess and consume, and medical marijuana being readily available at Virginia cannabis dispensaries and for home delivery, most people in the Commonwealth are at least curious about what this cannabis craze seems to be about.


Some may be hesitant to try medical marijuana for the natural relief of symptoms even if they know it works, out of concern that using cannabis on a regular basis is unprofessional. Particularly for young people trying to climb the ladder of success, anything that appears to be out of sync with their professional image could be detrimental to their career.


Fortunately, however, the times are a’changin’ fast. It’s no longer the 1960s or 70s, when all marijuana use was considered “counterculture.” It’s 2021, and it’s a new era for plant medicine!


Using medical marijuana does not mean you are a “lazy stoner” anymore. Now, it means that you are concerned about your health and wellbeing, you want to find natural relief rather than prescription drugs, and you are being responsible and smart by getting your Virginia marijuana card so you can get legal access to products tailored to your specific needs.


The Reefer Madness images of the past are fading, and the truth about the benefits of using cannabis are finally coming to light. Professionals everywhere: Rejoice in the progress and relax as you read about some of the things we’ve learned about cannabis use since the beginning of prohibition.


Anxiety Kills More Brain Cells Than Moderate Cannabis Use

Okay so we don’t actually know if this is scientific fact, but we do know with certainty that stress shrinks your brain in areas that regulate memory, emotions and metabolism. Conversely, people who don’t rate themselves high in creativity saw improvements in their divergent thinking when using cannabis.

Medical marijuana works by reducing anxiety and helping you feel your best. This can stop the dump of hormones that make it difficult to think clearly, thereby improving focus and executive functioning as well.


And studies that correlate moderate cannabis use among adolescents with lower performance in school have been at least partially debunked due to failure to control for environmental, socioeconomic and other factors.


So rest easy tonight when you take your THC-infused gummy, knowing that cannabis won’t make you any less intelligent tomorrow.


People Who Use Cannabis May be More Active and Less Obese

While cannabis use can make you less motivated to perform meaningless challenging tasks in exchange for money, it can also help you be more motivated to get up and get moving. Some studies indicate that people who use cannabis regularly are more active and less obese.


The trick is to make sure you time your cannabis use so that it doesn’t get in the way of doing your job. Which isn’t really that tricky unless you are working all the time. If that’s the case, you can usually find products that will help you manage your symptoms while staying productive, but it may take a little more experimentation to get it just right.


Cannabis Use Isn’t Just for Partying

The fact that using cannabis often comes with side effects that many find pleasant and desirable is one of our favorite things about this form of natural relief!


However, while the side effects of using your medicine may be more enjoyable with cannabis, this is not the sole (or even the main) reason that most people use marijuana. A recent study indicated that most people who use cannabis do so primarily for symptom relief.


The Right Balance of THC to CBD Can Help Minimize Impairment

There is definitely a learning curve to using medical marijuana and staying productive while doing so. You need to find the right balance of CBD to THC and get your dosing right. Since everyone is different—and even the availability of products can change—there is no one-size-fits-all solution.


However, most people can find the balance and dosing that works for them, allowing for natural relief even on the busiest of days.


Using Medical Marijuana Won’t Make You Seek Out Stronger Drugs

The fear that marijuana is a “gateway drug” has been used to support cannabis prohibition since the beginning of … well … cannabis prohibition. It is true that some studies indicate that people who use cannabis are more likely to use other drugs; but many results come to “chicken and egg” conclusions, meaning that it is unclear if the person using cannabis has other social, socioeconomic, and experiential factors in their decision to use drugs in the first place.


Conversely, medical marijuana may help fight opioid addiction. People are using cannabis to reduce or eliminate their use of prescription painkillers, and some studies indicate that cannabis use could reduce the intensity of cravings and withdrawal symptoms.


Responsible Medical Marijuana Use Won’t Make You Less Professional

It is certainly unprofessional to go to work impaired, no matter which substance you happen to prefer. However, using medical marijuana is not in and of itself unprofessional. What you do on your time, in the privacy of your own home (as long as it’s legal) has no bearing on whether you are worthy of being considered a professional.


Get a Virginia Marijuana Card to Legally Access Regulated, Tested Medical Marijuana Products Right Now

Why bother with worrying about where your cannabis came from or what’s in it, when it’s simple to get a Virginia marijuana card? Our healthcare professionals and patient support experts can help you through every step of the process, from gathering your medical records, to making your first choice at the dispensary.


Give us a call at (888) 633-5808, or simply schedule a telehealth marijuana evaluation by visiting our website today!



Doctors Who Care. Relief You Can Trust.

At Virginia Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to MMJ. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.


Call us at (888) 633-5808, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!


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