Conference dispels myths about cannabis
“You don’t have to smoke cannabis, there’s no reason to be smoking joints or vaporizing it,” said Jason Fleming, director of human resources at medical cannabis producer MedReleaf. He presented during Cannabis at Work, a conference held on Tuesday about cannabis and the workforce.
Fleming said cannabis can be consumed through capsules and oils. Different types of cannabis cause different reactions. The cannabis people are most familiar with has tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC, which causes the user to be under the influence.
Jennifer McCurdy, president and CEO of the St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce, said a lot of employers might not know that not all cannabis causes impairment.
“I think there’s a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to medical cannabis,” she said. “A lot of people think that if you’re going to be on medical cannabis then you’re going to be high, where there’s actually different components to cannabis.”
Both THC- and CBD- based cannabis is used for medical purposes. Dr. François Hallé, co-founder and senior medical officer of Clinical Cannabis Consulting Group, said at the conference that the drug has shown promising results for symptom relief of people with epilepsy, Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other ailments.
If the user is using THC cannabis, it’s important for the employer to know how much is being used and when it needs to be used. It’ll be up to the employer to accommodate the employee if they’re unable to perform their task safely because of their prescription.
Of those surveyed, some of the most common uses of the drug were for chronic pain at 29.2 per cent, mental health at 28.6 per cent and anorexia/weight loss at 10.7 per cent.
Fleming said it’s important for employers to know what cannabis is, the different types and how it should be handled. He said he expects employees to start asking for drug coverage after the recreational drug is legalized.
While companies that offer basic plans may not have to worry, those with more robust coverage plans should be on the lookout.