Globe & Mail’s cannabis edibles survey concludes writer has “unhealthy coping strategies”

I smoke weed.

I imbibe THC/CBD tincture.

When I’m in Los Angeles, I eat cannabis infused mints made by Plus Products (PLUS.C).

Although I’m no model of efficiency, I do manage to meet fiscal and emotional obligations to a variety of a business interests and family relationships.

If 10 is “Superstar” and 1 is “Useless” – I’d give myself a solid 7.

The Dunning-Kruger effect shows that empirically “the least competent people often believe they are among the most competent.”

Ouch.

This morning I took an “Employee Cannabis Survey” co-sponsored by The Conference Board of Canada and The Globe & Mail – and it told me I am a flaming mess (more on that in a minute).

The Conference Board of Canada and The Globe and Mail are partnering to explore the relationship between career success and cannabis use. Employers and employees (both recreational and medical cannabis users, as well as non-cannabis users) are invited to participate in this study.

“Cannabis is becoming more accepted in many places, and the variety of products available has grown quickly,” explains the Globe & Mail article.

Awareness: “The experience of eating cannabis is different from smoking or vaporizing it. The feeling of euphoria (or ‘high’) may differ and can last much longer.”

Accountability: “What workers do on their own time, like the night before work, could affect their ability to be safe on the job. Edibles tend to produce positive urine tests for longer periods than smoked or vaporized cannabis.”

Action “Before experimenting with edibles, consumers should exercise caution and know what to expect.”

Just because cannabis is legal does not mean it is without risk. Be knowledgeable, understand what you are ingesting and stay safe.

“We are proud to be Canada’s foremost independent, evidence-based applied research organization,” stated the Conference Board,  “We are here to inspire and empower leaders to build a stronger future for Canada.”

This isn’t two hippies working from their kitchen table.

“While we operate under the name The Conference Board of Canada, we file our financial information with the Canada Revenue Agency as AERIC Inc,” stated the Board, “In our last fiscal year, we conducted over 9,400 transactions with total funding for research and education amounting to $33.7 million.

The co-author of today’s Globe & Mail article, Bill Howatt (PHD) has over 25 years’ experience in strategic HR, mental health and addictions, and leadership.

“Addictive behaviours that involve drugs, alcohol or gambling can be perceived as being pleasurable in the early days,” warns Howatt in a blog posted on his LinkedIn page, “However, these behaviours can result in powerful addictions that can destroy a person’s home and work life.”

“Contrary to stereotypes, many people with addictive issues do not live on skid row,” Howatt continues, “A significant percentage of people at risk for drug, alcohol or gambling addictions in the early stages often attempt to maintain their family and work responsibilities.”

“At risk for drug or alcohol addiction”?

“Attempting to maintain family and work responsibilities”?

I took the damn survey.

It was a doozy.

Age, education, marital status, mood shifts, workplace satisfaction, cannabis consumption etc.

“You are often less confident with your career than you would like to be,” the survey concluded, “This can result in the use of unhealthy coping strategies (e.g., increase in alcohol and cannabis consumption, over-eating).

Bill Howatt’s research on the work place dynamics is commendable.

To stay alive, print newspapers must reinvent themselves.

But it wasn’t entirely clear to me what the “partnership” between the Globe & Mail and the Conference Board was all about.

“As an evidence-based, non-ideological applied research organization, we retain editorial control,” states The Conference Board on its website.

Should a major national newspaper give “editorial control” to another party without disclosing that?

We sent Derek DeCloet, Globe & Mail Executive Editor an e.mail, asking him to reveal the financial relationship between the two parties but did not receive a reply.

— Lukas Kane

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