The cannabis conversation

So, here are two questions:

  1. Would you frequent a commercial cannabis establishment if you were in a place where it is legalised?

  2. Would you partake in any cannabis consumption with a client/colleague of that region?

I know this could be a multi-faceted dilemma for some or a simple judgement call for others but for me it’s an opportunity to re-frame the conversation.

Cannabis has been in the spotlight recently: Canada’s upcoming legal reforms, Coca Cola’s exploration of cannabis infused drinks, clinical use in paediatric epilepsy and the sight of Elon Musk being interviewed whilst smoking a joint. In this latter instance I was struck by the negative backlash that ensued despite his disclosures of “I’m not a regular smoker of weed. I don’t actually notice any effect…I don’t find that it is very good for productivity”. Subsequently Tesla issued a statement that traces of THC (a component of cannabis) within specified limits are within its drug policy; I am curious as to the THC component of the joint he smoked but more importantly did he know?

I am not an advocate of recreational cannabis use but am realistic and honest enough to acknowledge that some colleagues, employees, clients, family and friends may be. I am however a strong advocate of understanding and discussing the information available on cannabis. I consciously avoid use of the term Marijuana as I have recently discovered it has historically racist overtures.

“The opposite of addiction is not sobriety the opposite of addiction is connection”. (Johann Hari  2015)

In your workplace what discussions are you having in connection to cannabis?

Here are some of the critical areas and terms that we seek to engage in as part of our Cannabis Conversation programme are they part of yours?

  • Drug and alcohol policy
  • Clinical vs. commercial use
  • THC & CBD (another component of cannabis)
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Biases and stereotypes
  • Lexicon of cannabis
  • Research and data driven insights to neurological, physical, psychological and social affects

Our programme is an open discussion steeped in neuroscience, learning and development, coaching and well-being. It is designed to encourage debate, foster awareness and adapt an approach to talking about cannabis in the context of your organisation/establishment.

For more information on how this conversation can be tailored for you and your audience please contact me.


Neena Speding
Chartered MCIPD, BSc (Hons) HRM, PGCE
Emotional Intelligence Thought Leader & Collaborator
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