The persistence of the novel Coronavirus has greatly changed the way we operate in our daily lives. Things that were seemingly rare before are now considered a norm. Among the multitude of changes, businesses have realized the productive potential of work-from-home routines, and the digital landscape has flourished all across the globe.
In addition, cannabis consumption also grew exponentially, which surged the demand for more cannabis as dispensaries across the US struggled to meet increasing consumer demands. Researchers have recently found that this growth in consumption contributed to findings of noticeable cannabis use during work hours while working from home.
This article is focused on cannabis consumption during remote jobs, how it has impacted the workflow, and what implications it may have had on businesses.
The 2021 Study
A recent study was conducted involving 451 female and 545 male employees, who at the time were working from home. The purpose of this study was to identify and highlight opinions regarding cannabis consumption during work hours, and their attitudes towards remote work and substance use.
The following data was deduced from the results of this study:
- 15% of remote employees worked from home under the influence of cannabis during the pandemic.
- 28.7% of remote employees wanted to consume cannabis with co-workers, 17.8% wanted to consume with their boss, and 13.4% wanted to consume with both.
- The main benefit remote employees who have worked from home under the influence reported was decreased stress (52.9%). Additional reported benefits included increased creativity (51.1%) and increased productivity (42.6%).
The Age Factor
Researchers found out that consumption habits varied greatly depending on the employee’s age bracket. For instance, the study revealed that over 40% of the employees between 20 and 29 years of age preferred working from home under the influence of THC. As the age range crosses 30, the preferences start to lightly shift – a little over 36% of the people said that they preferred working from home under the influence of cannabis.
The percentage of people preferring to work at home while consuming cannabis continues to decrease as age increases. 35% of employees aged between 40 and 49 preferred working from home while being under the influence, while the rate drops to around 30% for employees over 50.
Similar to aging, there was considerable disparity in cannabis consumption habits when it came to the type of occupation. For example, around 45% of the white-collar employees said that they preferred consuming cannabis while working from home.
In contrast, less than 22% of blue-collar workers preferred consuming THC while working from home.
Reasons Behind Consuming Cannabis During a Work Shift
Cannabis consumption soared greatly during the pandemic. Although consumption was increasing, the reasons behind the consumption of cannabis at home varied. Around 54.4% of the respondents said that it helped them boost their creative process, thereby increasing job productivity.
On the other hand, a slightly higher (60%) of the respondents using cannabis while working from home helped them relieve piling stress.
This Trend Is Gaining Traction
The study, however, revealed that several employees (approximately 38%) had talked about cannabis consumption with their coworkers. Almost 35% of employees also said that they believe their bosses and coworkers are also consuming cannabis while working from home.
Employees Don’t Want to Share the Experience
Since a majority of users are consuming (or expected to consume) cannabis while working from home, researchers went on to ask the respondents if they would consider sharing their cannabis consumption routines with their colleagues.
Over 28% of the workers refused the idea of consuming cannabis alongside their coworkers. However, around 18% of the respondents were open to smoking cannabis with their bosses. 13.4% of people said that they were fine with consuming cannabis with their bosses as well as their colleagues.
Common Cannabis Consumption Hours at Work
Researchers also asked the respondents about the different times of the day they consumed cannabis. While over 41% of the employees said that they prefer consuming cannabis during breaks, 36% said that taking their favorite strains during work is ideal for them.
A notion prior to the study was that users might prefer using cannabis prior to stressful meetings. However, the results were far from this assumption as only 11% of the respondents admitted to taking cannabis before meetings. Over 39% of employees also said that an ideal time for them to consume cannabis was towards the end of their shifts.
A Rise in the Consumption Trends
More than 47% of people participating in the study told researchers that they had never consumed cannabis during work hours before. This trend indicates how the trend of consuming cannabis during work hours has grown post-pandemic – in a world where work-from-home routines are no longer abnormal.
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