It’s barely 2021 and already people are comparing their stress levels to 2020, which was filled with a record number of stressors. However, if a recent survey involves some kind of heart rate measurement, it can be a source of relief: cannabis.
The survey, compiled by cannabis company Verilife, gathered data by examining the most Googled terms related to burnout by US state. Burnout is defined as “a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.”
Respondents asked 2,000 people in the US about their experiences with burnout, what caused it, their symptoms, and how they deal with the resulting stress and fatigue.
The results show that 37 percent of respondents turned to CBD to deal with burnout and 39 percent turned to cannabis to do the same. These results were even more pronounced among millennial cannabis users: 93 percent of them used the drug to treat their burnout symptoms.
Regarding respondents who did not use cannabis, 29 percent of respondents said they’d give weeds a shot to deal with stress and exhaustion.
The survey shows that burnout search terms usually relate to the workplace, regardless of the state of the results. Terms specifically related to burnout and the healthcare industry were particularly common, with expressions such as “health workers burnout”, “nurses and burnout”, “nursing burnout” and “nurse burnout prevention” being the most googled Options belonged.
While there were some differences in respondents’ responses based on age, the majority of respondents agreed that COVID-19 was the main source of stress in their lives. The pandemic is cited as the reason why so many people suffer from burnout in many areas of their lives. Work, finance, politics, and the news were all closely following the pandemic.
Hopefully 2021 will be a less stressful year – so far it is not looking so good – in which there is less uncertainty and political stress and thus burnout.