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Why More Software Programmers Are Choosing To Smoke Weed

More than half of programmers who use cannabis on the job do so because it provides assistance in thinking of creative solutions to problems that arise.


There are a variety of reasons that could cause someone to want to get a little high during the workday. That’s especially true for people working in tech.

Since many tech jobs allow their staff to work remotely, many of them have the opportunity to indulge their temptation without their employer knowing. A recent study conducted by the University of Michigan revealed that more than one-third of software programmers are choosing to consume cannabis while on the job.

Here are some of the reasons why.

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To Make Tasks More Enjoyable

Programming can be a lonely, somewhat dull job. Whenever the job gets boring it becomes easier to become disengaged with it which can lead to making preventable mistakes. That’s why it can be helpful to have something handy that makes programming tasks more manageable, or even fun. That’s where marijuana comes in for many programmers.

According to the study, 61% of respondents said their motivation for consuming cannabis on the job was that it makes programming tasks more enjoyable. It’s not surprising considering the isolated, monotonous nature of the job.

To Problem Solve

When problems that don’t have a clear solution arise, finding an alternative fix can feel impossible. Some people have an easier time than others doing so which is where cannabis becomes a reliable tool for developers seeking solutions. That’s why cannabis has been increasing in popularity among software programmers. The creative spark it provides can make the job of a developer immensely easier.

More than 50% of programmers who use cannabis on the job do so because it provides assistance in thinking of creative solutions to problems that arise. Since that’s the case, it’s fair to wonder how much of a role cannabis played in getting some of your favorite websites or apps online.

To Help Overcome Anxiety or Stress

Whenever people face an overwhelming amount of stress on the job it’s natural to want a magic pill to provide some relief. For many developers, that magic pill may be a bong rip or a vape hit.

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Even though wellness isn’t the main motivation for cannabis use on the job for developers, it’s still the reason why at least a quarter of respondents in the study claim to use marijuana. There are a variety of situations on the job that can lead to anxiety, too, so having a resource that’s capable of reducing the anxiety and stress of it can be instrumental to success. 

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The UoM study regarding the marijuana consumption of tech workers was the first of its kind. This only increases curiosity about the cannabis consumption patterns of employees in other industries.

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Since the motivation for the study was that drug testing policies are a mainstay in the sector that contributes to hiring shortages, other industries facing similar challenges may be interested in funding more of these types of studies. The impact they could have on drug-testing in the future could be tremendous.

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