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Americans are Utilizing Cannabis to Combat Pandemic Burnout

Everybody knows that 2020 was an extremely stressful year, so it’s no surprise that Americans turned to cannabis to help them cope with the stress and isolation brought on by the COVID pandemic. As use has become mainstream and Reefer Madness propaganda has been debunked, a supermajority of voters support ending prohibition, making it no surprise that legalization won big at the November ballot box across our nation. Cannabis was purchased in record numbers in legal states, with consumers wisely turning to online ordering and curbside pickup, like the services offered by Kind Leaf.

Leafly found that nationwide cannabis sales increased by 67% over the previous year, increasing sales from from just over $7 billion nationwide in legal states to nearly than $11 billion. And as Leafly noted, a large number of consumers turned to cannabis to deal with burnout, pandemic related or otherwise, as retail outlets’ were deemed “essential businesses” a rather crazy turn of events for those of us who remember prohibition days:

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit the United States in March, many in the cannabis industry worried about a massive industry-wide shutdown. Instead, governors in most states declared cannabis an essential product. Dispensaries and retail stores responded by offering online ordering, curbside pickup, and delivery as Covid-safe options for their customers.

Customers, in turn, responded by stocking up for those weeks of stay-at-home advisories. After a brief dip in late-March revenue, most stores saw a significant bump in April—and then the bump became a plateau.

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In October, multi-state dispensary operator Verilife surveyed more than 2,000 Americans and found that 72% of respondents named the Covid-19 pandemic as the leading cause of stress and burnout in their lives this year. Nearly 40% said they have used cannabis to cope with that burnout. Around 37% said they have used CBD, and a further 29% said they have considered using marijuana to lower their stress level this year.

Some nuggets from Verilife’s nationwide burnout survey:

Why are so many Americans experiencing burnout? Well, one reason might be that 73% say life has become overly complicated and 80% say life is more stressful than it was for previous generations. Surprisingly, 89% of Gen Z respondents (age 18-23) feel that their lives are more stressful than other age groups while millennials were least likely to say that their lives are more stressful than other age groups.

One thing all respondents agreed on is that the COVID-19 pandemic was the top reason for burnout in their lives. The pandemic was followed by work, finances, politics and the news. Our habits may be contributing to burnout as well especially during a 24/7 news cycle. Overall, 73% admitted to “doomscrolling,” or scrolling through bad news, even though that news is saddening, disheartening, or depressing. As Americans were glued to the TV and the news during the 2020 presidential election, 67% say they experienced burnout from watching, reading or listening to the coverage. 

With the workplace currently going through dramatic changes such as remote work and social distancing, many respondents say they’ve been stressed out in the workplace. In fact, 80% say burnout has prevented them from focusing at work and more than half (56%) say burnout has prevented them from going to work.

Over 70% of all respondents reported that life has become too complicated, regardless of their generation, and I must admit that I’m envious of those that don’t feel like life is too complicated. We live in trying times and stress is literally a killer. According the the American Psychological Association, chronic stress is linked to several leading causes of death including heart disease, cancer, and suicide.

If you are among the nearly 70% of folks that either utilize cannabis or are thinking about using cannabis to relieve stress, then don’t hesitate to venture into Kind Leaf in beautiful Pendleton, Oregon. Not only does Kind Leaf have the best and biggest selection of cannabis and infused-products around, but the staff is knowledgeable, and there are many non-cannabis items to peruse as well. Check out the amazing deals, order online, and use the convenient pick-up window. As always, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique offers discounts for military veterans, senior citizens, and OMMP patients.

Oregon Lockdown Part 2: Stock Up on Cannabis, NOT Toilet Paper

No matter where you stand on the political debate of restricting our economy to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, the truth of the matter is that COVID is spreading rapidly across the nation and healthcare professionals are urging people to take precautions. And it’s a fact that Oregon’s new economic lockdown, on the orders of Governor Kate Brown, starts on November 18th and will go on for two weeks and likely even longer.

OPB reported:

“Maybe we thought the fight was over, but it’s not,” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the state epidemiologist. “This is likely the most dangerous time in Oregon.”

New regulations include:

  • Limiting restaurants and bars to take-out service only.
  • Closing gyms and other indoor recreational facilities, museums, and indoor entertainment like theaters.
  • Closing outdoor recreational facilities, zoos, gardens, and entertainment venues. City parks and playgrounds will remain open.
  • Requiring all businesses to mandate that employees work from home when possible, and to close offices to the public.
  • Limiting grocery and retail stores to 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pickup service.
  • Prohibiting visits at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
  • Limiting social get togethers, whether indoors or out, to no more than six people from two households.
  • Limiting worship services to 25 people when indoors and 50 people when outdoors.

Like clockwork, people are flocking to the stores and buying up toilet paper. YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO THIS! What you should do is head to Kind Leaf and stock up on cannabis as your entertainment options will be limited for the next few weeks. At Kind Leaf, you can pick up Blue City Diesel flower from Shadowbox Farms or Blackberry Octane #7 from Pruf Cultivar, or make a selection from your favorite Oregon farm. If you’re into extracts or concentrates, maybe Forbidden Fruit from Dab Factory or Oregrown’s Cold Filtered Nectar Primo Verde will treat you right.

No matter your lockdown and Thanksgiving plans are, it’ll be better with some of the best cannabis in the world. If you can’t make it to Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique in beautiful Pendleton, please do your best to shop at a local cannabis retailer to best help our local economy during these trying times. Please be safe and be kind to one another.

Order online via Leafly to save time. Discounts available for utilizing the pick-up window and for veterans, senior citizens, and OMMP patients.

Utilizing More Oregon Cannabis These Days? You Are Not Alone.

There’s strong evidence that cannabis is being utilized more and more as people learn about a safer alternative to alcohol and opiates, but perhaps nothing is stronger than the record-breaking sales in Oregon. Cannabis sales have been strong throughout the coronavirus pandemic and there’s no sign of them slowing down anytime soon. Some thought that the all-time retail numbers would subside over time, but now economic analysts are considering that a cultural shift may be emerging and this could be an ongoing trend, not just a pandemic-inspired fad as Marijuana Moment reported:

“Marijuana sales continue to be strong,” Oregon’s Office of Economic Analysis wrote in a quarterly revenue forecast published on Wednesday. “Since the pandemic began, the increase in recreational sales have been more than 30 percent above forecast.”

The increase tracks with other more established cannabis markets, such as those in Colorado, Washington and Nevada, which have also seen “strong gains” since the pandemic, the office said. “There are a number of likely reasons for these higher level of sales and expectations are that some of these increases will be permanent.”

Analysts also expressed a rosier outlook on the future of the state’s marijuana market than they did in last quarter’s report, which acknowledged a spike in sales since the pandemic began but concluded that business was eventually “expected to mellow” as incomes fell and bars reopened. Officials now forecast Oregon will see “somewhat more” in sales than previously projected.

It’s no secret that 2020 has been a rough year and it shouldn’t be surprising that folks have turned to cannabis for entertainment and medicine. With the COVID crisis, wildfires, sluggish economy, and political season, it’s understandable that people are finding a bit of bliss and enjoyment with some of the best cannabis in the world. It shouldn’t be that difficult to also consider that people that have turned to cannabis would stick with cannabis over alcohol and other drugs as they choose safer and less addictive substance.

When people are choosing their cannabis, I urge folks to do their research and support local, Oregon craft cannabis retailers, farms, and brands. When you venture into Kind Leaf, you’ll know that you are supporting a small business that gives back to the local community, puts public safety first, and does all that it can to feature other small Oregon businesses. Kind Leaf also has the best selection, great deals, and provides several discounts, including those for patients, seniors, and veterans. The first presidential debate is tonight, so you can expect 2020 political talk to heat up even more, so no one can blame you for stocking up.