Canadians reluctant to talk cannabis use with bosses, parents: survey

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A survey commissioned by Canadian cannabis company FIGR Brands Inc and conducted by data service firm Maru/Blue suggests that many Canadians feel uncomfortable discussing their cannabis use with co-workers and family members

Fewer than 39 per cent of survey respondents claimed to feel comfortable discussing their pot consumption with their parents, while even fewer — just 14 per cent — felt comfortable bringing up their ganja-smoking with the grandparents.

At work, it appears that many Canadians are also cautious about disclosing their weed use in the workplace, with just 17 per cent of respondents saying that they felt comfortable talking about their bud consumption with the boss.

“In 2019, we surveyed Canadians and asked if they felt like cannabis was more socially acceptable since legalization and almost six in 10 — 59 per cent — said yes,” FIGR president Harvey Carroll said in a statement.

“In 2020, we can see a notable shift in the normalization of cannabis, but understandably, some may not be comfortable sharing their consumption with every person in their life yet,” Carroll added.

According to survey results, Canadians are far more open with other people in their lives about their cannabis use, they just choose to be selective about the people with which they share that information.

The vast majority of respondents — 88 per cent — said that they feel comfortable talking about their weed consumption with friends. Most of those surveyed (68 per cent) also said that they would feel comfortable broaching the topic with their partner or significant other, and a small majority (60 per cent) claimed to be comfortable talking about their cannabis use with siblings.

Although transparency among peers seems to be gaining traction, most of the Canadians surveyed indicated that they prefer to keep their consumption on the down-low during holidays and family events, albeit not to the point of abstaining. Just 36 per cent said they’d smoke up before a holiday meal, and 35 per cent said that while they’d still consume during family gatherings, they’d do so in secret.

With Canadian Thanksgiving just around the corner, chances seem to be that the turkey won’t be the only one at the table who’s baked to perfection — that said, family members may be hard-pressed to figure out who’s got the munchies and who’s just really digging the gravy.

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