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Study Finds Psilocybin Users Less Inclined to Work Overtime

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“Quiet quitting” is a phenomenon where employees put in the minimum effort, time and enthusiasm required of them at their jobs and don’t go out of their way to create any extra value for their employers. The trend has picked up a lot of steam in recent years as employees have begun prioritizing a strict work-life balance and finding value in their hobbies and other experiences rather than work.

Increased employee demands and stagnating wages coupled with increasing living costs have made many employees question if going the extra mile, whether it’s through arriving early, taking part in nonmandatory meetings or leaving late, adds any value to their lives.

Recent research now reveals that there may be a correlation between psilocybin or magic mushroom use and reduced overtime hours in psychedelic users who work full time. University of Bamberg postdoctoral researcher and study author Benjamin A. Korman says he was motivated to carry out the study due to the growing body of research on the therapeutic efficacy of psychedelics, increasing rates of quiet quitting and reports that employees are using more psychedelics.

He analyzed National Survey and Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data collected from more than 217,000 fully employed individuals aged 18 and older between 2002 and 2014. The researchers found a positive association between psychedelics and less overtime worked, with individuals who had used psilocybin at least once in their lives working fewer overtime hours compared to nonpsilocybin users.

Psilocybin is part of a psychedelic research renaissance that has connected various psychedelics with major reductions in the symptoms of mental disorders including anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Research has also found that psychedelics can cause profound changes in how people perceive themselves and the world at large, allowing them to recontextualize previous experiences and move forward from traumas that were holding them back.

Although prior research has done little to explore how psychedelic use can affect day-to-day life, the recent study indicates that psilocybin use may encourage full-time workers to prioritize their work-life balance and refrain from putting any extra effort into their work. Rather than going over and above by either taking on extra work, being proactive in meetings or spending as much time at the office, individuals are prioritizing their mental health, relationships, and personal well-being.

While this shift is undoubtedly beneficial for typically stressed and overworked employees, it is sending waves of panic through board rooms and the C-suite.

As companies such as Compass Pathways PLC (NASDAQ: CMPS) conduct further studies on these psychedelic substances, much more is likely to come to light regarding the beneficial effects that can arise when people use controlled doses of hallucinogens.

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