Social anxiety typically begins around the age of 13, a crucial time in the development of lifelong social patterns. People with social anxiety tend to feel quite nervous or uncomfortable in social situations. They are very concerned that they will do something embarrassing or humiliating, or that others will think badly of them.
People with social anxiety often feel trapped in their own minds, yearning for social bonds and new relationships, but are unable to find them because of irrational fear.
Therapy and medication are given to alleviate their stress and make it easier to branch out, however, pharmaceutical drugs are not very efficient in the long run. More and more people are turning to CBD to deal and are finding that it works quite well.
When faced with a feared social situation, people with social anxiety experience some of the following:
It’s normal to feel anxious in social situations from time to time. For example, many people feel anxious in job interviews or when having to give a formal speech. Social anxiety can be a problem when it becomes too intense or happens too often. When it does, social anxiety can cause significant distress and affect many aspects of a person’s life including:
While research on CBD and social anxiety specifically is lacking, it’s not impossible to find. There are also numerous studies on the topic of cannabidiol and anxiety in general, and when you consider that in conventional medicine SAD is treated with a combination of standard anti-anxiety medications and therapy, it’s not a stretch to reason that CBD could be used the same way.
Now let’s take a look at some of the studies looking predominantly at the social side of anxiety disorder. Back in 2010, a small study examined brain scans of people with SAD and found that CBD not only made the participants feel better and more relaxed, but it actually caused changes in blood flow to regions of the brain that have been linked with social anxiety.
Another small study the following year looked at the effects of cannabidiol on anxiety related to public speaking. The results were largely positive. A few years later, in 2015, an analysis of multiple studies revealed that CBD is a viable treatment option for various types of anxiety, including social anxiety disorder.
I’d like to quickly mention that from my own personal experience – as someone who gets somewhat terrified at the thought of public speaking – CBD definitely helps. And while I do believe there is a time and place for THC, it’s definitely not when you’re trying to overcome your anxiety about addressing a large crowd.
So bearing that in mind, some good quality CBD products should definitely be in your arsenal if you have an upcoming speech you’re nervous about, or any other social situation that’s weighing heavily on you. Since social anxiety can be debilitating at times, it’s important to make sure you figure out the right dosing prior to your event.
Also make sure to use lab-tested products from a reputable company. I can’t stress this enough but your CBD experience will be greatly impacted by the brands you use. Any company worth their salt is usually willing to go the extra mile to make sure their products are safe, effective, and correctly labelled.