The fear of public speaking is one of the most common phobias in the world. In fact, it’s estimated that a whopping 75% of the population in the United States suffers from this fear and the anxiety it causes.
However, increasingly people are being required to overcome their fear and engage in public speaking. This is becoming a more important skill than even in the jobs market and as a result, millions are searching for a way to become more comfortable speaking in front of a crowd.
While traditional home remedies such as rescue remedy have been used for many years for this very reason, one home remedy is becoming more popular than ever among this section of the population; CBD.
Cannabidiol, better known by most people as CBD, is currently being researched as a potential treatment for many forms of anxiety. In particular, it appears to be showing real promise in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder. However, recent studies suggest it could be the perfect treatment for public speaking anxiety too.
In medical terms, the fear of public speaking is known as social anxiety disorder, or SAD. The pharmacological management of SAD remains problematic despite several guidelines or consensus statements issued over the past few years.
At present, there is no good pharmaceutical option for people dealing with SAD. Typical anxiety medications are inappropriate for this type of anxiety.This is because people suffering from SAD require fast acting effects that are short lived. This is why CBD is being researched as an alternative option.
In a recent study, CBD users reported the reduction of anxiety as one of the motivations for its use. There is a wealth of evidence to support this and other claims that CBD can have a calming effect on people suffering with anxiety.
CBD has important advantages in comparison with the currently available pharmacological anxiety treatments, such as its almost instant, yet temporary effects and lack of severe side effects both with acute and chronic administration to healthy subjects.
However, episodes of intense anxiety or panic are among the most common undesirable effects of the drug. As is almost always the case in the early days of medical research, conflicting results from different studies are painting an unclear picture of the affect of CBD on anxiety.
Clearly, more research is needed to clarify exactly what the effects of CBD on anxiety are. However, in the meantime the number of people using the treatment experimentally appears to be growing, as do the stories of their successes. It seems as though this trend is set to continue and CBD could be used as a conventional treatment for SAD in the years to come.
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