CBD can reduce your fear of public speaking

The good news is that Cannabidiol (CBD) is a great way to alleviate the anxiety coming from public speech.

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November 12, 2019

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You may have already experienced that situation: you are about to give a speech in front of a group of people. But you wish this is just a bad joke. You wish that, in the end, you won’t have to do it. You wish you could run far, far away from here.

The fear of public speaking, also called glossophobia, is a social anxiety, also that affects 75% of the population. Roots causes can be, for instance, fear of being rejected, fear of being judged or a lack of confidence. It goes from slight nervousness to panic attack. It brings about physical symptoms such as shaking, sweating, dry mouth, increase in heart rate, stammer, nauseas… [1]

CBD in the management of public speaking fear

The good news is that there is a way to alleviate the symptoms: Cannabidiol (CBD). Scientists from the University of Saô Paolo have studied the effects of CBD with people who suffered from social anxiety disorders and had never been treated before.
Participants were put through a simulation public speaking test before and after taking CBD oil. To make sure that no placebo effect is taking place, a group of participants was given a placebo instead of CBD before taking the test.
The results clearly showed that the people who were treated with CBD beforehand were dealing with the situation much better than the ones who received the placebo oil.
Participants who took the CBD oil were reported to be less nervous and did not experience anxiousness compared to the ones who took a placebo, who were experiencing higher anxiety, discomfort and cognitive impairment.
So how does CBD impact stress and anxiety? CBD stimulates serotonin receptors, creating a positive mindset and a relaxing anxiolytic effect. [2] It also restores a normal brain activity in regions that are associated with anxiety and emotional dysregulation.[3]
So CBD can alleviate symptoms, but one should be careful about the dose. Indeed, CBD is a biphasic compound, which means it has two system operations at the same time: it can be both stimulate and sedate. It depends on the absorbed dose, which is specific to each individual. In the case of anxiety, small to moderate CBD doses can help to reduce anxiety, but higher doses have no effect. [4]

Did you refuse to be your friend’s Best Man because you could not stand the idea of giving a speech on his wedding day? Did you pretend that you were sick on the day you had a presentation in front of your company’s shareholders so your colleague would do it? Well, you may want to resort to CBD to alleviate the symptoms, so being glossophobic doesn’t prevent you from shining!


[1] Black, R., “Glossophobia (Fear of Public Speaking): Are You Glossophobic?”, Psycom, available at: https://www.psycom.net/glossophobia-fear-of-public-speaking (accessed date: 09/30/2019)
[2] Blessing EM, Steenkamp MM, Manzanares J, Marmar CR. ‘Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders’. Neurotherapeutics. 2015;12(4):825–836. doi:10.1007/s13311-015-0387-1 
[3] Crippa, J. A. S. et al. (2011) ‘Neural basis of anxiolytic effects of cannabidiol (CBD) in generalized social anxiety disorder: a preliminary report’, Journal of Psychopharmacology, 25(1), pp. 121–130. doi: 10.1177/0269881110379283.
[4]Kaplan, J. (December 14,2017), ‘Is More CBD Better? The Science Behind CBD Dosing for Anxiety and Other Conditions’, Leafly, available at:
https://www.leafly.com/news/science-tech/is-more-cbd-better-the-science-behind-cbd-dosing-for-anxiety-and-other-conditions (accessed date: 09/30/2019)

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