I vividly remember anxiously waiting on my name to be called. My heart was already racing & now I could feel my face turning beat red. Suddenly even breathing became hard to do. As I stand up in front of the class, I try muttering out words while my voice shakes in fear & my eyes tear up.
I couldn’t get past the feelings of potential embarrassment & the unrealistic idea that everyone would start laughing out loud & calling me stupid. But my one saving grace has been Cannabis.
Studies have shown CBD can positively impact performance when it comes to public speaking. Allowing patients to perform with less discomfort in speech performance & a reduction in stress responses such as elevated heart rate/blood pressure.
The Proofs in The Pudding
The 2011 study included both healthy patients & patients with SAD (Social Anxiety Disorder). 24 patients with SAD whom had never tried CBD prior to the study were given either placebo or 600mg of CBD in a double blind randomized design. The 12 healthy patients used as the ‘control’ were not given any medication.
Subjective ratings on the Visual Analogue Mood Scale & Negative Self Statement were observed alongside physiological measures such as blood pressure, heart rate, & skin conductance.
For the patients who received CBD: it “significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment, & discomfort in their speech performance & significantly decreased alert in their anticipatory speech.” Placebo patients had higher levels of anxiety, cognitive impairment, discomfort, & alert levels when compared to the control group.
This study was prompted to see whether the “anxiolytic effect of CBD in humans follows the same pattern of inverted U-shaped dose-effect curve observed in many animal studies.” Sixty healthy patients, male & female, aged 18 – 35 were assigned to five groups at random.
Groups received either placebo, clonazepam, or one of three amount of CBD (100, 300, 900mg). Subjects were then asked to perform a test of public speaking in front of the other participants. Patients were observed using the same Visual Analog Mood Scale alongside blood pressure & heart rate. After five separate sessions the data was revealed:
To begin they observed an increase in the above listed measures across the board. The scores, relative to the placebo group, were much better for those who received either clonazepam or 300mg of CBD.
That’s A Lot of CBD
Yes, 300 & 600mg of CBD is a significant amount. However these studies both utilized pure, isolate CBD powder with 99% purity.
This is important because as we know using CBD isolate requires much higher doses. When you use a full-spectrum CBD product the dosages needed are reduced significantly!
In case you don’t already know this is because the Entourage Effect. Which essentially boils down to the fact that CBD works much better, at much lower doses when alongside its fellow cannabinoids such as THC, CBG, & CBN to name a few.
So, opt for a full-spectrum product & you can see results with much lower doses than these.
A Few Important Tips
Now although the studies included those who have never taken CBD before, we highly recommend doing so before your big day.
It can take time & experimentation to see what dosage works for you. As we see in the 2017 study, more CBD doesn’t always equal more benefit. Which is why we urge customers to start at a lower dosage & slowly explore higher doses & if they make you feel better or worse.
You don’t want to go into your presentation or interview with too little or too much CBD in your system. This could result in either no change in your anxious feelings or if you take too much you might fall asleep before you even get started!
This is why it’s important to start taking CBD days/weeks before the big day. So, you can hone in on what dosage works best for you. Also, CBD can take time to buildup in your body & works much better when taken consistently over time.