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CBD and Public Speaking: What You Need to Know

If you have a fear of public speaking, you probably dread the days when you have to give a presentation in front of a whole office or a classroom full of people. And whether you’re regularly tasked with speaking in front of others, or it’s only something you do on occasion, you might be wondering if there’s anything with the potential to alleviate your symptoms. If you suffer from anxiety when speaking in public, CBD is a wellness supplement you might find helpful.

What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis that has therapeutic potential in the treatment of some ailments. CBD products may offer relief from symptoms such as stress, anxiety, insomnia, and pain. However, it’s important to note that research on its efficacy is still ongoing, and CBD has not been approved by the FDA to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Using CBD oil for anxiety in new.

In the U.S., CBD is normally derived from hemp, which can be distinguished from marijuana by its THC content. Hemp has less than the legal limit of 0.3% THC, and marijuana has more than that amount. Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive effects. While THC sometimes enhances feelings of anxiety, CBD has the potential to ease anxiety or stress.

What the science says

CBD may work within the endocannabinoid system to reduce anxiety or stress. This internal system regulates the release of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. When you take CBD, it binds to cannabinoid receptors and has the potential to modulate your body’s response to stress. But CBD works differently depending on application method, dosage, and your condition. For example, those who feel anxious before public speaking will require a different form of relief from those with stress or anxiety disorders.

Many studies testing the efficacy of CBD on anxiety place subjects in a public speaking setting.

One study published in 2020 on public speaking-related anxiety found that CBD did ease feelings of anxiety when taken at certain doses.

Other studies also found that the impact of CBD on anxiety followed a bell-shaped response curve in humans.

Studies done on CBD and anxiety suggest that the compound has anti-anxiety effects. Results have indicated that CBD can have a positive effect on blood pressure and heart rate when a person is placed in an anxiety-inducing setting. However, scientists are still not completely sure how it works to relieve anxiety, and more research is still needed to determine how this happens.

What to know before trying CBD

You may have noticed that the doses of CBD used in the clinical trials mentioned earlier were in the hundreds of milligrams. These high doses are far above what the average user would normally take. When considering dosage, it’s a good idea to look at the recommended serving size on the packaging. The concentration, or amount of CBD in the product, will likely be prominently displayed on the product’s exterior.

Dosage will vary depending on your condition, weight, metabolism, and application method, but will generally be under 100mg. It’s important to start with a low dose, then work your way up incrementally until you find a dose that offers the kind of relief you’re looking for.

To relieve anxiety before a presentation, you can take CBD a few minutes before, or an hour or so in advance depending on the application method you’re using. For example, if you take a capsule, you’ll need to allow extra time for the product to be digested and enter your bloodstream. But if you are using a sublingual tincture, you’ll feel the effects much more quickly.

If you’re using a vape, it’s okay to wait until you’re almost ready to go before inhaling since these kinds of products work almost immediately. Just keep in mind that the effects will wear off quicker than they would had you used another application method. If you use capsules or gummies, you’ll feel the effects longer, but you might want to give the product enough time to start alleviating your symptoms.

Are there any risks?

Research has determined that CBD has limited side effects with a good safety profile. However, if you have a more serious condition or an existing medication that might elicit drug-on-drug interactions, you should consult your doctor about CBD before using it. It’s best to stay safe and smart, so you can find a product that improves your productivity and calms your nerves before tackling that big presentation or lecture.

I Have Discovered the Power of CBD — and It’s Well-Worth the Hype

For the August issue, Editor In Chief Michelle Lee takes us down memory lane recounting how CBD oil helped her feel confident again in her “Letter From the Editor”.

For much of my life, I had a deep-seated fear of public speaking. The anxiety tiptoed in during middle school, then dug in deep by my early 20s. In college, I was set to give a presentation in a journalism class. Right before I started, my professor had walked out of the room to take a call. When I put my note cards on the podium, a large wooden piece fell from the top of it and crashed to the ground. There was something about the shock of the loud sound and the sudden flush of embarrassment that broke me. Nerves all along my scalp fired. I felt strangely, irreparably damaged. I gathered my notes and sat back down without speaking a word. The class sat in awkward silence for a few minutes. My professor returned and asked how I did. A generous fellow student said, “She did great.”

The specter of that physical short-circuiting haunted me for years. For a decade after that, I white-knuckled my way through speaking to crowds. I had learned various tactics that helped me, like extreme preparation and remembering bullet points rather than trying to memorize lines. Most were panels or one-on-ones with another person on stage, not TED Talk–esque presentations. Then I was asked to do my first solo keynote, and the old fears crept back in.

After listening to me agonize for a few weeks, my husband suggested I try CBD. He bought me a few small glass dropper bottles from a local health food store, and I experimented with dosage — first half a dropper, increasing by a fraction of a milliliter each day until I felt something. (I overdid it one day and took two droppers-full — I could barely keep my eyes open.)

But when I found my dose, it was a revelation. I was heading to work one morning and it felt like the sky had suddenly opened up — like a lead blanket had been lifted off my body and the background commotion had been silenced so I could focus.

I realize that CBD may not be for everyone. I’ve tried multiple brands, and for some reason, only one particular tincture from one particular brand in one particular strength has worked for me (Green Earth Medicinals Extra Strength Sublingual Drops). And I try not to take it too often, since it’s quite expensive (about $175 for a 1-ounce bottle of 1500 mg CBD). But I think the most important thing it did was it helped me reset my expectation of what calm feels like.