Making Friends with CBD – How CBD Can Help Social Anxiety

Whether you are just a beginner or a competing athlete, every time you engage in physical exercises, your body is broken down. Learn how CBD can help.
Verlota Author
Published: August 29, 2019
Categories: Active

With the number of synthetic drugs that circulate the world of health, you may be considering a more natural form of medication. This is where we meet a new, federally legalized remedy: CBD.

Whether it’s getting comfortable going to the gym, making new friends, or just everyday life, CBD could be the remedy for your joint pain as well as your social anxiety. 

Social Anxiety and CBD

First and foremost, what is cbd and can it get me high?

CBD is also known as Cannabidiol which is the second most prominent compound found within hemp.  Hemp contains many compounds, referred to as “cannabinoids”, but the two most typically associated with the plant are THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD. THC is the compound in hemp responsible for the “high”. CBD on the other hand, is the compound responsible for the health benefits that could include reducing anxiety/depression, relieve pain, alleviate cancer-related symptoms, reduce acne, substance abuse treatment, and much more. Since there is no THC in CBD it cannot get you high. However, there are sometimes products that market themselves as CBD but contain THC. When you are searching to purchase CBD make sure to ensure that it contains no to little amounts of THC.

CBD and Social Anxiety

now that i’ve befriended cbd, how will this help me with my social anxiety?

Healing from any anxiety disorder should be seen as a holistic process. Being active has been linked to not only physical benefits but mental and emotional as well. With pairing activity with the appropriate natural medicine, it can only lead to further positive effects on your mental health, and in CBD’s case, physical and emotional health as well. 

CBD can help with social anxiety

People who suffer from social anxiety can have negative effects on their physical and emotional self. Some physical and emotional symptoms of social anxiety can include discomfort, sickness, jitteriness, broken voice, self-consciousness, nervousness, behavioral avoidance, negative effects on the nervous system, mental stress, and disassociation. As mentioned earlier, healing is a holistic process comprising of your emotional, physical and mental health. The more you can check off the items listed on your metaphorical ‘social anxiety self-care chart’, the more likely you are to overcome your social anxiety. Your list should act as a holistic chart, the more coping and healing strategies you can check off, the closer you are to tackling your social anxiety. Some of your chart items may include physical activity, seeing a counselor or therapist, combined with medication, and we’re here to focus on the positive effects that CBD can have on helping you overcome your social anxiety.

how does medication, synthetic or herbal, actually work?

If you’re like me and you may have felt the harsh effects of coming off synthetic drugs (medication) and have seen little to no difference from prior to after taking them. Instead, you may be considering relying on a natural remedy to aid your social anxiety.

CBD & anxiety

Medication, whether synthetic (any medication that is manufactured, rather than plant-derived) or herbal offers temporary relief. It acts more like a band-aid rather than acting as a cure. For the sake of explaining the use of medication for mental illness, let’s compare to using medication while you have the flu. The use of synthetic medication when you have a headache or the flu is similar to the use of general anxiety medication in terms of its curing abilities. It is not that medication that cures your headache or flu, it just brings you closer to the level that allows you to function more like your true self. 

Being able to function more like your true self when you’re sick allows you to better provide yourself with the remedies that will allow you to heal. The goal from this is that you don’t have to rely on medication to get back to your healthy self. When you’re sick with the flu, headache, cold or fever, that medication can help you get strong enough to apply the actual cure. Examples of the cure in the case of being sick with the flu would be healing through rest, proper nutrition, staying hydrated and more. 

The intent of the medication is to act as temporary relief to allow you to meet the middle ground in order to practice your healing techniques. When healing from social anxiety, CBD could be used to bring you relief of your anxiety. Ultimately, any form of medication should be used as a singular part of a holistic approach. Other parts could consist of therapy, counseling, an active lifestyle and more. 

The use of CBD when paired with applying strategies you’ve learned, could allow you to be grounded enough to have your coping become habitual. With your coping strategies becoming habitual, you eventually will be able to overcome social anxiety. Until then, CBD is a natural medicine with no negative side effects, no ways of overdosing and no addictive qualities. So there is no need to worry about relying on this herbal medication until you’ve healed. On the other hand, synthetic anxiety medication repercussions can range from overdosing, withdrawal symptoms, nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, anxiety, trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, tiredness, sweating, and more.

Motus Active CBD and social anxiety

how can cbd help reduce my social anxiety?

Natural treatment of anxiety

By pairing CBD with coping strategies to treat social anxiety disorder, over time, you could rewire your nervous system. This would transform that old trauma that your nervous system believed to be threatening, into the alleviation of your social anxiety. CBD could allow you to reach the point where you feel calm enough in times where your social anxiety would typically be triggered without medication. This would allow you to bring that feeling of safety to be brought into consciousness and allow your nervous system to begin to learn new, positive thoughts surrounding social situations. 

In 2015 a review was done that supported CBD as a treatment for social anxiety disorder when administered acutely. Ultimately, with this in mind, if you’re looking for a new and researched approach to tackling social anxiety, CBD could benefit you on top of its many other positive healing properties.

tell me about the past, the present and the future of cbd

Herbal medicine has been used for centuries, using botany to heal. Plants have been used as the basis for medical treatments through most of human history and are still widely used in medical, naturopathic and holistic practices today. 

Since the 90’s naturopathy has taken off again, straying away from the negative effects associated with synthetic medications. With the new government circulation of hemp coming to effect within most of North America, we are breaking the stigma around the newly regulated drug. With the decriminalization of Hemp, we are now able to utilize the many healing properties of the different compounds that make up this plant. Prior to new government-regulated access to hemp, often people used marijuana for recreational purposes and to experience a “high” which comes from a compound found within the plant known as THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). With new legalities in place, we are able to conduct new studies and find many uses of hemp, including over 500 different natural compounds that are found within this healing herb.

CBD is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients in hemp. Unlike THC, which is responsible for the psychoactive “high” one experiences with the use of marijuana. CBD does not get you high while utilizing the healing properties of this plant. 

As for the future of CBD, that’s where research and experience will further our uses of how we can use this herbal medicine to heal. With the government beginning to expand its relationship to hemp across North America, CBD could play a key role in our holistic approach to healing from social anxiety. Now we could rip off our social anxiety band-aids, and start making friends with CBD.

where can i buy cbd, how should i take it and how much do i need?

Motus Active has supplies of different forms of CBD. Although CBD can be catered towards athletes, it has a wide-reaching effect that could benefit those who have social anxiety. You may notice that there are different ways of taking CBD from topically to injection. For this purpose taking CBD in capsule or oil drops may be the most effective. When using oil droppers, we may suggest taking the oils under the tongue if you want the fastest activation, highest potency, and longest duration. 

When determining your dosages, be assured that there is no way of overdosing from CBD. However, if you want to get the most out of your new herbal purchase, we suggest finding what dose works best for you. This will allow you to determine how many uses you can get out of it. This is why some people prefer capsules as it allows a way to ensure a consistent measured dose. One method to consider when figuring out the right dosage for you is to start at around 0.1 – 0.5 milligrams, and from there you will be able to gauge better where you want to go from there. 

Ultimately, if you’re beginning your healing journey, you are already on your way to overcoming your social anxiety. The first step is taking the time to decide you want to educate yourself on how to get better. From there, it is a matter of finding ways of coping that best supports your lifestyle and furthers your healing journey. CBD is one of the best new remedies in herbal medicine that could help you be on your way to overcoming your social anxiety.

Holistic CBD treatment for anxiety

Written By

George Philips

George is a Boston based health writer with over 10 years experience. He has worked for various news outlets and online publications throughout North America. Over the last few years George has focused on the evolving health industry of cannabinoids.

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