We have certainly captured in a few of our blogs and past research from the NCBI website about CBD’s clearly identified benefits on Anxiety along with how and why it seems to work.  So now let’s delve a little deeper into something a bit more complex…being S.A.D.  Social Anxiety Disorder can be slightly different than a normal case of Anxiety that is usually triggered by an unidentified source.  For many introverts and young adults, the mere thought of going out, hanging around friends, or confronting large crowds can induce the unconformable rapid heartbeat, sweats, and sometimes near debilitating sense of overwhelming feelings that makes some of us want to run back to our rooms and recharge with a good book.  Unfortunately, the world doesn’t function on a low level like this most of the time and human interaction is most often necessary in our daily lives including work, office meetings, and just the good ole’ family time that is a healthy part of life.  So, let’s look into not being S.A.D.

What is S.A.D

SAD is estimated to affect up to 13% of the U.S. population and is more concentrated in women than in men.  It is most likely to develop in adolescence up through our mid-teens but can occur later in life as well.

SAD is often treated with psychotropic medication and cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT), and the most effective treatments are a combination of both. They consist of monoamine oxidase inhibitors, the serotonin reuptake inhibitors, benzodiazepines, and individual cognitive behavioral therapy. The bad part is, these drugs can often have very serious side effects including increased chances of suicide. 


“SAD is characterized by excessive anxiety in situations where a person might feel judged, such as performance situations, and situations involving interpersonal contact with others (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). This is the fear of social situations that may cause humiliation or embarrassment.”


“A significant number of adults report that they have had problems with social anxiety for their entire lives or as long as they can remember (Brown et al., 2001Masataka, 2003). A large-scale study of individuals presenting at an anxiety clinic found a mean age of onset of 15.7 years, a number that was younger than the onset of other anxiety disorders (Merikangas et al., 2011).” 


CBD and Social Anxiety – does it help?

Studies and research are showing positive results for the efficacy and benefits of CBD as an alternative medicine and treatment for this type of anxiety.  Clinical studies have revealed that CBD could produce analgesic and anxiolytic effects exerted through its interaction with our 5HT1A receptors.  Here are some quotes of positive results from the studies in our source.


“In this regard, preliminary findings reported by a study (Bergamaschi et al., 2011) that investigated the efficacy of CBD with patients with SAD are noteworthy. In that study, 12 patients with SAD were provided with a single dose of CBD (600 mg). When the anxiety induced by simulated public speaking was compared between pre-treatment and post-treatment, its level showed a significant decrease after the treatment, whereas no such change was observed in the placebo group of 12 other patients.”


"Thirty-seven 18–19-year-old Japanese teenagers with SAD and avoidant personality disorder received, in a double-blind study, cannabis oil (n = 17) containing 300 mg CBD or placebo (n = 20) daily for 4 weeks. SAD symptoms were measured at the beginning and end of the treatment period using the Fear of Negative Evaluation Questionnaire and the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale. CBD significantly decreased anxiety measured by both scales. The results indicate that CBD could be a useful option to treat social anxiety.


If you suffer from be SAD or any other anxiety disorder and are looking for alternatives, consult with your physician about supplementing or switching over to CBD as a possible treatment.  It could possibly help you.





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