Can Pot Prevent Performance Anxiety?

Can Pot Prevent Performance Anxiety?

According to some studies, as much as 75% of people on Earth are afraid of public speaking. If you count yourself as part of this statistic — fear not! Cannabis may help make your next performance a total breeze.

You’ve tried imaging the audience in their underwear. Controlled breathing techniques haven’t helped. And your big speech is only a few hours away. Sure, you could freak out. Or you could enjoy a little cannabis and knock it out of the park.

That’s right. According to a recent study published in the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry, using cannabis prior to public speaking can reduce performance anxiety, as well as symptoms of daily, general anxiety.
Understanding the Experiment

Designed to identify a link between CBD and the body’s anxiety response, the recent Brazilian study focused on physical anxiety markers — like high blood pressure — in a simulated public speaking setting. Participants were given 150mg, 300mg, or 600mg, and a placebo at random and then asked to give a 4-minute speech.

Doctors assessed anxiety markers before, during, and after the speeches, and the findings were promising. Participants who received a 300mg CBD dose showed lower anxiety levels compared to those who received the placebo.

Embracing the Benefits

Based on these recent findings, people struggling with anxiety may have a truly effective option for managing symptoms. In the United States, that means roughly 18.1% of the population could get valuable relief from anxiety.

And, yes, it may make your next presentation more bearable, too.

All jokes aside, studies like this one are proving tremendously valuable in further identifying the medical benefits of cannabis. As more applications are identified, more work may be done to legalize medicinal cannabis across the country. We can’t speak for everyone, but we definitely don’t see that as a bad thing.