Also known as ‘Glossophobia,’ fear of public speaking is classified as a form of Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), and approximately 7% of Americans suffer from it. Don’t believe the 75% figure you see floating about the Internet. That number probably relates to the number of people who don’t like public speaking which is NOT the same thing as Glossophobia.
If 7% sounds small, bear in mind that it impacts 27 million people in the U.S. alone! While there are many therapies available, there is also a large amount of unhelpful prescription medication. Recent research shows that marijuana is capable of helping boost confidence and overcoming SAD so let’s find out which marijuana strains are the best.
What Causes Fear of Public Speaking?
Like practically all social phobias, fear of public speaking usually manifests itself in childhood. Fewer than 10% of people with this problem seek treatment, and unfortunately, social phobias continue to get worse when left untreated.
A prime example relates to the middle child who allows their older sibling to make decisions and the younger sibling does the talking. If you never learn to take control of your speaking fear, you can’t expect it to get better.
How Does This Fear Affect Your Life?
You will probably be shocked to learn just how big an impact this fear has on your attainment of success. Public speaking doesn’t just mean standing on a rostrum in front of thousands of people; it means contributing to ideas in the workplace while in a group. It prevents you from achieving your potential and could result in colleagues passing you by on the career ladder.
According to research conducted by Columbia University, social phobia reduces the following by 10%:
- Your wages.
- Your chances of graduating from college.
It also reduces your potential of holding a managerial position by 15%.
Traditional Medication for Public Speaking Fear (Not Marijuana)
Beta-blockers are among the most common forms of treatment for anxiety disorders. This type of drug was invented by James Black as a means of blocking the action of adrenaline in the body. As a result, the physical symptoms of stress response are alleviated. It is important to note that beta blockers are actually used as heart medication and are not officially for anxiety yet they are regularly used anyway.
The big problem with beta blockers is that they do nothing for your mental state. Remember, a fear of public speaking typically revolves around uncertainty so you have to be fully prepared or else no drug can help. Secondly, as the fear is purely psychological, beta blockers are useless when preventing negative inner voices or things of that nature.
The other important issue is the small matter of side effects, and there is a litany of them associated with beta-blocker including:
- Decreased libido or impotence.
- Joint pain.
- Sleep disturbances, nightmares, and hallucinations.
Given their relative lack of effectiveness and the side effects, it is clear that beta blockers deserve to be usurped by marijuana in the battle to beat the fear of public speaking.
Medical Research on Marijuana & Public Speaking Fear
One of the most famous studies took place in Sao Paulo in 2010 and was published the following year. The research team gave CBD to one group of nervous speakers and a placebo to another group. They asked everyone to compose a speech that was four minutes long which was videotaped.
Afterwards, the researchers were stunned to discover that the speakers who took CBD were significantly less anxious than the placebo group. There are dozens of studies that show that high CBD marijuana, in particular, is effective against social anxiety disorders. Now, it’s time to check out five of the best marijuana strains to combat a fear of public speaking.
5 Best Medical Marijuana Strains to Help Boost Your Confidence
1 – Harle-Tsu (The Euphoric Marijuana Strain)
This marijuana strain is one of the best stress-busters on the market and as it has a CBD: THC ratio of over 20:1 there is no chance of getting high. The 22% CBD rate means Harle-Tsu is an exceptional choice for medicinal purposes and it is known for helping with the chronic pain associated with conditions like arthritis.
However, it is also an incredible bud for those who have to make a work presentation and are nervous as hell. It gives you a euphoric head high followed by a feeling of relaxation without sedation. It also helps you remain focused and motivated.
2 – CBD Shark (The Marijuana Strain That Attacks Anxiety Disorders)
This is an indica dominant marijuana strain (80%) and contains 10% CBD and approximately 10% THC. It is believed to be a cross between Shark Shock and at least one other high-CBD strain.
When you smoke CBD Shark, you’re sure to enjoy the sweet fruit aroma, and aftertaste and users experience a sense of relaxation that gradually builds over time. While you’ll feel slightly sedated, the cerebral high is extremely mild, and you’ll be ready and able to function.
3 – Haoma (The Slightly Psychoactive Marijuana Strain)
Caution is urged when using this indica dominant strain (70%) because it contains up to 6% THC to go along with the 6% CBD level. A 1:1 ratio could cause mildly psychoactive effects in novice users so don’t take it minutes before making a huge presentation to the boardroom! Some Hoama strains have a THC level of 12%, so buyer beware.
Hoama is a cross between The Purps and Afghani strains and it offers an uplifting and relaxing cerebral high that clears your mind of worries and enables you to think clearly. Soon, you’ll feel a full-body release that offers a sense of lethargy and pain relief. If you can handle Haoma, it will help you breeze through any public speaking event.
4 – Trident (The Hard to Find Marijuana Strain)
Trident is a hybrid strain with 6% THC and up to 12% CBD. As the high rate of cannabidiol helps reduce the psychoactive effects, this bud is a much sought after medicinal marijuana option. One of the best things about Trident is that it doesn’t cloud the mind and its high is extremely subtle.
It is well known for its strong pine aroma, and users enjoy the feeling of calm and tranquility that Haoma provides them. One downside to this strain is its relative unavailability. You will probably only find it in a handful of legal markets in the west of the United States.
5 – Sour Tsunami (The Medical Marvel Marijuana Strain)
This hybrid strain was specifically bred for its high CBD content (11%) and is a much sought after form of medicinal marijuana. The main problem is that its high THC content (10%) means it is only legal in a select few states.
Sour Tsunami is a cross between Sour Diesel and NYC Diesel and versions of this bud with lower THC levels are sometimes prescribed to children with severe epilepsy. As far as your public speaking fears are concerned, Sour Tsunami gives you energy, confidence and makes you feel relaxed and ready for anything. More importantly, you will feel clear headed and focused.
Final Thoughts on Marijuana & Fear of Public Speaking
If you have a deathly fear of public speaking or any other form of social anxiety disorder, marijuana could be your secret weapon. While the psychoactive properties of THC can hinder people with anxiety as much as help them, high-CBD strains ensure you remain clear-headed but provide you with a sense of calm and relaxation that is crucial before any public speaking occasion.
Research relating to marijuana’s effects on social anxiety disorder is ongoing, but there are dozens of studies to suggest that natural herb is more effective, and safer than anything grown in a lab.