Aug 24, 2016 9:40 AM

Can Cannabis Treat Social Anxiety Disorder?

Social anxiety is a serious condition that can pose a threat to your health and wellbeing. Simple communication leads to panic attacks and isolation. If you have ever felt like everyone is looking at you, or judging you, or talking about you, then multiply that feeling by a thousand times, and you will understand what we are talking about. Such susceptibility is experienced by people with social anxiety from day to day.

What Is SAD?

Millions of people suffer from social anxiety disorder, or SAD. A strong fear of making mistakes and being judged transforms into a stable phobia accompanied by panic attacks. In order to get rid of this fear, people with SAD isolate themselves from everything and everyone around them, including family and friends. They do not visit public places, avoid group activities, and refuse to work in a team. The symptoms eventually become worse, causing physical discomfort, shaking, confusion, rapid heartbeat, or upset stomach.

How Can Cannabis Treat SAD?

Cannabis is extremely effective at relaxing, soothing psyches, and calming nerves. Moreover, marijuana helps cope with many other forms of anxiety, stress, and depression. However, for people with SAD, the prejudice against cannabis use that sadly still exists in our society may increase the feeling of being judged and disdained. In addition, for those who already suffer from paranoia, it can make the panic even greater.

That is why the legalization of marijuana remains the question of the highest importance for patients that struggle with SAD, anxiety, depression, and a range of other mental disorders.

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