CBD is not a cure for social anxiety. However, it can be a useful tool for helping you manage social anxiety, ideally while you are also working with a therapist to uncover and address the factors that are contributing to your condition. One of the easiest ways to use CBD for this purpose is to take CBD gummies. Here are some specific tips to help you get the most out of CBD gummies for social anxiety.
Look for a full-spectrum or broad-spectrum product
When shopping for CBD gummies, try to find products that are marketed as either "full-spectrum" or "broad spectrum." Full-spectrum products contain CBD and also all of the other cannabinoids found in the hemp the CBD is extracted from. Some of these other cannabinoids, like CBG, have been found to be useful for managing anxiety, so you will get more out of these gummies than out of pure CBD gummies. Products labeled as "broad spectrum" are also a good choice. These products contain all of the cannabinoids except for THC. Full-spectrum CBG gummies can only contain tiny, trace amounts of THC anyway, but if this is something you're sensitive to, a broad spectrum CBD gummy that has had the THC removed is ideal.
Take your gummies before you leave the house
CBD gummies are most helpful when you take them before your anxiety really kicks in. So when it comes to social anxiety, the best time to take your gummy is before you even leave the house. Take a higher-dose gummy, such as a 50 mg or 100 mg one, right before you walk out the door. Then, instead of growing more anxious as you drive to the destination, you will grow less anxious as the CBD kicks in. By the time you arrive at your social engagement, you'll be plenty relaxed.
Bring some lower-dose gummies along with you when you leave the house
The good thing about CBD gummies in comparison to other CBD products is that they are discrete. Nobody needs to know you're taking medicine; they'll just think you're nibbling on candy! So, bring a packet of lower-dose gummies — such as 10 mg or 20 mg gummies — with you whenever you have to be around people. When you feel your previous dose wearing off and your anxiety level starting to climb, you can chew another one and re-engage the effects of CBD.
With the tips above, you can effectively use CBD gummies to keep your social anxiety under control. Take a deep breath; you've got this!