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It is a fact that today, increasing numbers of people are suffering from various forms of anxiety, however in many ways social anxiety is one of the most crippling. Representing a chronic and genuine threat to the individual's well-being and personal health, social anxiety causes even the easiest everyday tasks to become insurmountable as panic becomes overwhelming. This leads to ongoing isolation for the sufferer, with paranoia about being judged and talked about by others meaning that the sufferer increasingly avoids having any social contact with others, removing themselves from any situations where they need to socalise in any way with other people.
Social anxiety disorder is known to affect millions of people around the world. It is a term given to a phobia of being criticised, judged or of making errors in public, and for those who lack life experience or social skills, it is an even more serious problem. While it may begin as a low level agitation in social situations, it can eventually grow out of control and turn into major panic attacks that only serve to increase the fear of going out in public.
People who suffer from social anxiety disorder increasingly isolate themselves by shutting out others, sometimes even their closest family and friends. By avoiding group activities, dates, and public spaces, they eventually end up limiting their world to the extent where they become lonely, unemployed and depressed. Some of the symptoms associated with social anxiety include a rapid heartbeat, tension, stomach upsets, diarrhea, confusion, shaking and general physical discomfort.
Vaping weed can help to relax sufferers, calming their nerves and soothing their mind. After just a few puffs on a vaporizer, their awkwardness and fear disappears, and there are now many studies which have proven its effectiveness in treating stress and anxiety in its many forms. For example, a study carried out by researchers at Vanderbilt University in 2014 showed that weed increases the presence of endocannabinoids in the brain, naturally occurring chemicals which become reduced when the body is under chronic stress. Experts believe that when endocannabinoids are reduced, anxiety disorders such as social anxiety could be the result.
Another study carried out in Canada also showed that weed may even be a safer and more effective solution for social anxiety that several traditional pharmaceutical treatments for the disorder. This research showed that 40% of patients who used weed to reduce their anxiety found that they could stop using their prescribed benzodiazepines within a period of 90 days, thus eliminating the problem of the unpleasant and unwanted side effects associated with the use of this medication.
Anyone who suffers from the crippling and debilitating problem of social anxiety therefore may want to try vaping weed as it may help to restore their confidence and to help eradicate the feelings of paranoia which are associated with this mental health problem.