Microdosing Edibles for Stage Fright

Recent studies show that up to 60% of professional musicians suffer from performance anxiety. Speakers, actors, and other stage personalities are not immune to this common social phobia. Microdosing THC might be an effective, natural way to combat stage fright.

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Low doses of THC have the potential to reduce anxiety. Cannabis microdoses are a great way to treat and mitigate symptoms of stress, chronic pain and inflammation, various anxiety disorders, and health conditions. Read more about the benefits of microdosing cannabis.

Our THC gummies are an ideal introduction to microdosed edibles for people struggling with performance anxiety. These vegan gummies contain hemp-derived micro doses of Delta 9 THC to provide relaxation and ease of mind before you hit the stage.

What is Stage Fright?

Stage fright is one of the most common types of anxiety, and not just among musicians. Many people experience pre-show jitters and upset stomachs. Those who already suffer from social anxiety and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are particularly affected by stage fright.

There are many forms of performance anxiety:

  • Generalized anxiety
  • Social performance
  • Athletic performance
  • Test-taking anxiety
  • Interview anxiety
  • Sexual performance anxiety
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Symptoms of stage fright vary from mild nervousness to hyperventilation, heart palpitations, nausea, sweating, and trembling. Panic attacks are also very common. Social phobias such as stage fright can also exacerbate other conditions, such as anxiety and depression.

The typical treatment of stage fright is anti-anxiety reducing medications (anxiolytics), including benzodiazepines, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and beta-blockers. These drugs can, however, cause a variety of unwanted side effects and have negative health effects.

Some patients with chronic stage fright have found relief from microdosing edibles. Our Delta 9 edibles contain high-quality, organic hemp-sourced ingredients that provide a safe method of treating anxiety without leading to addiction or drug abuse.

 

Effects of Low-Dose Edibles

A study published in 2017 on the effects of cannabis on mental health suggests that low doses of THC can mitigate anxiety. Interestingly, higher THC doses can sometimes have the opposite effect.

Research on the role of cannabidiol in the treatment of anxiety suggests that cannabidiol reduces fear and social distress even more effectively than THC.

Researchers at Kyoto University examined the effects of CBD and found that it provides therapeutic benefits to people suffering from social anxiety disorder (SAD). In a double-blind placebo-controlled trial, Japanese teenagers showed a statistically significant reduction in SAD after consuming 300mg of CBD daily for 4 weeks.

If you’d like to try CBD and THC for anxiety, our collection of CBD gummies are 100% vegan, made from carefully-sourced ingredients and the highest quality American hemp. To ensure a mild euphoric lift, some of these delicious gummies are paired with low doses of THC.

Beyond anxiety reduction, some benefits of THC and CBD at low doses include the following:

  • Increasing energy levels
  • Boosting positivity and mood
  • Improving focus
  • Reducing chronic pain and inflammation
  • Alleviating muscle tension
  • Promoting appetite by treating symptoms of cachexia (wasting syndrome)
  • Alleviating intraocular pressure (low-dose edibles can help glaucoma patients)

 

Have you heard about our Bliss Gummies? They contain five milligrams of THC and CBD in equal ratios, ideal for reducing stress levels and increasing fun.

Before we explain how cannabis helps with stage fright, let’s take a look at some other benefits of taking low-dose THC and CBD.

THC and CBD Can Relieve Pain

Microdosing THC can reduce pain. A 2015 research showed that regular use of cannabis at low doses can help patients with chronic pain, including neuropathic, cancer, and arthritic pain.

A very common chronic pain illness is the irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). More available research suggests that low doses of THC can also alleviate pain caused by the irritable bowel syndrome.

Cannabis as Anti-Cancer Agent

Did you know cannabis can also help patients with advanced cancer? A 2014 pilot study found that cannabinoids have the ability to prevent spreading and growth of cancer cells and induce apoptosis (cancer cell death).

A different study suggests metastatic properties of THC and CBD. It seems that cannabinoids can block metastasis and treat various types of carcinomas like breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, and more.

Therapeutic benefits of cannabis in helping cancer patients don’t stop there. One of the most common side effects of chemotherapy are nausea and vomiting. In a recent double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized trial, it was found that THC and CBD extracts are effective as anti-nausea treatment in patients with advanced cancer undergoing chemotherapy.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Inflammation is the cause of many medical conditions and autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis. Microdosing THC can reduce inflammation by reducing the number of cytokines, substances that stimulate production of inflammatory cells. By reducing inflammation and pain, low-dose THC can help patients diagnosed with MS.

Microdosing Cannabis for Mental Relief

A growing body of anecdotal evidence and clinical research point to therapeutic properties of low-dose cannabinoids in treating mental disorders. According to a group of researchers, symptoms of anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and many depressive symptoms can be alleviated via medical cannabis.

Susan A. Stoner, PhD, research consultant at the University of Washington, found that low THC amounts are effective in decreasing anxiety. Interestingly, higher doses seem to have the opposite effect: they worsen anxious and depressive symptoms.

Not sure how to microdose weed? Just pop one of our federally legal gummies into your mouth, chew, and swallow. Easy as pie.

 

Cannabinoids and Stage Fright

THC and CBD are the two primary cannabinoids extracted from the cannabis plant. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has euphoric, psychoactive effects normally associated with inhaled cannabis. Unlike THC, CBD cannot make you high. Cannabidiol has anti-anxiety and anticonvulsant properties—it causes relaxation and mitigates epileptic seizures.

One major symptom of stage fright is lack of focus. CBD may help with focus and concentration by increasing the flow of serotonin to the brain. A study published in 2018 shows potential benefits in CBD reducing nervous behaviors via sedating receptors associated with anxiety.

One delicious way to consume CBD is via our CBD sleep gummies. If you’re struggling with sleep, you can choose from a variety of options to relieve stress, fall asleep faster, and fight off intrusive thoughts.

The Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a network of signals and receptors in our body. It regulates a variety of functions, such as the immune system, appetite, pain, mood, and various cognitive functions.

The ECS is also vital in regulating our responses to stressful events, anxiety and fear. It seems to act as a buffer system for emotional responses for anxiety and fear processing, according to study on cannabinoids and anxiety.

Our body produces cannabinoids: natural chemicals that interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors in the ECS. When a person consumes cannabis, phyto-cannabinoids (cannabinoids from plants) mimic the action of our own endocannabinoids.

THC and Dopamine in the ECS

For example, THC binds to cannabinoid receptors to stimulate dopamine production. Dopamine, or the ‘feel-good’ hormone, is responsible for pleasure and satisfaction.

A study published in the journal PubMed Central suggests a direct connection between low levels of dopamine and many types of anxiety disorders.

CBD and Serotonin in the ECS

CBD seems to be involved in the regulation of serotonin receptors. Similarly to dopamine, serotonin is responsible for satisfaction and happiness.

Read our extensive guide on the differences between CBD and THC to learn more about the two major cannabinoids and how they interact with the ECS.

The Entourage Effect

If THC has a more direct effect on dopamine, and CBD on serotonin, it makes sense that CBD and THC together can have a greater impact on anxiety than either cannabinoid in isolation—especially if the THC is in low doses.

When taken together, the effects of THC are enhanced by the presence of CBD—and vice versa. This is the so-called entourage effect, in which the combined properties of THC and CBD catalyze greater benefits of microdosing than CBD or THC alone would invoke.

Because CBD does not affect CB1 and CB2 receptors directly, it seems to stabilize the psychoactive effects THC has on our brain. Typical adverse effects of higher THC doses—increased heart rate, sedation, paranoia, increased anxiety—are softened by the presence of cannabidiol.

The best synergic results of combined cannabinoids are achieved by our full spectrum gummies. They contain higher proportions of CBD, low doses of THC, and CBN—in addition to terpenes, flavonoids, and other beneficial compounds. Microdosing products with full spectrum CBD shows tremendous potential at improving sleep and lifting mood.

If you prefer to avoid THC, broad spectrum CBD gummies are also great for treating anxiety. These vegan fruit-bombs contain no THC but include other cannabinoids for the entourage effect. A low dose of 10mg of CBD is great for stress and anxiety.

Read more about the differences between full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD, and how they each help relieve stress.

Sativa or Indica for Stage Fright?

The two primary strains of cannabis, sativa and indica, have different characteristics and effects on cannabis users. A sativa strain can help increase focus and concentration while reducing anxiety. Indica, in turn, is said to produce a “full-body high,” inducing relaxation and improving sleep.

For battling anxiety, the best edibles contain hybrid cannabis strains that combine the best qualities of indica and sativa—which is why we opt for hybrid cannabis in our edibles. Our Energy Gummies with Delta 9 and CBD have the perfect 2:1 ratio of CBD to THC. Their 2.5mg of THC is a perfect amount to take the edge off stage fright, while their 5mg of CBD can increase calmness. You’ll be getting exact, measured doses of cannabis each time you pop an Energy gummy.

 

Are CBD and THC Legal?

THC and CBD are both legal at the federal level if compliant with the 2018 Farm Bill. Delta 9 THC is federally legal if extracted from hemp and if the THC concentration does not exceed 0.3% by dry weight. Hemp-derived CBD is also federally legal under Farm Bill stipulations.

According to the Farm Bill, hemp is excluded from the legal definition of marijuana—which remains a controlled substance. To understand the issue of hemp legality, read our guide to the legal differences between hemp and marijuana.

It’s always a good idea to check our state-by-state guide to Delta 9 legality because the legal use of medical marijuana depends on your state.

One thing is sure: our Delta 9 edibles are federally legal, made in compliance with the Farm Bill.

 

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Best CBD to THC Dosage for Stage Fright

Beginners are advised to start low. A starting dose of CBD for stage fright shouldn’t exceed 2.5 milligrams per kilogram of body weight twice a day. After one week, users often increase the dosage to 5 mg/kg twice a day.

Lower doses of cannabidiol seem to give the most effective results in anxiety relief. A study on the role of cannabidiol in anxiety and sleep suggests that 25-75 milligrams of CBD helps with both anxiety and disruptive sleep.

Five milligrams of THC seem to be most optimal for reduced stress. For example, our Bliss Gummies contain exactly 5mg of THC in equal ratio with CBD. It will help you reduce anxiety and calm your mind before your big event, or simply relax you after a long, strenuous day.

 

Best Edibles for Stage Fright

This is our pick for some of the best cannabis products to treat performance anxiety like stage fright. These products contain higher concentrations of CBD and lower THC doses to reduce stress and relieve anxiety.

  • Relax Plus Gummies are a great addition to your microdosing THC ritual. Only five milligrams of THC are enough to hit that euphoric sweet spot, while 25mg of CBD produce a soothing effect on the anxious mind. These delish gummies are the perfect start to microdosing cannabis for depression, too!
  • With a slightly more balanced ratio of CBD and THC, our Energy Gummies are the fast-acting and longer-lasting edible you need to appease the gods of upset stomachs right before you hit the stage. This is the perfect product for beginners—only 5mg of CBD and 2.5mg of THC. CBD and THC combine forces with L-theanine, an amino acid that enhances brain wave activities and increases levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain. What a fantastic way to alleviate anxiety!
  • Even if you’re not struggling to fall asleep, our Sleep Plus Gummies make another great addition to your busy lifestyle. Why? Because they are the cannabis microdoses to start with if you’re looking to try microdosing THC for sleep. They contain 25mg of CBD, microdose of two milligrams of THC, and 3mg of melatonin for a restful sleep.
  • With the CBD to THC ratio of 20:1, our CBD Sleep Drops are packed with a custom formulated blend of full spectrum hemp extract. They not only improve sleep but also alleviate anxiety and help calm the mind. The combination of CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids is perfect for those euphoric dreams—don’t lose a single sheep!

 

Microdosing Edibles for Stage Fright FAQ

Is stage fright a mental disorder?

Stage fright is not a mental disorder. It is our brain’s normal reaction to stressful situations. We all experience anxiety on various levels prior to a public performance, but some people have more extreme reactions that often interfere with their cognitive functions.

Does CBD help you think clearly?

When taken together, CBD and THC can in fact improve focus and concentration. In a 2020 study, researchers showed the efficacy of cannabidiol oil in treating ADHD. It seems that low doses of CBD have beneficial properties on our cognitive functions and focus.

Another study shows that CBD may also increase dopamine levels in our brain, the hormone not only responsible for happiness but also memory, focus, and motivation.

When should I take CBD before a presentation?

Whether you’re dreading an important job interview or a huge presentation at work, you can take your CBD a few minutes to an hour before. The time will depend on the consumption method.

Sublinguals

With sublingual tinctures and oils, the effects are almost immediate. They do, however, wear off faster than other methods.

Capsules

This cannabis consumption method is probably the most convenient, but it takes a while for the CBD extract to be absorbed into your bloodstream. Take capsules 20-30 minutes before the start of your public speaking.

Vaping or smoking

The effects of THC and CBD with vaping are almost immediate. You can take a puff or two right before you start your presentation.

Vaping and smoking are not the most effective ways to microdose marijuana because you can never know for sure how much CBD and THC you’ve inhaled. In addition, combustion releases carbon monoxide and other harmful chemicals. It can lead to respiratory problems and lung cancer.

While vaping is considered safer than smoking, there are still risks. Vaping releases ammonia, which can result in asthma and bronchial spasms.

Edibles

Effects of microdosing edibles, such as Delta 9 THC gummies, last longer. It may also take longer to feel the effects, since they are processed like any other food: through the digestive tract. However, edibles are much safer than smoked cannabis: you always know the exact dose of each cannabis compound you’ve taken.

Chew one fruity gummy 1-2 hours beforehand to feel the calming effects of Delta 9 and CBD.

Can CBD affect speech?

CBD aids cognitive function in many ways, so it’s likely that it can improve speaking as well.

A study published in 2021 reviewed the impact on cannabidiol on human brain functions and discovered that CBD may have antipsychotic and anti-anxiety properties. Given that anxiety negatively impacts speaking performance, CBD should theoretically improve speech by lowering anxiety.

CBD and THC may also help patients suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Working in tandem, they seem to remove a protein called amyloid that builds up in the brain, leading to memory loss, difficulties in speaking, sundowning, and Alzheimer’s. By improving brain function, it’s likely that THC and CBD can have a positive effect on stage performance.

How quickly can CBD calm anxiety?

Pure CBD takes around 10-40 minutes to kick in. Our Relax Plus Gummies, which contain CBD and THC, typically need about 20 minutes to show results.

The delivery method can affect the speed with which CBD enters your bloodstream. If you mix CBD oil with other foods, it may slow down the speed of absorption. In contrast, absorption will be much faster if you drop your recommended dose of CBD right under your tongue or have a weed drink.

Is CBD addictive?

CBD has no psychoactive, intoxicating properties and does not lead to addiction. Some research shows that cannabidiol can be used to mitigate other forms of addictive behaviors.

Because it is not psychoactive but has plenty of anti-anxiety properties, there is no reason why you shouldn’t include microdosing to your daily routine.

What are cons of taking CBD?

Many people with vast experience with cannabis suggest that CBD does not cause any serious adverse effects. Clinical researches, however, recommend avoiding taking CBD when pregnant or breastfeeding, since the research on its effects on infants is scarce.

Too much CBD may result in short-term side effects such as blood pressure drop, confusion, and drowsiness. That’s why it’s best to stick with microdosing, as low levels of cannabinoids are gentler.

Is CBD an antidepressant?

CBD is believed to aid depression, and in that sense can be used as an antidepressant. Cannabidiol has some similar effects to SSRIs, the most common antidepressants that help serotonin production.

Microdosing products that contain higher levels of cannabidiol and lower Delta 9 THC doses seem to be the most effective for depression.

Our blood orange THC gummies are a custom blend of energy promoting nutrients, a perfect method to consume cannabis. Only 2.5 mg of THC in combination with 5mg of cannabidiol will keep you uplifted and in good spirits throughout the day.

Can CBD help with intrusive thoughts?

A study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders implies that cannabis could be used as a potential treatment for OCD. Researchers found that smoked cannabis with higher concentrations of CBD can reduce symptoms of OCD such as anxiety, compulsive behavior, and intrusive thoughts.

Is CBD approved by the FDA?

So far, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved only one drug derived from medical cannabis. Epidiolex is a hemp-derived CBD medicine used in treating severe forms of epileptic seizures.

Marinol (dronabinol) is a synthetic cannabinoid approved by the FDA, as are Syndros (dronabinol), and Cesamet (nabilone).

 

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