Social Anxiety can be one of the most annoying problems to deal with as a professional. If you are in sales, customer service, or any job that requires talking to people, you may be familiar with this problem. I know me, as a computer geek, personal encounters were always something that did not come naturally for me. I had to learn to be less socially awkward, and it took a lot of work. To be clear, most of these are more considered supplements than actual “nootropics.” However, if used correctly and in moderation, they can give you more confidence during the times that you need it most.

1. Kratom

A spoonful of Kratom on a Plate

Yes, this controversial herb/drug (depending on who you talk to) can drastically reduce social anxiety and improve your confidence. It is in the coffee family and can be a stimulant in low doses and sedative in higher doses. The DEA has considered outright banning this plant, but it remains legal today. It works on many opioid receptors in your brain and can improve your mood overall and give you a sense of wellbeing. Alternatively, many claim it is also useful for treating pain.

The Effects
Kratom has been described by many to give you energy and feel even a little euphoria. Some users claim it improves their mood and helps them with depression, anxiety, and also makes you motivated. It is not clear exactly how Kratom works, but it is thought to stimulate dopamine and serotonin in your brain.

What is Good About It?
– Kratom is Natural (For those who care about that)
– It is legally available without a subscription (for now)
– Fairly easy to buy
– Fairly affordable online

What is Bad About It?
– It can be addictive (use in moderation)
– We still don’t know much about it
– Is at risk of becoming illegal

2. Phenibut


A bottle of the pill form of Phenibut

Phenibut is a chemical that is available in the US without a prescription. Many users say it helps with anxiety and increase confidence. Like many chemicals on this website, it is believed to have been first created by Russian scientists in the mid 1900’s. Its frequent use was to reduce stress without causing the user to get tired.

What Are Some of the Effects?
Often sold as a dietary supplement, Phenibut has several commonly reported effects, which include a feeling of calmness, reduced anxiety, confidence, improved sleep, and more. Many users have reported improved mood and a sense of well being from taking Phenibut. Because of these characteristics, Phenibut is most definitely one of the best nootropics for social anxiety. There is also evidence to suggest that Phenibut can improve REM sleep which will cause users to feel more well rested the following morning.

What is Good About It?
– Easy to Get
– Inexpensive if You Buy Online
– Available Without a Prescription
– Very Effective & Powerful

What are the Cons?
– Can Be Habit-Forming (Use in Moderation)

3. L-Theanine

L-Theanine has made a number of our Top 5 Lists, including our list of the Best Nootropics for Focus! One of the most common purposes our readers use L-Theanine for is to complement caffeine and reduce the side effects. However, L-Theanine can also work on its own to reduce anxiety. It is important to note that L-Theanine is more subtle than other alternatives, but it is useful nonetheless.

What Are The Effects?
It is important to point out that some people report that L-Theanine had absolutely no effect at all. As is the case with all nootropics and supplements, everyone is different and responds to it differently. It is important to try various options and see what works for you. L-Theanine is often associated with reduced anxiety, relaxed feelings, increased focus, and wakefulness. It is reported to improve mood and ability to learn. L-Theanine works on Dopamine and Serotonin, which explains the benefits listed above.

So Here are the Pros:
– Extremely Affordable
– Doesn’t Drastically Alter the Way You Feel
– Has Well Documented Benefits

But The Cons:
– Effects are Typically Subtle
– Does Not Work for Everyone

4. Ashwagandha

I’ll admit that this is the only one on this list that I have never actually tried, though I expect that to change in the very near future. Ashwagandha is a potent herb that goes back hundreds of years. It is referred to as “Indian Ginseng” because of its rejuvenating abilities. Ashwagandha is said to have many benefits, helping to treat social anxiety, fatigue, stress, lack of energy, and even focusing problems. Ashwagandha is considered to be a nootropic because of its cognitive enhancing capabilities.

The Effects of Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha is known for reducing stress, anxiety (including social anxiety), and depression. Like Kratom, it manages to do this without causing users to feel uneasy or drowsy. Additionally, Ashwagandha is also a known aphrodisiac and can help enhance experiences in the bedroom. Many people use Ashwagandha as a cognitive enhancer and its ability to improve their critical thinking. Another interesting fact is that many people claim Ashwagandha helps them to focus and manage their ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) symptoms.

The Pros
– Affordable
– Powerful and Effective
– Easy to Buy Online (No Prescription)
– Natural

The Cons
– Not much research has been done on its long-term effects

5. Aniracetam

A member of the well-known “racetam” family, Aniracetam is a nootropic that can often be helpful with social anxiety. Aniracetam, in addition to its cognitive enhancement properties, can reduce social anxiety (as well as other types of anxiety) and stress. Aniracetam is commonly stacked with other Nootropics but can be taken on its own as well.

The Effects

Aniracetam’s effects include many excellent benefits. Studies have shown that it reduces anxiety. Users have reported feeling “full of energy, alive, confident, and stress-free.” Although some users describe the effects as mild, it is considered by many to be safe and has a great Aniracetam is a precursor to GABA and commonly promotes relaxation and a feeling of “calm” in users. Many of its users enjoy the benefits of increased focus in addition to reduced stress.

Other Options

These are our top 5 list of Nootropics for Social Anxiety, but that definitely doesn’t mean that these are our only option. Here is a list of some other alternative nootropics that can help your social anxiety:

Magnesium L-Threonate

I love Magnesium. In fact, I take it every night before going to bed. It is fantastic for improving sleep quality and reducing stress and anxiety. Magnesium has been a major help for reducing my anxiety, and that includes social anxiety as well. Additionally, Magnesium L-Threonate is also considered a Nootropic and can improve cognitive function.

Mucuna Pruriens

Mucuna Pruriens, also known as Velvet Bean Extract, is a good source of L-Dopa. Although it has a subtle effect, it boosts dopamine in the brain and can overall give a feeling of calm, which can be effective to relieve anxiety during social situations.


Many of these are great choices and extremely effective at overcoming social anxiety. As always, please exercise caution before using any of these supplements, as they are not approved by the FDA or regulated. I have tried most of these supplements, and they have had a very positive impact on my life. Please do your research and move forward at your own risk.

DISCLAIMER: This content is my personal experience only. This is not advice in any way shape or form, and definitely not medical advice. Use this information as you see fit. This is not an endorsement of any of these products and I am not suggesting you consume any of them. This is for informational purposes only!