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Tolerance Break: What Is It And Do You Need One?

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Once you receive your medical cannabis card, it is important that you go through the basic information related to cannabis. After all, you will be using it as a medication so you must know what is going inside your body and what to expect. This is why, if you aren’t already aware, you must take some time to learn about the basic factors like different types of strains, delivery methods, side effects, the correct dose, etc. In this blog, I’m going to discuss one such important factor- cannabis tolerance.

Cannabis tolerance is an important matter that not a lot of beginners and even long time consumers have an idea about. Considering that it’s a phenomenon that happens with each and every cannabis consumer, it’s surprising that not a lot of people know what cannabis tolerance is and if they need to do something about it. Sounds Greek doesn’t it? Don’t worry, read along to have an in-depth idea about cannabis tolerance, tolerance break, and if you need one.

What is Cannabis Tolerance?

Cannabis tolerance is your body accommodating to cannabis. This is because the effects cannabis has on your body isn’t a normal scenario. The high and the loss of sense and perspective you feel isn’t a state you should be in. So with time and use, your body does all it can to adjust to the changes. It desensitizes the CB receptors or internalizes them so that there are no receptors left for the cannabinoids to react to. So as your indulgence increases, your body’s tolerance level rises.

For some it’s a necessity, for others it may become a major hindrance in achieving the desired effects. Beginners who have no tolerance at all have to build it to take any benefits from it. As for long term users, cannabis tolerance can affect your overall experience. In the latter case, you may need to take a tolerance break to detox your body of excess THC and lower your tolerance levels.

What is a Tolerance Break?

As the name suggests, it’s a way to break the tolerance. Your body has reached a point where cannabis isn’t affecting it the way it used to. Basically, you are starting to endure it. And this isn’t a good sign for people using it for their medical conditions. So you have to take a break. Break from cannabis.

After some time of total abstinence from cannabis, your body will return to its normal state (thank god it’s reversible right?) and you’ll be able to start as a new leaf. The effects of cannabis will be better and you’ll be able to observe the difference. The number of days for a tolerance break varies from person to person and their levels of tolerance. Also, depending on how fast you build a tolerance to cannabis, you’ll have to continue taking t-breaks once a while.

A tolerance break isn’t a child’s play. You cannot just decide one day that you are abstaining yourself from cannabis and call it a day. It’s not that easy. The higher your indulgence, the higher the tolerance level, and the higher is the chance of you experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms like nausea, paranoia, headaches, confusion, loss of perspective, etc.

Before you do anything else, remember that when you start deciding if you should or should not take at-break, you must get in touch with your medical marijuana doctor to consult if a break would be the best idea for your medical condition or not.

How to Know if You Need a Tolerance Break?

Not everyone needs to take a tolerance break. As I said, it is a necessity for some people. But some people can benefit from a little time off of cannabis. There are certain indicators that will tell you if you should consider going on a break for good. Here an overview of a few of them.

The Effectiveness of Cannabis has Reduced

One of the first and most common signs of a high cannabis tolerance can be observed in the way cannabis affects your body. You will notice that with time, your dose will start to increase. Because your initial dose isn’t effective anymore. And if you have been using cannabis for quite some time, the change in the doses will be significant.

This change is the working of the tolerance your body has created. For a person who uses cannabis for pain, anxiety, or other medical reason, this scenario can be a major drawback. So taking at-break either at once or by slowly reducing the doses is the only way of improving the situation.

You Are Overindulging

Are you always high? Then you are indulging in cannabis more than you should. With passing time, it becomes difficult to keep a track of how much you use. Dependence on cannabis can be because of a fondness for the state of high or the way it eases your medical condition. You will find yourself taking a puff or choosing a high THC strain more than often. Either way, if you don’t do anything about it, your dependence will keep on increasing.

You Are Spending More Money on Cannabis

When cannabis tolerance rises, your indulgence naturally increases. Since the effectiveness of cannabis reduces, the frequency of your sessions will increase. As a result, you will have to restock more often than you used to. And this will take a toll on your wallet. In some cases, people with high tolerance shift to high THC strains instead of increasing their doses. Stronger strains generally cost more than regular strains. As a result, your monthly expenses will mostly include cannabis. So to give your savings a break and also to lower your tolerance, at-break can help.

Does your experience with cannabis show any of these indicators? If yes, then it is more than likely that your tolerance level is high. So you need to get in touch with your doctor and consider taking a tolerance break.

Tips To Complete Tolerance Break Successfully

After you decide the reason why you need a tolerance break, it’s time to gather lots of determination and go on with the journey. It will be hard but I have tips that will get you through the experience successfully.

  • Avoid temptation by getting rid of all your hidden stash and cannabis accessories.
  • Make a healthy routine and follow it diligently.
  • Follow a healthy diet.
  • Keep yourself busy. Start a new hobby or learn a new skill. The distraction proves to be a good way to focus on completing the break.
  • Avoid hanging out with peers who use cannabis until you complete your tolerance break.

Shift to high CBD products or strains for some time. It is known for its reverse tolerance which can help you take a break while using cannabis.

I hope cannabis tolerance is no longer Greek to you. So next time you feel that cannabis isn’t hitting you the way it should, you know how to decide if you should or should not take a break.