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A Simple And Effective Guide For Cannabis Tolerance Breaks

If you’re an excess cannabis smoker, you should know what a tolerance break is. If you don’t, it’s probably because you don’t require one.


It might be due to your new job or because the court told you to. You might be going to a not-so-cannabis-friendly holiday spot, or you’re out with family members who don’t partake on bong rips. Or maybe you’re just looking to spice up your cannabis experience. You miss those initial highs. Maybe you’ve been feeling too down for the past few months or even years. Whatever your reason is, we’ll be checking out what to do and how to go about this “tolerance break” in the best way possible.


WHY STOP THE DOPAMINE?


When you smoke cannabis on a daily basis for months or years, you’ll probably begin to feel like you’re not getting as high as you used to. You start daydreaming on those giggly highs you had as a kid, wondering why that doesn’t happen anymore. You’re not fearful of social interaction when you’re high AF. The squad always includes cannabis before any activity without giving a second thought. This is a clue that you should probably take a tolerance break.


Most consumers do this because cannabinoid receptors (especially CB1 receptors) start to downregulate the reception of THC upon regular use. It’s not just you getting used to the “high” feeling, it’s actually your physiology attempting to adapt to your THC consumption and turning it into “normal.” It’s sort of a response by your body “well if this is how it’s going to be, might as well be functional like this.” In a survival sense, your body tries to maintain your awareness even after consuming THC because it knows this is how you are every day.


Research[1] has shown that CB1 receptors begin to replenish themselves after a couple of days of a cannabis tolerance break. They will continue this process for 3-4 more weeks until they are ready to accept back all the THC.


HOW TO GET STARTED?


It’s crucial that you really want to do this before you actually do.

Remember that time when your parents hooked you up with piano lessons for 6 straight years, but now you can barely remember the do-re-mi’s? This is the same situation.

If deep down you’re opting to do this because of your girlfriend or because a couple of your friends are also doing it - it won’t work. You need to genuinely set your intention before you even decide on a time frame.


Choosing a date is a must. It’s really important to have a deadline. Don’t schedule a break from anywhere in-between a few days to a couple of weeks. This will give birth to the thought of “yeah, it’s been long enough” to shine through. Without a set date, there will be nothing in your brain telling you that you haven’t already gone long enough.


Try to get a few friends to team up with you. It’ll be much easier to go through with the break if you don’t have your friends hotboxing around you. Encourage a bet on who’s going to last the longest. The safest option would be to try it out with your roommate(s). This way, you’ll keep your word about the bet, rather than blazing when you get home. This would result in deviating from the main purpose of the bet.


PREPARE FOR THE TOUGH ROAD


It won’t be an easy task, but you need to commit. Commitment is the most crucial factor here. Be honest with yourself all the time and always remember why you’re doing this. The last thing you want is to go a couple of days THC-free, then end up consuming the strongest hits of your life with an overwhelming sense of guilt. Worse than a super-high you can’t control is a super-high you can’t control mixed with existential self-doubt.


Your body will have to adapt to the lack of THC it used to be supplied with. It won’t come near an alcohol or heroin addiction recovery. You won’t experience physical pain. Because there are zero addictive compounds to cannabis, all that you’ll feel will be psychological. You might feel some circumstantial depression and might think stuff isn’t fun anymore, but after 10 days, you’ll be good as new.


TAKING A BREAK ISN’T THE ONLY WAY TO LIMIT YOUR TOLERANCE


There’ll be some difficulties, no doubt about that! But having a plan is half the way to success. Taking a break can be challenging, but sometimes total abstinence isn’t required to give your body a chance to lower its tolerance to THC. Of course, nothing can replicate the high after a four-week break, but at least with these methods, you get to minimize the heartache of not smoking.


• What about Cannabidiol (CBD)

All this tolerance talk of THC, but what about CBD? If you are wondering what’s CBD, it is a cannabinoid, just like THC. The main distinction between these is that while THC causes a “high”, CBD does not. Cannabidiol has numerous applications in the medical field for this very reason. It gives users a relaxed feeling by limiting anxiety, while still keeping the mind functions. Furthermore, a study[2] suggests that CBD can help cap the rate at which THC binds to CB1 receptors. As a result, CBD can potentially decrease the high and support a quicker recovery.

Thankfully, a lot of methods are available when it comes to consuming CBD over THC. CBD oils are the most popular, but if you crave the sensation of smoking, then CBD e-liquids are an ideal substitute. If you truly want to replicate the feeling of rolling a joint while still benefiting from a decrease in THC, then the following CBD strains are a necessity.

Both Solomatic CBD and Medical Mass contain high levels of CBD; 21% and 10% respectively. Even better, THC levels in both strains remain low, perfect for those looking to lower their tolerance without giving up on cannabis entirely.


• Exercise to divert your mind

There are a couple of benefits of opting for some extra exercise when trying to lower your tolerance. Firstly, it is a brilliant distraction for when you get a craving to roll a joint. Every time you lose your focus, go for a run or take the dog for a walk.

Secondly, researchers have suggested[3] that exercise might help your body shift the THC it stores in fat cells. Less build-up means a better high when you do decide to resume. If you genuinely don’t want to give up cannabis entirely, try doing exercise after you smoke to help shift the THC that little bit quicker. Regular exercise can go a long way in keeping your tolerance down.


• How about some cutting down

It might sound simple, but if you usually have a joint first thing in the morning, and another before bed at night, try cutting one of them out of your routine. Reducing your intake by just one joint a day can have a massive effect on your tolerance to THC. Another quick tip would be to change the size of the rolling papers you use. Smaller joints mean less weed can be packed. When it comes to actually light it up, you’ll hardly spot the difference, at least on the outside—on the inside, however, your CB1 receptors will be thanking you.


•Replace smoking with vaping

This is another method by which your tolerance can be lowered, but it doesn't involve consuming less or choosing an alternative strain. Instead, we can change the medium through which cannabis is consumed to improve its effectiveness. Vaped marijuana has a higher bioavailability than smoking, which means more of the THC will run through your bloodstream without needing to smoke more.


Changing up the way you consume your weed means you can stick to your favorite strain; just be warned that there will come a point when even vaping won’t be enough anymore. Once you reach this stage, sometimes a complete break is the only option.


YOU KNOW YOURSELF BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE


Ultimately, the decision to take a break from cannabis will rely upon willpower. We have already discussed that after smoking every day, giving up weed for a few weeks will not be easy. Hopefully, by using some of the advice above, we can easily transition into a total T-break. You will find out which option works best for you, but don’t hesitate to give them all a try if you find yourself going back to your usual habits.


Just remember that the whole process of a tolerance break is set up to rekindle that magical moment of toking for the first time. Once your tolerance bar has been lowered, you can enjoy it all over again!


GIVE SOLOMATIC A TRY


If you miss the taste and smell of weed, as well as the physical rituals of your regular smoke sessions, don’t worry, with Solomatic, you can light-up or vape to your heart's content, and still go for a tolerance break. This groundbreaking strain contains practically no THC, so it's a reliable partner during your pause on more potent cannabis.


Solomatic is a quick automatic strain with generous yields that can be harvested within two months of germination. Its proper execution will supply you with plenty of citrus-scented buds in your stash by the time you're ready for a break. It contains the taste of candied lemon, spicy ginger, and fresh pine. You wouldn’t even notice the absence of your normal smoke!

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