You’ve had a rough day. Work was stressful. You were stuck in traffic on the way home. You forgot to get bread from the grocery store – which was the whole reason you went there in the first place. It just wasn’t a good day. Now it’s time to relax, unwind, and partake in your favorite refer ritual. You load a bowl in that oh-so-awesome pipe that you’ve babied for seemingly forever, take a long toke, exhale, and wait for that euphoric, calming high. But, it never comes. You toke again and…meh. The buzz is there, but it’s a baby buzz and not the momma buzz you’re used to.
What in the world is going on?! You’ve been getting high for years. You’re seasoned. You know what you’re doing. You ask yourself, is this bad weed? There’s no way it’s bad, it’s your go-to strain and you’ve never had an issue. What gives?!
Well, your bad day just upgraded itself to a level 4 shitshow.
Have you ever been in this scenario? If so, it may be time to go on a tolerance break.
What Is A Tolerance Break?
A tolerance break, often referred to as a “t break”, is simply taking a break from cannabis to clear your body and mind from the cannabinoids (THC and CBD) that have blessed your body.
Why Go On A Tolerance Break?
If you find yourself needing more and more cannabis to get the high you’re accustomed to, chances are you’ll benefit from a tolerance break.
How to Go On A Tolerance Break
Note: If you’re using marijuana for medical reasons a tolerance break might not be ideal. Make sure to consult with your doctor before starting any new routine or break.
Go Cold Turkey
It’s the quickest–and perhaps most effective–method. It sounds pretty awful though, doesn’t it? But it really doesn’t need to be. It’s not like quitting cigarettes or alcohol which can come with some pretty hefty withdrawal symptoms. Depending on how often and how much you use may determine the severity of withdrawals. Realistically you’re looking at mild headaches, fatigue, or mood swings. You can combat these ailments by staying hydrated (nothing like a cool refreshing glass of good ol’ H20), exercising, and keeping your mind occupied with your favorite activities (sans cannabis, obviously) like bingeing Netflix, going to brunch with friends, and playing with your dog who will love the extra attention.
Whatever dosage you’re using now, slowly taper down each day until you’re at zero. Then it’s up to you when to taper back up – but we recommend giving it a few days before partaking again. This option is less likely to cause withdrawal symptoms and will still give your body the opportunity to reset your tolerance.
How Long To Break For
This isn’t a cut and dry answer, unfortunately. There isn’t enough exact scientific evidence to throw out a fail-safe number however, many experts in the industry suggest going for 2 weeks without the ganja.
How To Use Cannabis Again
Now is the time to practice restraint. You may be tempted to go full hog and use whatever dosage you were using at your peak, but this may result in an overwhelming experience. Enjoy the reset of your body and slowly introduce that dank back into your life.
How To Prevent Maxing Out Your High Again
- Use products with a higher CBD to THC ratio
- Use products lower in THC
- Use less often
- Break the routine – If you find yourself always partaking after work, or before a hike, etc. skip a sesh.
With January comes New Year’s resolutions and no better time to take a tolerance break. You’ll likely find plenty of others to join you in your quest for the reset. Afterall, misery loves company. And when you’re ready to go steady with cannabis again, you know where we’ll be with the best cannabis products in Bellingham waiting just for you.