Published: September 22nd, 2016
Categories: Cannabis Info
As a result of consuming cannabis on the regular, our tolerances towards the herb tend to change over time. Although there are hundreds of strains out there each with their unique effects and THC levels, several individuals still claim that they have trouble efficiently achieving a satisfactory high when they repeatedly use cannabis. In like manner, switching up consumption methods doesn't seem to do the trick either. However, merely taking some time off from consuming the herb can refresh how both your body and mind react to cannabis. Specifically, taking a tolerance break.
A tolerance break, in a nutshell, is taking a break from consuming cannabis. Not only does it clear your mind, but it also rids your body of cannabinoids. Also known as a t-break, research has shown that regular cannabis consumers do indeed build up a tolerance over time. In fact, a study performed by Dr. Miles Herkenham from the National Institute of Mental Health confirmed that regular consumers sooner or later experience diminishing effects.
"The effect is time- and dose-dependent, and is reversible, and thus appears to be cannabinoid receptor mediated. The result has implications for the consequences of chronic high levels of drug use in humans, suggesting diminishing effects with greater levels of consumption."
Despite the fact that regular consumers can develop a high tolerance to cannabis and its effects, users can still reverse their built-up tolerance by taking a break from the plant. The benefit of a tolerance break for some is that it helps them to consume less cannabis. However, some prefer to take a certain amount of time off to allow their bodies and minds to be able to enjoy the psychoactive effects of marijuana at their full potential.
Aside from being able to consume less and achieve a greater high, a tolerance break can alter a regular consumer's daily routine, which likewise changes the effects of cannabis and the way they react with your mind and body. In other words, skipping your morning wake and bake may give you a more intense night time session. All in all, it's all about the individual and their use in regards to how long of a break they need and how strict it should be.
The idea of not smoking weed doesn't sound the least bit thrilling. However, there are plenty of reasons why users may want to give it a shot.
One way that a tolerance break can help is if an individual needs to pass a drug test for a potential job. By taking a tolerance break, you allow your body to flush out the cannabinoids as you await your upcoming test. Not to mention, tolerance breaks can also help you pass a drug test that is court-ordered, required for probation or other legal obligations. Equally important, cannabis consumers may need to take a break due to traveling to a not so pot-friendly area. And then there are those that simply need to save some money. Ultimately, however, many people just want to be able to enjoy the herb at its full potential.
In essence, a tolerance break should provide you with a new perspective. To emphasize, it will help you realize that cannabis is one of life's biggest pleasures. On the other hand, it's important to know that it's not the only thing that matters. By taking a tolerance break, you can assure yourself that you have complete control over your use and that cannabis is not something you have to have. Moreover, you gain more respect towards the plant and its powerful abilities, especially when you partake in using again and can reap the effects at full potency.
As mentioned above, a tolerance break and how long it should last completely revolves around the individual, their experience towards the plant, and their amount of consumption. For example, if you're strictly a midnight toker, a tolerance break lasting only a few days should be sufficient. However, an everyday consumer should probably go without for a week or two to get back to 'normal'. Once you succeed in getting a clearer head, and your body correctly adjusts to the change of consumption, you should know that your tolerance break is working.
For people that are looking to flush their system of the herb completely, you'll want to stay cannabis-free for a month. Being that THC and other compounds can remain in your system for up to 30 days.
The key to making it through a tolerance break is staying hydrated and active. Partaking in a class at the gym, riding a bike, going for a run, and playing sports are all great ways to stay on-the-go. Moreover, it helps the body reset itself more efficiently. Likewise, healthy eating habits can have a positive effect. In like manner, if your tolerance break gets you down, you may gain a sense of self-worth by engaging in a new activity that you've never done before. Important to realize is that this is just a break and that it'll benefit you more than it'll harm you.
If you decide that a tolerance break is right for you, you should remember that when choosing to start using again, it's a good idea to start off in smaller quantities than what you're used to. The longer you take a tolerance break, the less weed you begin smoking again. After all, there is still the risk of not being able to handle the potency and effects as easily as before the break.
Though a tolerance might not be right or necessary for everyone, it's certainly a good idea for many. Whether you want to save money, achieve a more intense high, or only cut back on consumption, a tolerance break is indeed beneficial. Perhaps the most important of all is that we aren't saying you should quit altogether, but rather pave the road to a life of higher highs. After all, it's not a high if you cannot fully enjoy yourself.