How to Take A Tolerance Break: Tips from a Former Pothead
Have your recent smoke sessions required a bit more puffs than usual? Maybe you've noticed that the effects from one of your favorite strains aren't as fresh and exciting as they used to be? Are you just not even getting stoned anymore??
If this is resonating with you, I regret to inform you that you may need a tolerance break.
Now, you may be asking yourself, "A tolerance break? Isn't that for D9 users only?"
And to that, we say, "Nope!"
Regardless of your cannabinoid of choice, they all interact with the ECS in similar ways. As a result, over time the effects become less impactful - resulting in the dreaded high tolerance.
Fear not, fellow cannabinaut; if you feel that your favorite herbs aren't hitting the same way, we've got you covered. Today's article will cover some tips and tricks related to resetting your tolerance, so you can get back on the road to enjoying your favorite cannabinoids again.
What is a Tolerance Break?
To put it simply, a tolerance break refers to any sort of break from the consumption of specific cannabinoids for a period of time. It could mean abstaining for days, weeks, or even months at a time. However, it could mean using only CBD strains for a period of time. It all depends on what your goal is!
Regardless of the cannabinoid you're looking to reset your tolerance for, the main purpose of a tolerance break is to give your CB1 and CB2 receptors a period of rest. Doing so allows them to recover from the constant use you've been putting them through. This lets them reset to their original sensitivity, so that you can enjoy your cannabinoids as you once did before.
Should I Take a Tolerance Break?
You know what they say - "Too much of a good thing... yada yada" or whatever. Maybe something about moderation? Either way, sometimes you might not realize it's time for a tolerance break. Regardless, we've compiled a list of scenarios that might mean it's time for a tolerance break.
- You don't feel that you get as much effects from cannabinoid consumption as you used to.
- You have to smoke more, and at a higher frequency
- You can't sleep without smoking
- You get anxiety when sober
How to Take a Tolerance Break
It's one thing to know that you need to take a dreaded tolerance break, but another thing to actually do it. Depending on how much you use your cannabinoid of choice, you might be inclined to plan ahead for your break. This can include when, and how long your break actually is - depending on your goals.
If you're already committed to taking a break, there's a few things you need to do first. These aren't strictly necessary, but are just basic tips to make the break easier for those who may have difficulty with sticking to their plan.
Lock Away The Bong!
One thing that can make your tolerance break easier is by removing anything that makes it easy to smoke/vape your cannabinoids. Whether you use a bong, bubbler, vape, or anything else, your best bet will be to distance them from yourself to limit easy access. Another option as well is to give them, along with any flower, to a buddy to hold on for you. Given, this will only work well if you're not going to just head over to their place for a quick smoke session!
This tip is important, because it provides a barrier for those who may have the urge to break their break. As an added obstacle, it takes a bit more effort, and allows you to think twice before breaking your tolerance break early!
Make A New Schedule
Depending on how frequently you enjoy your cannabinoids, you may need to come up with a new schedule that is more in-line with your newly found free time. Regardless of if you smoke in the morning, periodically throughout the day, or even at night - chances are that if you're in need of a break, you spend quite a bit of time enjoying your herbs!
That being said, if you don't have a plan to occupy yourself in this new free time, you'll most likely feel somewhat out of place looking for something to do, which can easily lead to an instant break of your T-Break. In order to avoid any impulsive moves like this, our suggestion is to understand when and where you enjoy your cannabinoids the most and come up with different ways to spend this time.
Read a book, go to the gym, take a walk, hang out with family; the list is endless. As long as it's something repetitive and enjoyable so it doesn't feel like you're suddenly missing something!
Commit to It
If you're planning on taking a tolerance break, one thing to keep in mind is that you need to go through with it. Depending on how much flower you use on a regular basis, you have to remember that this will be a drastic change - both mentally and in your routine. As a result, it's normal to procrastinate as it's not something we would embrace naturally.
The best way to push through this hesitancy is to set a specific date that you'll be starting your break.
Starting Your Tolerance Break
All that is left now is to actually take the tolerance break! Depending on your use levels, there's a couple lengths of breaks that might be suited well for you. Regardless of the length you choose, all you have to do is not consume any cannabinoids!
3 day - 1 Week Tolerance Break
A 3 to 7 day tolerance break is a great way to revive your ECS after moderate cannabinoid use. Ideally for those who smoke occasionally, this is a great way to bring back the effects that may be starting to become less prevalent.
The effects of a 3 - 7 day tolerance break will vary depending on your usage amount. For example, if you only smoke occasionally, chances are you still enjoy the effects of your cannabinoids and the difference will be minimal.
On the flip side, if you smoke multiple times a day, the difference of before/after will be a bit more noticeable, but not to their maximum potential. This is where the next tier of T-Break comes in.
1 Month Tolerance Break
For those who are looking for a complete reset, a 1 month (potentially longer) T-Break will be the best bet for you. Although a little tougher to commit to, this length of a T-Break is guaranteed to bring your ECS back to a somewhat baseline sensitivity.
This length of a T-Break is recommended for those who experiment with a variety of cannabinoids on a regular basis, or are using the more potent cannabinoids such as THC-P or HHC frequently. In the latter scenario, this is highly recommended due to the fact that these two cannabinoids affect tolerance the most.
Enjoying your New Tolerance
Fast forward to your last day of your break. Congratulations, you've pushed through a challenging, yet rewarding, tolerance break. Although you're practically finished with the hard part, there's still a couple things left on your to-do list.
One thing to remember is that there's a reason you decided to take a tolerance break in the first place. Now that you've completed it, here's a brief list of tips and tricks that will help you utilize this new tolerance to it's full potential.
Keep these in mind, and you'll be able to have a happy medium where you can truly enjoy your herb, edibles, or concentrates on a regular basis.
The number one suggestion is to enjoy your cannabinoids in reasonable amounts. Coming off of a T-Break, it's instinctively easy to think that you'll need the same amount of your herb as before the break to get to the same level. We would suggest starting light and working your way up to where you're comfortable. Not only does this avoid you using more herb than you need, but will help you avoid mistaking the super-stone you initially get as your ideal starting point. If you go right back into your prior proportions, another necessary T-Break will be right around the corner.
Set limits for yourself
If you're a heavy cannabinoid enthusiast, you may fall back into your old routine again. As a result, you may end up smoking the same amount at the same frequency you used to prior to your break, which again can lead to a pre-mature need for another t-break. With a fresh tolerance, try to revisit your routine and consider alternatives that are lighter and easier on your ECS. If necessary, allocate specific amounts for use on a weekly basis to try to train yourself to smoke smaller portions on a less frequent basis.
Utilize CBD Flower
This is for a specific subset of people. If you're mainly using alt-cannabinoids such as Delta-8 THC or HHC, you might be able to incorporate CBD Flower into your mix to dilute how much of those cannabinoids you're consuming. This method allows you to still enjoy a rich hemp flower experience, while only using a fraction of the amount of infused hemp flower that you used to.
Enjoy Your Refurbished ECS!
In summary, if you're able to push through a tolerance break and make some small changes to your routine and consumption habits, you'll be able to enjoy your favorite cannabinoids as you used to. Just utilize a bit of discipline and experiment with different methods throughout your journey! Worst case scenario, you get back to your high tolerance and have to do it all over again!