Cannabis may be your best friend but it will stop delivering all the happy feelings after some time. That’s just how it is. With every puff, your body starts desensitizing to the cannabinoids. And slowly, the euphoric feeling becomes a state that’s hard to achieve. This is what is known as cannabis tolerance. It’s a common scenario that occurs with every cannabis consumer. So how do you deal with cannabis tolerance?
Fortunately, cannabis tolerance can be reversed or managed effectively. Just a few simple steps and you are good to go. And I’ve got some ways that you can try to deal with your tolerance effectively. But before we begin, remember that if you are suffering from a serious medical condition, visit a medical marijuana doctor for guidance regarding tolerance. They’ll have a better idea about what steps go along your line of treatment and if you should follow them or not.
How do you know that you have high tolerance?
Cannabis tolerance can be best described as your body’s endurance towards cannabis. The CB receptors that cannabinoids activate are no longer affected by cannabis. So you don’t get the same high as you used to for the first few weeks. To reach the same level of high, you may either need a much higher dose than your regular amount or consume a more potent strain or cannabis product.
If this happens with you, it more than likely that you have developed a high cannabis tolerance. In that case, you will need to manage it to be able to have a better experience. Let’s take a look at a few ways that can help.
Plan Your Sessions
If you feel that your tolerance level is high, try planning your sessions. The more you consume cannabis, the higher your tolerance is. So overindulgence is only making matters worse for you. In that case, lowering the frequency of the sessions will help.
You can do that by changing your routine. If you are always high at home, it’s time that you get active. Start a hobby or move your body by doing some physical activity. And in between the activities, take out time for your daily puff. It will be hard initially but it’s a great way of dealing with cannabis intolerance.
Use Different Strains
One of the many foolproof ways of managing tolerance is to frequently rotate between different strains. I know it takes time to find the strain that suits you perfectly but look around and broaden your search. There are hundreds of other strains that can be helpful in delivering the same effects and maybe even better.
Each strain has a different chemical profile. Different terpenes, THC to CBD ratio, flavanoids etc. and these different chemicals have different ways of interacting with the CB receptors. As a result, you will be able to manage your tolerance more easily and effectively.
Use a Different Method
Just like shifting strains help you manage your cannabis tolerance, changing your delivery method can also help in the same way. There are dozens of delivery methods such as smoking, edibles, beverages, sublingual strips, topicals and many more. When you feel that your tolerance is building up, shift to a new way.
Every delivery method is processed in the body differently. This difference does not allow the body to adjust to any one way and thus the tolerance is managed. Also, some methods may be able to deliver more benefits than others. For example, by vaping, you’ll be able to experience the benefits of terpenes because unlike smoking, they do not burn in high heat. Likewise, edibles may be able to help your state of high tolerance as they can deliver stronger effects than other methods.
Lower Your Dose
If you are determined to manage your cannabis tolerance, this small step can help you out. Not all are able to lower the frequency of their sessions throughout the day. So instead of restricting your routine, why not lower your dose?
You don’t have to make a sudden drop. Start by gradually cutting your dose by half with every session. This is an easy way of slowly weaning away from cannabis. You can also try total abstinence once you feel comfortable. But until then try consuming less as it is very effective in lowering cannabis tolerance.
Exercise can help manage cannabis tolerance. Sounds unbelievable but it is a fact. Vigorous physical activity is known to affect the endocannabinoid system in a way similar to cannabis. Exercise produces endocannabinoids that generate happy feelings also known as the ‘runner’s high’. So when you exercise, your need to consume cannabis lowers since exercise is able to achieve similar effects without cannabis. Also, if you consume cannabis before a vigorous workout, even small doses can end up delivering potent effects during and after the workout. This way you can also effectively lower your doses.
So we can say that exercise really helps in managing cannabis tolerance.
Trick Your Brain
Breaking your tolerance is ultimately about reducing your intake to cleanse the body. When you are not able to make a conscious effort in reducing your intake, it’s time to trick the brain with a small size. What I mean by this is that you should replace all your regular cannabis essentials with the same essentials but of a smaller size. Opt for smaller buds, pipes and dabs. Use a smaller rolling paper for a smaller joint. And in the case of edibles, make your own recipes and reduce the size accordingly.
This way you will be able to stick to your cannabis routine but lower the intake and thus manage the tolerance.
Take A Break
The last and most effective method to manage cannabis tolerance is to take a break. This means that you will have to undergo total abstinence for some time. It allows your body to release the excess THC and get back to the normal state. It may not be an easy feat for all. You can always contact 420 doctors online or offline to guide you through the tolerance break.
You will need lots of self-control and persistence to successfully complete the break. You can also follow these tips to stay focused.
- Give up all your stash.
- Inform everyone that you are taking a break.
- Be prepared for withdrawal symptoms. They can be mild or severe.
- Distract yourself.
- Follow a healthy lifestyle.
- Eat healthily and always stay hydrated.
Having walked through the many ways of managing tolerance, which one do you think suits you the best?