When you start consuming cannabis, it is significant to find out how much of it you can consume without feeling too high. It might depend on consumption methods, your tolerance, and the strain of cannabis. For example, some strains, like the Vanilla Frosting strain, have more intense effects.
One of the main rules is to start low and go up slowly until you find your perfect dose. For instance, if you start smoking cannabis products, start with one puff and then increase it to understand what works for you. Remember that every person has a tolerance level. So your feelings might be different from other people.
So cannabis is similar to other substances when we are talking about tolerance. It means that the more you consume, the higher your tolerance will be. However, if you take a break for a while, the tolerance will disappear quickly. If you are new to cannabis, your cannabis tolerance will be low compared to regular users. You will see fewer effects in the same doses when you start smoking more regularly.
How tolerance develops
Cannabis tolerance develops when you consume it regularly. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive compound in cannabis, and it affects the cannabinoid type (CB1) receptors in our brains. When you consume THC regularly, your receptors are reduced over time. It means that the same amount of THC won’t affect the receptors similarly.
We can’t say for sure when the tolerance develops. It will depend on such factors as:
● How often do you consume cannabis;
● How strong the strain is;
● Your organism.
Advantages and Disadvantages of cannabis tolerance
When we are talking about tolerance, it might seem like a negative thing. However, there are both advantages and disadvantages.
Some of the advantages of cannabis tolerance are:
● You can take higher doses for medical purposes if you need to reduce symptoms like chronic pain;
● You will feel fewer side effects like over-intoxication and anxiety;
● Feel relief without extra intoxication. For example, you can avoid opioid-based painkillers if you suffer from chronic pain.
However, there are also some significant disadvantages. Many people consume cannabis to lift their mood and appetite, improve sleep, etc. Unfortunately, cannabis tolerance can diminish these effects. So, the disadvantages are:
● You have to spend more money on cannabis to achieve the same result.
● You might need to find new cannabis products. Products you used before might not work anymore. It means that you have to discover new products or strains.
● Taking too much. You might accidentally consume too much cannabis, and it could lead to panic and anxiety. Cannabis may help people with anxiety overcome the symptoms, but if you take too much, it could lead to intensifying anxiety.
Take a ‘T break’
One of the most popular methods to lower cannabis tolerance is to take a break from consuming marijuana. It is also called “T break.” One study shows that our CB1 receptors can recover and return to their previous conditions. How long should you not consume cannabis? It is a complicated question. There is no exact answer to this question because we don’t know how long it takes receptors to recover. So you should experiment. Most resources advise a break for two weeks and then see the results. Tolerance breaks can last from one day to 35 days.
Our endocannabinoid system breaks down cannabinoids quickly, and even 48 hours break can reduce cannabis tolerance. However, a full recovery from tolerance is possible after two weeks or more.
Tolerance to strains of cannabis
After a break, some people can feel that they don’t get the same benefits as before. You may have developed a tolerance to a specific strain you’ve been using. If you use cannabis for medical purposes, you should speak with your doctor about it to change a formula or strain.
Other methods to reduce tolerance
If you use cannabis for medical reasons, taking a break might not be the best option. There are a few other options you can try:
● Use cannabis products with a higher CBD level. CBD is another compound of cannabis. It doesn’t affect CB1 receptors and can’t cause tolerance like THC. CBD doesn’t have high effects, but it might have a few health benefits, like reducing pain;
● Control your doses. The less cannabis you use, the less likely you are to have a tolerance. Use the minimum you need to feel good;
● Use cannabis less often. It can help to reset your tolerance and prevent it.
Cannabis tolerance is a normal situation if you are a regular cannabis consumer. Tolerance breaks are a significant part of cannabis treatment. If you are not receiving the same effects, you should consider a break. Have a chat with your doctor about the advantages and disadvantages of such a break. To avoid cannabis tolerance, you should use as much cannabis as you need.