Cannabis and coffee have a lot in common. Both substances increase your heart rate, and both can cause tolerance. Tolerance simply means that the body becomes accustomed to a substance that you regularly consume, which makes the body less sensitive to the substance overall. Over time, you may find that the effects of cannabis aren’t as strong as they were when you first started. If this gets annoying, there are a few things you can do. Here are five things to do when your weed tolerance is too high.
1. Start cutting back
If you’ve been smoking cannabis for a while, chances are tapering off slowly might be the most helpful thing. Start lowering your tolerance by cutting back one bowl, joint, dab, or edible each day of the week until you are down to either no cannabis at all or back down to a reasonable dose.
Limiting yourself to smoking or consuming at specific times of the day can also be helpful here.
Microdosing is a great way to painlessly and easily hack cannabis tolerance. Microdosing simply refers to consuming the smallest amount of cannabis possible to achieve the desired effects.
For example, if you typically smoke a full joint during your lunch break, switching to a one-hitter tool will automatically reduce the amount of cannabis you consume in a single dose.
Microdosing is also a good trick for those who would like to hack their tolerance without giving up the herb altogether is to cut your regular doses in half. Rather than taking a fat dab, take smaller ones with more mindful attentiveness. This is a great way to appreciate the delicious herb that you have without going overboard.
3. Cycle your cannabinoids
Have you been consuming too much THC? If laying off the psychoactive is your biggest concern, opting for a high-CBD/ low-THC strain instead is a wonderful way to hack tolerance.
Both THC and CBD produce different effects in the body. Since these two compounds have different mechanisms of action, opting for CBD over THC can help you kick your tolerance without having to deal with some of the lethargy that comes with going cold turkey.
This might also be a favorable option for medical cannabis patients, who may not want to risk becoming symptomatic without regular consumption of medical cannabis. However, there has been no official research on using CBD to hack tolerance.
While both compounds work in unique ways, would be beneficial to talk to a medical professional before making changes to a treatment plan.
4. Consider helpful supplements
If your tolerance is really high, eliminating the herb from your life completely can cause some minor disruption. It’s not uncommon for people to have trouble sleeping, feel groggy, and a bit cranky after starting a tolerance break.
Sticking to CBD or microdosing can help check back any discomfort or inconvenience, but some people might appreciate some extra help.
Some useful supplements might include:
- Melatonin (to help with sleep)
- Lavender capsules (to help with anxiety and irritability)
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids (to support endocannabinoid tone)
- B-12 vitamins (to improve toxin clearance)
- Ashwagandha (to help recover from stress)
Of course, always speak to a medical professional before experimenting with supplements. This article is intended for helpful and informative purposes, and should not be used in place of medical advice or treatment.
5. Purchase cannabis in smaller amounts
Of course, it is significantly less expensive to acquire cannabis in bulk. But, picking up cannabis in smaller amounts is a super easy way to limit yourself.
Perhaps you purchase just one pre-roll next time you hit up a dispensary. Or, stick to buying only a couple of grams at a time. When the herb is scarce, you’re less likely to consume it all like a pig in a truffle shop. Rather, staying small allows you to more easily microdose and remain on track with your tolerance goals.
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