Are you smoking weed but not getting that epic feeling you’re used to? If so, it may be time to take a marijuana tolerance break, or a T-break. Tolerance develops after using cannabis for a long period of time, once your body becomes desensitized to the effects. This means that it can take large quantities of bud to get the same high. Toning down your marijuana intake can be a good idea, especially if you’re a veteran developing a tolerance. To help you decide if a tolerance break is right for you, we’ve weighed the pros and cons.
Pro: Save Some Money
It’s no secret that smoking regularly can be expensive. Though buying marijuana is likely something you’re willing to shell out some extra cash for, taking a break will pay dividends when you realize that the high will be ten times better and your wallet that much fatter after some time off.
Con: You Have to Take a Break From Weed
This is going to be tough, but trust us; you’ll get through it. Push through the rough patches knowing that a better high will be the reward. Tip: keep busy with other hobbies unrelated to cannabis to stay focused during your break. Some even report enjoying the (literally) sobering switch — a change-up can feel nice!
Pro: A New Perspective
Taking a tolerance break should remind you that cannabis is best used as a different way to experience life—not the sole reason to exist. Your constant blaze and haze may have caused you to forget why you love getting baked in the first place. Take time to reflect on your life without weed. When the break’s over, you’ll have a new perspective at the very least.
Con: Withdrawal-Like Symptoms
Without a doubt, the worst aspect of a tolerance break can be the withdrawal-like symptoms. Note: this does not mean you’re addicted to marijuana. Instead, these symptoms come from a break in your routine. Like any change you make to your body — diet, sleep, exercise — there will be a physical response to the experience. Some people don’t feel any symptoms, while others report appetite changes, mood swings, irritability and some sleepless nights.
How Long of a Break Should You Take?
The length of your tolerance break is really up to you. Everyone is different, so what works for one person may not work for everyone. We recommend taking a minimum of a week, or maybe even two weeks to start. You should begin to feel a quicker high after this amount of time. One useful indicator can be the point at which you no longer crave the high; by then your brain has adjusted to sobriety and it’s likely your body has as well.
What to Do When You’re on a Tolerance Break
Keeping yourself occupied, especially physically, is key. Exercise and physical activity (including sex) releases endorphins and these endorphins will help you stay focused mentally and emotionally. Keeping active will also aid in helping you cope with withdrawal symptoms, like sleeplessness, and is a fun way to ensure you stick with the break ’til the end.
It Takes at Least 2 Weeks to Completely Remove THC From Your Body
After a week without using cannabis, some of the THC content still remains in your body. This is because marijuana is stored in the body fat. How long marijuana content takes to completely leave the body depends on the user, but the minimum time needed for all content to dissipate is about two weeks, according to this study. If you’re looking to fully cleanse before starting up again, take a bit longer and find out what works best for you.
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