Taking a Weed Tolerance Break? Here’s How to Do It Right

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Whether we’re talking about travel partying or eating your favorite food, too much of a good thing is never a good thing. The same can be said for smoking weed. Regular cannabis consumers know all too well that at a certain point, their tolerance for THC goes up which means they need ever greater quantities of herb to achieve the same buzz. Fortunately, there’s something you can do about it. In this brief guide, the team at our Denver headshop location looks into the weed tolerance break, what it is, and how to make the most of it.

What is a Weed Tolerance Break?

Anyone who has smoked a lot of weed for a long time has reached the point where they’re just not getting the same buzz off a bowl of herbs that they used to get. The good news is that this does not have to be a permanent state of affairs. By taking a break from weed for a while you can reset your CB1 receptors. That way, when you spark up again at the end of the break you are back to your old (in)tolerance levels.

The general consensus is that, in order to be effective, a weed tolerance break should last at least four weeks. Because marijuana is not physically addictive you will not experience the type of withdrawal symptoms a heavy drinker would if they put the bottle down. Your experience will likely be closer to that of a heavy coffee drinker who gives it up for a while.

Note: Before we get into the details of the tolerance break it’s important to mention that, for it to succeed, you will need to want it. If you’re waffling about taking a break you’ll find some excuse to break out the heady glass and spark up. So don’t even bother starting unless you are mentally and emotionally committed to seeing it through. That said, let’s do a week-by-week breakdown of the tolerance break.

The first week

While weed is not physically addictive any time you go cold turkey on something that has been a big part of your life there is going to be a period of adjustment. You might feel anxious, irritable, or even depressed during the first week. And trying to get to sleep without a buzz for the first time in ages might not be easy. You’ll be tempted to smoke to make the discomfort go away. Don’t do it.

The second week

If you’ve made it to week two, congratulations, the heavy lifting is behind you. Now all you have to do is spend some time developing new habits and avoiding compulsive behavior you think will “fix” you. You might still feel slightly depressed but you should be better able to sleep and you’ll probably feel physically better because you’re not gorging on junk food to satisfy the munchies.

The third week

If you made it this far the team at our online smoke shop salute you! In all likelihood both your mind and body have fully acclimated to life without weed, which may start a debate within you about whether you should go back to it at all once the four weeks are up. Or you may decide that when the break is up you’ll smoke at a reduced rate, which will certainly leave you money for other things.

The fourth week

You’re rounding the far turn and heading into the stretch. Every day of the fourth week that passes brings you one day closer to completing your quest. Or not. By this time you might decide to extend your weedless period indefinitely, because… why not? You feel good, you’ve rekindled your interest in working out and you’ve discovered there’s other music besides Pink Floyd. But it’s ultimately up to you. If you do decide to spark up a bowl now you can be sure it’s going to send you into orbit, which was the goal when you started.

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A weed tolerance break is a good idea once in a while. It will help you reset your CB1 receptors while at the same time resetting your relationship with the rest of the world. Once you’re back to enjoying weed, stop by your nearest 710 Pipes for quality heady glass, smart rigs and everything else you need.

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