Finding the right dose of cannabis can be a bit tricky. Taking a high dose too early is almost a surefire way of having a bad cannabis experience. Frequently consuming large quantities of the herb can also make you tolerant to its effects. Fortunately, there are several ways to hack your cannabis tolerance and maintain an enjoyable cannabis experience.
But, what is cannabis tolerance? When you’re first getting started with cannabis, just a couple of puffs might have you feeling pretty darn lifted. The more herb you consume, however, the more tolerant the body becomes to the herb. The more tolerant you are, the more cannabis you’ll need to consume to achieve the same effects.
It’s important to note even those with a high cannabis tolerance will likely still be able to feel the effects of a single joint or a microdose. However, those with a higher tolerance are less likely to feel some of the negative effects that go hand in hand with high doses of psychoactive THC.
For example, a novice consumer may find themselves getting quite paranoid or anxious after two pulls from a water pipe. Yet, for a consumer with more cannabis experience, two pulls might seem like just the right amount.
For regular consumers, keeping tolerance moderately low has some serious advantages. Maintaining a low tolerance can help you stay more sensitive to the overall effects of cannabis. This means that you’ll need less material to produce substantial effects, which can save you a decent amount of money. Hacking your cannabis tolerance also means that you can stay sensitive to some of the pain-fighting and therapeutic benefits of the herb.
How to hack your cannabis tolerance
Hacking your cannabis tolerance is easy. Here are three simple ways to keep your tolerance in check:
Microdosing is a growing trend amongst cannabis consumers. A puff or two of a joint is a microdose, as is anything that would be considered the minimum effective dose. If you’re used to smoking or consuming cannabis regularly, microdosing can be an easy way to reduce your tolerance without completely giving up the herb.
Instead of your usual smoke or medication sesh, consuming very small doses just a couple of times a day can help you get your daily THC or CBD while also ensuring that you’re not over consuming the herb. As it turns out, just a little bit can go a long way.
2. Switch it up
Do you typically consume high-THC strains? While THC is wonderful, high-THC strains are a bit unnatural. When left to its own devices, the cannabis plant will not produce the whopping 25 percent THC commonly found in dispensary or coffee shop buds.
High-THC strains have been selectively bred over time through human intervention. Opting for a more balanced strain can be an easy way to cut back your tolerance without the hassle of a full tolerance break. If you’re hoping to cut back on the THC, consider switching to a strain with a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD, or a strain high in CBD and very low in THC.
Some strains include:
3. Take a tolerance break
The final hack for getting control over your tolerance is to take a tolerance break. Often called a “T-break”, a tolerance break is a period of abstinence from cannabis. The length of time needed for a tolerance break largely depends on how much you consume.
In general, one week of abstinence is considered appropriate. However, heavy consumers may benefit from taking a longer break. For the average consumer, it takes about 10 to 15 days for THC to clear the body. In heavy consumers, it can take up to 30 days. It is often not necessary to wait a full month before cannabis tolerance decreases. Though subjective, many consumers find that their tolerance is well-adjusted within a couple of weeks.