When it comes to cannabis, can there really be too much of a good thing? In the last 12 years as a daily partaker, I can easily count the number of times I’ve taken a break from my relationship with Mary Jane on one hand. Hell, I could even chop off a finger or two and have plenty of wiggle room (no pun intended).

There was one time that I took a 30-day break in order to land a job that drug-tested (I got the job), then there was another time I traveled to Germany for Oktoberfest for two awesome weeks and simply didn’t have access to it. The copious amounts of Kraut beer I swallowed certainly didn’t help me forget about not having any cannabis, either. Finally, I took another two-week trip to Turkey and Greece and let me tell you- you do not want to get caught with any drugs in Turkey, so I didn’t even chance it.

Other than being forced to take a break for lack of access or trying to find a job, why would anyone in their right mind want to go on a cannabis hiatus? Well, it turns out that there are some positive effects of sobriety after all.

You’ll get higher when you start consuming again

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As any heavy cannabis user will attest, smoking all day every day makes your tolerance go through the friggin’ roof. That one bowl that once knocked us into an ethereal dreamland now has little to no effect and often times we mistakenly believe it’s because of subpar ganja when in reality it has everything to do with our tolerances.

The more you smoke, the more you have to smoke in order to get the same high as those precious first few puffs. If you want to feel like a lightweight again and make your weed last longer, try taking a hiatus. It can be anywhere from a few days to a few months depending on your situation. If you’re a daily smoker, even a few days off can work wonders on your tolerance.

Dealing with idiotic co-workers during these breaks? Well, I didn’t say it would be easy.

Be productive! B-E PRODUCTIVE!

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Personally, there are only a few things that I cannot do when I’m high. Writing is one of them and as a writer, this is very bad news. That’s why I always try to get my writing done in the morning over a strong cup of coffee and the promise of a fat joint to celebrate getting shit done.

If you have ever felt like a stoned couch potato after partaking, you’re not alone. Cannabis, and especially indicas, can leave you feeling sleepy, lazy, and easily entertained by mind-numbing television and “unproductive” tasks (like seeing if I could really eat an entire 20-ounce steak in one sitting. Turns out that yes, yes I can).

If your “to-do” list is starting to look more like a grocery list, try taking a few days off of marijuana and see if you can make those “to-dos” “to-DONES”.

Take Control

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Not being dependent on cannabis, alcohol, or My Little Pony will make you feel in control of your life and that, in turn, will brighten your days and lighten your mood. Knowing that you can truly smoke only when you want to (and actually meaning it) will make your smoke sessions that much better.

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