If you regularly use cannabis, whether for relaxation, chronic pain or for use in conjunction with medications or therapy, you may find that over time you develop a resistance to its effects. You may also find that you have to continually increase the dosage to obtain the same outcome you did before.
This can be a frustrating process. However, there are some ways users can lower their weed tolerance. This can often be done without taking a long break, which may be a concern for sufferers of challenging physical and psychological maladies. There are a few things that you can do to get your tolerance lowered and to help you get the best outcome each time.
Why Do We Have Weed Tolerance?
The human body works on efficiency. To that end, the body is great at deciphering the same kinds of signals over and over again. In fact, the way in which the body develops tolerance is something that is ingrained in our DNA. Our genetic background says much about how we take in certain substances and how we will ultimately react to them.
Our bodies develop tolerance because it craves homeostasis. Homeostasis is defined as the innate desire to create a stable environment or equilibrium between disparate physiological elements. During physiological processes such as when your body is breaking down substances, your body is flooded with opiates called endorphins.
These endorphins are often responsible for instant feelings of relaxation, calm or sleepiness. However, the human body does not want extreme highs or lows, so it works to create a constant. This results in the body ceasing to produce opiates of its own and decreases the number of receptors for certain opiates.
When the body is no longer exposed to certain substances or stimuli, it returns to a normal state. This is why many cannabis users take “breaks.” By not exposing the body to a substance for a period of time, users can reset their brains and reestablish old patterns and signals.
What Can You Do to Lower Your Tolerance?
If you are a frequent cannabis user, you may want to lower your tolerance and not have to take a break. This is important if you are suffering from chronic pain, and taking a break could mean being miserable and having little access to relief.
Increasing your dosages could also mean increased costs, not to mention it could be very inconvenient. To save yourself some time and money, here are a few ways you could lower your tolerance without having to stop your cannabis use:
Switch Up Your Cannabis Routine:
To some extent, we’re all creatures of habit. We often do the same things day in and day out. When it comes to your cannabis routine, this can be an obstacle, especially if you find you’re beginning to build up a tolerance. Try to begin by changing the times of day you regularly use cannabis. By moving the time schedule up or down a few hours, you may be able to “shock” your body into re-integrating cannabis in a way that is more favorable. If you usually dab, smoke or vape before the morning rush or if you do it before dinner time, try doing things a little differently. Take it after an afternoon walk or in the early evening.
Change up how you take it as well. If you normally take cannabis in a vaping system with a tank or mod, try using a bong instead, or trying it sublingually. There are many methods, and by changing how you take it in, you may be giving your body a chance to readjust.
You can also try changing the strain that you use. Just as there are varied ways to take in cannabis, there are just as many strains. Each strain is different from the next and has varying levels of THC and CBD. If you’re used to using an indica-dominant hybrid like Cheese, you may want to try another strain like Sherbert or even a sativa type strain instead.
Get Some Exercise:
Not only is exercise good for your body in general, but it can also lower your weed tolerance. Commit to working out at least 30 minutes a day. A walk around the block, taking a quick jog or going for a bike ride are all things that may help to lower your tolerance.
Exercise is a great way to get your heart and lungs pumping and also quickly melts fat cells. THC is stored in the fat cells of your body, so getting exercise, gets THC into your system and may help you have a better cannabis experience.
Eat Some Fruit:
Fresh fruit contains lots of good things for your body. They are chock full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
They are also jam-packed with a chemical called myrcene. Myrcene is a type of terpene or hydrocarbon that can help your body absorb cannabinoids better.
Cannabis also contains myrcene and by mirroring this compound, you can get a more fulfilling high and reduce the risk of tolerance.
Store Your Cannabis Well:
If you aren’t getting the same effect as you were before, it may not be a matter of tolerance, but of storage.
Cannabis should be stored in a cool, dry place. So if your weed is being placed in your hot car, or in direct sunlight, it may lose some of its quality. This can lead to a less impactful cannabis experience.
Also, try storing your cannabis in an air-tight place and keep it away from dust, dirt, mold, pollen, and water. If you take care of your weed product, you may be able to protect the potency a lot longer.
Drink More Water:
Your body depends on your water intake to establish healthy systems. In fact, our bodies are about 60% water. We need water for every organ, tissue, and muscle in our bodies.
Drinking water will help your body stay in tip-top shape and in working order. Water also affects how your brain works. Experts agree that dehydration can cause a lag in brain function and how messages are transmitted across synapses. In fact, just 1% loss of fluid has been proven to cause harm to the brain and how it operates.
This doesn’t bode well for your cannabis use, and can actually cause your tolerance to be at a higher level. Health experts recommend that you drink at least 64 ounces of water a day or 2 liters. If you’re not much of a water drinker, try it with a little flavoring or lemon.
And you don’t have to drink it in large doses. Try sipping on water often throughout the day. Getting enough hydration may help your body more effectively absorb your cannabis products.
You may be able to get the effect you’re looking for if you mini-dose. This method involves using smaller doses at regular intervals throughout the day or week. By micro-dosing, you aren’t necessarily stopping or taking a break.
You’re introducing smaller doses to your body and trying to “fool” your receptors into accepting the cannabinoids from your weed. By getting your body into a different kind of dosage, you may get the same outcome as you had before.
Head It off at the Pass:
Another thing to do is to keep track of your routine. Make a note each day of how you feel, what you did and the different strains or combinations you used. By observing your routine daily, you can often head off tolerance before it starts. Try mixing it up beforehand and keep your body guessing.
This will also allow you a chance to sample what’s out there and what you may or may not like. It’s great to find something that works and to stick with it, but if you want to have the same outcome every time, it may be worth it to change things up a little every now and then and keep it interesting.
How to Lower Your Weed Tolerance: Take Away and Re-Cap
If you’ve been smoking for a while and find that you aren’t getting the high you were before, try these methods and take note of the results. Don’t get frustrated. You may not have noticed, but tolerance is something that happens to your body regularly.
For example, workouts may not have the impact as they did before and you plateau. Supplements you may have tried can have an instant effect one day, and months down the road not so much. Our bodies are fine-tuned to take in signals and interpret them as efficiently as possible.
We have been made to adjust to the changes around us in different ways. However, with a few tweaks here and there, you may be able to get your cannabis dosing back on track. Vary things up as much as possible and be open to trying new routines, strains, and combinations. Cannabis use requires a bit of versatility and though it can be vexing at times, the end results are often fulfilling and help you to feel great.