Tolerance to cannabis: What is it and how to lower it?

Smoking weed all the time can cause a tolerance to build up, which requires more weed to have the same effect. Science begins to understand, giving ideas to beat it.

For some, cannabis tolerance is painful, while for others, it is an honorary reward. Regardless of your opinion, cannabis tolerance is something that every regular cannabis user has to deal with to some degree. The good news is that you can beat it, so let's take a look at what it is and how to get rid of it.


Have you ever noticed that you have to smoke slightly more weed over time to have the same level of effect? It's tolerance to cannabis. While we use cannabis, the body develops a slight resistance, which means that we have to load our joints a little more or tap a more socket. Unlike other substances, cannabis has to reach extreme levels in the body to become toxic - it's about consuming thousands of kilograms in just 15 minutes.

Tolerance to cannabis, and the need to consume more, is not dangerous, except for your wallet or your reserves. It should also be noted that tolerance to cannabis never explodes and gets out of control - you can still smoke the same amount of herb in your life while having effects, it's just that the effect may not be as powerful as the first few times you smoked.

Until very recently, no one really knew what caused a tolerance to cannabis to build up. We knew it existed, and informed hypotheses were put forward, but its precise mechanisms eluded us. Well, Deepak Cyril D'Souza, a cannabis expert from Yale's Faculty of Medicine, changed everything, discovering the cause. By doing PET scans of the brains of men (ages 18 to 35), Deepak was able to observe how the CBD1 receptors in the brain changed over time. CBD1 receptors are the main subject of cannabis interaction in the body.

It has been discovered that in daily smokers, the availability of brain CB1 receptors decreases, making it more difficult for cannabinoids to interact with. It has also been discovered that after just two days of abstinence, the CB1 receptors begin to become available again - the normalization takes place after four weeks. It should be mentioned that due to the size and nature of the sample, more research is needed.

First, the small sample size makes it difficult to estimate the basic level of availability of CB1 receptors. In addition, reactions to THC may be different in women, due to a slightly different arrangement of receptors. This is why the lack of women in the study participants narrows the field of discoveries (a group composed entirely of men was used to reduce the variables in this initial study).


As we now know, the tolerance that herb lovers develop is caused by the fact that CB1 receptors become less available in the brain. While an abstinence period of up to four weeks is a fantastic way to lower your tolerance, it's not the only way to make the herb attack a little harder.


There are steps you can take to slow the buildup of tolerance if you can't bring yourself to give up THC altogether. But once again, it is a question of reducing oneself. For example, you can smoke less often throughout the day, use smaller rolling papers to reduce the amount you consume, or quit concentrates.

The main goal is frequency - don't expose your brain's receptors to a constant supply of cannabinoids. As such, smoking in one click can be a good option, as you would smoke less often. Who knows, if you cut back drastically, you may be able to lower your tolerance without stopping.


You don't have to run, but any form of exercise, whether between smoking sessions or after, could help rekindle that lost buzz. Researchers have discovered that THC stored in fat cells is released into the bloodstream during exercise. Instead of having large reserves of THC that increase your tolerance, a little treadmill could make your next joint a lot more fun.

Even better, if you go a little too hard, a few joints after exercise can help relieve pain. It is a win-win scenario in our opinion.


In the same line as smoking a little less often, changing varieties can also help reduce your tolerance. The famous phrase "a change is as good as a rest" certainly applies to cannabis, because not all strains contain the same amount of THC. If you've gotten used to the dizzying heights of 25% THC strains, why not try something a little less potent?

By changing your favorite herb, you will give your body a chance to enjoy the effects rather than being overwhelmed by it. Then, when you decide to relax, the euphoria of a 25% THC strain will be the extraordinary experience you've longed for.

Cannabis is also a great blend of terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids. THC is not the only thing that makes cannabis so pleasant to smoke. Don't be afraid to experiment with varieties rich in flavor or producing an exotic aroma. You will have so much fun that you won't even feel like taking a break or cutting back on consumption.


When changing strains, why not try the therapeutic qualities of CBD? The non-psychotropic cannabinoid may actually help counteract the effects of THC. A 2015 study showed that cannabidiol (CBD) can help modulate the CB1 receptors to which THC usually binds, reducing its effect. CBD can help you lower your tolerance without the need to stop - as long as you have a few CBD strains on hand.

The CBD Fix Auto is a simple way to have heads high in cannabidiol at will. As it is an auto-flowering variety, it will only take 70 days for it to mature from seed to harvest. Its buds contain up to 15% CBD, once dried and matured, with a THC level of less than 1%. If you're not afraid to try a feminized, photoperiodic CBD strain, then Dinina CBD from Dinafem is another great choice. It can boast of having equally impressive CBD: THC ratios, with 10–14% CBD easily attainable.


In the end, if you make the effort to reduce your herb intake and decrease your tolerance, you might as well take a break. Reducing consumption in an attempt to slow the onset of tolerance is a lot of effort for little benefit, while a full tolerance break can seriously put things back in place. In addition, the insane effects and tracings you get after taking a break will be well worth the effort and trouble of a short period of abstinence!

What are your thoughts? Comment below your methods to reduce cannabis tolerance.

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