What do you know about weed tolerance? It’s a fact that one of the most interesting things about the human body is its sensitive nature. The ability of receptors to detect changes in the intensity of a substance or otherwise has piqued the interest of medical researchers.
One such example is weed tolerance. You might be wondering what is the connection between receptors and weed? Let me explain. I’m sure we have all heard of the term drug tolerance.
Drug tolerance occurs when your system becomes used to a particular drug due to repeated usage. The rate at which this occurs is dependent on several factors ranging from genetics to the drug’s intensity. This situation also applies in cases of weed consumption. When you regularly consume cannabis especially those rich In THC the CB1 receptors in your system react. How do they react?
The CB1 receptors are primarily found in the nerves in the brain and some parts of the spinal cord. These receptors regulate the psychoactive effects of THC.
When THC enters your system, it stimulates these receptors which are linked to sleep, memory, and mood. When you frequently consume cannabis rich in THC reduces your CB1 receptors.
When this occurs, the effects of cannabis are not as strong as before. This is because cannabis doesn’t affect the CB1 receptors the same way it used to.
Steps to reset high weed tolerance
If the cannabis strain you are taking doesn’t hit as it used to, you would have to take a tolerance break. A tolerance break helps you reduce your high tolerance level by making you stay away from cannabis for a while.
Often when people realize that the effects of their cannabis dosage are waning, they take more than necessary. They do this to get the same effects that they got with a previous amount. Another way to do this is by purchasing high tolerance strains that would beat your tolerance. These strains are super high in THC and would get you high faster. Some people resort to this rather than using High CBD to THC strains because they improve appetite and sleep quality.
You should note that the risk of addiction and dependency is high in these two instances.
Instead of buying more, you could take a step back by taking a T break. Taking a tolerance break is more advisable because your CB1 receptors return to their previous levels after a while when you take a break. However, this depends on the individual. For some people, it takes some days while for others it may take a few weeks. This depends on whether your CB1 receptors have been desensitized or internalized. It takes a longer time for the latter to recover than the former.
According to Herbies Seeds, it helps if you take a 3 weeks break. This is because THC binds to fat in our bodies and takes about 21 days for it to be completely ejected.
Tips for medical users and general prevention
For medical patients, the option of a Tolerance break is not feasible. This is because they have to regularly take cannabis to be cured or prevent their condition from getting worse. What then do they do? The solutions are:
Consuming strains that have a high CBD to THC ratio
What makes this option exciting is its multiple benefits. This option aids the recovery of your CB1 receptors that were depleted by frequent consumption of THC-rich cannabis.
Hence, your tolerance is reduced and reset. Also, as a result of CBD’s medicinal benefits, you are assured of a healthier alternative. The likelihood of you getting addicted is very minimal when you resort to this option. The reason for this is the absence of THC( the euphoric cannabinoid) that has high addictive tendencies.
Use a strict dosage
Ensure that the quantity you use is sufficient not over the top. Cannabis tolerance occurs when you ingest large amounts of cannabis. As seen from above, the less amount of cannabis you use, the smaller the likelihood of developing tolerance.
Reduce usage frequency
Your system becomes less immune when you repeatedly administer cannabis. You should try spacing out your intake time. It can be in the form of omitting a few days or other spacing out methods you feel fit.
Risks associated with Weed Tolerance break
Taking tolerance breaks is not as easy as they seem. Cannabis users who have decided to a tolerance break or users who reduced their cannabis intake may face withdrawal symptoms.
Although these symptoms are not as intense as the ones faced by users of drugs and other substances, it might be hard for them.
These symptoms include:
- mood swings or irritability
- cognitive impairment
- diminished appetite
- stomach problems like cramps and indigestion issues.
- intense, vivid dreams
There are several tips to employ to make the experience bearable and less daunting. The first thing is to get a lot of rest as this eases your mind. Ensure that you are properly hydrated and that where you live has proper ventilation for fresh air entry.
This is not also the time to leave your family. You would need a great deal of social support to weather the storm of withdrawal symptoms. Talking to your friends and family keeps you grounded and ensures accountability.
Also carrying out exercises is a good mood booster. During exercise, endorphins that make you feel better are released. You can also channel your feelings into journaling or listening to music.
Cannabis withdrawal symptoms usually dissipate within a few days or weeks depending on how long you have been using.
As seen above, there are different methods to prevent and reset weed tolerance. However, these methods are not without their side effects. Hence, you have to find a technique that works best for you and your circumstances.
We advise you to reach out to a physician or therapist if you are feeling any abnormal symptoms. This is because cannabis tolerance might be an indication of a cannabis use disorder.
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