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Do you need a "tolerance break?" How to know and what to do if you're not getting the effects you want

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If you’re anything like me, you enjoy cannabis just as much for its psychoactive effects as you do any of the health benefits. It’s okay to admit you enjoy a nice “high” every now and again. Have you ever gotten carried away with your cannabis-use and over time started to feel like the plant wasn’t getting you as high? It’s okay if you have. We’re human and none of us are immune to temptation or the desire to chase what feels good.

Cannabis is one of those substances that are easy to over-use at times. Rather than beating yourself up or doubling down on your dosage in search of a high we’re going to offer you the latest information on how long it takes to restore inactive CB1 receptors so the next time you get carried away and no longer feel like you’re able to achieve a high, you’ll know what to expect.

What symptoms can be expected by someone who is over-consuming cannabis?

  • Taking larger doses or consuming more than intended

  • Unable to cut back or stop usage

  • Spending excess time searching, acquiring, or using the product

  • Unable to function at work, home, or school due to cannabis use

Tolerance breaks are a great way to reset your endocannabinoid system

It’s been found that chronic moderate daily cannabis-users build up a tolerance which diminishes the CB1 receptor availability in the brain. CB1 receptors are the part of the body which respond to the THC cannabinoid in the plant, causing the intoxicating effects known as a “high.” This means non-cannabis users have more CB1 receptor availability than does a user, however, research has proven that “significant CB1 receptor up-regulation begins within 2 days of abstinence and continues over 4 weeks.” You know yourself best. Take a few days off and things should return to normal.

After your “tolerance break” we don’t recommend returning to the dose you were consuming prior, rather start small or ease your way back into consuming with the help of CBD-dominant products, like a Care by Design vape cartridge, Pure CBD crystalline isolate, or maybe a high CBD based edible.

CBD Products are great for beginners and users returning from a tolerance break

High CBD based products are also great options for someone new to cannabis. CBD by itself has no psychoactive properties and when used in conjunction with THC it has the ability to level out the intoxicating effects due to it being an antagonist, meaning it blocks THC from binding to more CB1 receptors in the brain. Helping to properly regulate your endocannabinoid system, allowing you to maximize your experience of the world.

Thanks for reading this week’s article! Please note we’re not doctors, and our information should not be used to diagnose yourself. For more cannabis inspired content follow us on social media where we’re helping to end cannabis stigma through promoting an active and adventurous lifestyle.