5 Ways to improve tolerance without quitting cannabis

Published Nov 8, 2022 10:00 a.m. ET
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Have you been struggling to achieve the same ‘high’ you once enjoyed without issue? Are you noticing that cannabis products you’ve come to rely on just aren’t working the way they should to deliver relief? Perhaps, you just want to consume less on a regular basis to save money or improve your state of mind.

No matter what the reason might be if you’ve got a tolerance you’d like to improve, there are ways to do that like, taking a tolerance break. The trouble is that not everyone is willing to quit cannabis cold turkey like that. Luckily, what most don’t realize, is that you don’t have to. Quitting cannabis might get you there faster, but these five suggestions will work almost as well without leaving you not high and dry – pun intended.

1. Cut back during the day

During the day, it’s often far easier to stay busy and distracted than it is at night, and that is especially true if you work full-time with only a few breaks in between, which is why it’s the best time to cut out any “extra” potentially unnecessary seshes. Cutting down slowly like this isn’t going to decrease your tolerance overnight, but it will help to slowly improve your situation over time, without having to go through the discomfort of quitting completely.

2. Only use it at night

Cutting back during the day is a great way to start, but if you want to take things up a notch, then we highly recommend swearing off daytime consumption, at least for a little while, until your tolerance reaches a level you’re happy with. One of the most annoying and also common side effects of quitting cannabis outright is difficulty sleeping, so if you’re still able to indulge in the evening, you shouldn’t have to deal with that at all, and you’ll still be correcting your tolerance.

3. Use lower-dosed products


If you aren’t willing to cut down or eliminate daytime seshes then you might want to consider the benefits of turning to lower THC products, which might not hit the spot quite the same, but it will help to return your tolerance to levels you likely haven't seen in a while. After a couple of weeks of adjusting, lower your dose again, and maintain this trajectory as long as possible, to see the biggest payoff for your dedication.

4. Opt for CBD alternatives to fill the gaps

The effects of THC are blissful for sure, but you might be surprised to learn that much of the habit of smoking cannabis is simply an addiction to the soothing hand-to-mouth action. It’s routine, relaxing, and surprisingly still effective even in the absence of THC, so why not give some CBD a shot? If you can stretch out how long you can wait between regular THC-fueled seshes, that will slowly but surely reduce your tolerance to the psychoactive cannabinoid.

5. Turn to edibles

Edibles are an interesting product because even though they tend to have less THC than a joint, their effects are often much more powerful and longer lasting than smoking or vaping. As long as you’re THC intake is lower than usual, for an extended period of time, using low-dosed edibles should help to improve your tolerance.

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