What to do when smoking weed is no longer enough

Published Sep 3, 2021 09:00 a.m. ET
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Have you noticed that smoking weed just isn’t doing the wonderful things that it used to for you? If you answered yes, then it’s important to know that you’re not alone and that there are ways to go about fixing it which is great news. However, each person’s cannabis journey is different, so what works for others might not be the ideal solution for you. That’s why we’ve devised this list of five easy-to-follow steps, each of which will take you through the process of figuring out what to do, as you decide what to do next.

1. Research the strains you’re using

If you’ve noticed a difference in the effects you feel after smoking weed, then you might just need a new strain. Likely one that’s more powerful to overcome your newfound tolerance, which should make it more effective and this is often influenced by things like THC or CBD content. You might find that simply switching things up could be enough to make you feel normal again, or you may have to take things one step further by experimenting at different times of the day and night.

2. Try using it at different times of the day

It might sound a little silly at first, but the time of day you decide to indulge in cannabis might have a lot to do with how it’s affecting you. Toking in the morning or immediately after a large meal might be ineffective while taking a few hits immediately after a morning jog, or a major workout is likely to hit you a lot harder due to the increase in blood pressure, which will process the cannabinoids faster, resulting in a more intense buzz. These small adjustments don't always work, but they can be quite effective when used alone for many.

3. Consider a tolerance break

Over time and after frequent use, most consumers will notice that the effects of cannabis will be less powerful until they reach the point where they can hardly be felt at all, and this is due to a higher tolerance which is built over an extended period of time. To undo this injustice by the endocannabinoid system, many find a tolerance break is the most effective solution. To pull this off, you’ll need to commit to undergoing a dry spell that should last anywhere from a week or two to a few months, which should reset your tolerance, and make the old pot products you're used to powerful enough once again.

4. Research other pot products

Once you’ve tried all of the things we’ve listed, there are very few options left other than searching for answers outside of your usual flower. Cannabis concentrates are a favourite of experienced stoners because they pack a more powerful punch that’s guaranteed to knock the socks off beginners. The same is true with edibles, which tend to have more potent effects that can last for many times longer than smoking, but you can’t decide on one until you do some research to see which ones are most compatible with your lifestyle.

5. Experiment with caution

When all is said and done the only thing left to do might be to try something new, and that’s ok. Increasing cannabinoid content can be really helpful, as it can reignite the feelings and sensations you’ve been missing, but it should always be done with the utmost caution. Start low, go slow, and rely on all of your previously done research to get you through this transition period as safely and comfortably as possible.

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