5 great reasons to take a tolerance break from cannabis

Published Feb 6, 2020 12:00 p.m. ET
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The marijuana plant is a pretty fantastic resource that can offer a broad range of benefits from recreational to medicinal, and that makes it useful, but all those qualities don’t mean that you won’t benefit from a short and well-planned tolerance break. For those who aren't familiar with the idea, we’re going to start out with a brief description of what that means exactly, followed by five reasons you might want to try it out for yourself.

So, what is a tolerance break?

A tolerance break is when a cannabis consumer decides that it’s time to give up the green for a little while. This pertains to smoking weed, but it also includes all other cannabis-derived products that may influence the body or mind. There is no specific amount of time for a tolerance break to last, but for most, it is as long as it will take to leave the system completely which can take anywhere from a few days to a few months.

Reasons to take a tolerance break

Now onto the interesting facts that might just be enough to convince you to quit smoking weed or eating edibles for a little while at least.

1. Dependence
The active cannabinoids in the marijuana plant can help to do all sorts of neat things, from enhancing your appetite to making it easier to fall asleep. This is excellent news for those who need medicinal assistance to do some of these necessary tasks, but for those that don’t, it can become a hindrance, especially when you’re suddenly faced with a few days of not having any.

Taking a tolerance break every now and again can help you to avoid becoming dependent on it for basic urges that are necessary for your health, which will make those days when you find that your jar is empty, just a bit more tolerable when they do arise.

2. Tolerance level
If you’ve been smoking weed for a long time or dappling in edibles on the regular, you might eventually notice that they aren’t having the same impact that they once did. This is what we mean when we talk about tolerance level. It’s essentially how much a substance, which in this case is a marijuana plant product, affects you.

Most regular cannabis users can remember their very first high because it was a wildly entrancing experience that rarely ever happens again. Now, a tolerance break isn’t going to make it so that you get to experience your first time all over again, but it can help you to get closer to it, so if you notice that your grade-A weed isn’t doing quite what it used to, then you might want to consider a cleanse yourself.


3. Health
Smoking weed has not been linked to any kind of lung cancer, but there is no denying that inhaling anything into your fragile lungs is a bad idea. The mere presence of smoke in place of oxygen can cause irritation, and even if you aren’t uncomfortable, it’s a good idea to abstain once in a while to clear everything out.

Then there is also the fact that a reliable physical will absolutely depend on a tolerance break. Though some might assume that their marijuana plant product is doing wonders for their body, it can greatly influence other things like blood pressure, heart rate, and energy levels. If you want your doctor to be able to thoroughly check you over for any potential problems, then it’s best to avoid things that might influence their results.

4. Money
If you are fortunate enough to grow your own weed, then this one might not pertain to you, but for the rest of us, buying cannabis regularly is an expense that can add up really quickly. The longer you use, the more you will probably want over time, which can easily stack hundreds of extra dollars onto your monthly budget.

For some, this might not mean much, but for those who often find themselves unable to afford it, and for anyone who comfortably affords a fresh bag each week with little to no savings to fall back on, it might be a solution in disguise. Though it might not sound overly appealing to do so, even if you only save a few hundred dollars in the process, your pockets will thank you.

5. Travel
This possibly is one of the best reasons to take a tolerance break, depending on where you reside and where you wish to travel to. A lot of cannabis enthusiasts don’t realize that even though they may reside in a region where access to pot is available and legal, that just isn’t the case in some of the most beautiful places in the world.

So, if you want to travel to exciting new areas and take in all that the world has to offer, you might want to take regular tolerance breaks just so that it isn’t a shock to the system when you go. In some places, you simply won’t be able to locate weed safely, and in others, the risk is probably not worth the penalty, which would be jail time or a flight ban. Neither of which will make your trip anymore enjoyable, so do your research and plan your current and future endeavors wisely.

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