Manage A Tolerance Break


We’ve all been through it, our usual cannabis has lost its heavy hitting effect and we’re simply left underwhelmed. Maybe edibles just don’t make us sleep like they used to. Or even that big glob on the e-nail just doesn’t quite get us there anymore. All of these signs point to one thing – – it’s time for a tolerance break. A tolerance break is just what it sounds like, a complete break from cannabis for a set period of time that is meant to lower our threshold for cannabis. A tolerance break should last anywhere from three days (72 hours) to a full week. THC is at its highest concentration for up to three days after smoking it, so a minimum of 72 hours is ideal.

Taking a break from cannabis is a good idea for everyone who puffs on the regular. A break doesn’t only lower our tolerance and help us get more out of our dabs, bong rips, and infused confections; it also helps us ensure our mental independence from the psychotropic substance.

Though cannabis is not an addictive substance, halting all use after regularly getting high can cause some uncomfortable withdrawal. Cannabis withdrawal is in no way comparable to withdrawal from heavy narcotics or other addictive drugs. Despite this, it can cause some unhappy feelings so we thought we should lay out some of our the best ways to make it through a tolerance break without giving in to the sweet Mary Jane.

The following side effects can be common during the first few days of a break:

  • Lack of appetite

  • Insomnia

  • Anxiety

  • Mood swings

  • General restlessness

  • Night sweats/ chills

  • Stomach cramping and discomfort


Hydrate & Exercise

There are a couple of great natural ways to combat withdrawal. The first thing to do is have a big water bottle in hand at all times. Regularly drinking water will help flush the system faster which will bring us back to homeostasis. Along these same lines, incorporating exercise (or more exercise) into our routine can offset the anxiety, mood swings, and general restlessness that cannabis tolerance breaks will often cause.




CBD Supplements

Another great way to beat the break is to grab some CBD-only candies, tincture, or capsules. We know that it sounds counterproductive to take CBD while detoxing from cannabis, but it can be valuable in helping us transition from heavy use to absolutely none. This is a tactic that we’d only recommend for the first day, maybe two, of a tolerance break. It can help to keep the appetite going, help us sleep, reduce anxiety, and more. But since this is a tolerance break, CBD supplements should only be used for the transition and not the entire break.



A tolerance break from cannabis, no matter how long, can come in handy for anyone who partakes on the regular. Though it makes us feel kind of crappy at first, the outcome is well worth it. Post break our buds will get us further and last longer, and there’s nothing wrong with that.



July 23, 2017

by Cara Wietstock

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Cara began working in the retail cannabis industry of San Francisco, CA in 2011 and continued in that sector for years. In 2015 she put down her budtender hat and dedicated herself to writing full-time. Her passion for the written word and deep respect for the healing properties of the cannabis plant fuel the passion in her posts.


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