You’ve gone for several days without a joint. You’re feeling extra proud of yourself. However, while cleaning, you come across a roach, and the temptation to smoke it hits hard.
Why not get these friends to join you in this challenge.
Which is why you need a tolerance break.
In this guide, you’ll learn tips on how to successfully go on a cannabis tolerance break. You’ll learn what to expect during and after your break and some tricks to speed up the process and get back that old high.
Every time you increase the potency, your brain’s survival instincts kick in and up goes your tolerance. You either have to smoke more or look for more potent buds.
You can make the tolerance holiday more exciting by betting amongst yourselves who’ll last longer. A little friendly competition will go a long way in improving your efforts to reduce your tolerance.
Taking a tolerance break is the same.
I love the taste and smell of weed, which makes tolerance breaks unbearable. During my first break, I started smoking cigarettes to keep up with the rituals. I hated having to smoke cigarettes, and when my tolerance break ended, I had a hard time kicking cigarettes out of my routine.
Well then, it might be time for a hard reset on your tolerance.
When a single hit would send you into giggly highs. When you didn’t have to constantly search for more potent buds to get you high. If you’re a long-term cannabis user, you probably understand the…
Whether you smoke it all or disperse it amongst your tribe of smoke buds, get rid of all of your cannabis. You might be thinking you’ll just save a little bit for when you plan on smoking again, but a tolerance break requires the full Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind approach. Keeping even just enough to hit the one-hitter a couple times will have you doomed before starting. Once that feeling of withdrawal kicks in, you’ll head right over to your hidden supply and indulge. But as soon as you come down, that feeling of guilt will set in, and ooooh baby, you do not want to feel that at the end of a high.
Below are five crucial steps to take before Day Damn One, Vivian. (That’s a Fresh Prince reference, by the way.)
You have to tell your friends that you’re taking a break so they know not to tempt you with goodies. After two weeks, it’s a lot easier to not smoke when alone, but kicking it with the homies is when you’ll really be tested. It can be rough when you’re pregaming with drinks and conversation before a night out, and then someone whips out a joint and asks, “Anyone want to smoke before we leave?” and everyone except you can oblige. Telling your friends curbs the peer pressure to participate, which will prove to be a vital part of this journey.
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Pick a date and stick to it. You’ll find that the discipline it takes to not smoke will carry over to all areas of your life. There’s going to be times where you’re tempted to break, but make a promise to yourself that you won’t smoke. On the bright side, once you finally light up again, you’re going to be smaaaacked. Good luck, my friends.
Without smoking, you’ll have a lot of free time on your hands. Find something productive to do with it. My suggestion is something creative or active. Write a screenplay. Learn Photoshop. Start a running program. Do something that your future self will thank you for. Something that you can look back on once you begin smoking again and say, “Well, at least I didn’t waste that time.”
You won’t feel any physical pain, but I’ll be damned if you don’t begin to think of it any time your mind wanders. After about two weeks, the feeling subsides, but those first 14 days can be a bit tough.
We’ve all played the “I can quit whenever I want” card, but the truth is, anything you do every day will cause some sort of withdrawal when you discard it cold turkey. That extends to drinking, smoking, eating, the route you take to work, even the people you talk to. Your brain/body will crave it, and after a couple days, the no-THC life may have you feeling like “Okay…what if I just smoked like..a bowl. Not even a whole bowl, just a couple hits off the top right corner.”
Dante Jordan is an Associate Subject Matter Expert for Leafly, where he specializes in informational and lifestyle content pertaining to cannabis strains and products. He also manages the Leafly strain database.
Abstaining from cannabis can be difficult. Keep these tips in mind before taking a tolerance break, or “t-break,” from cannabis to increase your chances of success.