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.
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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.
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.
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.
Below are five crucial steps to take before Day Damn One, Vivian. (That’s a Fresh Prince reference, by the way.)
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.”
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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.
If you use cannabis regularly and love the power of Mary Jane, you’re probably wondering, “Why would I ever quit?” There’s a variety of reasons that one may need to take a T-break, but the most common reason is to reduce cannabis tolerance. Studies show that THC is tolerance building , meaning it takes more overtime to produce the same effects. In fact, regular cannabis users experience less prominent effects that sporadic users and many users will tell you that they quit experiencing the “first time high” feeling very quickly.
Alternatively, however, experienced users may take a tolerance break that is open-ended, paying close attention to the effects abstaining has on their body. For some, mild side effects may occur, like irritability. Users can note these effects, manage them naturally, and continue their tolerance break until side effects have gone away. Generally, the ability to not use cannabis with no effects at all is a good sign that your endocannabinoid system has regulated and adjusted to the lack of cannabis use. Then, many users will choose a date to return to their normal cannabis routine.
A tolerance break is a very well-known and necessary practice among regular cannabis users that includes taking a break from cannabis for a predetermined amount of time. A tolerance break can range from a few days to a few months, but the idea is all the same: to lower your tolerance to THC so that you can use less cannabis for increased psychoactive effects.
Your first experience with Mary Jane was probably pleasantly surprising, and the smooth, euphoric, therapeutic effects are what keep so many going back for more. After a while, though, the euphoric effects of cannabis can start to fade. For some, especially those who use cannabis frequently, the blissful high may eventually dull down. For everyday cannabis users, the feeling may be more of a fog than the once uplifting, joyous experience. Perhaps you’ve found that the high you used to get off of a few puffs from a cannabis pre-roll now requires you to smoke nearly the whole joint.
Quitting simply requires your body, and your endocannabinoid system , to adjust to the new amount (or lack thereof) cannabinoids entering the body. Although taking an effective T-break can be tough, it usually results in increased effects when you return to your cannabis routine. It may also decrease the amount of cannabis you need, which can help save money. For many users, taking regular T-breaks is a great way to monitor and control their use while keeping their tolerance at a budget-friendly level.
- Only take a T-break if you really want to. Taking a tolerance break because a friend wants to or because you think you need to won’t be effective unless the desire is there. Establish the reasons you need a T-break, think about the benefits of the break, and make sure that you really want to do it before you start.
- Keep a journal or calendar to track your time. Taking a T-break can be difficult, but manually scratching off the days and watching your progress can definitely help you maintain motivation.
- Establish a reward, like eating at your favorite restaurant, buying a new smoking piece, or another activity that you enjoy, for successfully completing your tolerance break. This can help you power through the tough times when you’re really craving the earthy sweet aroma of fresh bud.
- Drink plenty of water and plan to get some exercise during your T-break, which can help you quickly and effectively eliminate cannabinoids in the body and rejuvenate the endocannabinoid system balance.
Some people find it helpful to establish an alternative to help them break the habit of smoking cannabis, like sipping their favorite beverage or taking a job whenever the urge to smoke hits them. No matter how you decide to go about it, here are a few tips that may help get you through your T-break:
One of the most common questions surrounding tolerance breaks from cannabis is “How long should I do it?” The answer, however, is not so straightforward. The best tolerance break length will vary greatly user to user, based on a huge range of biological, environmental, and circumstantial factors. For instance, a person’s weight and size has alot to do with how quickly they metabolize cannabinoids, and how quickly cannabis exits the body after they stop using it. How much cannabis you used in the days or weeks prior to your T-break will also affect the amount of time you need to lower tolerance. Although the amount of time varies, most people choose a set amount of time, usually ranging from a minimum of three days to a few weeks. Establishing a set date as a completion date is usually more effective than just “taking a few days” because it helps fight off the urge to just say it’s been long enough at the first urge to roll up.
There are multiple methods for taking a tolerance break and choosing the one that works best for you should be based on careful consideration and preference. One option is to quit using cannabis cold turkey, with no alternatives at all. This is totally possible and sometimes a smooth experience, mostly due to the plant’s lack of addictive properties. Some people, however, prefer to wean down their cannabis use for a few days, then establish a break period for their T-break.
Your first experience with Mary Jane was probably pleasantly surprising, and the smooth, euphoric, therapeutic effects are what keep so many going back for more. After a while, though, the euphoric effects of cannabis can start to fade. For some, especially those who use cannabis frequently, the blissful high may event