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How to reduce your tolerance

Posted by Evan Marshall

Aug 29th 2019

How to reduce your tolerance

Aug 29th 2019

How to reduce your tolerance

If you've been smoking a while, perhaps you've struggled with your tolerance getting too high. The problem starts when it takes more and more cannabis to achieve the same effects. Especially for medical users, the decreasing effectiveness of their medication poses a significant and potentially expensive problem.

The Classic T-Break


A T-Break or Tolerance Break provides the most common way for a person to reduce their tolerance. Taking a T-Break works as the tried and true method for reducing tolerance. If you stop consuming, you will reset your tolerance depending on how long you abstain. Of course, no one enjoys a tolerance break. Certainly for people who depend upon the medical properties, tolerance breaks essentially involve trading off between suffering from symptoms now or suffering later. No one really questions if a tolerance break works, but actually following through with one is another story.

Cannabinoid Cycling

thc vs cbd molecular

You've probably heard of THC and CBD. These are two of the many active cannabinoids in the Cannabis Sativa plant. Without writing a novel about what they do, THC provides the psychoactive experience while CBD causes many of the bodily sensations.

Most people have no clue about the extensive and complicated relationship between CBD and THC. To put it simply, THC and CBD interact heavily with each other. In chemistry-speak, they are chemical antagonists. If you have a friend that dabs, definitely ask them if they bring CBD along in case they go too hard. They either do or should.


What does this mean?

The relationship between THC and CBD goes further. You can consume CBD to reduce THC tolerance and THC to reduce your CBD tolerance. A single study in 1993 found that even a single dose of CBD can increase the endocannabinoid receptors by 15% to 19%.

Medical patients should consult their doctors of course before switching medications and we're certainly not doctors so do your own research.

If you want to read more about the science, checkout this Herb article



Take a tolerance break or try cannabinoid cycling, switching between CBD and THC. More CBD reduces THC tolerance and more THC reduces CBD tolerance.