There are multiple reasons to take a break from cannabis. Whether to enhance your high, to clear your mind, or to break up your routine, a tolerance tweak can be a good idea no matter what your consumption frequency is.
Why take a break?
Why take a break in the first place?
Consider a few factors, like what happens when you consume cannabis. Are you feeling the desired effects in the same capacity as before? Next, reflect on your energy level. Finding yourself overly-tired could indicate an increased tolerance to cannabinoids, for example. The brain’s CB1 receptors can get ‘clogged’ and react less intensely to THC consumption over a period of time. These receptors grab on to THC molecules and struggle to let go; clearing them through a cannabis break encourages the release of the THC molecules and can have noticeable effects throughout the body and mind.
Tips for taking it easy
First things first: Make sure you really want to do this. Taking a cannabis tolerance break is 99.9% willpower. The more dedicated you are to your break, the easier it will be and the happier you will be as a result.
There are two schools of thought on how to approach the break: Easing it out or going cold turkey. If you go the former route, start by eliminating all concentrates and edibles. Then, move on to reducing your flower consumption. Cold turkey means no small steps, so this method forces you to truly commit to your tolerance break very quickly.
Remember that keeping yourself busy during your break increases the brain’s serotonin and dopamine intake, helping you feel better overall – this will definitely help with the process, as will eating well and being physically active. Adopting a schedule (if you don’t really have one) will also encourage you towards reaching your goal.
What to expect
As with any form of physical detoxification, you should be prepared for how your body will react during your break. Physically, you may not notice much, aside from potentially missing the effects of cannabis; physical effects are usually dependent on current consumption frequency.
On the emotional end, you may encounter a more active mind. Dreams can become more lucid, with the potential to leave you feeling tired in the morning. You may also start to feel blue, irritated or notice your concentration suffering. And you might find the desire to consume arises often. These effects of withdrawal are common – and temporary. Keeping sight of your goal to reset will help you power through these potential feelings.
You could consider using natural supplements to ease the break process. Your CB1 receptors balance the release of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, and there are plenty of supplements available to help maintain that balance. L-theanine is reputed to help in steadying mood, as well as increase GABA, dopamine, and serotonin intake. Studies show that chaga mushroom, Inonotus obliquus, is linked to cognitive repair and has deep antioxidant properties. As the liver processes THC, 65-80% of it is excreted when you go to the washroom. Milk thistle, Silybum marianum, contains silymarin, reputed to aid in liver detoxification and encourage digestion.
The length of your break is completely up to and based on, you. It does the body, and brain, good and you can always come back. However you decide to approach it, a tolerance break from cannabis is well deserved.
Story by Angelique Jenkins
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