Many smokers who smoke cannabis on a daily basis, either for medical or leisure purposes, will discover that they must consume more and more in order to get the same high.
They’ve built up a tolerance to THC.
Long-term cannabis smokers have a down-regulation of CB1 receptors in their brains when compared to non-smokers. When cannabinoids are taken on a regular basis, it’s likely that the brain changes in response.
The goal of the brain is to keep equilibrium and avoid overload by decreasing its response to THC. As a result, the brain reduces the overall experience’s intensity, giving consumers a “tolerance.”
But is it possible to reverse THC tolerance? Yes.
In this post, we discuss how to lower THC to ensure you get the full effects of every hit you take and every edible you eat. By the end of this article, you should have the insight you need to enhance your experience with marijuana, even if you’re a long-term consumer.
Ways to Lower THC Tolerance
Take a T-Break (Tolerance Break)
Taking a t-break from smoking for a little while will allow you to clear the THC and other cannabinoids from your system, thus resetting your tolerance levels. The research findings suggested that CB1 receptors began to recover after just two days of abstinence and were back to nearly normal levels in four weeks.
Taking a t-break is by far the most natural and efficient technique to reduce your THC tolerance. When your CB1 receptors return to normal sensitivity, you may experience the effects as if it were your first time trying marijuana.
Remember, you are not alone! While your friends might be puffing away on that cheeba, many people decide to take a two-week t-break in order to reduce their tolerance. This is an efficient way to consume, ensuring you’re not wasting your herb and concentrate on a tolerance you’ve built up over time.
Exercising to Lower THC Tolerance
Since THC is stored in fat cells, losing weight through exercise and a healthy, low-fat diet may help you speed up the process.
Walking for at least 60 minutes is the most basic approach to include exercise in your daily routine. You can also perform low-intensity cardio exercises in your routine.
You should have enough power for around 45 minutes of activity since your body relies on the energy stored as glycogen in your muscles and liver. Your body fat will then be utilized as energy after that time has elapsed.
Activated Charcoal to Clear THC Metabolites
Some people also use activated charcoal to eliminate THC metabolites from their system. Taking 1000mg of activated charcoal twice daily can absorb THC-COOH (THC’s main metabolite) from the intestines and prevent it from being reabsorbed back into the body.
Activated charcoal has other applications, too. For instance, it can counteract the nasty effects of many medications, reduce cholesterol to keep your heart healthy, and even cleanse your colon.
Activated charcoal works by bonding with chemicals that contain a positive electrical charge. This means it might work well for people who drink alcohol on a regular basis or consume other drugs like cocaine or speed (amphetamines). But it’s not ideal for everyone. For example, if you take antacids regularly, activated charcoal may interfere with your medication.
Note that taking activated charcoal may also reduce the effectiveness of some other medications, including those prescribed by your doctor. As such, it’s best to consult with your physician before taking activated charcoal to make sure it’s safe for you.
Consume Cannabis or Concentrates Less Often
If you cannot take a tolerance break for any reason, the next best thing to do is to consume less cannabis and do so less often. Use as little as is necessary to feel at ease, and avoid overindulging.
If you usually prefer a fat blunt, try a slightly less fat joint instead. If you normally smoke joints, roll thinner ones. Or, if you find yourself ripping bongs like our buddy Al the Alpaca, maybe you should settle down and use a bowl instead!
Using cannabis less often can aid in the resetting of your tolerance as well as preventing it from recurring in the future.
If you have a habit of smoking marijuana first thing in the morning, try delaying it until later in the day, and your body will get used to it over time. Continue pushing it later in the day until nightfall and skip some days if you can.
Use Cannabis With a Higher CBD-To-THC Ratio
Unlike THC, CBD (Cannabidiol) does not appear to have an effect on CB1 receptors. Because CBD lacks the psychoactive qualities of THC, it does not induce tolerance in the same way that THC can.
In fact, CBD has the potential to help the entire process of a t-break. This cannabinoid encourages your system to return to homeostasis while providing relaxation and alleviation of withdrawal symptoms.
Due to the fact that CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, it does not lead to a “high.” However, it appears to have several medical advantages, such as reducing pain and inflammation. These products are also available at many dispensaries.
THC Tolerance FAQ
How do you calm down from too much THC?
If you find you’ve taken too much THC, relax; it’s quite difficult to die from THC consumption. Now that you know that, try taking some CBD. This cannabinoid reacts with the same receptors and minimizes THC’s effects. Drink some water, but make sure to abstain from alcohol or fruit juice as these may enhance the effects. If you find your mind is wandering a bit too much, try focusing on something else. Watch a movie, cuddle with your pet, or lay down on the couch for a bit until the feeling subsides.
How long does it take for cannabinoid receptors to return to normal?
While more research is needed to learn about the endocannabinoid system, the most current research outlines that the cannabinoid 1 receptors begin returning to normal after two days of abstaining from marijuana. Then, they function normally within four weeks of steering clear of cannabis.
Is a 2-week tolerance break enough?
If you’re taking a t-break, you should stay away from THC and related products for a minimum of two weeks. However, most of the time, consumers should take a break that’s between three and four weeks long.
Concluding on How to Lower THC Tolerance Fast
To maintain your cannabis tolerance or lower it, we’ve included some tips that you should consider. Taking a t-break with exercise, a healthy low-fat diet, and activated charcoal altogether can speed up the process.
But if this is not possible for you then there are still other options such as lowering the amount and frequency and/or switching to a strain with a higher CBD-to-THC ratio. Hopefully, you’ll be able to figure out what option works best for you.
Have any questions? Feel free to reach out! The Alpacannabis team is always here to help!