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Dependence, Tolerance, WithdrawaL

Cannabis dependance can become an issue for some consumers; and it is possible to consume enough cannabis consistently that a consumer is unable to experience the desired effects of the product.


It is a common practice among consumers to to take a “break” for at least 4 weeks to reset your ECS.


During a break you may experience difficulty sleeping, irritability, and minor physical discomfort.

Understanding Tolerance

Regular cannabis use leads to the body adapting to its effects, resulting in tolerance. This means you gradually need higher doses to achieve the same desired effects. While not inherently harmful, it can lead to frustration and potentially increase consumption.

Recognizing Tolerance

  • Needing progressively higher doses to feel the desired effects

  • Experiencing shorter-lived highs

  • No longer feeling specific benefits you used to (relaxation, pain relief)


Taking a Tolerance Break

A break from cannabis, ideally for 4-6 weeks, allows your body's endocannabinoid system (ECS) to reset, potentially increasing sensitivity to THC and restoring desired effects.

What to Expect During a Break

  • Withdrawal symptoms: These can include irritability, difficulty sleeping, decreased appetite, and mild physical discomfort. These are usually temporary and peak within the first week.

  • Emotional adjustments: Be prepared for potential cravings and challenges associated with changing your routine.


Tips for a Smooth Break

  • Plan ahead: Choose a start date and set realistic expectations.

  • Gradually reduce consumption: Slowly taper down your intake in the days leading up to the break.

  • Seek support: Talk to friends, family, or a healthcare professional for encouragement and guidance.

  • Focus on self-care: Engage in activities you enjoy and prioritize healthy habits like sleep and exercise.

  • Remember your goals: Keep in mind why you're taking a break and the potential benefits.


Beyond Breaks

  • Mindful consumption: Develop a conscious approach to your cannabis use, setting limits and avoiding mindless consumption.

  • Variety is key: Try different strains and consumption methods to avoid building tolerance too quickly.

  • Focus on non-THC experiences: Explore CBD-rich products or activities that promote relaxation and well-being without relying solely on THC.

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Remember, everyone's experience with cannabis is unique.

Be patient with yourself, listen to your body, and prioritize your well-being throughout your cannabis journey.

If you are experiencing reproductions from consuming cannabis like loss of your job, family conflict, overspending, or other common addition symptoms please seek help.

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse:

  • National Cannabis Helpline: 1-888-280-4743

  • Marijuana Anonymous:

  • SAMHSA National Helpline Confidential free help, from public health agencies, to find substance use treatment and information. 1-800-662-4357

  • MOAR- Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery 617-423-6627

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