Something I often hear about cannabis dosing:
I built up a really good tolerance.
I have zero tolerance.
When it comes to cannabis dosing, tolerance is life’s little way of toughing up our skin. In fact, it’s often a wake-up call when the effects of what we use don’t work as well.
As I sat munching my 3rd cannabis cookie of the evening, I thought to myself:
Wow, my tolerance has really built up!
Truth is, I had dental work and the pain was so great, that I needed a higher dose of THC to decrease the pain. Therefore, I was more tolerant of the high.
My friend’s mother was recently prescribed medicinal cannabis and also reflects after one month:
I don’t know how well this is working for me – but every time I take it I need more.
Before you read any more about my experiences with cannabis dosing, here’s what you need to keep in mind: I am not a doctor
Like anything, your body builds up a tolerance and will let you know when you need more or less.
A great example of this is the Opiate crisis and pain meds in general. Users constantly need more as their bodies become dependent and tolerant.
Tolerance: the capacity to endure continued subjection to something, especially a drug, transplant, antigen, or environmental conditions, without adverse reaction
Typically I don’t use THC in the daytime. But as I am a medicinal patient, I may take some when my body tells me I need to. For the most part, my day to day dosing is never the same. Our bodies cannot become chemically dependent on Cannabis. We build tolerance based on various factors.
- Consumption History and Usage. Since the body becomes really good at eliminating the drug, you need more next time.
- Physical & Mental Composure (the way our cells react in our minds/bodies)
You can also build tolerance around situations and people. The amount of patience practised in certain environments or around certain individuals builds strength in this very premise.
Tolerance: the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular, the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.
So what to do?
Like everything (and let’s settle on cannabis for this topic), you may need a break. A 1-2 week hiatus. Most importantly, marijuana isn’t addictive. So you may just notice anxiety or bad sleep patterns returning. But trust me the rest will set you straight.
Advice on resetting your cannabis tolerance: for recreational users only:
- Get rid of the weed
- Put away any paraphernalia, roaches in ashtrays, and anything that triggers your use
- Drink loads of water (this is the universal must to most ‘advice’ columns)
- Do things you normally would without pot. Your clarity will motivate you, not disassociate you from things you enjoy
So – tolerance level for me tomorrow after these 3 cookies?? It’s going to be fairly low, but that’s okay!