It’s no secret that weed affects us all differently, so you’ve probably been in that situation where you’re smoking with your friends and inexplicably seem to be a lot stonier than they are.
Or then, you tried a couple of herbal edibles and were delighted, but as the days go by, you find yourself needing to eat more of them in order to achieve the same trip as the first time.
Have you ever wondered why this happens? Why is your weed tolerance so low?
Don’t worry, luckily we are here to give you a good dose of information and put your doubts to rest. This way you will be able to enjoy your cannabis experience to the fullest.
What is weed tolerance?
Cannabis tolerance is a situation that sooner or later happens to every weed lover. It is a condition where the body simply adapts to the dose you are used to ingesting.
So it is normal that with the passing of time you will be forced to gradually increase the THC consumption until you reach the point where it produces the sensation you fell in love with at the beginning.
Our brains are so impressive that they are able to develop mechanisms to minimize and even cancel “external” effects, among them, the high that a good joint gives us.
In other words, your brain knows that it is not normal for you to be flying through life thanks to THC and it will take all the necessary measures to bring you back and will try to prevent this from happening again.
Weed tolerance: How does it work?
Tolerance to marijuana works similarly to any other substance, it develops with prolonged use. As the body adapts to its presence, it is necessary to increase the dose to feel the same effects.
Obviously this means that people who smoke or use weed-based edibles more frequently will not get as high as those who use it occasionally.
But this is not all bad, building up a tolerance to marijuana can help you reduce the chances of suffering or experiencing any of the unfavorable side effects of cannabis use.
Eating or smoking, is there cross-tolerance?
When we consume marijuana-based candies, the THC is first processed in our stomach, then it goes to the liver and finally it can be sent to our brains.
There are a greater number of processes involved, causing the THC molecule to end up significantly modified and therefore affects our brain in a different way.
While smoking weed, the process is much simpler and the THC enters our blood system almost instantaneously, reaching our brains in seconds.
Because of these differences in metabolization and the pathway through which THC enters our bloodstream, we can say that there is no cross tolerance between smoking and eating Cannabis.
But beware! A common misconception is that they can ingest as many cannabis edibles as they think they are capable of smoking, leading to high levels of anxiety and a trip to the nearest hospital.
How long does it take to build up weed tolerance?
It is amazing how the human body is resilient, flexible and quick enough to develop tolerance to marijuana and almost any other substance.
Different studies affirm that the daily use during a considerable period of time, will make your organism begin to develop tolerance to marijuana in a period of no more than four weeks.
However, it should be noted that this phenomenon develops differently for each type of person and in turn depends on many other factors, such as: frequency of consumption, dosage and even the strain.
Can I reset my tolerance?
Although there is not much scientific evidence on the subject, regular marijuana users claim that it is possible to reduce or even completely reset our tolerance to weed.
To achieve this successfully, all we need to do is follow these tips:
- Stop regular consumption every 2 weeks.
- Maintain a healthy and balanced diet.
- Exercise your body every day.
How do I control my tolerance?
The most practical thing to do would undoubtedly be to know your limits and to set your consumption efficiently, but we know that this is not an easy task.
So if you are about to go partying on the weekend with your friends, keep in mind that you are more sensitive during your first dose, so it would be advisable to start with small doses and increase them as the night goes on.
Getting a good night’s sleep can certainly help to restore your tolerance to a certain point, so make sure you get enough rest. If necessary, resort to herbal teas to ensure a restful night’s sleep.
Why do some people have better weed tolerance?
There are several variables by which some people are able to tolerate grass better. This may be due to the following factors:
Dose Consumed: Despite two people having shared the same joint, some people inhale more deeply than others which means more THC has a chance to enter their bloodstream.
Reaction to other substances: The way cannabis affects a person can be affected by other substances in the system. So you should be careful about using weed if you are taking pharmaceuticals for example.
Genetics: Research is still ongoing, however, it has already become clear that genetics affects the functioning of cannabis by changing the number of receptors available to accept THC in the body.
Remember that everything in excess is negative and ends up harming our body, and marijuana is no exception. In fact, throughout this article we have shown you how beneficial it can be to give it a rest, so that you can enjoy it to the fullest.