So this is a fairly common issue - maybe you've just been toking up too much and the high doesn't slap you as it normally does. Or maybe you've finally landed that dream job and you need to cut down for a drug test. Whatever the reason may be, there are a few ways to approach a break and some things you might want to avoid.
What is a Cannabis Break?
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A cannabis break, otherwise known as a tolerance break or "T-Break" is a process of cleansing your body of cannabis, particularly, that of THC; and it actively involves not-doing the substance. I know right? That in and of itself is already a whole thing. By abstaining from cannabis, the body is able to flush THC from its system and begin anew.
The process may be simple for some and difficult for others; and it often depends on how heavily you've been consuming cannabis. Maybe you're one of those that can blow through all five of our Weedsy Infused mini pre-rolls in one go. Or maybe you're a one-hit-quitter. Whatever may be the case, the frequency and intensity of your smoking routine plays a major factor.
For heavy users, continued use of cannabis in large quantities may produce unwanted side effects such as:
- Decreased Appetite; and
Here's How to NOT Take the T-Break
When it comes to detoxifying your body from cannabis, there is not really a "fast" way of doing this. Exactly as it sounds, you need to get rid of the substance from your system, and consuming the following may hinder or may very well hurt you in the process:
- Cranberry Juice
- Detox Teas
- Niacin Detox
- Bleach (please please please do not ingest bleach...ever)
Please understand that most quick-fix methods are not based in science and can do more to hurt you than actually solve the issue. The most fool-proof way to undergo a tolerance break is time.
How Would You Feel When Taking the Break?
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Like anything you do for the betterment to yourself, taking a tolerance break from cannabis can affect both your mind and body both positively and negatively. If you happened to be a heavy smoker, one of the more prominent, short-term effects you'd experience are mood swings. Heavy smokers get so used to smoking that they can actually develop withdrawal symptoms, like a decreased appetite and the inability to get comfortable. Most people that partake in a tolerance break may have trouble falling or staying asleep. While these are negative symptoms, they are temporary! This, like everything, will pass in time!
On a positive note, one of the more noticeable benefits of going on a tolerance break is that your wallet will love you again! You are going to save a lot of money by taking a short t-break because the whole point of this is to reset your tolerance! Once you return to your favorite high-inducing plant, you won't need to smoke as much to achieve your high, meaning you won't need to make that 6th trip to the dispensary in the 7 days.
How to Take the T-Break Without Absolutely Hating It
1. Acknowledge the Difficulty of the T-Break
Okay, so you've finally made the decision to take the break. You are committing to simply NOT using cannabis to secure a more enjoyable high for future use. There is, however, the issue of craving cannabis and the high it delivers; especially if you've been a consistently heavy user. The key thing to remember here is that this is YOUR decision. Meaning, while the break means to physically not do it, 50% of the task is also a mind game.
Statistically speaking, it takes approximately 21 days to rid yourself of any habit except for probably nicotine. From a "science" perspective, the habitual use of cannabis triggers dopamine levels to pop off. When you blaze, your brain sends a signal of happiness; and when you suddenly decide to stop, your brain and body will crave it. Some typical thoughts might include "okay...what if I just smoked like 1 bowl?" This is where you need the mental fortitude to stop yourself and continue to take that break. Don't worry. We believe in you!
2. Physically Get Rid of the Cannabis
When you break up with a significant other, do you keep their number, social media profiles, and physical items around? We hope the answer is no. During your t-break, please please please get rid of all your bud. You can choose to smoke it all for one last hurrah before your dry spell or be the kind and generous homie you are by giving it away to your favorite blazing buddies.
You might be thinking to keep just a little here and there for when your break it over. This is not the way to do things! The most effective way to take this break is by applying the "Out-Of-Sight, Out-Of-Mind" approach. Physically get rid of all your cannabis.
And sure, this might be incredibly difficult for you. But do you want to be able to enjoy this again or not? If it's the former, get rid of it!
3. Make Your Circle of Friends Aware of Your Break
Just imagine it if you did not tell your friends that you're on a t-break. The next time you see them, they break out the bud, get a circle going, then it's that awkward moment of politely declining even though you really want to partake. Avoid all that noise and have your friends hold you accountable for going on the tolerance break. Our hope is that if they are great friends, they'd do their best to not tempt you with the notion of breaking the t-break for a bowl.
4. Distract Yourself with Good Things for Your Body & Mind
Another hope of ours is that you have hobbies outside of blazing; and if you don't, this would put you in the perfect position to pick up a hobby with the newfound free time you would have otherwise used for smoking. Try doing something equally creative or active. Some of our favorite activities to try are:
- Spend time at a coffee shop with the hundreds of other screenwriters working on that first draft;
- Learn photoshop so you can finally help your musician friends out with gigs;
- Pick up a consistent workout routine (your future self will thank you for this);
- Go hiking and actually explore more of the wilderness than what the trail leads you to
You get the point! We're a little ridiculous when it comes to activity recommendations as you can see. The point of distracting yourself from the t-break isn't just about capitalizing on the free time. During this time, you should try to feed yourself (both body and mind) with useful things and activities. Eat healthy foods, drink plenty of water, and exercise, as these three things will help you get the leftovers out of your body.
5. Stay Strong!
Now remember, this tolerance break is very much a mental thing as it is a physical one. Stay in the mindset that you will get to you goal and reap the reward. For those that drop out early during the t-break, it may have helped very slightly but not comparable to if you lasted the entire time. With all this, we hope that if and when you take your t-break, you absolutely kill it! Once you're done and back, we'd love to give you a hug with a Weedsy in hand just for you. Check out the nearest dispensary to find a Weedsy that's perfect for you!FIND US