Research has shown that many heavy weed users develop a cannabis tolerance over time. To put it simply, the more cannabis you smoke, the less high you get. Many long-time users experience this phenomenon and must continuously increase their intake to still feel the same psychoactive effects of the THC. This can get expensive, so many cannabis users wonder if there are any ways to reduce their tolerance.

The Traditional “T-Break”

Most cannabis connoisseurs are familiar with the concept of taking a “tolerance break” from smoking weed. This allows the body to naturally flush out cannabinoids, including THC, gradually over time. One recent study found that if people who smoke cannabis every day take just a short 2-day T-break, their tolerance decreases.

The buildup of cannabinoids in the body reverses surprisingly rapidly after stopping cannabis use, and the research posited that the rate at which the buildup decreases actually increases over time. Many smokers traditionally take a month-long T-break, and this study confirmed that on the 28th day of the study, tolerance levels were still increasingly improving. However, even after one month, smokers still have higher than normal levels of cannabinoids in their systems than those who abstain from marijuana use.

Levels can indeed eventually return to “normal”, but how long one needs to abstain depends on the frequency and duration of previous cannabis use. There’s no “one-size-fits-all” to taking a T-break, but taking even a few days off can grant the habitual user a better high.

Take Microdoses

Microdosing is a viable option for consumers wishing to lower their tolerance while not abstaining from cannabis completely. Since tolerance to weed occurs when more and more is needed to achieve the same effect as before, lowering intake can help reduce tolerance. The build-up of cannabinoids in the body is slowed, thus slowing down the rate at which tolerance levels rise.

However, those who microdose often engage in more frequent use. So, even though microdosing might lead to smoking less in each sitting, if the number of smoke seshes increases, one’s cannabis tolerance is still going to be the same and won’t vary much over time. Microdosing is a valuable tool to those looking to decrease their tolerance without complete cannabis cessation, and if done right can lead to a lower tolerance level in habitual users.

Consume CBD-Dominant Cannabis

This may just be the life-hack that cannabis consumers have been looking for their whole lives. With legal medical and recreational marijuana becoming more available worldwide, consumers benefit from the increased regulations surrounding testing and labeling of cannabis. This is because when purchasing marijuana legally, the buyer can see the exact ratio of CBD to THC in each strain available for sale. Choosing a strain that has a higher ratio of CBD to THC can help one decrease their tolerance over time without changing the frequency or amount that they consume.

While it’s true that both CBD and THC engage the endocannabinoid system in the human body, strains of weed that are lower in THC can have little-to-no psychoactive effects on the consumer. This allows people to still reap the medical benefits of cannabis and CBD, while still lowering their intake of THC and thus their tolerance. Choosing to cycle between different cannabinoid dominant strains can keep one’s tolerance down.

Just remember, there is no one-size-fits all approach to reducing your cannabis tolerance. Be sure to choose the approach that’s best for you and your body’s needs. If you use marijuana medically, be sure to talk to your caregiver before changing doses or dosing methods in an effort to reduce tolerance to cannabinoids.