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Regular cannabis consumers have been known to experience fluctuations in their tolerance to marijuana over time. Despite rotating strains or trying new consumption methods, some consumers report that the expected effects from cannabis seem to dissipate or feel muted after repeated use. To combat the diminishing of these effects over time, some consumers opt to take "tolerance breaks" in order to refresh how their bodies and minds react to cannabis.
What is a cannabis tolerance break?
A tolerance break, sometimes called a t-break, is just that: a short-term break from cannabis to clear one's head and body of cannabinoids, notably THC. But does it work? Past research has indicated that regular cannabis consumers do indeed build up a tolerance to the drug. A study by Dr. Miles Herkenham of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) on the cannabinoid receptor system and its tolerance to cannabis came to the following conclusion:
"The effect... is time- and dose-dependent, and is reversible, and thus appears to be cannabinoid-receptor mediated... The result [of the study] has implications for the consequences of chronic high levels of drug use in humans, suggesting diminishing effects with greater levels of consumption."
While it is possible to become highly tolerant of cannabis and its myriad effects, the build-up can be reversed by taking a break from the drug. Some consumers benefit from reducing their rate of consumption, while others choose to abstain completely for a set duration so that the more noticeable, psychoactive effects of cannabis can return at fuller potency.
A tolerance break can also consist of changing a consumer's regular routine, which can influence the effectiveness of cannabis and the way it interacts with the mind and body. For example, skipping consumption in the morning may encourage the onset of stronger effects during evening consumption. Ultimately, the length and severity of a tolerance break depends on the individual and his or her consumption patterns.