6 Steps To Control Your THC Tolerance

What do you do when your tolerance for THC gets too high? How do you keep from smoking the entire stash just to get that regular high you’ve always enjoyed?

This is one of the questions I get all the time from my more experienced stoner and patient friends! After you’ve been using cannabis for awhile, you may notice that you no longer get as high as you did when you first started, which is perfectly natural.

Over time, the body does build up a tolerance to THC, which can lead to a serious reduction in the effects you feel from consuming cannabis products. This means you may have to use significantly more product each time you medicate, otherwise your pain or anxiety may return with a vengeance.

Having a high tolerance can result in lots of wasted product and frustration when trying to medicate your symptoms. 

Luckily, there’s a workaround, and it’s called healthy lifestyle. THC metabolites are stored in the fat cells, so it makes sense that keeping your diet and exercise plan on point can help you shed some of that stubborn old tolerance and feel fresh each next time you medicate. THC is not necessarily a “toxin” but it can be eliminated like one.

Below is my six-step strategy for keeping my THC tolerance under control.

  1. Drink Tons of Water.

    If you’re not sure if you’re getting enough, a good benchmark is at least half your body weight # in fluid ounces daily. So if you’re 150lb, that means you should shoot for 75 fluid ounces of water per day. That’s like 6 regular-sized water bottles – so get crackin’!


  1. Eat Antioxidants Daily.

    Eating clean is important for health in general, but making an effort to add antioxidants to your diet can really help you get rid of unwanted stuff within your body. Try to eat big servings of fruits & dark veggies, or even rich red or green juices daily. Red wine has antioxidant properties to a certain extent, too, though it’s probably not a good choice during a tolerance break as alcohol dehydrates your cells – making it tougher to shed those pesky THC remnants.


  1. Sweat Daily.

    It’s recommended to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day to stay healthy. However, as often as you can, I would recommend doing something that will work up a sweat. Build up that heat and friction to get rid of some of the THC in your fat cells. If you drink alcohol, make sure to hydrate even more than usual before working out. That way you’ll get the full sweat benefit.


  1. Switch Consumption Methods. 

    THC metabolizes differently when it’s eaten, than when it’s smoked or vaporized. Playing around with how you consume each day can help you feel a wider range of effects. For example, try an edible sometimes instead of smoking, use a topical for your pain instead of smoking, or switch to dabbing if you find yourself constantly requiring a higher dose. You may even find a new favorite product by doing some experimentation outside of your comfort zone! 


  1. Give Yourself A Break

    If you have changed your diet plan, increased your amount of exercise, and still feel unaffected when it comes to using cannabis, try taking a minimum of 2 weeks off THC. Supplement with a CBD oil or other herbal supplement during this time to stay balanced.


People are surprised to hear that I pretty much never take breaks from smoking. I do have a pretty high tolerance, but by keeping active and switching back and forth between flower and concentrates, I still pretty much feel the way I want to feel every day. As I find more edibles that fit my lifestyle, I’m also having an easier time getting that old high back.

Though, it is nice to be able to take higher doses and still be productive, rather than a giggling mess like I was in high school. 🙂

What’s the longest break you’ve ever taken from cannabis, and how did you feel afterward? What has worked for you in terms of controlling your tolerance?


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