The pharmacological definition of drug tolerance is “resistance or decreased responsiveness to expected actions of a drug” that results in “higher or more frequent dosing to achieve initial effects of a drug”. Now let’s make one thing clear, tolerance does not imply addiction. If you are tolerant to weed it only means that you have to smoke more to get high.
Marijuana Tolerance Is Expensive
I am not a certified mathematician, but I can count, add and subtract numbers without the use of my toes and hands. After doing some math last night, I realized one very important thing.
The problem with building up a tolerance for marijuana is. You will have to spend a shit ton of money each month on weed.
Let’s say you are in California for example, two years ago an eighth of an ounce cost $20 or less in California. Today, the same amount will cost you more than $50 if you buy it legally. On the black-market or from your unlicensed dealer, you may get it for less. An eighth of an ounce is enough to last some people for a day or two. If you smoke daily or more than 3 days a week, the numbers will add up. Think about it, if you spend $50 on an eighth of an ounce daily, in a month you will be spending $1,400 on weed.
Sure, you can try to save some cash by buying low-quality weed, but remember. If you buy cheap weed from a random person on the street, there is no telling what’s in the product. It could be laced with rat poison, sugar, petroleum, and many other things. I’m not saying that all cheap weed is bad, what I’m saying is, if you decide to buy cheap weed. Buy it from a trustable source. Alternatively, you should grow your own supply.
Looking For A New Job?
If you are planning to join the military, if you are an athlete or if you are looking for a job, there is no telling what the entry requirements might be. Some employers require you to undertake a drug test before they hire you. Traces of weed in your system may cost you a job that you may have been after for months or maybe even years. The sad part is, if you are a chronic smoker. Weed can stay in your system for a very long time.
The good news is. There are ways to beat a drug test. If you have enough time, use this table when deciding when to take a break.
|Use||Positive urine test|
|One time use||1-6 days|
|Moderate use||7-13 days|
|Frequent use||15+ days|
|Heavy user||30+ days|
Why Some People Find It Difficult To Take A Break From Marijuana
Marijuana is not addictive, but, you may be addicted to that feeling of happiness you get after smoking weed. The thing is, as humans we like to feel good. If something makes you feel good, you will want to do it as much as you can.
The reason why some people get addicted to being high or marijuana is. They use marijuana or other drugs as an escape from their normal lives. Do you often find yourself saying things like “damn, I hate being sober” do you make up excuses to avoid work and smoke weed?
The truth is, when sober you realize how boring life can be. When bored, your mind and body will push you into doing something exciting or different. This can lead to polydrug abuse and addiction. The more you smoke, the higher the probability that you will build a tolerance to weed or get addicted to it.
To avoid falling into this trap, you should get a hobby or smoke on a schedule. The point is, always be in control i.e. don’t let weed or any other drug control you. The first step you should take is to learn to say no to yourself and your friends.
Learn To Avoid Temptation
For some people, taking a break from weed is not an easy thing to do. Look at it this way; all it takes to fail for some people is the smell or sight of weed. If you are addicted to weed, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, headache, insomnia and fatigue.
While sober avoid temptation at all cost. That means that, you should:
- Stay away from people smoking weed.
- Get rid of your stash.
There are some activities that you connect with smoking; they are called “pattern triggers”. Some things that may trigger smoking are:
- After having sex.
- Partying and drinking alcohol.
- Watching TV.
- Taking a work break.
- Before going to bed.
You know your trigger; if you want this to work you simply have to avoid those triggers until you break your tolerance.
How Long Should A Tolerance Break Be?
One way to reduce THC tolerance is to switch strains, if you smoke high potency weed. Try switching to a low potency strain.
Most people beat marijuana tolerance in a week or two, however, to be sure. You should stretch that period to a month or more.
Generally, it’s all about learning to control your urges. There are five easy strategies you can use to control your urges, Delay, Escape, Avoid, Distract and Substitute. For example, instead of sitting on your butt smoking weed all day, you should find a hobby or volunteer.