Realistically, it’s impossible to avoid building a somewhat developed and strong tolerance to THC over time. It’s the same with any drug – the more you use it, the greater the resistance your body develops to it and the more you need. Some stay in lightweight territory for their entire lives, but most will inevitably find themselves struggling to reach the same high after years of continuous cannabis use.
Sooner or later, showing off about your enormous THC tolerance becomes something of a hollow victory. You may be a legend in the eyes of inexperienced stoners, but the inability to get high is no laughing matter. The higher your tolerance climbs, the more you have to smoke (and spend) to achieve even the remotest buzz.
The question being – what can you do to combat an immense THC tolerance, without resorting to extremes?
Mercifully, there are countless avenues to explore that can make a real difference. So if you’re finding it increasingly difficult to get high, consider trying one (or more) of the following:
1. Experiment with new strains
First up, just because you’re almost completely immune to one strain doesn’t mean you’ll have the same resistance to an entirely different strain. Believe it or not, it’s exclusively about the THC content of the cannabis you consume. It’s therefore worth experimenting with a handful of new strains – ideally something you’ve never tried before. Every cannabis strain produces its own unique high, so it could be as simple as a stepping out of your comfort zone on occasion.
2. Focus more on quality
Of course, it could also be that the cannabis you’ve been buying simply isn’t of sufficient quality to get the job done. If you’re relying on a dodgy dealer or bargain-basement dispensary, why not step things up a little? Or perhaps even consider growing your own? If the cannabis you buy is bogus, you can’t expect it to have the desired effect. Try to avoid cutting corners on quality, even if it means spending a little more.
3. Give vaping a try
Like it or loathe it, the vaping revolution is here to stay. And with good reason, as a quality vaporising gadget can extract far more THC from a cannabis nug than any comparable piece of smoking paraphernalia. It may mean putting your longstanding beliefs and scruples to one side, but give vaping a try just once and you may be blown away by the results. Particularly useful if trying to gain maximum ‘bang for buck’ with every baggie you buy.
4. Eat it
One of the best ways of getting maximum THC into your system and keeping it there for as long as possible is to switch to edibles. Of course, some would argue that simply chowing-down on cannabis eliminates much of the ceremony that adds to the enjoyment. Nevertheless, it’s a means to an end – one that could get you higher than smoking the stuff. Try to remember that cannabis edibles aren’t exclusively about boring brownies and biscuits. Get creative in the kitchen and discover an entire new world of cannabis cuisine to explore.
5. Get more exercise
Getting up and active is a tried, tested and verified way to combat an excessive THC tolerance. Along with giving your body the energy it needs to do its business, exercise also triggers the release of endorphins and other goodies. All of which interact with the cannabis you consume to create the buzz you’re chasing. The fitter and healthier you are, the more likely you are to get high as a kite with just a tiny amount of THC needed.
6. Cut down (temporarily)
If you’re already struggling to get high, there’s no harm cutting down on your cannabis consumption for a short while at least. Eliminate about 50% of your usual consumption for a few weeks, after which you may find that stepping back up to your prior consumption level has the desired impact. You could be looking at a couple of rather challenging weeks, but you may find the payoff more than worth the effort.
7. Take a tolerance break
If you’re serious about taking your tolerance down a hefty notch or two, you could always go the whole-hog with a tolerance break. This means practically or completely eliminating cannabis from your routine, giving your body sufficient time to detox and eliminate every trace of THC from your system. Sooner or later, your tolerance will return to the same level as the very first time you picked up a joint. It’s up to you how long you abstain for, but keep it going for a while and you’re golden.
8. Consider concentrates
Last but not least, if you cannot bear to reduce your intake and a tolerance break is out of the question, there’s a world of cannabis concentrates to explore. It’s up to you whether you make your own or buy a batch from a reputable seller, but stepping up to concentrates really can open up a whole new world. Many quality cannabis concentrates pack THC in the realms of 60% and up – more than double the potency of any mainstream cannabis strain. You could also try moon rocks, which combine a whole bunch of cannabis strains and forms into one glorious nugget of mind-blowing magic.
While an excessive THC tolerance isn’t necessarily something to be proud of, it can also be borderline inevitable. If you consume cannabis on a regular basis, you’d then find yourself needing more of the stuff to achieve the same effects. Hence, the best approach is to consider the tips listed here before your tolerance spirals out of control.
Still, if that particular ship has sailed, a tolerance break could still bring you back down to earth. Unpleasant it may be, but it’s a means to an end – and one that’s (almost) guaranteed to work.