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Infinite CBD • July 9, 2021
When it comes to cannabinoids, sometimes the answer is not as black and white as we would hope. When it comes to tolerance breaks, the same logic applies. Many may assume that regardless of what cannabinoids and what form of cannabis or hemp you may consume, a tolerance break may be necessary. Sometimes, this is true. Other times, however, there may not be a need for a tolerance break. A tolerance break very well may set you back a few pegs on your personal cannabis journey.
How and why do you consume cannabinoids? Which cannabinoids do you utilize? Are you an individual that sticks strictly to CBD isolate? These are the questions we will need to review to determine whether or not it makes practical sense for you to engage in a tolerance break, also commonly known as a “T break.“ Depending on your answers, will explain whether or not a break would make sense for you and your health.
To start, determine which cannabinoids you utilize in your daily routine. Those who utilize psychoactive and non-psychoactive cannabinoids will have a different experience than those who stick to one or the other. In truth, depending on which cannabinoid, you may very well be building a reverse tolerance!
For those who are unaware, a reverse tolerance is exactly what it sounds like – the opposite of the tolerance building that you may be used to. In short, a reverse tolerance leaves a user able to use less and less of a specific substance while experiencing more powerful effects. Unfortunately, this is not true for all cannabinoids. So let’s break this down and explain which cannabinoids lead to a reverse tolerance.
As you may have guessed, psychoactive cannabinoids such as THC will lead a consumer to begin building a tolerance to cannabis. For regular cannabis users, this is no longer the case. Many long-term cannabis users find themselves needing higher amounts of cannabis or cannabis extracts to reach their intended effects. For those experiencing this, a tolerance break is absolutely suggested!
Interestingly enough, the case for non-psychoactive cannabinoids, such as CBD isolate, are the exact opposite from cannabinoids such as THC. When you include CBD isolate into your daily routine, You very well may start to build a reverse tolerance. In summation, a reverse tolerance will save you time and products in the long run. Your body will start to acclimate itself to the isolated cannabinoid and deliver more immediate and more noticeable results with less and less use of the product over time. Much like the popular kava drink that some of you may already be familiar with!
Long story short, psychoactive cannabinoids, like THC, can start to disrupt the endocannabinoid system over time. Research has shown that consistent and daily use of THC products can begin to deplete your CB1 receptors. For those of you that have read our Endocannabinoid System Blog, you will know that CB1 receptors are responsible for pain receptors, short term memory, thinking, appetite and a handful of other noticeable body functions – mostly pertaining to the brain.
When it comes to a tolerance break, we give our bodies time to restore this receptor. Luckily, the Endocannabinoid System is very self-sufficient and will not take long to replenish itself!
If you are someone who participates in psychoactive cannabinoids, don’t fear! Needing more and more each time is nothing to be ashamed of and can absolutely be reversed with a quick break. For those looking to totally purge their body of any and all cannabinoids, research suggests that it can take an individual from 2 to 30 days depending on diet and exercise. However, research also shows that a 48 hour break every 30 days can keep the body regularly processing cannabinoids in a healthy and sustainable way.
Some customers may want to go on a tolerance break while still needing the effects of cannabinoids. For this circumstance, we recommend utilizing CBD isolate! This will give your CB1 receptors the time needed to restore themselves – the sole purpose of going on a tolerance break!
If you are someone who only participates in non-psychoactive cannabinoids, such as CBD isolate, skip the tolerance break! Of course, if you feel that it is necessary to take a break from cannabinoids in general, we will support you 100%. However, given that CBD isolate leads to a reverse tolerance, it will save you money in the long run to get more bang for your buck and take advantage of the reverse tolerance.
As always, we recommend that you take it easy and consult with your primary care physician before making any changes to your consumption. Our bodies can be rather fragile at times, and each of us are unique in our own way. Consulting a doctor or medical care professional before making decisions like this can offer insight to your decision making to ensure that your journey to health is exactly how you envision it.