Like any other substance, developing a tolerance for marijuana is problematic for those who consume it regularly. Seasoned users find themselves buying and smoking tons of weed as a way of feeling the effects that they used to experience with just a few hits.
Once your tolerance for the drug is built up, specifically for THC, the most effective way of rebooting your system is to drop it for a couple of weeks so your body can shake off the cannabinoids. But does the same apply to CBD?
There are many reasons why you’d want to keep a low tolerance when consuming CBD, whether it’s to save money, out of fear of triggering drug tests, or for simply not wanting to consume as much of it in your everyday life. If you’re taking CBD as a way to treat a medical condition, it’s best to talk to a doctor before making any decisions and tampering with your dosage. Stopping CBD medications might cause a flare up in inflammation, pain or whatever condition you were treating.
When it comes to the effect that CBD has on the body, there are several theories swirling around, most of them emphasizing how different CBD and THC are. Users who’ve experimented with CBD say that sometimes the compound takes a while to have an effect, requiring users to take it for a couple of months in order to experience some change or improvement.
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CBD acts as an antagonist when it comes to its relationship with your cannabinoid system, the opposite of what THC does. Unlike THC, CBD reduces the binding activity of your CB1 receptors. CBD tends to control the negative side effects of THC, suggesting that the compound limits how much binding occurs with your CB1 receptors. Strains that have high content of THC & CBD tend to produce mild experiences that don’t lead to paranoid highs while strains that feature high amounts of THC are much more likely to result in a marijuana overdose.
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CBD might do the opposite of what THC does in our systems, producing a “reverse tolerance.” Instead of us building a tolerance for the compound and needing to consume more of it to experience the same effects, continuing to ingest CBD might multiply the natural endocannabinoids in our bodies, meaning that once this process begins we can consume less CBD and experience the same powerful results.
While more research is necessary in order to draw more definitive conclusions, tolerance breaks might not apply when it comes to CBD. The compound is doing its own thing and requires someone who’s patient if they desire to experience its full range of effects.