Weed Tolerance Break: How to Survive an “Herbal Holiday”

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August 7, 2018
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So you want to take a weed tolerance break? Or as some people call it, an “herbal holiday.” Good for you! Taking a break demonstrates self-discipline and can help prevent you from becoming overly reliant on cannabis. Plus, it doesn’t take long to recalibrate your system to the point where you’ll need a lot less cannabis to achieve the same effects you used to. For most people, that can be as few as 72 hours.

Keep in mind, however, that taking a weed tolerance break is not always easy. With some proper planning, however, your chances of success will increase dramatically.

Here’s a simple 3-step plan to help you with your herbal holiday.

Step 1: Develop a Weed Tolerance Break Plan

Before you embark on your weed tolerance break, you need a plan. As they say, “failing to plan is planning to fail.”

First, be clear about why you think you need a tolerance break. Are you smoking too much? Has your tolerance increased so much that cannabis doesn’t affect you like it once did? Or, do you just want to see if you can take a break without missing it much? There’s no real right or wrong reason. Most reasons are valid, but be clear with your purpose and motivation for taking the break. Write it down and review it daily to remind yourself.

Beyond identifying your reason for taking a break, write out a short plan, leading with your reason (or reasons) for taking a break. The plan doesn’t need to be lengthy. In fact, the shorter, the better. As long as you address the key points, a paragraph or two is fine. Bullet points work great!

Your plan doesn’t need to consist of much. You can follow these bullet points to create it:

  • Why am I taking a break?
  • How long will my break last?
  • Who do I need to tell that I’m on a break?
  • What am I going to do if I have the urge to smoke? What alternatives can you use? Natural remedies? Exercise? Can you find a new hobby? Even CBD can be a great alternative. In fact, research suggests CBD can help prevent cravings. Just make sure whatever CBD product you pick doesn’t have THC.
  • Plan meals. Your appetite will likely change. You may not be hungry at all, or you may actually experience the munchies. Either way, you’ll want to think about your meals ahead of time.
  • Commit to exercising 3x per week. You can commit to more if you’re used to exercising regularly but don’t set yourself for failure by overcommitting.
  • How will I handle social gatherings where I may be tempted to use cannabis?

Step 2: Get Rid of All Your Cannabis

Weed Tolerance Break Get Rid of Weed

Obviously, you don’t want a bunch of cannabis laying around your house if you’re trying to take a break, so do yourself a favor — get rid of it! Gifting it to friends is probably the best idea. Not only can you tell them why you’re giving it to them — you’re taking a tolerance break — you can let them know you won’t be partaking for awhile (which is Step 3). They’ll thank you for the gift and be more likely to respect your boundaries.

If you keep your stash out of sight, it will more likely to be out of mind. And, that will make it a lot easier.

Step 3: Tell Your Friends That You’re Taking a Weed Tolerance Break

If you like to get high with your buddies, you’ve got to tell them you’re taking a break. Explain why and that it’s only a temporary. You’re giving yourself a “weed tolerance break” or an “herbal holiday.” Explain the benefits if you’d like. By at explaining your intentions and reasons, they’ll be more likely to respect your boundaries. Who knows? Maybe they’ll even want to join you.

Closing Thoughts

Congrats! You’re well on your way to taking a successful weed tolerance break. It may not be easy, but just keep your eye on the prize. And, remember, you don’t need to take a super long break (unless you want to).

Some final advice:

  • Set a date and stick with it. But make sure you’re taking a break for at least 72 hours. Otherwise, it’s not really worth it.
  • Make sure you have alternatives in place for when you get the urge. Natural remedies, exercise, new hobbies are all good. Just pick your poison. Or, rather, pick your antidote.

There you go! You’re now well on your way to a successful weed tolerance break.

If you’d like to find some CBD products to help you with your herbal holiday, scoot on over to Bud Hut to check the menu for Lyle (or any of our other stores).

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