Oh, the tolerance break. That necessary, yet irritating part of being a consistent cannabis user. It is needed too terribly often, but it shouldn’t be discounted as an important check and balance for someone who uses weed as a recreational substance. So, what exactly is a cannabis tolerance break? Why do you need it? How do you do it? If you find yourself asking these questions, read on friend, because we have got just the answers you are looking for.
What is a Cannabis Tolerance Break?
A tolerance break is when someone takes a step back from using cannabis for an extended period of time. It can be a week, a few weeks, a month or a few months. It is a tactic used by consistent cannabis users in order to lower their tolerance for pot.
Anyone who has smoked, vaped, dabbed or eaten cannabis knows that after doing so for a while on a steady basis, the ability to reach the same high diminishes. The longer you consume cannabis regularly, the more cannabis you need to consume if you do want to acquire that feeling. Luckily, if a person stops using marijuana, their tolerance can lower, making cannabis seem more potent. But the weed is the same, it is the person’s body that has changed.
There are a few reasons why taking a cannabis tolerance break is helpful, aside from the need to lower one’s tolerance. Giving yourself a break from weed can be enlightening and productive. That is not to say that you can’t be enlightened or productive while using cannabis, but hear me out. Taking an extended time away from it can be a great way to analyze just how pot fits into your life, affects your wallet and your waistline.
Taking a tolerance break lets you get a less hazy viewpoint of why you’re choosing to use cannabis in the first place.
For example, many people use cannabis to give themselves a stress relief. When taking a tolerance break, users give themselves the space and time to discover, or re-discover, other ways to control stress. Yoga, exercise, writing, reading, meditating or making art are all viable ways to relieve stress – but those strategies can go by the wayside when feel like all you need to do is smoke a joint.
Other folks use cannabis purely for recreational fun, either in conjunction with alcohol or as a replacement for it. But if you are smoking weed every day, and can’t bring yourself to take a break, you might not have the healthiest of relationships with pot. While using cannabis isn’t going to make you sick and isn’t going to make you a driveling, drooling idiot, it can become a habit that is hard to break. Taking a tolerance break can give you a chance to consider how you can have fun without the use of a substance.
A tolerance break is a great time to take a look at your bank account and save some cash. Have you been spending money on weed instead of paying your car bill on time every month? If so, it might be time for a tolerance break. Are you finding yourself with plenty of weed but an empty wallet more often than not? If so, it might be time for a tolerance break. It is usually cheaper to purchase cannabis in a legal state, which is a bit lighter on a consumers wallet. During the t-break, creating a budget for cannabis that fits within one’s means can be a very valuable use of one’s time.
Are Munchies a Problem?
Without cannabis, over snacking issues can dissipate. When smoking, vaping or dabbing weed a person can find themselves ravenous when it comes to food. Simply put, pot can make your eyes bigger than your stomach. During my last tolerance break, I lost several pounds because I wasn’t constantly running to the kitchen, or the closest fast food place, in order to satiate my hunger. If you notice the number on the scale getting higher than you are comfortable with, a tolerance break can help break you of your munchie problem.
When and How Often?
If a cannabis user finds themselves needing more and more in order to get stoned, it might be time for a tolerance break. This writer once got into the habit of smoking up to an eigth of legal Colorado top shelf a day but wasn’t really feeling high after the first few bowls. It was time to take a tolerance break for sure.
If you are questioning whether or not you need to take a tolerance break, you should probably just go ahead and take one.
You can take a tolerance break as often as you like. Once a month, once every few months or once a year. Whatever works for you. Just make sure you keep it real with yourself, and schedule t breaks as often as your earnestly need one.
Sex & Sinsemilla: The Pleasure Enthusiast on Using Cannabis to Reduce Pain During Sex
For many a cannathusiast, sex and weed make the best of bedfellows. From helping you unwind and taking you out of your head, to increased sensation and pleasure, for some, the herb can be a natural aphrodisiac. An entire sub-category of cannabis products has been developed to help people enjoy sex more, whether it be to reduce pain during sex or to increase their connection with their partner.
However, there is also research that suggests smoking herb increases orgasm length, raises sperm count, that cannabis improves their experience and people who partake in weed also partake in sex more frequently.
Enough sexy data talk. Valentine’s Day seemed like the right time to debut the sex and sinsemilla advice column from Cara Cordoni, Cannabis Aficionado’s resident Pleasure Enthusiast, who will be answering your questions around cannabis, intimacy and sex, as well as offering up product reviews and suggestions to help you maximize your sexy times.
Dear Pleasure Enthusiast,
I want to have a sexy night with my partner, but I’ve been experiencing pain during penetration. I’ve heard that cannabis can help… can it?
– Sexy ‘n Suffering
Dear Sexy ‘n Suffering,
You’re not alone in experiencing pain during sex — and the first order of concern is to explore the root cause. Has there been an injury? Are you emotionally comfortable and safe? Is there an underlying condition like an infection, endometriosis or fibroids? Have you been to see a medical professional? Understand the source before addressing the symptoms. Once you know what’s up, then yes, cannabis could help reduce pain during sex.
Many of us gals feel pain due to lack of lubrication, which can be addressed with relaxation, foreplay and the use of a sexual lubricant like Intimate Oil by Privvy Peach, Smooth Operator by Quim, Awaken by Foria or Quiver by HerbaBuena.
These lubes combine cannabis, in the form THC, CBD, or both and known herbal aphrodisiacs like passionflower extract to provide pelvic relaxation, increase blood flow and reduce inflammation. Many women experience enhanced sensitivity with these infused lubricants, as well. Quim is aloe vera based and safe with latex, while Foria is coconut oil-based and not latex friendly. Luckily, there are many options on the market in legal states, or with CBD for everyone. I always recommend a patch test before applying to your privates. And if the first one you try doesn’t suit you, don’t give up, try another as each is unique.
I applaud you on your journey of pain reduction and pleasure enhancement.
The Pleasure Enthusiast at Work
QUIM: Smooth Operator
Squirt squirt; a slippery, opaque, white liquid coats on my fingers. Smooth Operator reminds me vaguely of semen, which is both titillating and disturbing. I apply it liberally to myself for a solo test flight. I wait for the 5-7 recommended minutes for the serum to penetrate and take effect feeling hopeful and skeptical. Yet as I read Quim’s elegant pamphlet, the slippery serum feels fantastic on my clit and labia and I notice that blood flow is visibly increased. Everything is gently engorging and I like it.
Foria: Intimacy CBD Lubricant and Awaken
I apply four squirts of Awaken directly to my vulva. I like the smell: it’s faint, the slightest edge of thin mint. The feeling is almost immediate, a coolness, very subtle and engaging, then a warmth. I see and feel blood flow increasing.
I then pour Foria’s clear coconut oil-based lube into my palm — it’s messy, some runs down the bottle. Coconut oil is my preferred lubricant when there’s no latex involved, so this liquid oil feels nice. After some experimentation, I find Foria’s products are super helpful with anal play, where the relaxing and slightly numbing qualities work best.
Do you have a question about sex that you’d like the Pleasure Enthusiast to answer? Get in touch: email@example.com.
New G Pen & B Real Collab Seamlessly Fuses the Best of Cannabis Culture
In these days of uncertainty and social distancing, it’s refreshing to finally see some good news. Two pioneers of cannabis culture, Grenco Science (G Pen) and Cypress Hill frontman B Real have joined forces to launch a range of co-branded products.
“B Real has been a cultural force in both music and cannabis, and together with Grenco Science, we are reinventing the cannabis experience for our customers who have come to expect quality and innovation like only Grenco Science can provide.”
Grenco Science’s new partnership with the critically acclaimed artist and entrepreneur behind Dr. Greenthumb’s Dispensaries will see a line of products introduced to the market, that is set to include co-branded product offerings and fully integrating the G Pen line into Dr. Greenthumb’s Dispensaries with custom build-outs in California.
Cannabis Aficionado’s Guide to a Luxurious Valentine’s Day
Treat yourself or that special someone with the Cannabis Aficionado guide to partaking in a luxurious Valentine’s Day. From precious jewels to pleasuring lubes, silky robes to stylish home decor, the dankest weed to delicious chocolate treats, there’s something for all you lovers out there.
Lovers Edition combines five herbal aphrodisiacs with cannabis to create what they call “the best sex drug in the world.” It’s formulated for both a physical and psychological high, working to increase blood flow while also helping you relax and get out of your head.
This multi-aphrodisiac blend is formulated for people with vulvas, to enhance tactile sensation and pleasure while decreasing tension, discomfort and dryness.
Genifer Murray and Glenn Murray are expert jewelry makers as well as being passionate cannabis advocates. This beautiful sativa leaf pendant necklace is artfully crafted from 14kt gold and is available in a variety of sizes.
Jacquie Aische designs jewelry with the intention of empowering women. Join her tribe with these stunning Dream Catcher Hoops from her Sweet Leaf collection.
The Ganja Urn from Jonathan Adler’s Botanist collection is the perfect bougie scene-stealer — a must-have for all cannabis aficionado’s to stash their secrets.
Maria Valentino is a cutting-edge formulator and leader of green beauty and wellness for conscious consumers. This statement ring from her fine jewelry collection features pave diamonds, emulating the plant’s natural trichomes, and is set in 14k gold.
House of Saka
Toast to love with House ofSaka’s luxurious sparkling pink wine. Based on grapes from Napa Valley’s terroir and infused with the finest craft harvest. The resulting experience is intended to leave the imbiber feeling invigorating, clean and relaxed.
Mario Guzman aka Mr. Sherbinski grows some of the finest cannabis you’ll ever experience. His Pink Panties cultivar is a cross of Burmese Kush and a Florida Kush backcross. It expresses dense, medium-sized buds that reek of tart and tangy citrus alongside a strong floral bouquet.
White Fox on this planet is to formulate, alchemize and create specific effect driven medicine with the intention of showing you your own true greatness. Using a 2,000-year-old ayurvedic formulation, they have developed vape pens to increase your sexual energy and sensitivity.