Constant cannabis consumption can increase ones tolerance, leaving it harder to reach the same original desired effects. A tolerance break, also known as a t-break is when the body receives a temporary break from THC to clear the body and mind, and to reset the cannabinoid receptors.

Committing to a tolerance break from cannabis is the best way to ensure that you are achieving that great experience that you once had.

Why Do People Take Tolerance Breaks?

Mainly, a tolerance break is vehicle to get you back to the same cannabis high that was once experienced in the beginning of your cannabis journey.

Many consider taking a break from THC as it can become very costly; having a high THC tolerance, you will need to buy and consume larger amounts of cannabis to reach that desired high.

Sometimes, individuals may feel like their relationship with cannabis is taking over their responsibilities, social life and relationships; choosing to consume cannabis over doing everyday chores, work, or spending time with friends and family.

Cannabis smokers often take a tolerance break to help them become more of a mindful smoker. Smoking often results in your brain being heavily accustomed to smoking, especially when it is triggered by experiences. Mindful smoking helps bring awareness to one’s actions and can help aid in fostering better smoking habits.

How Long Should Your Tolerance Break Be? 

The duration of a tolerance break is different for everyone and essentially depends on the individual’s consumption patterns.

Depending on how frequent you consume cannabis, it may vary on how fast your THC levels will drop. Those who consume cannabis on an everyday basis have discovered that their tolerance has successfully decreased after 14-21 days of a t-break. Infrequent cannabis users can take a shorter duration to have a successful tolerance break, as little as 3-5 days can get t the job done.

What Should You Expect During A Tolerance Break?

Those who are going through a tolerance break may experience withdrawals, especially those who are heavily dependent on cannabis. Symptoms you might encounter on a tolerance break include increased mood swings, fatigue, headaches, nausea, insomnia, diminished appetite, cognitive impairments, vivid dreams, and more.

Though these symptoms are considered mild compared to other substance withdrawals and tend to not last as long, it is still not a walk in the park to overcome.

To help minimize cannabis withdrawal symptoms, it is recommended to stay hydrated and to get lots of rest. Staying hydrated will help with the process of flushing and reducing THC levels in your system. In addition to staying hydrated, exercise can play a great role in minimizing symptoms, as it will not only help keep your mind off of cannabis, but it will also increase your endorphins and boost your mood.

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What To Consider After Your T-Break

After successfully completing your tolerance break from cannabis, you may want to slowly ease your way back into the cannabis world to prevent having to take another t-break in the near future.

Using lower THC products is a way to help with keep your tolerance at a minimum. As your cannabinoid levels have been reset, you will be able to reach that desired experience with products that contain a lower THC percentage.


If you are a frequent cannabis user, you may find that you are not achieving the same cannabis experiences you once enjoyed. This calls for a tolerance break; taking a temporary break from all cannabis-related products to effectively reset your cannabinoid levels.

Committing to a tolerance can be challenging, but with the proper mindset and knowledge, it can be a smooth experience that leads you right back to the great cannabis experience you once had.