CBD Tolerance [Complete Guide]

by Edward J. Ross

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A good number of questions have been asked worldwide, right from forums to conferences and even among scientists, about how to make the endocannabinoid system of the human body optimal.

Many patients and random CBD and THC users have been in search of more details to answer their questions. Similar to other types of drugs, gaining an adaptation to THC and CBD is not something that is uncommon. The basis of this article is to discuss building and reducing CBD tolerance as well as other information that relates to it.

Tolerance and it's Reverse: What They Mean

Looking at the meaning of this term in common English, tolerance refers to a kind of adaptation to a particular thing. You can also see it as building up a level of resistance to something that usually affects you. For example, people who frequently take any alcoholic product are said to feel less intoxicated with the same amount over time. This means they have to increase the amount if they want to feel those effects again, this is exactly what tolerance means. Many people sometimes mix this up with being addicted, which is an entirely different thing.

Reverse Tolerance, on the other hand, goes in the opposite direction of what regular tolerance means. Unlike the regular tolerance, in which you need a higher dosage to get the same effects, Reverse tolerance makes you need a lower dosage to get the same effect. It is sometimes called drug sensitization in some fields, and the dosage you will require might keep on decreasing.

Now speaking about tolerance, the main reason a person can tolerate substances is because of the regular body function. The body has a function that helps balance its contents on a cellular level, and this is called homeostasis. This balance affects all systems right from the immune system, digestive system, nervous system, endocannabinoid system, etc. All these systems are taken back to their stable state over time due to this function, and this is what it means when the term "build up a tolerance" is used.

Medical Cannabis and its Relation to Tolerance of CBD

Questions have come up frequently, asking if people can end up developing CBD Tolerance to medical cannabis. Looking closely at these kinds of questions, it is not something that can be explained directly. The reason for this is that Cannabis actually relates to two cannabinoids known as THC and CBD (Cannabidiol). Understanding this, along with further studies, has proven that the body will build up a tolerance to these two cannabinoids on different levels.

The first cannabinoid which is THC exists to be a compound that creates an intoxicating feeling like one of its side effects. This feeling is what users refer to as getting "high". On the other hand, research done by health care practitioners has proven CBD (cannabidiol) to be a compound that has a medicinal effect. It holds some health benefits in regulating moods, like treating anxiety and depression. It also works for relieving pain based on some consumer reviews and reports from the food and drug administration.

Although, unlike CBD, THC does have cause intoxicating effects, we can't deny that it also has medicinal value. It is known for its benefits in treating insomnia and any health issue similar to it. 

Developing THC and CBD Tolerance

To answer the question which goes "can patients really develop tolerance to CBD and THC?" Firstly for THC, the answer is yes. People can build up a tolerance to THC. Like any other chemical substance, THC use in a larger dose will cause you to develop some tolerance to CBD.

Consumption of THC affects your cannabinoid receptors in a way that causes it to affect you. It foes this by binding itself to the CB1 receptors after consumption. Ingesting a higher dose makes this receptor activity to be stronger, making it gain tolerance to it. This implies that consuming a higher dose gives your body a better means of managing it entirely.

Regarding CBD, it might sound like a piece of good news or bad news, but you cant build tolerance by increasing your dose. The reason for this is that it does not bind itself to the CB1 receptor the like THC does. This implies that the action of this substance on the receptors does not make them desensitized.

Some health specialists even believe that the cannabinoid receptors experience reverse tolerance to CBD. So if you happen to be among the users who take any CBD product like CBD oil etc, you really have nothing to worry about regarding CBD tolerance.

Doses for Tolerance to CBD and THC

Since CBD does not give any intoxicating side effects so you won't need to develop any tolerance to it. THC on the other hand will require you to use more of it, especially if you frequently take any THC product.

Gaining tolerance as we know it to means the sensitivity of the CB1 receptors reduces, and you will not feel the benefits as you usually should. So unless you increase the amount of it you take in, you will likely not react to it. Always make sure you meet with a health care professional before increasing the amount you take.

Tolerance Break

If you have ever been looking for how to increase your sensitivity to some particular chemicals or drugs, then you should have heard of T-break. T-break or Tolerance break, as it is also called, is known as an interval where you step back from taking any cannabis-related substance. There comes a time where your body becomes highly tolerant to cannabinoids, whereby you don't feel any of the effects.

Sometimes even when you take an overdose, you hardly feel it. This is when you really need a break. Tolerance breaks function as a method that helps you reset your system back to its default or a level close to it. You can see it as healing your receptors and allowing them to recover since it is basically the same thing.

According to Research, your receptors take as little as two days to recover from high tolerance, but sometimes a week is recommended. This is to help reorganize your routine and take it to a moderate level. It is also advised that you should stay away from cannabis for at least four weeks if you plan to reset your tolerance level back to zero.

Cannabis Tolerance Break: What to Know

When you observe your break, try as much as possible to keep your body active during that period. You can engage in some physical activities like going to the gym, involving yourself in sports like hiking, soccer, basketball, etc. Also, remember to keep yourself hydrated at all times and maintain healthy nutritional habits. This involves eating healthy meals in the right quantity and at the right time.

Take note that once you are done with your break and want to go back to cannabis, be sure to take the same or a little lower quantity than you usually take. The longer your break, the lower the amount you should go back to taking.

Withdrawal and its Symptoms

You might have heard people talking about withdrawal from your doctor or somewhere else but don't know what it is. Well, withdrawal is the mixture of both mental and physical side effects that a person experiences after halting or abstaining from a particular chemical. These chemicals might be a drug, alcohol, or probably some prescribed medication.

The effects are mostly felt when you suddenly stop taking a substance that you usually depend on. Not every user will feel or experience withdrawal symptoms because it is dependent on the frequency and also the time frame of its use. Of all users who might experience it, Heavy users are likely to experience it the most.

 

Withdrawal Symptoms of THC

Some of these symptoms are

  1. Mood swings
  2. Headaches
  3. Light insomnia
  4. Irritation
  5. Lack of appetite
  6. Cravings fo cannabis

FAQ

Can you build a tolerance to CBD?

CBD does not have an intoxicating effect, so you do not need to worry about building or losing tolerance in that aspect. However, if you notice it is not working as it usually does, which is rare, try abstaining from it for a while.

 

Does CBD lose effectiveness?

Yes, CBD does lose its effectiveness, but this only occurs when the product is expired.

 

What CBD oil should I consider for purchase?

Nora oil is a good pick if you plan to get a CBD oil. You can check their CBD oil and any other CBD product you might be interested in on our site. 

 

Does CBD have reverse tolerance?

Research has it that CBD happens to give a reverse tolerance effect on you rather than help you build a tolerance to it.

 

Can you use CBD long-term?

Currently, studies are ongoing to prove this point, but it is said that CBD helps to cure anxiety which can sometimes be regarded as a long-term issue in some situations.

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