For those who enjoy cannabis for both its therapeutic and recreational qualities, it’s a common phenomenon to experience a point where its impact begins to change.
To preface, while hemp-derived CBD is safe and effective for most people to use, recreational cannabis isn’t for everybody. Everyone reacts differently to the psychoactive properties of THC, and while small amounts can work synergistically with other cannabinoids present in the plant to produce a holistic effect, it’s worth noting that cannabis isn’t quite the same as it once used to be.
Cannabis has evolved in many ways throughout the years. One big change is that the levels of THC in recreational cannabis are typically higher than they once were, while CBD levels are fairly minimal. The ‘imbalance’ between these cannabinoids are such that frequent users experience a tolerance to it over an extended period of time. That’s because the CB1 receptors that get stimulated by THC eventually need a break in order for the endocannabinoid system to balance out. If our CB1 receptors tire from overuse, the psychoactive properties of THC no longer deliver the same effect.
For those who experience this, a common remedy is to take a ‘tolerance break’ and stop using cannabis for a certain period of time.
However, this is not always the best option for those why rely on using cannabis as an alternate therapeutic treatment. Studies have shown that THC can greatly help.
Thankfully, there is good news. Growing evidence suggests that swapping high THC strains for high CBD strains can actually help return tolerance levels to normal without having to stop using cannabis altogether. This is called ‘cannabinoid cycling,’ and while that may mean taking a break from the potent psychoactive properties of THC, you still get to experience the myriad of benefits of CBD.
What’s more, taking a dose of CBD can help reduce the psychoactive potency of THC to bring balance — the greatest benefit of all.