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Tolerance Breaks and Cannabis: What You Need to Know

The prolonged use of cannabis can lead to increased tolerance, making users consume more to achieve the desired effects. Tolerance breaks, or “t-breaks,” are periods where one abstains from cannabis to reset this tolerance. In this article, we’ll delve into what a t-break entails, the potential risks, and tips for those considering one.

Understanding Cannabis Tolerance

Why you might need more cannabis over time. Cannabis enthusiasts often find that over extended use, they require a higher dosage to experience the same effects. This phenomenon arises due to the body’s adaptation to the substance, diminishing sensitivity over time. To combat this increased tolerance, many opt for a t-break, a conscious hiatus from cannabis consumption.

Potential Risks Post T-Break

Coming back to cannabis with caution. While there’s a scarcity of comprehensive scientific research on t-breaks, preliminary data suggests returning to cannabis post-t-break might heighten the risk of developing symptoms of cannabis dependency or engaging in potentially harmful usage behaviors. This risk might be more pronounced for those who took the break explicitly to reduce tolerance compared to those who paused for other reasons.

Reassessing Cannabis Habits

Navigating post t-break consumption and considering long-term changes. T-breaks typically aren’t about quitting cannabis for good; they’re about enhancing the experience by resetting tolerance. However, it’s worth introspecting during this period. Examine your consumption patterns: are there aspects you’d like to alter for the long run? Post t-break, you’ll return with habits cultivated over time but will likely possess the tolerance of a less frequent user. Thus, adjusting the dosage and monitoring your body’s responses is essential to avoid overwhelming your system. Alternatively, consider reducing your intake or taking extended breaks from cannabis, not just for tolerance, but for personal growth or to demonstrate self-control.


T-breaks offer a solution to the issue of growing cannabis tolerance, but they come with their own set of challenges. For those contemplating a break, it’s crucial to understand the potential risks and approach post-break consumption judiciously. Making informed decisions and periodic self-assessment can ensure a safer and more enjoyable cannabis experience.


Ansell, E. B., Bedillion, M. F., Farris, S. R., Gilbert, J. M., Koch, M. M., & Thureen, S. E. (2023). Cannabis Use Breaks in Young Adults: The Highs and Lows of Tolerance Breaks. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 109951. 

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