Becoming THC Tolerant? 4 Ways to Get Back to Normal

If you’re a regular cannabis user, you may have noticed that, over time, its effects have become muted. This isn’t a dangerous sign – it only means that you find yourself consuming more of it in order to experience the results you want. This can be expensive and wasteful; if you are using cannabis to relieve anxiety or pain, you want to make sure that your dosage is predictably effective.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to restore your body’s reaction to marijuana. Here are a few tips for getting your body back on track.

1. Take a break.

THC tolerance occurs when your CB1 receptors diminish due to increased use. But never fear – a recent study has shown that those pleasure receptors can be restored after only two days of abstinence, and can continually increase the longer you refrain from using. It was found that after four weeks, the CB1 levels were not significantly different between regular cannabis users and those who’d never partaken at all.

2. Switch your strains.

If you use marijuana with a high THC concentration and a low CBD, start using strains with higher CBD compounds. This can be extremely helpful in restoring your THC tolerance while simultaneously reaping diverse cannabinoid benefits. This is particularly useful for users who need consistent management for pain, anxiety, or other medical issues.

3. Exercise vigorously.

If you’re essentially a couch potato, you may not have noticed that exercise can intensify the effects of THC considerably. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Sydney found that the psychoactive effects of THC increased by 15 percent when subjects consumed cannabis post-cardiovascular exercise. Getting regular exercise in addition to cannabis management can help facilitate the release of THC stored in fat cells. Not only will you feel the effects from the cannabis you consume after your workout, but you’ll also feel it from the THC your body already had in its system. Engage in a good, sweat-inducing daily workout to get optimal benefits.

4. Take supplements.

Certain supplements can help provide endocannabinoid system support. Omega-3 fatty acids and B-12 vitamins are believed to help the body produce cannabinoids that help the body fight inflammation. If you’re using cannabis for pain management, omega-3 fatty acids could help intensify its results.

If you rely upon marijuana for pain relief or overall wellness, it can be difficult to lower dosage levels for fear of enduring the unpleasant symptoms of the condition you wish to manage. By taking the time to modify your strains and revitalize your body, however, you should be able to keep your dosage consistent and still feel the diverse benefits of cannabis.

3 Ways Marijuana Can Improve Your Relationship

The psychoactive effects of cannabis can be wonderful. Sometimes even the most mundane activities are improved after consuming marijuana – movies are better, social activities more fun, dreary household chores suddenly become tolerable. And when it comes to romance… let’s just say that marijuana can offer a fantastic boost!

Of course, if you’re in an unhealthy relationship, you shouldn’t rely upon cannabis to improve or even save it. However, if you’ve found yourself in a hum-drum romantic routine, you may find that marijuana can help you in the following ways.

1. It’s a great anxiety reducer.

Anxiety can affect every part of life. When we feel anxious or tense, we are significantly less able to handle daily stressors in a calm, healthy, and loving way. We become irritable, less prone to affection, and unwilling to engage in intimate activity. If you find yourself becoming distant from your partner or quick to arguments due to stresses from work or elsewhere, using marijuana (whether you smoke, vape, or consume edibles) may help you relax, and enjoy your partner’s company.

However, it’s important to remember that marijuana shouldn’t be used as a crutch. If you are experiencing significant stress that interferes with your quality of life or your health, the best solution is to seek assistance from a mental health professional.

2. It can help lower inhibitions.

Not only can marijuana help relax you, it can lower some of the emotional barriers preventing you from trying new things. Whether it’s going on a spontaneous weekend getaway, or trying something new in the bedroom, you may find that you are more willing to participate in activities that you might ordinarily reject due to feelings of self-consciousness.

3. It can improve your sex life!

Not only can marijuana help you enthusiastically open up to new experiences, it can make those experiences incredible – and that includes sex. Cannabis has effective, natural aphrodisiac properties. Cannabinoid compounds influence our pleasure receptors and can stimulate the CB1 receptor, which regulates arousal and ecstasy.

If you want to see first-hand how marijuana might improve your love life, it’s important to experiment with different strains, as different strains activate different receptors. While you may have some reservations about using marijuana as a relationship enhancer, if you find that cannabis use helps the two of you to become less judgmental, more aroused, and happier in each other’s company, then the experiment will have been a smashing success!

5 Tips For Making Cannabis a Part of Your Healthy Lifestyle

Can cannabis and a healthy lifestyle go hand-in-hand? They sure can!

Marijuana use is becoming progressively acceptable – not only is it used to manage a broad spectrum of medical conditions, its recreational consumption doesn’t inspire anywhere near the same level of outrage it did only a few decades ago. Nevertheless, there is still a stigma surrounding cannabis use, and stereotypes of the typical user are still disturbingly common. But as many productive and successful cannabis users know, the caricature of the slothful, un-motivated, junk food-loving pot-smoker is just that – a caricature.

Fortunately, the image of the standard cannabis user is changing rapidly. Its many medical and wellness benefits are becoming clear to a diverse segment of the population, and people from every socioeconomic background, culture, profession, and ethnicity are increasingly embracing its lifestyle advantages. But even the healthiest nutrients and activities can cause problems if overused or used incorrectly. (The body needs hydration, for example, but drinking too much water can cause organ failure and even death.) Like every tool that can facilitate health and wellness, cannabis must be used responsibly in order to reap the maximum number of benefits. Here’s how you can integrate marijuana into your healthy lifestyle effectively.

1. Consume marijuana and cannabis products responsibly.

It is important to know your tolerance – every individual has a unique reaction to THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol – the psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana). Whether you smoke, vape, or consume marijuana edibles, it is critical that your use doesn’t compromise your ability to perform your daily activities. Never use psychoactive cannabis products immediately before operating a vehicle, using potentially dangerous machinery, or performing activities where anyone’s physical safety relies upon your focus and physical dexterity.

2. Exercise regularly.

If you are going to enjoy cannabis products, it is critically important to exercise regularly and vigorously. (It’s critically important even if you don’t use cannabis!) If you work out avidly, cannabis may offer you numerous benefits. Cannabis can help reduce chronic pain, and may help to alleviate pain from sore joints and muscles, and central nervous system fatigue. If you participate in sports or engage in vigorous athletic activity, cannabis use may even help to improve your athletic performance!

3. Fill your fridge with healthy foods.

While there are several studies that have found that regular cannabis users have lower rates of obesity than non-users, the munchies are very real. If you’re not used to using THC products, you could find yourself snacking on unhealthy foods that leave you feeling bloated and sluggish. If you consume marijuana and feel the need to raid the pantry, make sure you have lots of healthy options that won’t compromise your health or expand your waistline!

4. Drink less alcohol.

Although the intoxicating affects of alcohol consumption gives users short-term anxiety relief and other mood-enhancing sensations, both the short- and long-term negative health consequences of alcohol use can be severe. Cannabis can help relieve stress and boost mood, without the loss of physical and mental control, potential alcohol toxicity, hangover, nausea, and other debilitating side effects.

5. Keep sleep patterns healthy.

If you are new to cannabis, you may not be fully aware of your physiological response to different strains. THC consumption can cause drowsiness to different extents (depending upon the marijuana strain and response of the user), so if you’re unused to the psychoactive effects, it would be prudent to limit your use to a few hours before bedtime, so that your sleep schedule isn’t compromised.

Managing your cannabis-enhanced cannabis lifestyle isn’t much different from managing any healthy lifestyle. If you practice moderation while following the above tips you, can enjoy using cannabis while leading a full and happy life!


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But I Don’t Want a “Weed Prescription” on My Record…

The Truth About Medical Marijuana Card Privacy 

– Legalization Nation answers readers’ questions about the vulnerability of their personal information.

By David Downs

– I am a teacher that is credentialed in the State of California. I have used marijuana for years, both recreationally and to help with anxiety and insomnia. I would like to get a medical card and know some other teachers who have done so. However, I am very paranoid about the fact that federal law still prohibits this, even if a state tolerates it. I am concerned that my name would be on a “list” that may prevent me from getting future credentials elsewhere in the US. How worried should I be about this and should I just continue to get my supply from a friend?
-Mr. Green

 – Got a friend who just got his rec. He’s now slightly nervous about how it’s tied to his driver’s license number. I went through this too and convinced myself it wasn’t an issue, but can only offer vague reassurances. Convince him that the following is not possible:

1) he gets pulled over for speeding; 2) cop runs his license; 3) cop comes back to the car and spills the beans to his wife about how he’s a “pothead.”
-For a Friend

I talked to two marijuana lawyers and the gist of it is this: The law is on your side when it comes to the privacy of your medical records, but don’t accidentally out yourself by failing an employer’s drug test, getting a DUI, or Facebooking pictures of nugs.

A bit of quick background: You need a valid doctor’s recommendation to lawfully possess and grow marijuana in California. Those with a recommendation can also get a voluntary California state medical marijuana patient identification card.

Let’s start with the issue of privacy at a doctor’s office or clinic, where you’ll get your recommendation. “Technically, a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana is very private, since HIPAA [the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act] makes it nearly impossible for even law enforcement to obtain private patient records,” wrote Joe Elford, staff lawyer for medical marijuana group Americans for Safe Access, in an email.

According to Bay Area marijuana attorney Lauren Vazquez, patients who see their primary care provider, a specialist, or a doctor at a marijuana clinic are also protected under very strong doctor-patient confidentiality statutes. “Whatever you say in the doctor’s office is completely private, and there really is no way to get that data,” she said. “Doctors aren’t allowed to give that information out to anybody” — including the police, the Department of Motor Vehicles, or companies that conduct background checks, she added.

But since most people can’t grow their own medical marijuana, they get it from a collective, sometimes called a dispensary, which operate from private residences and public storefronts. To join a collective, patients must usually provide valid state identification and a valid medical marijuana recommendation, and fill out some forms. Patient data obtained by collectives is protected under strict California laws that apply to all businesses that take personal information, Vazquez said.

“Even just your driver’s license, name, and social security number — laws in California require businesses to protect that information and follow disclosure guidelines if information is accidentally released,” she said.
But what about getting a state medical marijuana card? You get a California weed card by first getting a recommendation and then applying for the card through your county. The county verifies your recommendation with the doctor and orders your state card, which contains your picture and a number.

Your personal information is also quite protected at the county and state level, lawyers said. “The state ID card program has several provisions affirming that patients’ records should be maintained privately,” Elford wrote. “Again, employers should not be able to discover whether one is a state ID card holder.”

California public employees could serve up to six months in jail and fined $1,000 for fishing in county medical marijuana files, Vazquez said. “If anybody releases that information, they can be prosecuted,” she said.
Patients who have a state medical marijuana card cannot be arrested for certain marijuana crimes, and cannot be denied a professional license, Vazquez continued. So she advises lawyers who are mulling over whether or not to get a card to obtain one — it puts them on the right side of the law.

Of course, teachers still have to pass a drug test, and marijuana can be detected by urinalysis for up to sixty days after consumption in heavy users.

Other caveats: Cops running your license won’t be able to see that you’re a patient, but they can use their own senses to detect impaired driving or marijuana in a vehicle. Don’t go down that road. If you intend to use a medical marijuana defense, that will appear in court records, which are public.

There’s also the chance the dispensary you visit will get raided by federal or state authorities, and its records will be seized. In that case, the cops will have your information, along with thousands of other fish too small to fry, Vazquez said. “They’ll have that info, but they haven’t acted on it in the past,” she said. “There is no central database to look up any patients on.”

Lastly, employers can and do check social networks and personal references during background checks, so if you want to have a career in the CIA, you probably shouldn’t make “lonelystoner420” your Gmail address.


How Much Should I Take?

– What are the effects of consuming marijuana?

The effects of consuming marijuana vary from person to person, and they are dependent on the type and amount consumed, as well as the method in which it is consumed.

Those who enjoy using marijuana typically find it to be relaxing or mildly euphoric. Some find it makes them more social or outgoing. Those who dislike it often report it makes them feel uncomfortable, tired, or withdrawn.

New users often experience different effects than more experienced users. Some novice consumers feel no effect at all the first time they try it. Others — usually those who use a little too much their first time — temporarily experience some unpleasant feelings, such as an increased heart rate or a sense of paranoia.

– What should I know before consuming marijuana?

Not all marijuana products are the same!There are many different kinds (or “strains”) of marijuana. More information about the differences between strains can be found in the “Flowers” section below.
There are also different types of marijuana products. They are typically broken down into three categories, each of which can have very different effects on the consumer.


FLOWERS:   These are the buds found on marijuana plants, and they are typically smoked or vaporized. They are what come to mind for most people when they think about marijuana. Each strain of marijuana is different. Along with varying in appearance, smell, and taste, they vary in potency and the effects they have on the consumer. Some marijuana strains can be stimulating and cerebral, whereas others can be more calming or relaxing.

Inexperienced consumers and those trying marijuana again after a long period of time should start by consuming only a small amount, such as one or two puffs. Smoking and vaporizing have an almost immediate effect that intensifies relatively quickly (usually within 10-15 minutes), so wait at least 20-30 minutes before using more so you can get an idea of how it is affecting you. In other words, do not start off by consuming an entire joint!

If you are using a vaporizer, keep in mind that, compared to smoking, it is harder to gauge how much you are inhaling, so go slow. Also note that a lot of vaporizer pens — which look similar to electronic cigarettes — use concentrated marijuana oils instead of flowers, which means they can be much more potent. More information about concentrates is provided below.

If you are purchasing marijuana at a retail store, ask a budtender to assist you in choosing which kind of marijuana to buy. Be sure to find out how potent it is and what effects to expect.


CONCENTRATES:​ These are highly concentrated forms of marijuana, such as hashes, waxes, oils, and kief, which are produced by extracting THC and other cannabinoids from the flowers and leaves of marijuana plants. If you compare marijuana to alcohol, flowers would be roughly equivalent to a light beer and concentrates would be comparable to hard liquor.

Concentrates are usually smoked or vaporized, and concentrated marijuana oils are often found in vaporizer pens. Some people also use them to produce edibles, which are discussed below.

Regardless of your level of experience, go slow when using concentrates. Start with a very small amount and wait at least 20-30 minutes before using more.


INFUSED PRODUCTS: These are products such as foods (or “edibles”) and tinctures that are infused with concentrated marijuana oils. Edibles are the most popular form of infused product, and they are also the most likely to result in over-consumption.

Inhaling vs. Ingesting Marijuana

It is important to understand there are two very significant differences between inhaling and ingesting marijuana:

    • Because of the way in which the body processes marijuana, ingesting it typically produces much stronger and longer-lasting effects:
    • Whereas the effects of inhaling marijuana are immediate and peak within 10-15 minutes, ingesting marijuana can take up to two hours to take effect and can peak for a couple hours after that.

This article provides a good overview of why ingesting marijuana is stronger than inhaling it.
This page provides more detailed information about the effects of inhaled and ingested marijuana.

If you decide to consume marijuana edibles…

Start Low: Ingesting too much marijuana can be a very unpleasant experience, so be careful. Just about anyone who has over-consumed marijuana edibles will tell you that not eating enough is far preferable to eating too much.

First, always read the product’s packaging. State laws require that it indicate how many servings and how many total milligrams of THC are in the product. (THC is the psychoactive component of marijuana.). Under Colorado law, a “serving” is defined as “up to 10 milligrams of THC,” and most infused product manufacturers now use that as a standard. Some inexperienced consumers and people with smaller body types have found 10 milligrams to be too powerful, so those using it for the first time should strongly consider starting with 5 milligrams. This is the central theme of the Council on Responsible Cannabis Regulation’s “First Time 5 campaign,” and we encourage you to check it out.

Many edible marijuana products contain multiple servings. In Colorado, for example, they can have as much as 100 milligrams of THC. Many companies produce these high-dosage products with the expectation that consumers will only eat a portion of them or share them with others. Some manufacturers produce lower-dosage products that include only 5 or 10 milligrams of THC, so those would be a good place to start if you are an inexperienced consumer. If you consume only a portion of a marijuana edible and save the rest for another time, remember to save the packaging so you can refer to it if necessary.

Go Slow: It can take as long as two hours to experience the effects of marijuana-infused products, so be patient. One of the easiest ways to have a bad experience with marijuana edibles is to go back for a second serving without giving the first serving enough time to take effect. If it’s your first time, start off with 5 milligrams of THC and don’t use any more for the rest of the day or evening. If it doesn’t produce the desired effect, try 10 milligrams the next time. Don’t jump up to 20 or more! It might seem like a big difference between 10 and 20 milligrams, but keep in mind that 20 milligrams is four times the amount recommended for a first-time consumer.

According to the First Time 5 campaign, rich and dense products like brownies or chocolate take longer to digest, which means it will take longer before you feel the effects. Products like infused drinks and tinctures are absorbed into the body much more quickly, so you will likely experience the effects sooner.

This article provides a good overview on how to avoid ingesting too much marijuana when consuming edibles.

What will happen — and what should I do — if I consume too much marijuana?

Fortunately, marijuana is virtually non-toxic to healthy human cells and organs, so you do not need to worry about dying purely from a marijuana overdose. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t worry about overdoing it. Consuming too much marijuana in one sitting can be a very unpleasant experience, and it can happen with any type of marijuana product if you’re not careful.

Over-consumption is typically characterized by an increase in heart rate, dryness of the mouth, and/or feelings of paranoia or anxiety. These symptoms are temporary and will usually dissipate within 15 minutes to one hour for smoked or vaporized marijuana flowers, slightly longer for smoked or vaporized concentrates, and anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours for marijuana edibles and other infused products.

If you consume too much marijuana, try to stay calm and remember that the feeling is only temporary. Lay or sit down, close your eyes, and try to relax. If you are with other people, let them know that you have overdone it and want them to keep an eye on you. If your discomfort becomes so intense that you think you need medical attention, ask someone to take you to the emergency room or call 9-1-1. Do NOT try to drive anywhere!

Is marijuana harmful to my health?

This is a big question to get into here, but it is an important one, and we encourage you to review the wealth of information that’s available on this subject.

Every objective study on marijuana has concluded that it is far less harmful than alcohol to the consumer and to society. It is less addictive, less damaging to the body, and less likely to contribute to violent and reckless behavior. The Marijuana Policy Project website has some good information about the relative harms of marijuana and alcohol, as well as broader information about its health effects. You can also learn quite a bit about marijuana by reviewing the National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine’s comprehensive report, “Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base.”

Like virtually any other substance or behavior, consuming marijuana can pose some problems for some people.

  • First and foremost, marijuana is not for children or teenagers. While we know it does not pose nearly as much harm as alcohol and many other substances, there remain questions about its potential impact on the developing brain. Also, adolescents are at a stage in their lives during which marijuana could interfere with their personal and academic growth. Young people should be provided with objective, evidence-based information about marijuana and encouraged to wait until they turn 21 if they wish to consume it.
  • Although the addictive properties of marijuana are relatively minimal compared to alcohol and other drugs, people who are predisposed to addictive behaviors may want to avoid marijuana because they may be more likely to become dependent on it.
  • People suffering from certain mental health conditions should also avoid using marijuana. There is some evidence — although it is not conclusive — that indicates marijuana could exacerbate symptoms associated with psychosis, depression, or schizophrenia.
  • Pregnant women should avoid consuming marijuana much like they would tobacco or alcohol. If women feel there is a medical need to use marijuana while pregnant, they should consult their physicians before doing so.
  • Because inhaling smoke can irritate the respiratory system, it should be avoided by individuals who suffer from breathing-related conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Using marijuana can also produce a temporary increase in heart rate, so people with a history of high blood pressure or heart disease should avoid using it or consult their physicians before doing so. There is also some research that suggests people suffering from severe liver problems should refrain from consuming marijuana.

If your marijuana use ever interferes with your health or safety, or if you feel it is having a negative impact on your life or the lives of those around you, please seek professional help as soon as possible.