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The Complete Cannabis Tolerance Guide

How much is just enough?

If you have ever wondered how much cannabis you should use, then don’t worry because you’re not alone. Unfortunately, calculating how much your personal tolerance for cannabis can be extremely frustrating, and there are a bunch of variables that can affect how you react to different types of cannabis. 

Understanding your tolerances for cannabis begins by taking a look at how you’re consuming cannabis. Part of the process of getting high from cannabis involves heat. This is known as decarboxylation. When you apply heat to raw cannabis, it converts the raw compounds into tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 

When you smoke or vape raw cannabis bud, this process is done when you apply the heat. When you use vape liquids or edibles, the process is done prior to manufacturing so that you don’t need to heat up your edibles! 

You also need to consider that during the heating process, a large percentage of the cannabis is lost. This is especially apparent when you look at how much cannabis is lost when you smoke a joint, pipe, or bong, and naked flame or a torch is applied to the cannabis. 

How Do the Different Cannabis Delivery Methods Stack Up? 

In this section, we’ll take a quick look at how much THC you actually inhale when you compare smoking a joint, a bong, and also vaping using the dry herb in a vaporizer. To make it easier, we’ll look at an average amount of 1 gram of raw cannabis flower. 

  1. Smoking a Joint – Every time that you roll up a 1 gram joint, you can expect to inhale approximately 40mg of THC and waste up to 68mg of THC. Smoking a joint is the least effective way of consuming cannabis of these three delivery options, mainly because the joint continues to burn even when you’re not inhaling. 
  2. Smoking a Bong – Smoking a bowl from a water pipe or bong is slightly more economical than a joint, but not by much. When you smoke 1 gram of raw cannabis in a bong, you’ll inhale on average 43mg of THC and waste up to 65mg of THC. 
  3. Vaping with a Vaporizer – Vaping gives you your best value for money. When you vape 1 gram of raw cannabis, you inhale on average 58mg of THC and waste only 50mg. In addition, because the cannabis is heated below the point of combustion, you end up burning less of the plant material during the process. 

What Is My Tolerance Level? 

When you first start using any cannabis products, you are going to notice that it takes less cannabis and less potent cannabis to get that euphoric high that you’re searching for. However, this also depends on the delivery method you choose. Below we’ll take a look at the difference between the three most common ways that people consume cannabis and how that affects your tolerance. 

  • Smoking a Joint – Smoking a joint is going to deliver one of the most potent effects, especially if you’re a beginner. However, you should take it slowly with a joint because it can be difficult to gauge how much you are consuming. 
  • Smoking a Bong – Smoking through a pipe or bong is similar to a joint. However, the effects are much stronger even with smaller amounts of cannabis consumed. 
  • Vaping with a Vaporizer – When you vape raw cannabis, you’re typically consuming less cannabis, and the effects are a little milder. However, if you vape a lot of raw cannabis, or it’s extremely potent, it can still be quite strong when you first get started. 

Over a short period of time, if you’re smoking every day, you’re going to notice that your tolerance for cannabis products can increase dramatically.

How Do I Increase My Tolerance Level?

If you have been searching for different ways to increase your tolerance level to cannabis products, then you have come to the right place. The answer is actually quite simple. If you want to increase your tolerance of cannabis products, then smoke or vape more of them more often. 

The more you smoke or vape, and the more often that you do it, the better your tolerance will be. Obviously, tolerances can take some time to build up, so don’t expect it to happen overnight or even over a month.

4.What’s The Difference Between Consuming Edibles And Smoking?

When you smoke or vape cannabis, the cannabinoids such as THC are absorbed into your bloodstream via the thin tissue in your lungs. You can usually expect to start feeling the effects of smoking or vaping within 15-20 minutes. However, the effects don’t last as long as edibles, and you’ll find yourself smoking or vaping cannabis more often throughout the day or night to maintain the same level of high. 

When you take an edible, the cannabis passes through your digestive system, where it is metabolized by the liver before being broken down into smaller pieces and spread around your body. It can take anywhere from 30-120 minutes for the effects of an edible to kick in, but when they do, they can last anywhere up to 4-6 hours and be much stronger than smoking or vaping. 

Store-bought edibles are the most reliable way to consume cannabis as home cooking can result in variable results with varying amounts of THC per portion. This makes it extremely difficult to judge how much cannabis you have consumed. 

5. The Complete Cannabis Tolerance Guide – Conclusion

How much cannabis you can consume safely or how much it takes to get high involves a lot of variables, including the delivery method, the potency of the cannabis, your personal tolerances and how much cannabis you use, your sex, your weight, your body type, and how much you have eaten or drank prior to using cannabis. 

It’s not a simple black and white answer, but one which involves a lot of variables. For example, what is good for one person may not be great for another, and what you take one day may have a completely different effect the next time you take it.

The information above is provided as a guide only, and in no way or form should it be used as a definitive guide on tolerances or dosages. We strongly encourage you to do your own research and suggest a low and slow approach to cannabis. Start off with small amounts of cannabis, and once you get a clearer picture of your tolerance, you can then start increasing how much cannabis you use and how frequently you use it. 

If you have any questions about cannabis tolerances or would like to comment with your own suggestions or tips for using cannabis, please don’t hesitate to comment below. Likewise, you can contact us directly with any questions you may have. 

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