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Get the Most From Your Cannabis: How to Stay High Longer

Do you ever feel like it’s harder to stay high? Cannabis tolerance is a real thing, and even if it’s a bummer for those of us who’d prefer to ride a smooth, untroubled high for hours on end, it’s merely our body’s way of trying to stay in balance.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do about it. While there are a number of myths and urban legends, we’ll (mostly) stick with ones we know to be true.

How to Stay High Longer: Time for a Tea Party!

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Cannabis and tea have a long and symbiotic relationship. (Did you know that once upon a time, “tea” was slang for “marijuana”?) But in addition to just being delicious together, some researchers believe there’s a positive symbiosis between the two.

Cannabis interacts with our body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS), and so does tea. How? Some antioxidants in tea interface with a protein in the ECS called GPR55. This has led some researchers to speculate that tea has an “entourage effect” with cannabis, in much the way the cannabinoids and terpenes in cannabis interact to help support the plant’s overall effect.

At this point, it’s only speculation. But it’s certainly pleasurable to enjoy tea and cannabis together, and the caffeine should add a nice lift to your high!

How to Stay High Longer: Interaction With Alcohol

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In general, we’re pretty cautious about suggesting you mix alcohol and cannabis. But a clinical study found that combining a low dose of alcohol with cannabis led to increased THC levels in the bloodstream. Are we telling you to go get hammered and then hit the bong? We are not. But a small amount of alcohol before you smoke out may indeed help you stay high longer.

How to Stay High Longer: Eat a Mango?
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This one falls into the urban myth bucket but hey, maybe it’s worth a try. Because mangoes have a high concentration of myrcene—the most important terpene in cannabis—some people believe that combining mangoes with cannabis helps you stay high longer. There hasn’t been a clinical study on the topic, although a little math suggests that the “mango effect” is indeed a myth.

How to Stay High Longer: Take a T-Break

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Out of all the methods we’ve named, the “t-break” (or “tolerance break”) is one we recommend with total confidence. While the science on cannabis tolerance is still developing, most experts agree that taking a break from cannabis tends to “reset” your tolerance.

How long do you need to go without? Many researchers feel that a t-break of even a few days can help bring your tolerance back to where it should be. But if you can stand to go longer, you should: It’s widely believed that after two weeks, you can expect a near-complete reset.

If that sounds challenging, there are things you can do to help. Regular exercise and physical activity are super helpful here. So are healthful and positive activities: Cooking, enjoying healthy foods, and focusing on your physical, mental and emotional well-being.

When you’re ready to begin again, take it easy! Remember, your tolerance will be back down at its baseline levels, so you should need less cannabis to stay high longer. The less you use, the longer your tolerance will stay low. Not a bad thing to remember when you’re trying to make your cannabis—and your high—last as long as they should!

Have another question about cannabis and tolerance? Bring it. We’re here to help!