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‘Weed Tolerance’ And Fewer Side Effects

Nicholas Demski
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‘Weed tolerance’ is not some street term, it could be exactly what the doctor ordered.

Stereotypes, as ugly as they can be, exist because our brains like to categorize things to make them easy to understand and to reduce unnecessary critical thinking. It allows us to come to rapid conclusions. When humans were evolving on the plains of Africa, this had evolutionary advantages that kept our ancestors alive during tribal warfare or when dodging big cats. The myth of ‘the stoner’ is a modern day stereotype that is tangled up with this ‘weed tolerance’ that just may be the medicine you need.

When thinking of ‘stoners,’ everyone’s first thought is the pale, lazy, Cheeto-eating, video gamer in the basement. A deeper look into cannabis use, however, shows that many ‘stoners’ are actually fully functional adults that live meaningful, productive lives. And it is weed tolerance that gives the maximum medicine with minimum side effect.

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Regularly Consuming Cannabis Reduces Pscyhoactive Effects

While continuous consumption is often treated with shame or at least frowned upon, this is what gives the ability to be productive. To build a tolerance to cannabis, it takes around 1-2 weeks of consistent cannabis consumption. Within that time frame, there are psychoactive effects that can be disorienting. It makes complex tasks more difficult and emotions bigger.

User experience is quite different once tolerance builds up. It feels more like taking that first sip of hot coffee during a cold morning. Cannabis becomes relaxing and soothing, energizing and engaging. It facilitates calmness and focus. Cannabis users feel quite ‘normal’ on cannabis once they’ve built up their tolerance.

Let’s consider highly complex tasks for high-tolerance cannabis consumers. Cannabis using artists, athletes, and scientists all perform highly complex tasks while consuming cannabis. Musician Willie Nelson, MMA fighter Nick Diaz, and the late physics genius Carl Sagan are all linked to cannabis. If you consider the work of every famous ‘stoner’ throughout history, you might even argue that cannabis facilitates complex task completion.

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Building Tolerance Helps Treat Medical Conditions

This is even more important for medical cannabis users. A high weed tolerance means people can soak their systems in the much-needed cannabinoids without the overwhelming ‘high’ that a low-tolerance person would feel with the same dose. There are many diseases that benefit from high doses of psychoactive cannabinoids:

Thankfully, the human body is able to build up a mental tolerance to the powerful psychoactive effects of THC.  Daily consumption allows for patients to work up to therapeutic dose more quickly. Once one has arrived at the dose that provides symptom relief, there is no need to take more. Over time, psychoactivity will fade, leaving the patient adequately medicated but completely functional.

Now, for recreational use, weed tolerance is definitely not a desired effect. Fortunately, this can be solved with a short tolerance break.

Misunderstandings of Cannabis Consumption

High-tolerance cannabis consumption is widely misunderstood because so many think about it from their own limited-experience perspective or they hear about it from limited-experience voices. The truth is, daily cannabis consumption is only as disorienting as two cups of coffee in the morning. It’s a pleasant pick me up, not an overwhelming one.

Dispense with the idea that ‘stoners’ are lazy or ‘spaced-out’. We only think that because the high-tolerance cannabis consumers are patiently standing in line at the grocery store telling their kids to not touch the candy bars, acting as normal as everybody else.

Nicholas Demski

I like to smash stigmas of all types. I'm a full-time single father, world-traveler, and an advocate for medicinal plants being treated for what they are: plants. You can follow my life's journey on the following platforms: Instagram @TheSingleDadNomad YouTube and Facebook: The Single Dad Nomad Blog: Also, feel free to have a look at my portfolio of work:

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    Eliana Bryson

    Weed is not much harmful in itself but its abuse is and most people get into its abuse. Major thing which governments should really be bothered about is dosage monitoring of marijuana. Epileptic seizures and inflammatory bowel diseases are best controlled by weed but dosage should be monitored strictly so that drug abuse can be reduced to the minimum.

    February 26, 2019 at 8:06 am Reply
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      How do you abuse something that causes zero harm? No Bad effects.

      What’s a bad purpose? That is a subjective answer, meaning that is only any opinion, and everyone has an opinion.

      Definition of abuse – use (something) to bad effect or for a bad purpose; misuse.

      Abuse would be the 10 boxes of those Annually Overpriced Cookies that somebody has eaten since the deliver February 18th.

      I dont think I need to state the statistics of injury from alcohol compared to marijuana.

      It’s time to think, talk, and allow the truth truth about the cannabis plant!

      March 8, 2019 at 7:57 pm Reply
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      Carol Rosado

      Drug abuse,reduced.That is just so wrong.It works on pain.You can stop anytime without withdrawl.Why would it need to be restricted.

      March 8, 2019 at 9:38 pm Reply
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      There is no abuse or addiction! This is the kind of negotiate propaganda that this article is talking about! Too much water can kill you but would you go around asking for everyone’s water intake to be controlled? I would guess no, if you feel you get relief from a certain low dose that’s fantastic. If not as do most people, using more does not carry any negative harm or impact. Seeing as these are your opinions if I had to guess, I would say you are not a cannabis patient? Because if you were you wouldn’t be using the word “drug” for PLANT! Unless every salad you eat from now on comes with a felony charge from the DEA?

      March 8, 2019 at 10:41 pm Reply
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        Stephen durbin

        I agree with you 100%

        July 28, 2019 at 7:32 pm Reply
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    kim lavway

    you can’t abuse marijauna. an overdose is a great nights sleep.

    March 8, 2019 at 3:38 pm Reply
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    Sergeant D

    The last thing anyone needs, any of us, is more restriction by the powers that be, on anything. A restriction isn’t freedom. “Scheduling” plants is ludicrous. I like this educational forum, but in truth, none of this stigma should even exist. Reefer Madness must be the greatest and most effective propaganda film of all time.

    April 6, 2019 at 9:00 am Reply
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    Maria Connie Cravo

    Totally Agree That Cannabis is the Cure for many if not All Decease!!

    May 10, 2019 at 10:09 am Reply
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      Tom Jackson

      Howe does controlling a plant or restricting it’s use stop abuse ,all the laws and restrictions in place for opiates, and look at the epidemic we have.wake up

      June 9, 2019 at 12:29 pm Reply
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    Mr. Hawai'i

    First, cannabis is addictive to some people. It is estimated about 9% of users will become “habituated.” Yet it’s the least addictive of alcohol, tobacco (nicotine) and opioids.

    Second, some people can “abuse” cannabis. This doesn’t mean cannabis is to blame. Generally, the individual has other issues and cannabis becomes the crutch.

    Third, cannabis is an extremely powerful drug. We need to end the silly stereotypes and admit the truth about cannabis — it is a life-saving plant; it is an amazing medicine; it is a fun and relaxing recreational substance. Yet inexperienced users can hurt others; unsuspecting users can be taken down a dark path. None of this is serious enough to put people in prison for use; or take away their jobs and livelihood. Teach and Practice Responsible Use.

    October 29, 2019 at 7:46 pm Reply
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    I totally agree 💯 it is a plant to help not hurt someone else as with alcohol that gets someone else in trouble or dead but it still doesn’t get taken off market becauseit destroying lives but you don’t have death or destruction with the plant it helps not destroys life .

    March 22, 2020 at 9:28 pm Reply

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