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People With a High THC Tolerance Can Still Get Symptom Relief With Cannabis in Virginia

medical marijuana for patients with a high tolerance

Virginia dispensary products make finding relief easy, even if you have a high THC tolerance!

By now, most Virginians know that cannabis is still only legal to purchase if you have a state-approved medical marijuana card.

While frustration over the confusion has dampened the celebration of cannabis’ progress in Virginia, it’s simple to get approved for treatment. And the list of qualifying conditions is augmented by the fact that healthcare professionals may recommend medical marijuana for any condition they think would benefit from the natural form of treatment.

Besides the fact that Virginia dispensaries are now delivering medical marijuana right to patients’ doors, there are plenty of other benefits to shopping at GLeaf, Columbia Care, Dharma or Beyond/Hello. Their inventory is expanding regularly, flower is coming by the end of Summer 2021, and products are about as user-friendly as they come.

Patients with a low tolerance will enjoy superior-quality CBD tinctures, edibles with a higher CBD ratio, and lower THC vape strains like Martian Monkey II and Crescendo Biscuits. We’ve already published a post focusing on how to use medical marijuana when you have a low tolerance, but today we are going to focus on all of our patients who need a little more oomph in their products.

Some people just have a high tolerance for THC, but you don’t have to give up on the idea of finding the natural relief you’re looking for. There are plenty of products at Virginia dispensaries to try, and you’ll likely find at least one that you absolutely love!

In this post, we’re going to help you find ways to boost your sensitivity to cannabis, and offer some advice for finding the products that work for you!

Why Doesn’t Cannabis Seem to Work for You?

Genetics Affect the Way Your Body Responds to Cannabis

If cannabis has never done anything for you, then you’ve either never had a high-quality product, or your DNA is playing a role in the way you process THC.

Your endocannabinoid system is where THC begins its effects on your state of mind, and everyone has some variations in their genetic code that causes the system to respond differently to different cannabinoids.

Genetic Testing Can Help You Find the Right Dosing

Whether your higher tolerance is a matter of genetic predisposition or not, there are genetic tests that can help you find the right balance of CBD and THC to treat a host of symptoms. Greenway DNA’s testing kit provides a simple way to gain insight into the right balance of THC to CBD in order to treat varying conditions based on your genetic makeup. Just spit in a tube, send it off to Greenway’s labs, and within three to four weeks, you’ll have a full report to inform your treatment plan.

The More Cannabis You Use, the Higher Your Tolerance Becomes

Using cannabis on the regular builds up your tolerance to THC—and it happens quickly. This is because the main function of the endocannabinoid system is to restore homeostasis to the body and mind. Since cannabinoids are mostly active within this system, it stands to reason that it would work rather efficiently to bring back a baseline sense of balance.

Ultimately, CB1 receptors become harder to connect with, making it more likely that the THC molecules will be less effective at changing your state of mind.

The good news is that they also return to their previous state rather quickly as well. So simply taking a short tolerance break and/or properly managing the timing of your dosing will help you get the most out of each session.

Tolerance Breaks Restore Sensitivity to THC Quickly

While a complete reset may take three to four weeks, your CB1 receptors want to get back to their baseline as much as you do. They quickly begin to replenish, and even a good night’s sleep will result in increased sensitivity.

How to Make the Most of Your Medical Marijuana When You Have a High Tolerance

Regardless of the reason for your higher tolerance, there are plenty of ways to maximize the effects of your medical marijuana. Another thing to keep in mind is that just because you are not feeling “buzzed” doesn’t mean you are not getting symptom relief. Many patients appreciate being able to use a higher THC product for more pain and anxiety relief without becoming impaired.

Start Your Day Low, and Take it Slow

If you’re a big fan of the “wake and bake,” you already know that the first dose of the day can pack a punch. Start your day with the lowest effective dose, then keep your consumption at the minimum amount you require for relief.

Change the Way You Consume

Different methods of delivery are processed differently in your body. Tinctures taken sublingually enter your bloodstream immediately. Inhaled products pass into your bloodstream through your lungs. And edibles are processed through your liver first. Different processes will affect you differently, and changing things up may help boost the effects when you’ve built up a tolerance to one particular method.

Switch Strains

There may be some benefit to switching strains if your favorite isn’t quite cutting it for you anymore. A different balance of CBD to THC, and a different terpene profile may be all you need in order to reactivate your sensitivity to medical marijuana.

Be Mindful of Set and Setting

Where you are and what it feels like to be there can have a big impact on your state of mind and whether or not you notice the effects of medical marijuana. Try to be somewhere comfy and relaxing when you take your medicine.

Check the THC to CBD Balance of Your Chosen Strain

CBD can counteract the mental effects of THC. Keep that in mind as you select your next strain.

Eat Foods That Enhance the Effects of Cannabis, Avoid Foods That Bring You Down

Mangoes have a high concentration of myrcene, a terpene also found in cannabis, and eating them can boost the effects of your products. Chocolate, green and black teas, and broccoli also have elements that will help enhance your experience when you use medical marijuana.

Black pepper, citrus fruits, and pine nuts can all counteract the effects of THC, so stay away from eating them if you are trying to increase your sensitivity to your medicine.

Tips for Taking a T-Break

Even when your tolerance is high, using medical marijuana daily usually provides at least some symptom relief. The idea of getting no relief from symptoms can be daunting for many patients. In the end, you may decide it’s too much to ask, to stop using cannabis completely for a full 21 days to entirely reset your system. If, however, you feel that this is the correct route for you, here are some tips to get you through:

Talk to Your Marijuana Doctor Before You Take a T-Break

The first thing you need to do before you take a tolerance break, is to talk to your marijuana doctor. They may be able to recommend other products that will work better for you, and they can at least help you figure out how to reduce your tolerance while maintaining your health.

At Virginia Marijuana Card, we offer unlimited follow up appointments for the duration of the time your medical marijuana card is valid through us. This means that you can give us a call at (888) 633-5808, and our dedicated patient support staff will help you get all the information you need in order to make the best decision for your health.

Take a Weekend to Reset

Try scheduling a break for when you don’t have anything else to do, so that you can focus on taking care of yourself throughout the process. Even a weekend off will help your endocannabinoid system recoup and reset at least a little.

Focus on You

The most important thing to remember when you take a tolerance break is that you are doing it as a form of self-care. Make sure you keep that the focus so you don’t end up getting frazzled and feeling like crap the whole time. Eat well. Hydrate. Meditate. Get a good night’s sleep or at least plenty of rest. Don’t push yourself to do more than you feel up to doing.

Keep Taking High CBD Products

While CBD works better with at least a little THC as an accompaniment, CBD does still help provide relief from pain and inflammation, anxiety, depression, and a host of other symptoms. Continuing with a CBD regimen while you are laying low on the THC may help you get through it with minimal complications. GLeaf makes an excellent full-spectrum CBD tincture that’s perfect for the days you’re laying low on the THC.

Get Your Medical Card With Virginia Marijuana Card for Comprehensive Treatment Support

No matter why your tolerance is high, you can’t get started finding the right products for you without a marijuana card. The cannabis at Virginia dispensaries is accurately labeled so you always know what you are getting, making it easy to fine-tune your treatment plan.

At Virginia Marijuana Card, we are here to help through every stage of the process, from assisting in obtaining your medical records, to guiding you through finding the treatment plan that works best for you.

We are here six days a week to answer your questions, and our telehealth appointments are quick, easy, and convenient.


Doctors Who Care. Relief You Can Trust.

At Virginia Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to MMJ. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

Call us at (888) 633-5808, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

Check out Virginia Marijuana Card’s Blog to keep up to date on the latest medical marijuana news, tips, and information. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join the medical marijuana conversation in Virginia!

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