Have you ever wondered why you have to consume larger and larger quantities of cannabis to feel the effects? Recent research has the answer, and it also has some good news. Cannabis tolerance is, unfortunately, a real thing. However, a 2016 study suggests that the body begins to recover from tolerance within just a couple days after abstaining.
What is cannabis tolerance?
Almost every cannabis consumer has experienced this situation: you start off with a small hit of cannabis, and a week later you realize that you need to consume more of it to feel the effects.
Humans develop tolerance to cannabis quite quickly, meaning that consumers become desensitized to the overall effects of the herb over a short period of time.
Interestingly, certain areas of the body develop tolerance more rapidly than others. The colon, for example. One 2009 rodent study found that some functions in the gastrointestinal tract seem to be particularly resistant to tolerance.
In this case, cannabis seemed to slow down the passage of food from the stomach to the small intestine, regardless of other signs of tolerance.