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Hello.  An introduction

If you smoke weed, at some point, you should take a tolerance break.  Like anything else, your body builds up a tolerance to weed: you need more to get high.  A T-Break could help you save money and also keep balance.

The hard news is that if you smoke weed most days, a true T-Break should be at least 21 days long.  For those who regularly partake, it takes around three weeks or more for THC to fully leave your system.  (That’s because THC bonds to fat, which is stored in the body longer.)

I created this guide because people would tell me that when they set out to take a T-Break, they only lasted a few days.  Sometimes they felt ashamed because it was harder than they thought.  There is no need to feel bad…

…but it can be hard to take a break.  People usually find some aspect of getting high beneficial.  Weed causes fewer harms than some other drugs and creates less cravings.  For those very reasons, ironically, some people find it challenging to find a balance with their weed use: they might think that weed has no harms and no cravings.  Everything has pros and cons.  And weed, like a lot of things, can create dependency. 

A T-Break is a good time to re-evaluate balance.  If you want to stop completely, just continue the T-Break.  Others may return to weed and can use this as a support while bringing down their tolerance and finding better balance.

Either way, a little support is a good thing.  I hope you find it useful. 
If you don’t find this helpful- I would welcome your feedback.

With respect,
Tom Fontana


How to use this guide:

This guide has daily practices.  Each week has a different theme: 
Week 1- physical
Week 2 - emotional
Week 3 – spiritual / existential

It may be useful to read a few a days at once because there are practical things about sleep and appetite that may be helpful right away.  Care has been put into the content and order, but you know what works best for you. 

Feel free to make this is a choose-your-own adventure guide.

Thank You

This guide would not be possible without the insight, editing, and support of so many people.  Most especially, the students who have shared their stories and advice:


Special editing thanks to Kaisy Wheeler- you have a gift.  (And you hate when I start a sentence with ‘and’)

Thank you to colleagues in the field, who have been generous in spirit and mind: Amelia Arria, Brian Bowden, Diane Fedorchak, Peter Jackson, Jason Kilmer, Nancy Reynolds, Peter Rives

The idea for this format came from the Student Well-Being Center at Notre Dame.  Thanks ND.

And thank you to the University of Vermont and to my co-workers in LivingWell for supporting this work.  Y’all are kick ass awesome.