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How to Make Cannabis Capsules

Without any unwanted calories or unnecessary ingredients, cannabis capsules are one of the most efficient, well-working, and easy to dose ways to enjoy all the benefits of ingesting active cannabinoids orally.

DIY cannabis capsules are sure to become your go-to favorite means for making the most from your experience with the green medication without inhaling any of the hazardous compounds present in smoke.

Apart from being optimally metabolized and suitable for extremely convenient and reliable dosing, DIY cannacaps are an inexpensive and simple cannabis at-home infusion to experiment with. Not the least, cannabis capsules make microdosing your ganja intake feel like a breeze, for you are capable of reaching the most suitable amount of THC and/or CBD per serving based on your unique needs, preferences, and tolerance levels.

What are the Benefits of Cannabis-Infused Capsules

Cannabis capsules have become quite popular among recreational and medicinal marijuana users alike, and the fact that there is no reputable dispensary out there where cannacaps are missing from the shelves of cannabinoids-laced products, says it all. People have been gradually developing a deeper and deeper love for medicating with cannabis capsules, and it couldn’t be any other way since being tiny in size and precisely dosed, cannacaps make pot oral intake well-working and well-controlled anytime, anywhere as needed.

Below is a neat cheat sheet on the potential benefits you can reap by opting for cannabis-infused capsules. Hopefully, we will manage to get your creative DIY juices flowing with just the right dose of passion for at-home preparations involving the green medication.

#1. Cannabis capsules make a discreet and convenient way to medicate on the go. They are wonderfully well suited to carry around when traveling and/or whenever you attend events or get together social meetings where your cannabis consumption is best to be kept away from the public radar.

#2
. The effects of consuming cannabis capsules last significantly longer than vaping or smoking marijuana. Because the sense of high kicks in within about 1 and up to 3 hours after ingesting a cannacap based on potency, as well as your personal tolerance levels to cannabis, you can also get to enjoy detectably stronger effects, in a similar sense as with ingesting any other form of edibles since the active cannabionoids will be metabolized by the liver instead of directly entering the bloodstream as with respiratory methods of cannabis consumption. These particular qualities of cannacaps make them an excellent means for medical marijuana users who want to target pain or inflammation for a long-lasting, strong punch of oh thank you cannabis relief. Meanwhile, recreational marijuana users are sure to appreciate a potently dosed (or not that potently dosed based on needs and preferences) batch of cannabis capsules, too. Since cannacaps are super customizable, they can also make a perfect treat for newbie cannabis consumers who are still trying to establish a reliable marijuana intake routine minus the possible overwhelming.

#3. Cannabis capsules are basically scent- and flavor-free. Plus, your kitchen won’t smell like a mini ganja paradise while working on a batch of DIY cannabis capsules, at least as soon as you are done decarbing weed and infusing coconut oil.

#4. Cannabis capsules are great to store in the fridge for an extended period. Basically, you can keep your cannacaps refrigerated for 1 – 2 years to come, although it is always good to remember that the fresher your batch of DIY cannacaps, the better. Our best advice on storing cannacups would sum up to some good 3 – 9 months for best results. Ultimately, the convenience of storage means that you wouldn’t need to fret about having to deal with a batch of expired pot brownies that tear your heart apart when having to be thrown away in the trash. Convenient storage = convenience of use, and nonetheless, peace of mind, knowing that once you prep some good 50 – 100 DIY cannabis capsules, they will be at your best disposal for a long, long time. Anyway, we are quite positive you’ll get to love the DIY recipe below so much that you wouldn’t mind having to make more cannabis capsules whenever needed.

#5. In a pinch, cannabis capsules can work great for those of you who prefer to ingest marijuana through suppository methods. In such cases, though, make sure to stick with using only coconut oil without adding soy lecithin or sunflower lecithin for boosted potency as to limit exposing your most intimate parts to any other compounds but the collagen, active cannabinoids and coconut oil present in your cannacaps. Always consult with a qualified physician before trying out any form of suppository methods of treatment.

Cannabis Microdosing with Homemade Cannacaps: A Short Summary

In recent years, microdosing marijuana has been creating waves of euphoria among healthy lifestyle enthusiasts of different age and background all over the globe.

Quintessentially, microdosing marijuana refers to taking so tiny amounts of active cannabinoids (and in particular, so tiny amounts of THC) that you avoid getting to experience the well-known psychoactive effects of the herb. As a rule of thumb, anything below 10 mg THC per serving is considered a microdose of cannabis.

However, even though not inducing the typical sense of high, microdosing cannabis does come with some truly amazing benefits for your physical and mental well-being, as minor doses of active cannabinoids are believed to keep the body in continuous homeostasis without depriving you of focus and motivation to get along with your busy daily schedule.

The thing is, keeping the body in homeostasis is the main function of your ECS (endogenous cannabinoid system). ECS is a unique network of cannabinoid receptors in the human body that is known to be directly or indirectly stimulated through marijuana consumption thanks to the active cannabinoids present in cannabis plants. But since most of us don’t really get to consume cannabis throughout the day as the temporary impairments are often contradictory to a person’s performance at work, microdosing makes it possible to have it all. With this in mind, it sure comes as no surprise why an increased number of moms are looking into the benefits of microdosing marijuana.

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Video by: The Doctors – Moms That Microdose Marijuana
Source: youtube.com

The very idea behind microdosing cannabis has nothing to do with staying away from your favorite methods of consuming the green medication in whatever form or in whatever amount you find to work best with you. Instead, microdosing is all about being able to reap most of the health benefits of the green medication in the long run minus the high. Then again, you can still enjoy your high epically whenever and wherever appropriate to do so; microdosing cannabis isn’t about frowning upon getting high like a kite, especially when we take into consideration not only recreational but medical marijuana users who may need significantly high doses of THC to fight off pain, among many other physical or mental concerns. But for some people, microdosing cannabis may be the perfect way to alleviate stress, bad moods, inflammation, anxiety, and depression without having to quit work for the sake of treating with cannabis.

Since homeostasis is a very broad term, and we are about to get down to prepping a whole batch of DIY cannabis capsules, which means we have 0 times for sweet cannatalking around, the best way to explain this crucial process shortly seems to fit in the line that you are just about to read next.

Homeostasis is the process of maintaining a stable environment, intricately related to both the physiological, as well as the psychological processes that occur in the body, deeply intertwined with the proper function of the immune system, the gut, the ovaries, the kidneys, and nonetheless, the function of the brain.

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Video by: Prof Camenares – Human Anatomy and Physiology: Homeostasis
Source: youtube.com

How to Make Cannabis Capsules: A Quick &Easy Step by Step Recipe

Ingredients

1. 5 – 15 grams of dried and cured cannabis flowers
2.¼ – a ½ cup of coconut oil
3. 40 – 50 Gelatin capsules
4. ½ teaspoon soy lecithin or sunflower lecithin

Or the short list for those who already have a batch of cannabis-infused coconut oil handy

1. Cannabis-infused coconut oil
2. Gelatin capsules

Important Notes

#1. We highly recommend that you try out 00 size capsules, because of the fact this ultra-awesome size allows you to swallow your cannacaps much easier. Nonetheless, we found that this size works best for precise dosing, and especially when it comes to microdosing.

#2. Although not an imperative part of this recipe, a capsule filling machine will make the process of filling your cannabis caps far more pleasurable, quick, and easy to accomplish. In a pinch, you can simply poke some holes in a suitable cardboard box using a pencil or pen. This way, you will help hold the capsules in place, so that you can get down to filling them. It is not the most convenient way to fill your cannacaps but will surely do the trick in the absence of a filling machine. By the way, capsule filling machines are very affordable, so you might just as well have your kitchen equipped with a nicely functional device instead of experiencing any inconveniences. Another important tool you’ll certainly need for filling your DIY cannacaps is a suitably-sized dropper. If you use a larger dropper than needed (for instance, the dropper you typically use for infusing weed gummies), then things can get a bit messy but you can still get the job done. Our final verdict is that using a syringe makes a superior alternative to using a dropper.

#3. Based on your personal preferences, you can choose to skip on infusing coconut oil with cannabis in favor of infusing rice bran oil, extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil. Do mind, though, that coconut oil is known to work best when it comes to binding with the active cannabinoids, resulting in increased potency.

#4. For a vegan-friendly batch of cannacaps, you can substitute gelatin capsules with vegetarian capsules. Veg caps are made with vegetable cellulose known as Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC), which comes from the bark of spruce or pine trees. While gelatin capsules are a wonderful source of collagen, people who are on a strict vegetarian or vegan regimen, as well as those who cannot consume animal products for religious or cultural purposes, veg capsules do make a reliable alternative, thanks to being tasteless, odorless, and with a hard enough shell to store your desired dose of active cannabinoids properly.

#5. Based on the cannabinoid content of your cannabis-infused coconut oil, you can create CBD cannabis capsules, THC cannabis capsules, or perfectly balanced THC to CBD cannacaps. If you have a bottle of homemade or store-bought CBD Oil, you can feel free to fill it into your capsules. Now, as far as our personal experience with DIY cannabis capsules is concerned, we want to highlight that we crafted 3 types of cannacaps. For the first batch, we infused coconut oil with the notorious, legendary, all-mighty Bruce Banner strain. We used 14 grams of dried and cured, proudly homegrown Bruce Banner buds for infusing the cannabis cups’ coconut oil base, which resulted in managing to yield 50 capsules (00 size) with an estimated potency of about 5 mg THC per cannacap with only trace amounts of CBD since Bruce Banner strain contains low amounts of 0.10% CBD to high levels of 23% THC.

For the second type of cannacaps, we gave CB Dream strain-based coconut oil infusion a try. Admittedly, these perfectly, harmoniously CBD and THC leveled cannabis capsules are nothing less but a must try. We used a homemade batch of CB Dream cannabis-infused coconut butter. Being neatly labeled, we knew perfectly well that a teaspoon of CB Dream strain-infused coconut oil contains 8 mg of THC and 8 mg of CBD, so each capsule ended up containing 2 mg THC and 2 mg CBD.For the record, we filled a total of 40 capsules of 1000 mg volume each.

For the last batch of cannacaps, we felt extremely lucky to work with a proudly homegrown stash of one of the most CBD rich strains on the planet up-to-date: Her Majesty, Cali Kush. By infusing coconut oil with 10 grams of Cali Kush flowers, we yielded 42 capsules, each containing approximately 4 mg CBD and only trace amounts of THC since Cali Kush cannabis plants are known to top 20% CBD to 1% THC content. By the way, we think that 4 mg of CBD per capsule is one fantabulous DIY CBD cannacaps recipe that deserves to be bragged about!

#6. Always store your caps in a cool, dark place. For storage purposes, a refrigerator will do perfectly fine.

#7. By following this recipe, you should yield about 40 -50 capsules. However, do mind that these numbers are not set in stone but are only an estimate, as it greatly depends on the ratios of starting oil and plant material you choose to work with. In any case, don’t be shy off from tailoring this recipe to your unique taste and preferences by embracing trial and error because in the worst-case scenario, you may simply end up with some extra cannabis-infused coconut butter that you can add to edibles, or you may simply end up filling fewer caps than expected but none of these possible outcomes can ruin your good mood, right

#8.In order to estimate the average strength of your cannacaps, you want to take the potency of your starting pot plant material and get down to converting it into milligrams. To illustrate this better, working with 20% THC cannabis flowers = 200 mg THC. Now, based on the total mg of THC and/or CBD you end up with after applying this simple conversion calculation, divide the number by the net weight of the starting material, making sure to cut off 10% – 20% for the sake of accounting for decarboxylation when some of the active cannabinoids inevitably fail to be fully extracted or simply get lost. And so, if you have worked with 5 grams of 20% THC cannabis flowers, your batch of cannacaps should contain 160 – 180 mg THC in total, which means that if you manage to fill a total of 30 capsules, each will contain about 5 – 9 mg THC.

#9. We highly recommend that newbie marijuana users would ingest as little as 2 – 3 mg THC at the start of their medicating with cannabis capsules microdosing journey. People with medium tolerance to cannabis can give a 4–6 mg THC starting microdose a try, while experienced marijuana users can go with 7 – 10mg THC. Wait for a minimum of 1 hour for the full effects of oral cannabis consumption to take place before you get to swallow another capsule. It is best to try out the effects of your DIY cannacaps in a cozy environment on a free day or night as to be fully able to recognize and appreciate the way you experience a particular THC/CBD dose or microdose to work with you.DIY Cannabis Capsules: Directions

If you already have a batch of cannabis-infused oil that is solid because of being stored in the fridge, melt it down on low heat (the lowest setting possible), or use a double boiler. In the case, you are about to make cannabis capsules from scratch, proceed by following Step 1 and Step 2 in order to infuse your cannacaps oil base with confidence, and a big, wide smile.

Step 1: Cannabis Flowers Decarboxylation (30 – 45 minutes)

Start by decarbing your dried and cured cannabis flowers. Do not underestimate the importance of this otherwise fairly simple process, as decarbing your weed the right way is what will make a HUGE difference on the potency of your cannabis capsules. As a rule of thumb, make sure the temperature in your oven does not exceed 250 degrees Fahrenheit (121 degrees Celsius) because exposing the active compounds at higher temperatures increases the risk of literally cooking off valuable active cannabinoids. Once you have decarbed your weed, you can get down to infusing coconut oil in any of your favorite ways, such as using a slow cooker. However, we discovered an easy, great working way to make the best use of the already well-heated oven, so if you are willing to give this method a try, do not turn off the oven but leave it running at 220 degrees Fahrenheit (105 degrees Celsius).

Step 2: Infuse coconut oil with cannabis (1 – 2+ hours)

Fill a suitable cooking pot with water about 2/3 to the top. Bring water to a soft boil. In a heat-resistant glass bowl, combine coconut oil and lecithin, and then place the bowl within the very rim of your cooking pot. You want to make sure the bowl sits at about 1-2 inches above the gently soft boiling water. Once the coconut oil and lecithin meltdown, toss in your finely ground, decarbed cannabis flowers, stirring well until the mixture becomes smooth and uniform. Now, empty the hot water out from your cooking pot and transfer the infused coconut oil mixture in there. Finally, set the cooking pot back into the oven and cook the fusion at 220 degrees Fahrenheit (105 degrees Celsius) for some good 45 minutes. Don’t forget to check on the mixture every 15 minutes or so, stirring a few times if necessary. Provided you stick with cooking the coconut oil, lecithin, and cannabis infusion for about 35 – 45 minutes, you’ll reach maximum THC and CBD potency. You should feel free to cook the mixture for about 2 hours, as long as you keep in mind that doing so will convert THC into CBN. CBN is a lesser-known yet highly treasured cannabinoid that leads to sedating effects, so it can work wonders for those who want to add an extra sedative boost to their cannacaps to target stress and insomnia.


Step 3
: Get your capsules ready to be filled. (5 – 10 minutes)

Separate your capsules. Make sure to save the tops in a small bowl or plate, so that you’ll assemble the capsules easier. Place the large part (think in terms of the larger part) of the capsules into each slot of a capsule maker.

Step 4:Get your cannabis-infused oil to a suitable temperature (10 minutes or so).

Strain your cannabis-infused coconut oil into a suitable bowl using a cheesecloth or mesh strainer. Allow the infused oil to cool to a temperature that does not exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). Only when the temperature reaches the desired rates, you can proceed with filling the syringe/dropper. The thing is, gelatin capsules usually start melting when exposed to temperatures that exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), so it is best to make sure that your oil is as cool as it can get (but hasn’t solidified yet) before you fill your syringe. Yeah, we know it sounds a bit tricky having to make sure that your oil remains warm enough to keep its liquid form but cool enough not to melt your capsules while also avoiding turning it solid but the truth is, this is an easy-peasy step when you keep a close eye on the process, so just trust your senses.

Step 5:Start filling your cannacaps (15 minutes or so).

Using a syringe or dropper, start filling the capsules one at a time. If working with a capsule filling machine, check the instructions on how to close each capsule the right way. In the case you have accidentally overfilled some of your caps, just use a clean tissue or hand towel to quickly wipe the residue before finally closing them.

DIY Cannabis Capsules: Final Notes

Ultimately, after testing each batch of cannacaps we managed to accomplish while experimenting with this DIY cannabis capsules recipe, we are pretty convinced that the future of being able to effectively dose homemade cannabis-based treats and medicine may easily fit at the very tip of one’s finger, just like our precious, 100% homemade from seed to harvest cannacaps did. We truly hope that sharing our genuine experience with DIY cannabis capsules will be of your utmost assistance, and that this article has been an informative, educational, and pleasurable way to spend part of your free time. All that’s left to do now is to fully enjoy the beautiful benefits of DIY cannabis capsules.