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How To Make Cannabis Capsules

How To Make Cannabis Capsules

Cannabis capsules are perfect for non-smokers. They are also great for people that don’t want to consume edibles. Keep in mind, the effects are delayed and can take up to 2 hours. With predetermined amounts of THC, dosing becomes reliable and consistent.

What You Need To Make Cannabis Capsules

A short list of supplies includes cannabis, coconut oil, empty capsules, capsule holder and a syringe.

Cannabis

You need a source of THC (or CBD) for your cannabis capsules. This can include tincture, concentrates or dried flower. Concentrates including RSO, BHO, shatter, hash and more can be readily dissolved in coconut oil.

Canna Caps RSO Stoners Cookbook

Should I Decarboxylate Cannabis for Capsules?

If you want to get high from canna caps … THCA becomes THC through the process of decarboxylation. Without decarboxylation, you will not get high from cannabis. To perform this process, heat dried flower or concentrates in the oven at 240°F for 25 to 30 minutes. Reduce cooking time depending on the amount of heat used in processing concentrates.

THCA

If you don’t want to get high from canna caps … skip the decarboxylation process. Although it doesn’t get you high, THCA has purported medicinal properties. It is used by some people for relief of inflammation and nausea and as an appetite stimulant. Many people believe that THCA in concentrated form fights cancer, although there need to be more studies.

Coconut Oil

Use either virgin coconut oil or liquid coconut oil. Virgin coconut oil makes longer lasting cannabis capsules, but must be utilized before mixture solidifies. Otherwise, the syringe will become clogged. Liquid coconut oil is easy to work with but can result in leaky capsules.

Canna Caps Coconut Oil Stoners Cookbook

Empty capsules

Capsules are available in either vegan (cellulose) or gelatin. There are two common sizes which are “0” (small) or “00” (large). Large capsules are easier to fill.

Canna Caps Empty Capsules

Capsule Holder

Capsule holders make the job of filling canna caps easier. They are available in health food stores or online. Alternatively, you can make your own capsule holder by drilling holes in a piece of raw wood. Filling each capsule by hand can be tedious and very messy and is not recommended.

Canna Caps Holder Stoners Cookbook

Syringe

An inexpensive syringe makes filling capsules a breeze. A 10 mL syringe is a comfortable size for filling capsules.

Canna Caps Syringe Stoners Cookbook

Cannabis Capsule Making Instructions

Method 1:  Use Cannabis Concentrates

Decarb concentrates for canna caps, if desired.

On medium heat, warm coconut oil to 150° F in a double boiler. You can use a pyrex measuring cup inside of a small saucepan filled with water for easier handling.

Add concentrates or tincture.

Turn heat to low and gently heat for 15 to 20 minutes to make sure all of the concentrates are evenly distributed throughout the oil.

Remove from heat.

Allow to cool slightly if you are using virgin coconut oil. Cool to room temperature if you are using liquid coconut oil.

Separate capsules into tops and bottoms. Put bottoms into capsule holder.

Stir oil mixture. Immediately suck oil into the syringe to prevent particles from settling.

Fill each capsule bottom, put tops on. Make sure the two pieces are securely pushed together.

Cannabis capsules are done.

Method 2: Use dried flower

You can make concentrated infused oil to fill your cannabis capsules. Use virgin coconut oil for this method in order to separate the oil from plant material and water.

In a heavy saucepan or double boiler, heat desired amount of decarbed cannabis and coconut oil with 3 to 4 cups of water on low heat for about 4 hours. Maintain 3 cups of water throughout this time.

Pour mixture through a fine strainer or cheesecloth. Pour a few cups of boiling water through to remove any remaining oil.

Allow mixture to cool so that the oil hardens and plant material settles to the bottom.

Remove hardened oil.

Reheat oil on low heat until melted.

Separate capsule tops and bottoms, place bottoms into capsule holder.

Suck up warm oil into a syringe and fill capsule bottoms.

Put tops on caps, making sure the two pieces are securely connected.

Cannabis capsules are done.

How Much Oil Do You Need To Make Canna Caps?

Each “00” capsule holds .75 mL product. Therefore, in order to make 30 canna caps, use 23 mL liquid including oil and dissolved concentrate.

Each “0” capsule holds .5 mL product; use 15 mL liquid including oil and dissolved concentrate to make 30 capsules.

Shelf Life of Cannabis Capsules

Virgin coconut oil will last on the shelf 6 months at 24°C without going rancid.

Because liquid coconut canna caps tend to leak oil, don’t make more than a 15 day supply at one time.

Store capsules in a dark container since sunlight degrades THC.

Safe Storage of Cannabis Products

Always store cannabis capsules in childproof containers safely out of reach of children and pets.

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Cannabis Capsules on Stoners Cookbook
How To Make Cannabis Capsules
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

The list of ingredients in cannabis capsules is short. All you need is cannabis, coconut oil, empty capsules, capsule holder and a syringe for filling caps.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: cannabis capsules
Servings: 30 caps
Calories: 6 kcal
Ingredients
  • cannabis
  • 23 mL coconut oil
Instructions
Method #1 Use Concentrates
  1. Decarb concentrates, if desired.

  2. On medium heat, warm coconut oil to 150° F in a double boiler. You can use a pyrex measuring cup inside of a small saucepan filled with water for easier handling.

  3. Stir in concentrates or tincture, turn heat to low and heat gently for 15 to 20 minutes.

  4. Remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly if you are using virgin coconut oil. Cool to room temperature if you are using liquid coconut oil.

  5. Separate capsules into tops and bottoms. Put bottoms into capsule holder.

  6. Stir oil mixture. Immediately suck oil into the syringe to prevent particles from settling. Fill each capsule bottoms.

  7.  Put tops on. Make sure the two pieces are securely pushed together. 

Method #2 Use Dried Flower
  1. In a heavy saucepan or double boiler, heat desired amount of decarbed cannabis and virgin coconut oil with 3 to 4 cups of water on low heat for about 4 hours. Maintain 3 cups of water throughout this time.

  2. Pour mixture through a fine strainer or cheesecloth. Chase with a few cups of boiling water to remove any remaining oil. Let mixture cool.

  3. Remove hardened oil. Place into a saucepan and heat gently until melted.

  4. Separate capsule tops and bottoms, place bottoms into capsule holder.

  5. Suck up warm oil into a syringe and fill capsule bottoms. Put tops on caps, making sure the two pieces are securely connected.

Recipe Notes

Storing Cannabis Capsules

Virgin coconut oil will last on the shelf 6 months at 24°C without going rancid.

Because liquid coconut capsules tend to leak oil, don’t make more than a 15 day supply at one time.

Store capsules in a dark container since sunlight degrades THC.

 

Safe Storage of Cannabis Products

Always store cannabis capsules in childproof containers safely out of reach of children and pets.

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10 thoughts on “How To Make Cannabis Capsules”

      • If you cook cannabis in your oven, it will stink up your house. I always use a baking tray, so I’m not sure if a tube would help. Also, you can try putting cannabis in a jar and throw into a pot of boiling water for an hour. Just watch out that the glass doesn’t break or you will have a real mess on your hands, not to mention your cannabis gets wet.

  • Thanks for the great info, i wondered if i might ask – what is the thin black line of material at the top of the caps and how would i reduce this?

    thanks very much,

    • The line you see in the pictures is just a refection of light (should have used a filter when taking pictures, oops!). The oil in the capsules is evenly mixed and there is no line at the top as suggested by the photos. However, it’s a good idea to stir or agitate the oil as you are dispensing in case there are any heavy particles that settle to the bottom.

  • The concentrate I use is so thick and sticky like pine sap as is the liquid sunflower lecihtin.
    Are there any chemistry nerds out there that can describe a reliable way to create an homogeneous solution with these ingredients and coconut oil?
    My experience is that the cannabis is unevenly mixed in, even when I first dilute it in a few milliliters of Everclear.
    I thought about using a magnetic stirring capsule, but these liquids are very sticky.
    Thank you for any help you can give me.

  • To the person that asked about homogeneous mixing of the viscous soy lecithin and concentrates into the coconut oil. I get the temperature to about 225 f and the magnetic stirrer works great.

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