THC capsules, also known as THC pills or cannabis pills, are weed in capsule form. THC capsules are designed to act on the digestive system instead of the lungs; THC capsules provide an alternative method for cannabis users to medicate with cannabis and enjoy its psychoactive effects.
While they offer many advantages compared to traditional forms of weed consumption, the biggest one is the ability to get high without having to smoke weed and irritate the lungs. However, are they as effective as other cannabis products, and do they get you as high?
Today, we’ll be diving into what THC capsules are, how they work, how they compare to other cannabis products and whether or not they’re a good alternative!
What Are THC Capsules?
THC capsules or cannabis capsules are weed in capsule form. Available in various forms and formats, these cannabis edibles come in many forms. They can either contain THC, CBD or a combination of both.
While some THC pills are filled with weed oil or weed extracts such as distillate, other varieties use dried flower that has already been through decarboxylation. Sometimes, producers may also include filler or carrier ingredients such as vegetable oil, water-soluble casing, or coconut oil to help carry the THC or provide a time-release function.
No matter what form of cannabis is inside the capsules themselves, THC capsules are weed in pill form and are designed to provide an accurate and reliable way for medical marijuana patients and recreational users to dose weed.
How Do THC Capsules Work?
THC capsules are a form of weed edible and act on the body the same way. Unlike smoking cannabis, which diffuses the cannabinoids from our lungs throughout the rest of the body, eating cannabis capsules forces the THC and other cannabinoids to travel through our digestive system.
Once it’s in the stomach and intestines, the liver metabolizes the THC into 11-Hydroxy-THC, a metabolite of THC. Compared to regular THC, 11-Hydroxy-THC can cross the blood-brain barrier with far greater ease.
By being able to enter the brain with greater ease, the 11-Hydroxy-THC produced by our liver when it metabolizes THC tends to produce stronger and more long-lasting effects. This is why many cannabis users and patients tend to experience more potent psychoactive effects when they eat edibles such as tinctures and cannabis capsules compared to other forms of marijuana.
How Do You Use Cannabis Capsules?
If you’ve ever taken a cannabis edible before, then you’ll already have a pretty good idea of how to take THC pills and what to expect from the experience.
If you’ve never taken an edible before, you’ll need to understand that everyone’s endocannabinoid system is different and how one user processes edibles might not be how you process edibles. One 10mg capsule might be perfect for one user, but the exact dosage could cause another to start greening out.
Everyone’s experience with cannabis and edibles will differ, so when in doubt, remember to start with a low dosage, wait for the effects to kick in, and slowly go up from there. Depending on the ingredients of the cannabis capsules, the effects can range from sedating and calming to energizing and anxiety-inducing and can last anywhere from half an hour to multiple.
On the other hand, CBD capsules that contain no other cannabinoids aside from CBD won’t have any intoxicating effects and won’t get you high. Taken correctly, CBD capsules can help alleviate symptoms of depression, pain and headaches.
Figuring out the correct dosage, potency and consumption method for cannabis capsules can take some time to get right.
If it’s your first time, consider starting with a low dose of THC first, around 5mg, and slowly increase the dose until you achieve the desired results.
If you’re using CBD capsules, you can start with any amount you feel comfortable with since CBD capsules will produce no intoxicating effects.
Types of THC Capsules
With so many cannabis extracts and ingredients at our disposal, there are many different types of pills and capsules to choose from. Here are a few of the most common ones:
Dried Flower Pills
While you won’t get high off of raw weed, you can get high off of cannabis plants that have already been dried, cured and decarboxylated. Contrary to popular belief, cannabis plants don’t actually have THC in them. Instead, they have THCA, the acid-form of THC that doesn’t produce any intoxicating effects. To get high off of the cannabis plant, it first has to be decarboxylated.
Eating THC pills made with decarboxylated flower provides all the smoke-less benefits of consuming cannabis with all the benefits of smoking weed! If you have any AVB saved up, you can make your own dried flower pills by filling up some gelatin capsules with your decarboxylated bud and sealing them up.
Distillate pills are filled with THC distillate, a viscous cannabis concentrate that can contain up to 95% of one cannabinoid, usually CBD or THC. Since distillate is so pure, it also won’t contain any of the impurities, tar or other compounds from the cannabis plant. If you’re not a huge fan of the flavour or smell of weed, distillate pills offer a happy compromise since they all tend to be flavourless.
Weed Oil and Tincture Pills
Weed oil pills are capsules filled with some variety of weed oil or tincture. Weed oil and tinctures are made by submerging cannabis plant matter in a solvent, usually alcohol, to extract the desirable compounds from the plant.
Once everything has been removed, the mixture is purified to remove the undesirable compounds, and the remaining cannabinoid and plant matter mixture is combined with a fatty carrier oil such as coconut oil or alcohol to make it stable.
Weed oil can be cooked into food, mixed into drinks, or encapsulated into THC pills. THC capsules made this way tend to be cheaper than distillate and dried flower pills but will also taste more strong and pungent.
How to Make THC Capsules at Home
Making THC capsules at home is extremely easy and only takes less than an hour to do right. If you don’t want to buy them, you can create your own THC pills at the cost of stinking up your house! Here’s how:
- Preheat your oven to 110 °C.
- Grind and spread your weed over a baking sheet with parchment paper before baking for 30 minutes.
- Add the baked weed to a simmering pot of coconut or olive oil and simmer on extremely low heat for an hour or more, taking care to stir occasionally.
- Once the mixture is cooled, strain and use a dropper to fill empty gelatin or pill capsules with your weed-infused oil.
Suppose you’re planning on following this recipe. In that case, we highly recommend you open up as many windows and points of ventilation as possible because the smell of dank kush is going to permeate every nook and cranny of your dwelling! If you don’t want your house to reek of weed, we recommend purchasing THC capsules from a trusted online dispensary, instead.
THC Capsules – A Better Way to Medicate
Available in a wide variety of potencies and varieties, THC pills present an easy, discreet and smoke-free way to enjoy all the benefits that cannabis offers without actually having to smoke it. If you’re looking for a way to dose cannabis consistently and accurately, consider picking up a bottle of THC pills the next time you’re buying weed online!