Canna Caps Tutorial – How to Make Cannabis Capsules
by Sirius Fourside
Many thanks to Old Hippie, whose tutorial taught me this recipe on how to make cannabis oil caps. You can check out his original article here!
Cannabis has been gaining more and more legal ground with Americans lately. Well over half of US states have legalized “medical marijuana” in some form, eleven states have already legalized cannabis across the board, and many more states are already talking about legalization in future ballots.
Canadians love weed just as much; they went even further and made it legal for adults across the entire country! How great is that!
Unfortunately, this rising popularity also comes with people getting into the business of providing “medicine” that isn’t quality checked. We know another cannabis advocate who was hospitalized shortly after using a cannabis extract that still contained isopropyl alcohol!
Luckily, you can make your own extracts using items that are 100% safe for consumption!
In this article, you will learn to make cannabis caps using only cannabis and coconut oil as the ingredients. And not only are cannabis caps safe to consume, they’re also safe to make! There is no fire or flammables involved; the most dangerous part is baking your cannabis in an oven at 225°F(107°C)! Let’s get started!
The caps pictured above are super-potent! We used almost an ounce of weed to make these 25 cannabis capsules!
Get All The Stuff You Need to Make Cannabis Caps!
What You’ll Need
Get the tools to make your own cannabis caps! The odds are that you already have some of the items you need to make caps of your very own, and most of the materials last quite a while, so they end up being cheap in the long run.
5.5 grams of cannabis
- Buds or trim can be used; buds produce a stronger effect.
- You can reduce or increase the amount of bud/trim used depending on your preference. The caps produced by the recipe will definitely be potent, but shouldn’t feel too strong.
- Coconut oil is the vehicle that will carry all the good stuff in your weed. It’s healthy, smells nice, has a non-offensive taste, and is easy to work with.
- You can find these at health stores, but it’s much more convenient to get them online.
- It’s possible to fill the caps one at a time, but it’s very cumbersome. This cheap little kit makes the whole process go much faster!
- The small size of this one is perfect for this recipe. Any crock-pot you use needs a “warm” setting.
- This is used to break up your cannabis buds or trim. You can use a grinder or your hands to break up the cannabis as a low-budget option.
- At one point, you’ll need to squeeze cannabis oil out of a little bag. A potato ricer presses harder than bare hands and it keeps your hands clean of oil.
- Found in the cooking aisle of grocery stores, or online.
10ml Oral Irrigator (Syringe with Tapered Deep Reach)
- You don’t want to try to pour the cannabis oil into tiny capsules. These (no-needle) syringes are an easy fix to that problem. The tapered reach makes it easy to fill capsules without spills.
Items You Might Already Have
Baking sheet (cookie sheet)
- For baking (decarboxylating) your weed before making it into cannabis oil.
2 small microwave-safe containers
- One container is for holding the tops of empty caps, the other is for holding your cannabis oil.
- Use foil to line your baking sheet. This prevents your weed from sticking as much.
A couple of rubber bands
Every item listed above (except for the cannabis) can be purchased on Amazon.com. It’s typically the easiest and most time efficient way to get your supplies if the price is right for you.
Warning: This Will Stink Up Your House
The process of decarboxylating and cooking your cannabis in oil will make something that can only be described as ‘an insanely potent cannabis smell’. Our solution (since we don’t share vents/air with neighbors) is to keep the smell bottled up in our house for the entire cooking time while running a fan + carbon scrubber combo. Once the caps are done and the smell isn’t being actively produced any longer, we let the fan and scrubber run for a bit longer and filter the remaining smell before opening any doors or windows.
Cooking Time: 5 hours
Short Version (full instructions below)
- Break up cannabis
- Cook it in an oven at 225° F for 1 hour to decarboxylate cannabis (“release” cannabinoids). It will stink! Don’t skip this step or the caps won’t be as potent.
- Grind up decarboxylated cannabis to a powder
- Mix ground cannabis with coconut oil in crock-pot
- Cook on Warm setting for 3 hours
- Strain oil and put oil in caps with Cap-M-Quik kit
One more thing…
When you finally finish making these amazing canna caps, make sure you dose slowly! They can come on really strong depending on how you make them, so it’s best to slowly test how they affect you. Try taking only 1-2 for the first few hours. If that doesn’t end up being enough, you can try taking more next time, or even make them stronger!
How to Make Cannabis Caps
1.) Preheat your oven to 225° F.
2.) Line the baking sheet with aluminum foil. This prevents cannabis from becoming stuck to the sheet.
3.) Measure out 5.5g of cannabis buds/trim (we’ll assume they’re buds from here on).
4.) Lightly grind your buds/trim so they cook more evenly.
- Food processor: Low setting for 5 seconds.
- Grinder (or by hand): Grind pieces to pinky-nail size or smaller.
5.) Spread your ground-up buds over the aluminum foil on the baking sheet.
6.) Place the baking sheet in your oven and set a timer for 1 hour.
- This is where it starts getting really smelly!
- Cooking time: 1 hour
- While you’re waiting, move on to steps 7 and 8.
7.) Plug in your crock-pot. It will turn on and immediately start heating, but it takes a while to fully heat up.
8.) Measure 60ml (1/4 cup) of virgin coconut oil and add it to the crock-pot. You can leave it heating up while your bud is cooking.
9.) Remove the dried cannabis from the oven and grind it up again to a fine powder.
- Food processor: High setting for 20 seconds.
- Hand Grinder: Grind buds to super small pieces.
10.) Add the ground-up bud to the crock pot. There should be enough coconut oil to completely submerge the weed.
11.) Stir the mixture and allow it to cook for 3 hours.
- I’ve allowed the mixture to cook in the crock-pot overnight for convenience, but I didn’t really notice much difference in potency compared to leaving it for 3 hours. Cooking longer than 3 hours doesn’t seem to help or hurt.
- Stir the mixture about once an hour; don’t use plastic to stir the mixture!
12.) Set up your Cap-M-Quik per the directions on the back of the box.
- Most cap-filling machines come with a “tamper” which is used to pack the caps with more material. You won’t need the tamper for this since you’re working with a liquid instead of dry herb.
13.) Set up 50 capsules in the Cap-M-Quik per the instructions on the back of the box. The tops of each cap should be held in one of the two containers so they don’t get lost.
14.) Cut off a square of cheesecloth. It should be a bit more than twice the width of the microwave-safe container.
15.) Fold the cheesecloth in half (so it’s twice as thick) and place it over the container. Hold the cheesecloth in place with a rubber band. You’ll use this to strain your oil mixture.
16.) Unplug the crock-pot and let it sit for 15 minutes so everything can cool a bit.
17.) Slowly pour or spoon all the contents of the crock pot onto the cheesecloth. The oil should slowly drip/pour into the container.
18.) Untie or cut the rubber band(s) from the container without letting the cheesecloth fall in. Bundle up the bud, and squeeze as much oil as you can from the cheesecloth/bud. Make sure all the oil goes through the cheesecloth so it filters out the bud. Be careful because the oil is probably very hot!
- If you don’t want to squeeze it in your hands (again, it’s hot!), you could place the cheesecloth over a mesh strainer and mash the bud down to get as much oil as you can.
- Don’t worry about getting a little bud in the caps, it won’t harm you.
19.) Throw out the wrung-out bud into your garbage disposal if you have one, and securely dispose of the cheesecloth.
20.) Use the tapered syringe to to suck up the cannabis-laden coconut oil, and gently fill the caps one at a time. Be careful not to overfill the caps.
- If the syringe gets blocked up, squirt some oil back into the container to clear the blockage so you don’t unleash a huge gush of oil on your capsules.
21.) Close the capsules (full instructions on the back of the Cap-M-Quik). Basically, you’re just taking the tops of the capsules from before, and putting them on the bottoms you’ve just filled up. When you put the tops on the caps, you should notice a *snap* as it clicks securely in place.
- You may need to press harder than you’d guess to get the caps to *snap*. It’s caused by two ridges connecting to keep the two sides of the cap together.
- If you overfilled any caps, don’t worry. Continue closing the caps, and when you’re done, empty the finished caps onto a paper towel and gently clean any excess oil off your capsules.
22.) Place the finished caps into a container and refrigerate until you’re ready to use them. You can eat them straight from the fridge without thawing. The caps will turn a lighter color after they’re cooled, due to the coconut oil solidifying.
- You can also keep them outside the fridge, but they may start to melt if it gets really hot.
- I’ve used capsules that were in my refrigerator for over a year and they were still potent!
There you have it! You should have about 50 (depending on the chef) cannabis pills ready for consumption. Remember that the amounts used in this tutorial are just a guide. You could easily adjust this recipe to make more caps, and to make them much weaker or stronger.
This is what Canna Caps look like after they’ve cooled off…
All that dark stuff is cannabis oil!
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How to make Cannabis Capsules (Canna Caps)
How do I make cannabis oil capsules?
Cannabis is a plant that can be consumed orally and form part of a healthy diet, but too often, the characteristic flavour of this plant can be a turn-off, and it’s not easy to find tasty new recipes to which we can add our weed.
Preparing cannabis in the form of capsules allows us to get over these two limitations and orally ingest cannabinoids in a simple and effective way. In this article, we’ll show you how to make your own cannabis capsules, or “canna caps” for therapeutic and recreational use.
Cannabis oil capsules or Canna Caps
Recipe to make cannabis capsules with coconut oil
In this recipe, we’ll use coconut oil to extract the principal active ingredients from the cannabis plant. Coconut oil is particularly useful because of it’s characteristic of remaining in a solid form at room temperature; if the capsules are stored at temperatures below 25ºC we can stop the oil becoming liquid and avoid any risk of the capsules leaking. This vegetable oil is also useful because it contains high levels of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which guarantee maximum absorption of the cannabinoids.
The cannabis used to make the capsules
Material necessary to make approx. 100 cannabis capsules:
- 10g of dry cannabis flowers (or sugar leaves/resinous trim)
- 100g coconut oil
- Empty gelatine capsules, 00 size (if using gelatine-free capsules they will quickly degrade upon contact with the oil, so must be consumed within a short time)
- Capsule machine (optional, but very useful. Alternatively a shallow dish filled with dry rice will hold the capsules while you fill them)
- Pipette, dropper or syringe
- Sieve for filtering
- Laser thermometer (to monitor the temperature during the extraction)
Cannabis mixed with the coconut oil
1) Break the cannabis up finely with a grinder.
2) Heat the coconut oil to around 90ºC in a bain-marie (water bath), add the cannabis and simmer gently for about 15 minutes.
3) Remove the mixture from the water bath and cook it on a low heat (120ºC) for 1 hour approx., to ensure a proper decarboxylation of the cannabinoids. Important: avoid overheating the mixture, as from 157ºC the THC will start to evaporate.
Strain the oil from the cannabis with a sieve
4) Return the mixture to the bain-marie and cook for a further 2 hours (approx.) at 90ºC so that the cannabinoids fully infuse the coconut oil.
5) Filter the resulting mixture using a sieve, squeezing it well to extract every last drop of the precious infused oil.
6) Allow the mixture to cool to around 40ºC. Meanwhile, prepare the capsules in the filling machine, which allows us to fill 24 capsules at one time. Place the larger half of the capsule in the bigger tray and the smaller half in the small tray.
Coconut oil infused with the medicinal properties of cannabis
7) Using a pipette, dropper or a syringe, carefully fill the larger halves of the capsules, leaving a margin of 1mm at the top to facilitate closing the capsules later on.
8) Close the capsules following the instructions for the capsule machine. If not using the machine, close the capsules manually, one by one. This may be easier once the oil has solidified.
9) Remove the capsules from the machine and store them in the fridge. The coconut oil will solidify, meaning you will be able to keep and transport the capsules more easily.
10) Repeat the operation with 24 new capsules and so on until the cannabis oil is all used up.
Filling the capsules with cannabis oil
These cannabis capsules can be stored for several months in the fridge, away from humidity. They can also be frozen for optimal conservation. Where possible, always protect the capsules from light, for example, using a tinted glass jar for storage.
It’s a great idea, where possible, to analyse a capsule with laboratory testing to know the exact cannabinoid content and to verify that they are fully decarboxylated.
Dry rice works well if you don’t have a capsule machine
What kind of cannabis can be used to make the capsules?
For recreational purposes, we would use varieties that are high in THC, the compound responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis. For therapeutic purposes, on the other hand, we would use cannabis varieties containing CBD as well as THC , aiming to benefit from the properties of these two cannabinoids in a balanced ratio.
Those consumers who do not tolerate the effects caused by THC but still want to enjoy the benefits of CBD can make their own CBD capsules with any of the low THC varieties which are CBD-rich while barely containing any THC.
The effect of the capsules will greatly depend on the cannabis used in the extraction. The higher the cannabinoid levels, the more potent the effect will be. To increase potency, we can also choose to infuse our coconut oil with cannabis resin that has already been extracted. This can be any of the solventless concentrates such as Dry Sift, Bubble Hash or Rosin, as well as BHO and FECO/RSO, although for oral consumption we prefer to use resin extracted in a natural way, without the use of solvents.
The oil in these cannabis capsules is solidifying
Proceed with caution when dosing these oils, they will be more potent and should be taken with care. When we made our first rosin capsules here at Alchimia, we used 1 part resin with 20 parts of coconut oil as a ratio to start with, but we later adjusted this to 1:10 to get the desired effect, due to our tolerance being fairly high!
We can also add other types of ingredients to our cannabis capsules to obtain a synergistic action. For example, if we wish to benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties of the cannabinoids, we can add some powdered cumin (with a pinch of black pepper) to further potentiate and augment this anti-inflammatory effect.
As usual, when consuming cannabis orally, its effects will appear about 45/60 minutes after ingestion, once cannabinoids have been assimilated into the digestive system and entered the bloodstream. We must be careful, start by taking a single capsule and wait at least 1 hour before consuming a second capsule if necessary, and so on until you find the appropriate dose.Cannabis capsules are an easy and convenient way of orally ingesting cannabinoids without the distinctive flavour of cannabis. In this article, we sho ]]>