Last blog I wrote about all the different ways to consume cannabis that is safer than smoking. One of those mentioned was consuming oil capsules or "canna caps." Canna caps can pack a powerful punch for getting rid of a range of things from pain to anxiety. They act similarly to marijuana edibles, and capsules are a great option for diabetics or those not wanting to consume the sugar that comes with special brownies or space cakes.
Currently, there are many dispensaries that sell oil capsules. They vary greatly in terms of potency so be sure to read the label before purchasing. If you want to ensure that you are getting the best product for yourself then there's no better way than to make it yourself. When you are making it yourself you should pay attention to the dose of each capsule as that will be the minimum dose that you take. So, if you make the single-dose too strong then you are pretty much stuck....usually on the couch.
Making your own canna cups is a safe and easy procedure. You don't have to worry about explosions or fire. There's no need for a science lab, test tubes, or Petri dishes. Almost everything you will need you probably already has in your kitchen.
Making canna caps will cause a very very strong cannabis smells
Before you start you should know that the process of making canna caps will cause a very very strong cannabis smells. Therefore, you should plan accordingly the best time to make it when your neighbors are not around. You can try to bottle up the smell in your kitchen and then use Ona gel to absorb some of the smell after you have finished the process. Eventually, the smell will dissipate.
When you begin making your very own canna caps make sure you have the following ingredients. 5.5 grams of cannabis; this is a safe amount to start off with. You can change this amount according to your own needs, but 5.5 grams is effective but not too strong. You can use trim, but buds are the best way to go. The other main ingredient is ¼ cup extra virgin coconut oil. You can use other types of oils but coconut oil is often the most preferred since it is 100% fat that is non-hydrogenated. It is also very heat stable and stays fresh for a long time. Although you can make canna caps without soy lecithin, I like to add ½ teaspoon as it increases the absorption of THC.
Other things you will need is a size "00" empty gelatin capsules, a capsule filling machine (these are cheap and can be bought online), a 10ml syringe, cheesecloth, baking sheet or parchment paper, a rubber band, and a glass bowl. Other equipment needed will be an oven, a grinder or food processor, and a crockpot.
Now here is where the fun begins. Preheat your oven to 220 degrees Fahrenheit. Grind up your cannabis buds and spread them out on the baking paper on a tray. Once the oven is hot enough put the tray into the oven and set a timer for 45 minutes to an hour.
While the cannabis is decarboxylating in the oven, plug in your crockpot and set it on low heat. Put a ¼ cup extra virgin coconut oil in the crockpot. Once the cannabis is done, take it from the oven and put it into the crockpot. Add the soy lecithin. Stir the mix until it is well blended. Let it all cook in the crockpot for about 2 ½ hours. It doesn't hurt it if you cook longer, it's just personal preference. Don't forget to stir it a few times every hour.
While that is cooking, fill the capsule filling machine with the capsules. Then put the cheesecloth (folded over double) over the top of your bowl. Secure it with a rubber band.
After 2 ½ hours, you can pour the mixture over the cheesecloth to strain it. You should wait for the mix to cool down to under 100 degrees before filling the capsules or else you risk melting the capsules. However, don't wait too long to fill them or else the oil will solidify. Now you can fill the syringe with oil and begin filling the capsules. Try not to overfill the capsules as it will spill out when you close them. Follow the instructions on the capsule filling machine of how to close the caps. This recipe should get you about 45-50 capsules.
Voila! There you have it- you own homemade canna caps! The best way to store them is in the refrigerator and they will stay good for a long time.