How to Make Your Own Cannabis Capsules

12

Cannabis capsules are an easy, discreet, and super effective way to medicate. Taking a pill blends more seamlessly into most people’s daily routine than smoking, vaporizing, or eating an edible.

Making cannabis capsules at home is a simple way to ensure you’re ingesting clean medicine that’s created to suit your individual needs.

A daily low-dose of cannabinoids can help ease a wide variety of ailments, and when you’re treating a chronic disorder it’s important to consistently flood your body with healing cannabinoids.

There are two routes to take when making your own capsules — infused oil or decarboxylated dry cannabis flower.

Some prefer to have an oil base because raw cannabis can be slightly harder for sensitive stomachs to digest. But if you’re looking for speed and ease, raw flower is the way to go and it’s just as effective.

cannabis-capsules-39


 To determine potency, let’s do some quick math:

We will be using “0” size capsules which can hold approximately 0.5 grams (weight).

For calculating the decarbed flower capsules, we’re going to assume the material used is approximately 5% THC. This means there is 50 mg of THC for every 1 gram (weight) of plant material. Each pill capsule holds about 0.1 gram (weight) of plant material which is approximately 5 mg of activated THC. By those calculations, each decarbed flower capsule will contain approximately 5 mg of THC.

For the oil-based capsules, you can adjust the potency based on how much cannabis you infuse into the oil. I’ve laid out two options below and if you’d like a stronger pill, simply infuse more flower in the oil. As mentioned above, a size 0 capsule will hold about 0.4 gram (weight), but we will aim to fill the capsule to about 80% of its capacity (400 mg / 0.4 gram in weight which is equal to 0.4 ml in volume).

For the sake of consistency, we will assume that the average gram of cannabis contains 50 mg of THC.

7 grams of cannabis into ¼ cup oil: (7 grams x 50mg THC = 350mg of THC) *¼ cup = 62.5 mL

— 350mg divided by 62.5 mL = 5.6 mg per mL

— 5.6 mg THC per mL x 0.4 mL (per capsule) = 2.24 mg THC

14 grams of cannabis into ¼ cup oil: (14 grams x 50mg THC = 700mg of THC) *¼ cup = 62.5 mL

— 700mg divided by 62.5 mL = 11.2 mg per mL

— 11.2 mg THC per mL x 0.4 mL (per capsule) = 4.48 mg THC 


If you’d like a capsule with an infused-oil base, begin by making cannabis-infused oil — follow these recipes to make homemade oil with coconut oil or olive oil.

cannabis-capsules-28

If you’d like raw herbs, begin by preheating your oven to 220 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven is preheating, grind up your cannabis finely by herb grinder, coffee grinder, or mortar and pestle. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread your cannabis crumble evenly on top. Bake for about 60 minutes being sure the oven doesn’t rise above 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

cannabis-capsules-13


If you’re looking for an extra punch of herbal healing in either recipe, try adding some of the following herbs into the canna-oil or simply mix them with your post-decarbed cannabis powder:

For Calming Sleep Capsules add powdered valerian root, skullcap, lemon balm, or hop flower.

For Nutritious Superfood Capsules add spirulina, chlorella, turmeric.

For Energizing Daytime Capsules add gingko root, astragalus, or maca root.


After the cannabis is decarbed or the oil is infused, it’s time to fill the capsules. Using a capsule machine shortens this process to 5 minutes or less, but it’s possible to fill them without it. I would definitely recommend a machine, they are less than $20 and save a lot of money in the long run if you consistently make a variety of herbal capsules.

Begin by separating the tops and bottoms of the capsules (the bottoms are the longer sides). Place the bottom half of the capsules in the base of the capsule machine.

If you chose the dry herb capsules, pour your herbal mixture into the pill maker. You can do straight cannabis, but I decided to mix some valerian root and nettle into mine for that extra nutritious oomph.

Use a card to evenly spread the herbs across the capsule openings. Use the tampering tool included with the capsule kit to gently press the herbs down, and add some more if there’s room. Fill the lid of the capsule machine with the capsule tops and place on the device. Remove the machine from its stand and press down with both hands until the capsules are joined together. Lift, remove the filled capsules, and voila!

If you chose the oil-based capsules, use a syringe or dropper to carefully fill the bottoms of the capsules. (Note: if you’re using coconut oil it needs to be warmed in order to remain viscous and make the filling process easier, however, if the oil is too warm it can melt the capsules so it’s important to stay in that neutral temperature zone). Once the capsules are filled, place the tops of the capsules into the lid of the machine and place on the device. Move the machine off its stand and press down on the top of the machine with both hands. Lift, remove the filled capsules, and you have some golden cannabis capsules!

cannabis-capsules-3

About Author

Allie is a NW-based content curator for Marijuana.com and an organic farmer at TKO Reserve. She has been a professional in the marijuana industry since she was 18 years old, spending the first five years of her career working for Dope Magazine as lead photographer. Allie has worked on mainstream projects such as Idiot's Guide: Growing Marijuana, Branding Bud: The Consumerization of Cannabis and her own self-published book, As The Grass Grows.

12 Comments

  1. Lawrence Goodwin on

    All of your food for thought, Allie Beckett, has that “extra nutritious oomph”! Thank you ever so much for continuing to share. Here in upstate New York, where does one go to purchase a copy of “As the Grass Grows”?

    • Thank you so much for your infinite support, you always make my day!
      As The Grass Grows is actually available on Amazon but you save $10 when you purchase directly through me at CannaObscura.Photography

      🙂

      • Lawrence Goodwin on

        Awesome. I will, accepting that the transaction is “https://.” I suppose “CannaBonita” would be an equally appropriate name for your site. And you made my day, Allie, taking time to respond. ????

      • I have been suffering from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy typeII ( CRPS ) for past 18yrs along w/Fibromyalgia , have 2 electric stims implanted in my left leg w/wires that go to ankle & I use remotes To control the intensity! I go to bed in pain & wake up in pain! It NEVER STOPS! And from all Meds attempted over past 18yrs it has destroyed my stomach & barely eat once a day!
        I go on despite the pain & not eating because I’m a full-time single father for past 13yrs & been declared physically disabled since 9/17/97!
        The ONLY thing I have found that gives me relief & a feeln of normalcy is marijuana!! I am on the pill form but it does absolutely NOTHING!!
        I’m REALLY REACHING OUT FOR YOUR HELP!PLEASE? As my body is Shuttn down & I have to relieve pain somewhat to strengthen my muscles ,etc…
        I see you sale different strains but am on a fixed income as I only recieve 1 check per month! And child support which aunts to NOTHN ! What can u suggest reasonably priced marijuana(strain?) you carry that you wld be able to work w/me hopefully w/ reasonable prices maybe to enable me to fulfill any type of normalcy & joy back to my life! I look forward to hearing from u soon?Prayn???????? “CannaBonita can help? U can respond to berniechecjr@gmail.com
        Thank you for listening & ANY help u might be able to provide!
        Thanks Again!!

  2. Recently read the article and gave it a try for the “dry herb” method. It worked out very well but, I do have a couple of questions. What would be the shelf life of the capsules? Does the decarbonized product need refrigeration? I love edibles once you find the proper dosage.

    Thanks

    • Hey Michel! That’s great to hear. I would consume the capsules within 6 months and keep them in a cool, dry place (as long as it’s not too hot, they shouldn’t need refrigeration.)
      Happy medicating!

  3. BlueDayDreaming on

    I know from experience a size 0 capsule will hold about half a gram (.5) of a material (depending on its density of course). However you go on to say in the dry cannabis capsules that there is only .1 grams in each capsule… Is there a reason you’re only filling them 20% full?

    Also, I realize the numbers were for sake of math, but I couldn’t find marijuana with THC as LOW as 5% if I wanted to.. Maybe say 8% as a low and maybe 12-18% for an average depending what your spending and who you ask. The dispensary near me ALWAYS have strains ranging from 20-25% THC and 0-1.5% of THC-V, CBN, CBD or CBG… Their cbd strain is 8% thc….

    Also another critical element I feel you didn’t really emphasize is the importance of consuming edible cannabis with fat and sugar (which is why so many infused treats have this in it already, it aids and speeds absorption of the precious cannabinoids).

    Really like the article though, if edibles worked for me I would probably do size 0 capsules w half a gram each.. i bet 4 or 5 of those wouldve had me filling good…
    I gave up on edibles when 250mg THC caps didnt do anything except make me tired.
    Once upon a time though it helped me greatly and I wouldn’t need to smoke for 5 hours.

  4. How would I go on to brand and package medical marijuana skin cream for sale, like a dragon rub etc…Where do I begin? Can I buy cream in bulk from a manufacturer then bottle or do I have to hire a bio-chem company from scratch

  5. Fabulous post. Like the ideas shared here. Very effective. There are two routes to take when making your own capsules — infused oil or decarboxylated dry cannabis flower. For the oil-based capsules, you can adjust the potency based on how much cannabis you infuse into the oil. I’ve laid out two options below and if you’d like a stronger pill, simply infuse more flower in the oil.

Leave A Reply