Just like there are countless strains of cannabis, there are many different ways to consume the herb as well. From inhaling to vaporizing and even topical application, the fanatics are somewhat spoiled for choices. Cannabis capsules are another way to juice the herb and are becoming highly popular with the users.
What are cannabis capsules?
The cannabis soft gel capsules contain THC, CBD, or a combination of both in either oil or powdered form. They are packaged in the same way as fish and vitamin capsules are available and are supposed to be taken orally – similar to other pills.
How do the capsules work?
The cannabis in the capsules work gradually and have a slower absorption rate than other methods. The substance enters the body through the mouth and is absorbed immediately by the liver, which turns the regular delta-9-THC molecule into 11-OH-THC.
The mechanism of the liver, however, is different for each person and the effects can also vary greatly. Unlike edibles, the effects of cannabis soft gels take a long time to exhibit and in most cases, usually, require around 45 – 180 minutes for the full effect.
What are the benefits of using cannabis capsules?
The benefits of cannabis have long been established. Over the years, several types of research have yielded that cannabis may be known to benefit the users from several long-term ailments including:
- chronic pain
- nausea and vomiting (as a result of chemotherapy)
- Parkinson’s disease
However, nowadays the use of cannabis capsules has surged and many users prefer the method to the traditional protocols.
Discreet and portable
The best thing about using cannabis capsule is that there is no need to bake or cook the ingredients. The capsules are ready to go and the user simply has to take one by the mouth when the need occurs.
Moreover, there are no plant matters to burn when using capsules. They are smell and smoke-free allowing people to use discreetly. Since they are just like ordinary capsules, the don’t leave any unpleasant flavor in the mouth – making them the most convenient method.
Provides relief from smoking
Not everyone can or wants to consume cannabis through inhalation method. Those with respiratory problems also avoid using the protocol as well since smoke and tar can cause irritation in the lungs causing further health issues.
When cannabis is smoked or vaped, the medicinally beneficial compounds are burned off during the heat-up process. This also reduces the psychoactive and non-psychoactive effects of cannabis.
Another reason to prefer cannabis capsules to other forms of consumption is the accurate dosage. When it comes to edibles, the users are never 100% certain regarding the amount of THC or CBD they may be getting in their body. However, the gelatin-based capsules contain specific amounts of cannabis that are listed on each bottle. This is especially important for novice users who might need gradual familiarity with the herb and using the traditional ingesting method can help them decide on the dose that works best for them.
More intense effects
Although the capsules take a longer time to work, the effects are generally more intense than other forms of ingestion and are long-lasting as well.
Are there any precautions to take when using cannabis capsules?
Generally, capsules are a safe method to ingest cannabis. However, there is always the risk of overdosing with the pills. This is because they have long onset duration and many users feel they should take more capsules in order to gain the desired results – thus leading to overconsumption.
The effects of capsules are also long-lasting which can be a bad thing for the casual users who are not looking to stay stoned for that long.
Additionally, the following precautions are prevalent with the use of all strains of cannabis – regardless of the ingestion method.
- The user does not drink alcohol along with the cannabis as it can increase dizziness, drowsiness, and an impaired sense of judgment.
- The cannabis might increase the effects of other drugs such as those taken for depression, pain, seizures, and sedatives.
- Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers are advised not to use cannabis.
- Consult a doctor before taking cannabis.
Key ingredients of cannabis capsules
A simple look at the cannabis capsules might make the product identical to any soft gel capsule available in the market. However, the differences occur when it comes to its ingredients.
Marijuana flowers need decarboxylation to make the THCA more active in order to provide users with the desired effects.
Resembling table salt or sugar, the crystalline present in the capsules allows users to enjoy their cannabis without the intoxicating effects of THC.
The runny liquid inside the capsule is achieved through the distillation process. It has a purity level of about 85% to 95% as the cannabis plant terpenes are often reintroduced in the final stage. The distilled variety of cannabis is decarboxylated and provides the users with the same intoxicating effects of THC-enabled smoke and edibles.
Some cannabis capsules contain a single variety of cannabis and users can find them labeled as “CBD” or “THC.” However, these ingredients do not contain terpenes or any other medically beneficial cannabinoids.
These types of capsules have a combination of THC and CBD. They provide better medical benefits and modulate psychoactive effects to meet the user’s unique needs.
Additional amounts of nutraceutical oils are often added to the capsules to customize the effects of cannabis. Most of them are natural compounds such as gingko root, maca root, turmeric, lemon balm, and skullcap to generate energy, nutritional value, and sedation.
The outer casing or the covering of the capsule is made from animal by-products and contains a combination of ingredients including gelatin, water, and opacifying agent.
Purchase vs. DIY capsules
Another question that strikes in the mind of every cannabis enthusiast is to make his or her own capsules. However, the biggest challenge with the protocol is the risk of inconsistent strengths. Capsules available by manufacturers are prepared with the help of high-quality equipment and experienced skillset, which is usually hard to replicate by a DIY individual.
Are capsules the best delivery method of cannabis?
Cannabis capsules are rapidly becoming a staple method of ingestion in the cannabis industry. However, each user has their own preference for ingestion but when it comes to ‘hassle-free’ and ‘readily available’ cannabis – there is no alternative to the capsules.