Cannabis has been gaining more and more legal ground with Americans lately. Nearly half of US states are medical states, two states have already legalized cannabis across the board, and many more states are attempting 21+ legalization in their upcoming ballots.
Unfortunately, with this newfound popularity, there are many people getting into the business of providing people with medicine that isn’t quality checked. We know of another cannabis advocate who was recently hospitalized shortly after using a cannabis extract that still contained poisonous isopropyl alcohol!
Fortunately, you can make your own extracts using only 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 main ingredients. And cannabis caps aren’t just safe to consume, they’re safe to make! There is no fire or flammable liquids; the most dangerous part is baking your cannabis in an oven at 225°F! Let’s get started.
- 5.5 grams of cannabis
- Buds or trim can be used; buds produce a stronger effect.
- You can easily reduce or increase the amount of bud/trim used depending on your tolerance and preferences. This recipe gives a starting guide to potent caps that most find effective but not too strong.
- 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- Empty “00” size gelatin capsules
- Found at health stores and online.
- Cap-M-Quik Capsule filling machine
- 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!
- 10ml Syringe (Oral Irrigator with Tapered Deep Reach)
- The tapered reach makes it easy to fill capsules without spills
- Crock Pot (16oz ‘Little Dipper’)
- You can use a different crock pot, but the small size of this one is perfect for this recipe. Any crockpot you use needs a “warm” setting.
- A small food processor (Black & Decker 3-cup food chopper)
- You can use a grinder instead but it takes longer. Or you could even break the cannabis up with your hands.
- Found in the cooking aisle of Walmart or grocery stores (or online)
- Baking sheet (cookie sheet)
- 2 small microwave-safe containers
- Aluminum foil
- A couple of rubber bands
Literally every item listed above (except the cannabis) can be purchased on Amazon.com. Get links to all supplies below. It’s definitely 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, and then filter it (Ona gel, incense, etc.) once the caps are done and the smell isn’t being produced any longer.
Making Your Cannabis Caps
- Line the baking sheet with aluminum foil. This prevents cannabis from becoming stuck to the sheet.
- Preheat your oven to 225° F.
- Measure out 5.5g of cannabis buds/trim (we’ll assume they’re buds from here on).
- Lightly grind your buds/trim so they cook more evenly.
- Food processor: Low setting for 5 seconds.
- Hand Grinder (or by hand): Grind pieces to pinky-nail size or smaller.
- Spread your ground-up buds over the aluminum foil on the baking sheet.
- Place the baking sheet in in your oven and set timer to 1 hour.
- Your oven should be preheated to 225 °F from before. This is where it starts getting really smelly!
- While you’re waiting, you can prepare steps 7 and 8.
- Plug in your crock pot. It will turn on and immediately start heating, but it takes a while to fully heat up.
- Measure 60ml (1/4 cup) of virgin coconut oil and add it to the crock pot. You can leave it heating up while your buds are cooking.
- Remove the dried cannabis from the oven and grind everything up again to a fine powder
- Food processor: High setting for 20 seconds.
- Hand Grinder: Grind buds to super small pieces.
- Add the newly ground bud to the crock pot. They should be submerged in coconut oil.
- Stir the mixture and allow it to cook for 3 hours.
- I’ve allowed it to cook in the crockpot for overnight for convenience, but I didn’t really notice much difference compared to leaving it for 3 hours. But it doesn’t hurt!
- Make sure to stir the mixture at least once every half hour for the first few hours; don’t use plastic to stir the mixture!
- Set up your Cap-M-Quik per the directions on the back of the box. You won’t need the tool called a ‘tamper’ for this since you’re working with a liquid instead of dry herb.
- 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.
- Cut off a square of cheesecloth. It should be a bit more than twice the width of the microwave-safe container.
- 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.
- Unplug the crock pot and let it sit for 15 minutes so everything can cool a bit.
- Slowly pour or spoon all the contents of the crock pot onto the cheesecloth. The oil should slowly drip/pour into the container.
- 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 them in your hands (it’s hot!), you could place the cheese cloth over a mesh strainer and mush the bud down to get as much oil as you can.
- Don’t worry about getting a little bud in the pills, it won’t harm you.
- Throw out the wrung-out bud into your garbage disposal if you have one, and securely dispose of the cheesecloth.
- 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 you capsules.
- 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 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, empty the finished caps onto a paper towel and gently clean the oil off the outside of any capsules.
- Place the finished caps into a container and refrigerate until you’re ready to use them. They don’t need to be thawed! They 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. They’ll last basically forever if you keep them in the fridge.
There you have it! You should have about 50 (depending on the chef) cannabis pills ready for consumption. Remember that the amount used in this tutorial are just beginning amounts. 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!
You have the knowledge, now you just need the tools to make your own caps! The odds are that you already have about half 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. Get started today!
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