Not so long ago, there weren’t many choices for getting high, and alternative items, such as THC pills, were a distant pipe dream, literally. Back then, you essentially had your pick of either smoking bud or eating a pot brownie, and that was pretty much it.
However, as the rules surrounding legalization keep expanding, so too does product development. With that, new methods of consuming your favourite bud have inundated the market, including vapes, concentrates, pre-rolls, flower, edibles, CBD, and even lube.
In a nutshell, THC pills are small digestible capsules that consumers can easily consume wherever and wherever they choose.
But before we get too far ahead of ourselves — let’s get into a little more detail about what THC pills are, how to make them, and their pros and cons.
Are you intrigued? Good! Let’s get into it.
What Are THC Pills?
As we already mentioned, THC pills are capsules filled with either already-decarboxylated weed – a process we will describe in further detail later on – or some variation of cannabis concentrate, such as weed oil, that is injected into a gelatin capsule. Typically, the concentrates contain some kind of carrier oil, such as olive, MCT or coconut oil, to increase bioavailability.
The reason carrier oils are so critical is that THC is not water-soluble, meaning it does not mix well with water. However, it is fat-soluble, meaning that it needs to be combined with fat so the digestive system can absorb it.
The actual process of creating weed oil is relatively simple and easy to understand, with many tokers opting to make it at home on their own instead of purchasing it through a dispensary. However, there are pre-made options that you can purchase from multiple retailers, as well.
That said, there are specific rules that one needs to follow in order to create weed oil that is effective and delivers the desired effects, which we will outline below.
What many cannabis lovers appreciate about THC pills is that they are incredibly versatile. They come in various sizes to suit whatever your tolerance level or dosage preferences may be. However, they are most commonly found in 5 mg, 10 mg, and 25 mg sizes.
Another element that weed users appreciate about THC pills is the various store-bought or homemade products that you can use to create them, including tinctures and, as we stated above, weed oil.
How to Make THC Pills
Like we said before, one of the things that keep tokers coming back to THC pills is their versatility, and this convenience also applies to how easy they are to make for yourself.
You can use whichever product you like to do so. Below are two popular methods for how to make THC pills.
Using Weed Oil
Weed oil is a standard go-to concentrate for weed users due to the simple and easy to follow steps for making it at home.
It is also widely celebrated for the exceptionally high THC concentration that it possesses, which is ideal not just for making THC pills but also for dabbing or applying topically.
That said, we’re going to walk you through just how easy it is to make weed oil at home and subsequently use it to create THC pills.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 cup of ground flower
- Weed grinder
- 1 cup of carrier oil of your choice – coconut oil, olive oil, vegetable oil, MCT oil, etc.
- Note: when making weed oil, it’s best to keep a 1:1 ratio of bud to oil
- Double boiler, slow cooker or saucepan
- Cheesecloth or coffee filter
- Gel capsules
Step 1) Grind Your Weed
Using the weed grinder, pulverize your weed to a fine, workable consistency. However, don’t entirely grind into too powdery of a texture that will fit through the coffee filter or cheesecloth because it will end up in your oil.
Step 2) Combine the Oil and Ground Bud
Once you’ve ground your weed to a desirable consistency, combine it with whichever carrier oil you chose and place it in the double boiler, slow cooker, or saucepan.
Set the mixture to heat up on low (below 245°F or 118°C) for a few hours, making sure to stir occasionally to ensure full coverage and saturation and keep the weed without burning or ruining the flavour.
This action will perform the process of decarboxylation that we mentioned earlier. It may sound complicated, but all decarboxylation does is expose your weed to the necessary heat for the THC within the bud to be appropriately “activated” so that it can provide the effects that you know and love.
Step 3) Cook for the Appropriate Amount of Time
This step plays back into the previous, but, depending on if you are heating up the weed/oil mixture in a slow cooker, double boiler, or saucepan, the allotted amount of time will differ.
If you’re using a slow cooker, allow the mixture to sit for 4-6 hours. If you’re using a double boiler, allow for 6-8 hours. Finally, if you’re using a saucepan, allow for a minimum of three hours.
As we outlined above, whichever method you choose, be sure to stir the mixture periodically throughout the cooking time.
Step 4) Strain the Mixture
Using your cheesecloth or coffee filter, strain whatever remaining plant matter out of the oil. This process may take a couple of circulations before it is good to go.
With your now-filtered product, allow the mixture to cool.
Whatever you don’t use in your THC pills should be stored in a cool, dry place and will typically be good for upwards of two months if stored correctly and can be extended even further if refrigerated.
Step 5) Fill the Gel Capsules
There you have it! You’ve successfully created weed oil.
Now, all that’s left to do is wait the appropriate amount of time for the mixture to cool before sucking it up into your syringe to your desired dosage and filling the gel capsules.
Using Cannabis Tinctures
We’ve been there. Sometimes you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, or you simply aren’t feeling up to a DIY project.
Booboo, we feel you. That’s totally okay!
For those times when you just want to cut to the chase and get to the good stuff, all you need to do is hop on over to an online dispensary Canada and grab yourself a THC tincture.
Cannabis tinctures provide concentrated doses of both THC and CBD in a concentrated – duh – form. So, if you don’t feel like performing the decarboxylation process for yourself, you can cut out the middle man entirely, grab yourself one of these, and fill your capsules with that.
There is the question of why you would go through the trouble of filling gelatin capsules when you could just take the tincture sublingually as is. However, most tinctures come in a glass container that can be fragile to take with you on the go.
If you drop the bottle, you’re basically out of luck, and that is a buzzkill in more ways than one.
So, if you’re looking to dose on the go, THC pills serve as a practical alternative. You can either stick them in your purse, backpack, in a zip-lock, or even just put them in your pocket, and you’re good to go!
Advantages of THC Pills
We all know that anything having to do with weed can be a stinky (and sticky) business, but the good news is that THC pills are much less fragrant and less messy than herb is. Using capsules does not require you to increase the smell by lighting it, smoking it, and exhaling it into the air around you.
So, if you tend to get a little paranoid while smoking weed because you’re worried about offending others around you, THC pills eliminate this concern entirely. They offer a portable and discreet ingestion method that will not draw any unwanted attention.
In this same realm, another great advantage to popping THC pills is that they’re incredibly convenient to use and easy to dose. It’s one of the least damaging methods to consume cannabis because you’re not going to be inhaling combusted matter that irritates your lungs.
It also doesn’t require papers, a pipe, a lighter, or a cleaning tool to use. All patients will know exactly how much THC they’re getting.
Disadvantages of THC Pills
Even though many tokers sing THC pills’ praises, their convenience, portability, potency and efficacy, it is important for us to remain objective. That said, there may be a couple of downsides to THC pills, depending on your specific needs.
Even though the higher potency is an advantage for some, it’s a disadvantage to others. This factor can trigger an intense and uncomfortable mental and emotional response, as we discussed earlier.
That said, if you start with the lowest possible dose ( between 1-5 mg), a technique known as microdosing, and work your way up, this will significantly decrease your odds of having such an experience.
Aside from this, since they are technically edible, the only other disadvantage of THC pills is their long onset time (about 2 hours). This feature is a drawback because if you need it for medicinal purposes, such as immediate pain relief, this won’t help, but it will be longer lasting than smoking would be.
Before you start on any new health regimen, consult your healthcare provider to make sure it’s a good option for you. There are some drug interactions THC pills can have with certain medications, including ketoconazole and other CYP3A4 inhibitors, clobazam, olanzapine, and depressants such as opioids and alcohol.
THC Pills – Potent & Practical
If you’re on the hunt for different ways to enjoy the recreational or medicinal benefits cannabis has to offer, then we would highly recommend giving natural THC pills a try.
What’s great about them is that you can find them at your local dispensary or make your own at home. Either way, be sure you’re familiar with their side effects and the dose to get the most out of your experience.
THC pills are an excellent option for those looking for added convenience in receiving their daily dose of THC any time, anywhere.
THC pills allow them to do this by not drawing any unwanted or unnecessary attention to themselves than other methods, such as smoking or vaping, in the form of a smoke/vapour cloud, or other, more traditional edibles, like a pot brownie, which typically come with a familiar dank weed smell.
They’re potent, practical and proficient in delivering the healing benefits of your favourite righteous herb.
As always, enjoy!