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How to Make Your Own Cannabis Capsules

How to Make Your Own Cannabis Capsules

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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

Also for Nutritious Superfood Capsules add spirulina, chlorella, turmeric.

and 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!

further,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!

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45% of Americans Say They Have Tried Marijuana

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45% of Americans Say They Have Tried Marijuana

A poll conducted by the research-based consulting company Gallup finds that 45% of Americans say they have tried marijuana on at least one occasion. When Gallup presented the same question to Americans in 1969, only 4% of those surveyed said they had tried pot.

 

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Gallup’s study on “American’s consumption habits” is based on telephone interviews conducted on July 5-9 with a random sample of 1,021 adults. However, the results from the marijuana-related questions are based on responses from approximately 500 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

12% of Americans Enjoy Marijuana Regularly

When Gallup first explored “marijuana usage and experimentation” by Americans in 2013, they found that 7% of those surveyed consumed marijuana with regularity. Since 2013, that figure has jumped to 12%.

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Demographic distinctions suggest that Generation Xers and Baby Boomers are more likely to have tried marijuana than Millennials, despite the fact that Millennial-aged adults consume marijuana regularity at a much higher rate.

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What Wounded Veterans Need: Medical Marijuana

The American Legion, representing millions of wartime vets, calls on Trump to loosen federal restrictions on medical marijuana research to help those suffering from PTSD, TBI, opioid abuse, and more.

After 16 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, many Americans view post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, and traumatic brain injury, or TBI, as the “signature” wounds of these conflicts. The Department of Veterans Affairs has spent billions of dollars to better understand the symptoms, effects, and treatments for these injuries. But despite advances in diagnostics and interventions in a complex constellation of physical, emotional, behavioral and cognitive defects, TBI and PTSD remain leading causes of death and disability within the veteran community.

There is something else the U.S. can do for suffering veterans: research medical marijuana.

Many Afghanistan and Iraq veterans have contacted the American Legion to relay their personal stories about the efficacy of cannabis in significantly improving their quality of life by enabling sleep, decreasing the prevalence of night terrors, mitigating hyper-alertness, reducing chronic pain, and more. This is why the 2.2 million members of the American Legion are calling on the Trump administration to instruct the Drug Enforcement Agency to change how it classifies cannabis, release the monopoly on cultivation for research purposes, and immediately allow highly-regulated privately-funded medical marijuana production operations in the United States to enable safe and efficient cannabis drug development research.

Currently, medical researchers face onerous Food and Drug Administration, Drug Enforcement Administration, and National Institute on Drug Abuse bureaucratic hurdles to conducting research. Additionally, due to cannabis’ classification, all researchers must source their cannabis from the University of Mississippi – who holds a monopoly on producing the drug for federally-sanctioned research.

The opioid epidemic that continues to grip veterans is yet another reason to ease the federal government’s outdated attitude toward America’s marijuana supply. The Trump administration should lead a new effort to combat opioid abuse, and it should include the elimination of barriers to medical research on cannabis. The result, potentially, could provide a non-addictive solution to the most common debilitating conditions our veterans— and others in society— face, including chronic pain, PTSD, and TBI.

For nearly 90 years, the federal government has deliberately hindered medical research into therapeutic aspects of cannabis, and veterans struggling with PTSD and TBI today are suffering because of this misguided policy. Cannabis, which has been used by humans for food, oil, textiles, medicine, and religious purposes since at least 6,000 BCE, has suffered an image problem over the past century starting with America’s first drug czar Prohibition Agent Harry J. Anslinger’s race-baiting demonization of the drug during the Great Depression.

Today, despite considerable evidence to the contrary, the U.S. persists in listing cannabis alongside heroin, LSD, and ecstasy, as a Schedule I substance with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. By comparison, many of the highly addictive medications frequently prescribed to veterans are a direct pathway to the abuse of cocaine derivatives, methamphetamine, methadone, Demerol, oxycodone and, fentanyl that are classified as Schedule II drugs. These widely over-prescribed, powerful, and dangerous substances are currently fueling today’s opioid and heroin epidemics in America.

Cannabis’ Schedule I listing is disingenuous given the fact that the federal government cannot produce any research or evidence justifying its classification – which significantly hampers medical research into the therapeutic aspects of the drug. It’s a classic Catch-22.

The Legion is asking Congress to amend legislation to remove marijuana from Schedule I and reclassify it in a category that, at a minimum, will recognize cannabis as a drug with potential medical value.

A recent comprehensive study by the Committee on the Health Effects of Marijuana at the National

Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine found that there is, “conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective for the treatment” of chronic pain, reducing nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, and lowering spasticity in multiple sclerosis sufferers, that there is “moderate evidence” that cannabis is effective in treating sleep apnea, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain, and “limited evidence” that cannabis improves symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder and creates better outcomes after traumatic brain injury.

We need to know more.  With 20 veterans committing suicide every day, we cannot afford to delay research into this promising potential solution.

To date, more than 28 states have legalized cannabis for the treatment of medical conditions, and this April, Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and Darren Soto, D-Fla., introduced bipartisan legislation in the House to make marijuana a Schedule III drug – removing significant hurdles currently hindering medical research.

With 90 percent of Americans supporting legalization of medical marijuana today, it is time for Congress to act so that scientists may conduct advanced research into cannabis and PTSD/TBI and enable the American people to have a fact-based adult discussion about the therapeutic value of cannabis. Inevitably, cannabis will become a federally endorsed medical treatment for pain, epilepsy and a variety of other disorders. The only question is will this administration lead? Our veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI lives depend on it.

Joe Plenzler is director of media relations for the American Legion National Headquarters, in Washington, D.C and a 20-year combat veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps

Lou Celli is director of veterans affairs and rehabilitation for the American Legion National Headquarters, in Washington, D.C., and a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Army …

This article was originally published by DefenseOne.com.

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Denver Businesses Will be First in the Nation to Allow Cannabis Use

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Back in November, Denver voters passed Initiative 300, where Denver businesses can apply for permits to allow for public cannabis consumption on their premises — the first of its kind in the nation. Initiative 300 calls for the rollout of a four-year social use pilot program that will now launch in the coming months.

Denver businesses hoping to acquire a permit for a social consumption area will be able to submit an application until the end of August. Permits will be available on an annual basis for brick-and-mortar businesses or a temporary basis for event organizers. If a business has their application for a permit approved by Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses, the fees will amount to $2,000, though it is not yet clear how much of that fee would have to be paid in subsequent years to renew a permit.

Which types of businesses are expected to participate?

While coffee shops and restaurants figure to claim many of the social use area permits in Denver, there are a surprising number of other businesses interested in catering to their cannabis-loving clientele. There has been tremendous interest from yoga studios, gyms, bookstores, and other establishments where people who love marijuana also love to spend time. Business owners hope the intersection of cultures will enhance the experience for some of their customers and create increased brand loyalty.

Who is prohibited from applying for a permit?

Businesses already permitted to cultivate or sell marijuana in the City of Denver will be prohibited from applying for a social use permit, as will restaurants and bars that hold liquor licenses. However, there is a loophole that will allow one business to hold a social use permit and a liquor license, provided the business does not serve alcohol while the social use area is actively being used. This means a bar could host a cannabis-driven event after hours when alcohol sales are finished or during the day when the bar is closed. Businesses or events that operate on public property or land owned by the City of Denver will be barred from securing a permit as well, i.e. Red Rocks Amphitheater.

What changes have been made to Initiative 300 since November?

One major change that will make implementation of Initiative 300 run far smoother is the exclusion of a previous requirement that would have asked businesses to collect signed waivers from any customer wishing to enter the social consumption area. Instead, the smoking areas will now only need to be affixed with a sign reminding customers that “they are responsible for their own actions, must consume marijuana responsibly, should not drive impaired and cannot share marijuana in exchange for money.”

Another early provision of Initiative 300 would have called for businesses to develop a new ventilation plan should they allow vaping in their consumption area, a requirement that was deemed redundant considering the city’s current building and ventilation codes.

Though there are still points of contention, such as advertising restrictions for cannabis events and relatively strict zoning regulations, both lawmakers and cannabis advocates alike can at least be proud that they’ve taken a giant leap in progressing marijuana culture forward in Colorado — and hopefully beyond.