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How To Prepare Cannabis-Infused Oil And Capsules?

One of the most potent forms of dosing on cannabis is oral ingestion. The process induces slow effects that last long. Compared to cannabis edibles, capsules provide a low-calorie choice to relish the benefits of the herb. 

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While dispensaries and online cannabis stores provide a wide variety of capsule choices, cannabis oil and capsules are easy to prepare at home. Here we introduce simple steps by which you can make infused oil capsules at home.  

What You Need

  • 15 grams cannabis flower
  • ½ cup extra virgin organic coconut oil
  • ¼ cup sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon sunflower or soy lecithin
  • 70 – 80 empty gelatine capsules  (Size 00)

Equipment

  • A glass bowl
  • Cooking pot with a lid
  • Slow cooker or oven
  • Baking tray
  • Baking sheets
  • Herb grinder
  • Spatula
  • Cheesecloth
  • Rubber bands
  • Syringe or dropper
  • Capsule filling machine or cardboard box

Choose A Strain

Identifying the right strain of cannabis that can provide the expected benefits and effects is a crucial step to creating an infused oil. Each strain contains a complex combination of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids in variable ratios. Thus, getting a strain closest to your application will ensure desired results. 

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You can explore the varieties available at your local weed dispensary. The connoisseur or assistant may advise you on the best strains applicable for your use. You can also explore a wider variety at Just Cannabis. This way, you can purchase potent and vibrantly flavored strains that you like. 

Decarboxylation

Before creating an infused oil or edible, the first step is to prepare the cannabis buds for the process. It requires activating the cannabinoids present in the herb through decarboxylation. The reason is the cannabinoids cannot exhibit their potential benefits and effects in their natural form. Decarboxylation through heating removes the carboxylic acids from the compounds to make the extract potent. 

 

For decarboxylation, 

  1. Preheat the oven to about 110 degrees Celsius.
  2. Place the cannabis buds(of your desired strain) in a herb grinder and create a fine mixture.
  3. Evenly spread this mixture on a baking sheet placed on a baking tray, and transfer it to the oven.
  4. Let the mixture bake for about 40 minutes. Remove the tray from the oven and set it aside to let it cool.
  5. Once cool, your cannabis is ready for the infusion process.

Cannabis Oil Infusion

Oven Method

  1. Add the coconut oil and lecithin to a small bowl.
  2. Fill a cooking pot up to 3/4th with water and bring it to boil.
  3. Place the bowl containing the oil on top of the pot and let the oil and lecithin melt entirely.
  4. Add the decarboxylated cannabis to the oil. Stir to create a homogenous mixture.
  5. Empty the hot water from the cooking pot and transfer the cannabis oil mixture into it.
  6. Place this in the oven for approx 45 minutes. Stir occasionally to transfer the heat uniformly to the herb oil mixture.

 

Tip: If you wish to experience an intense body high, you can keep the oil longer in the oven. It will increase the potency of the product and induce a more sedating effect. 

Slow Cooker Method

  1. Add the ground cannabis, coconut oil, and lecithin to the slow cooker.
  2. Place it in a low heat setting and let the mixture cook for at least 2 hours.
  3. Stir the mixture occasionally to spread the heat uniformly to the oil.

 

Tip: Typically, slow cookers cook at 200 degrees when placed in low heat settings. If your slow cooker settings vary, you can increase or decrease the time accordingly to promote proper decarboxylation and infusion. 

Strain

  1. Place a cheesecloth on top of the container with the oil and secure using a rubber band.
  2. Slowly transfer the oil into a small bowl while the contents strain through the cloth.
  3. Let the oil cool down a little before preparing the capsules.

Capsule Preparation

Once the oil infusion is complete, you can proceed to create the capsules.

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Capsule Filling Machine

Capsule filling machines are the easiest way to create capsules without much hassle. The complete process should take less than a few minutes. 

 

You can purchase filing machines that can hold the required capsule size(00). 

 

  1. Separate the top and bottom halves of the capsule. Place the bottoms on the machine base.
  2. Draw the oil infusion from the previous step into a syringe or a dropper.
  3. Fill the bottom capsules with the oil.
  4. When complete, place the capsule tops on the lid of the machine. Place this on top of the device.
  5. Remove the device from the stand and press down on the top of the device with both hands.
  6. Remove the prepared capsules and transfer them to a clean glass or plastic bottle to store.

Hand Filling Method

  1. Poke small holes in a cardboard box with a pen to hold the capsules while filing.
  2. Separate the capsule halves and insert the bottom part into the holes.
  3. Draw the infused oil in a syringe and start filing the capsules.
  4. If you feel like you have overfilled a few, you can use a cotton pad or cloth to clean up.
  5. Close the caps, and your capsules are ready for use.
  6. Transfer to a clean glass or plastic bottle for storage.

Conclusion

This step-by-step guide will help you prepare a good batch of cannabis oil that you can transfer to capsules. Consuming these capsules every day can guide you on a path to a fit and happy life. 

 

Ellyse

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