Looking for a quick and easy way to get the THC you need? Skip the smoke and go straight for the pill. THC pills, that is.
That’s right. Did you know you can get all the high-flying, fall-off-the-floor, who-are-the-Grateful-Dead-and-why-are-they-following-me goodness that you expect from your doobies in a convenient little pill? We know. Mind blown, right?
No more tell-tale smell. No more coughing and hacking. Just the wondrous benefits of THC without all the drawbacks. That’s great news for your lungs and your health overall because you won’t be inhaling any strange substances. Just pop a pill and off you go. What could be simpler?
But before you start swallowing THC pills like candy (don’t do that), you ought to know a little about what’s inside and what makes them better than other delivery methods. So that’s what we’re going to discuss in this article. We’ll start with the most basic fact you need to know about THC pills.
What Is THC And Why Does It Need Heat To Work?
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC for short, is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that makes you feel euphoric and high. THC exists in raw cannabis plants as the non-psychoactive THCA, which won’t get you high until you add heat to decarboxylate it.
You can pop your bud in the oven, set in on fire, or even hold it under a magnifying glass in the hot sun for a while. Just be sure to inhale the smoke on those last two.
If you’re going to use your bud in something else (like an edible or a pill), we suggest going the hot-oven route. Pretty much every other method of decarboxylation will destroy your ganja in the process. You don’t want that now, do you?
Once your grass is decarboxylated, you’re ready to think about making your own THC pills.
What Are THC Pills?
THC pills are made from extracted natural cannabinoids suspended in a fatty oil. Cram all that canna-goodness in a gelatin capsule, and you’ve got yourself a THC pill.
Even though THC pills are pretty simple in theory, there’s still a lot of confusion in practice. That’s because many people also refer to Marinol and Dronabinol (the legal synthetic versions of THC) as THC pills as well.
Because of the controversy surrounding THC pills, choosing the right chill pill can be a bit stressful if you’re new to the cannabis game. Never fear! We’ll help you understand how popping synthetic THC pills differs from smoking wonderful weed. That way, you’ll understand the advantages and potential pitfalls of putting your pot in a pill vs a pipe, vape pen, or dab rig.
In the next few sections, we’ll break down the scientific logic behind our preference for homemade organic marijuana THC pills over the synthetic, laboratory-made marinol and dronabinol THC pills.
THC pills with cannabis oil
- Preheat your oven to 220 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Grind your raw weed.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the ground flower on top.
- Bake the flower for 30 minutes.
- Add the baked weed to a simmering pot of coconut or olive oil and simmer for an hour or more.
- Let the mixture cool then use a dropper to fill empty gelatin capsule shells with the cannabis-infused oil.
THC pills with decarboxylated flower
To make flower-filled THC capsules, simply decarboxylate your flower following the steps described above. Instead of infusing the flower in oil, fill capsule shells with the flower using tweezers or a capsule filling machine. If you use a machine, just follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
How to make CBD capsules
You can make full-spectrum CBD capsules simply by swapping out cannabis flower with high-CBD hemp flower and following the instructions above. You can also fill empty capsule shells with CBD distillate if you’re looking to make pills completely devoid of THC.
Adverse Side Effects Of Marinol
Feeling high, dizziness, confusion, or sleepiness, according to the Marinol website. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) also lists weakness, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, memory loss, and hallucinations.
About one-third of Marinol patients reportedly experience adverse Marinol side effects of drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, anxiety, changes in mood, muddled thinking, perceptual difficulties, coordination impairment, irritability, and depression from anywhere between four to six hours, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
Marinol can give patients a marijuana overdose even more severe than the one that NY Times Columnist Maureen Dowd had when she “overdowded” by eating too much weed edible.
And in case you’re wondering what “overdowd” means, it’s a slang portmanteau of the words “over” (as in overdose) and “dowd” (the last name of journalist Maureen Dowd).
Some years ago, while writing a piece on the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado, Ms. Dowd consumed too much of a cannabis-infused candy bar — despite prior warnings — and went on a really bad trip.
Medical Marijuana Pills and Supplements Uses
Anything you can treat with marijuana edibles or flowers, you can treat with oral marijuana tablets, in a more regulated, safer way. Choose low-dose THC pills for relief without an excess of psychoactive effects for conditions such as:
- Sleep disorders
CBD doses can help manage:
- Arthritic inflammation and pain
THC can address the symptoms of hypertension and diabetes, such as appetite loss and stress. You could also benefit from the mood-improving and antimicrobial properties.
You should always work with your qualified marijuana doctor to discuss the appropriate dosage for your medical condition.
The Benefits of Medical Marijuana Pills and Supplements
First, the oral tablets provide you with far more control about the amount of THC and CBD you put into your body since the packet will clarify the dose. You may find a little variation, but you’re going to know much more about the dose by taking the pot pills than if you were just to smoke the herb. Your dosage is reliable and consistent.
- No Smell
If you’ve ever smoked weed, you most likely have already experienced the pungent odor. Weed supplements don’t smell. Not everybody wants the scent of marijuana in their house, both for personal preference and social reasons.
- Health and Environment
Smoking doesn’t just impact your health — it can also impact others around you. Second-hand smoke is dangerous whether it comes from marijuana or cigarettes, especially for children. Smoke affects your possessions as well, leaving a strong smell that can be difficult to get rid of. It can also cause fabrics in the home to have a yellow tinge.
But for some individuals, smoking marijuana can harm them more than benefit them. For instance, if you suffer from asthma or have other breathing problems, you may be solving one problem when you smoke cannabis, but you’re creating another one by agitating your lungs.
Children, understandably, shouldn’t smoke marijuana since their lungs are still developing. Therefore, weed pills offer an alternative medicine solution for children without them having to deal with consequences from smoke.
Older individuals who are accustomed to taking their medications in the form of oral pills may find cannabis supplements a natural way to use the herb.
- No Added Calories
Cannabis capsules work like edibles, but without all the extra calories that, say, marijuana brownies provide.
- Non-Psychoactive Option
Marijuana contains a lot of cannabinoids, but the ones that we’re interested in the most medically are CBD and THC. THC is the most popular substance in marijuana since it is the primary psychoactive agent. It causes a dopamine release in your brain, which causes that euphoria or high state. THC does have some side effects, so you should consult with your doctor before you decide to medicate yourself with marijuana.