Monday, April 15, 2024

Cannabis Capsules Are Not Your Mother’s Marinol

Because Marinol is the synthetic form of THC, it comes with a host of side effects not normally associated with full plant cannabis.

Even if weed were to be legalized nationwide tomorrow, there will always be times when smoking — and even vaping — are not appropriate. For patients with respiratory conditions, smoking may not even be an option and edibles may be too filling. All excuses to use THC pills aside, they definitely have their place at the cannabis table, much more so than the synthetic Marinol.

Marinol was and remains a THC pill given to cancer, HIV/AIDs and other patients with wasting syndrome. Unfortunately, because it is the synthetic form of THC alone, it comes with a host of side effects not normally associated with full plant cannabis. And that includes, sadly and ironically, nausea and stomach pain.

Now when you visit your local dispensary, cannabis capsules are everywhere. Full spectrum, CBD, high THC and other variations on the themes of cannabinoids. While some CBD oils may be made with CBD isolate, which has its merits, the full plant version of the pill has an entourage effect that relieves more symptoms.

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There are a few things to be aware of, however, such as the carrier oil and cannabinoids will be processed through your liver — a much different experience than smoking cannabis. It still gets you lifted, that’s for certain, but it also has additional medicinal properties, like a full body high and increased munchies, and lasts longer than traditional smoking or vaping.

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If you don’t live near a dispensary or don’t have a caregiver, making your own capsules is a fairly easy process. Take an amount of cannabis that you would normally ingest in one sitting, multiply it by the amount of capsules you want to make, grind up the bud and proceed to the very important step of decarboxylation.

To decarboxylate your weed, simply spread it across the bottom of a baking pan and set the oven to 225℉. Put the pot pan in the oven and let it bake for around 45 minutes. Once your THC has been made active in this manner, you’re ready to add the oil. Grind the weed up fine and cover it with coconut oil in a crockpot. Stir it up. After 4 hours and 20 minutes, cool the liquid and start inserting gel caps with the magical oil using an oral syringe.

Store your ultimate chill pills in the fridge and take when needed. A perfect method is to smoke or vape prior to or right after taking the capsules. You’ll slip right from one high to another. Just remember to start with one pill, wait an hour, and see where your body and mind have landed before taking another.


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