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Cannacaps: Quick & Easy Cannabis Coconut Oil Capsules

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This cannabis capsule tutorial has been one of the most requested recipes since this site went up. Even though you all wanted to see it, I procrastinated on it because I was more than a little intimidated to make these the first time.

They looked messy and complicated. Capsule maker? Pulling apart and reassembling gel caps? Filling them without wasting a ton of oil and making a huge mess? It sounded like way to many supplies and way too much work.

I’m so glad I finally got around to making and testing these for the new book. These capsules are a game. changer. Don’t be scared. They’re so much easier than they sound and they’re incredibly convenient.

If you already have a batch of cannabis coconut oil prepared and you’d like to make some cannacaps, check out the video below for a quick tutorial. You can also subscribe to the Wake & Bake youtube channel to get more videos like this one 🙂

These took about 15 minutes to make (including melting the cannabis coconut oil and freezer time). They are extremely easy to dose, and are a great way to make potent medicine that stores well. They can also be used as vaginal and rectal suppositories… but we’ll get to all of that in a minute.

Benefits of Cannabis Coconut Oil Capsules

Cannacaps are popular in dispensaries because they’re easy to dose and are convenient. They also don’t contain the varied amounts of fat and sugar that influence cannabinoid metabolism. If you eat a sugary tincture infused candy or a fat based cannabis chocolate bar that have the same THC content, you’re going to have very different effects because of how they’re metabolized by the liver. But if you take a cannacap in the morning or right before bed, you can be relatively sure that the capsule will have a similar effect and can increase or decrease your dosage from there.

That said, one of the biggest benefits of cannacaps is that they’re incredibly effective when it comes to figuring out a good dose for yourself and achieving similar results every time you use them. I’ve written extensively about my personal accidental cannabis overdoses and now use the Cannabis Dosage Calculator to test my oil before consuming any of my cannabis infused goodies. After testing my oil and making these cannacaps in 10mg pills, I’m convinced that this is the future of effectively dosing homemade cannabis medicine.

Benefits of Cannabis Capsules:

  • Convenient and discreet medicating on-the-go

  • Doesn’t smell (after you make the oil)

  • Lasts longer and is stronger than smoking or vaping

  • Stores indefinitely in your freezer

  • Smoke-free

  • Can be used as a suppository if you have trouble swallowing or are extremely nauseous

I keep mine in a small jar in the back of the freezer so they’re not exposed to light. In this state, I think they’ll keep for a year or two (I’ll make sure to save some for as long as possible and check back to let you know if they’re still kickin’).

Tips for Making DIY Cannabis Capsules

tips cannacaps

Cannabis capsules can be expensive in dispensaries, but they’re very cost effective when you make them at home. If you’re going to use capsules regularly or would like to make a few batches for later use, it’s a good idea to invest in an inexpensive capsule maker.

I tried to make a few cannacaps without one and they were hard to handle. It was nearly impossible to fill them up to the top without making a mess, or have the gel caps start sticking to alllll of your fingers. I ordered a capsule filler (the Cap m Quik) and the process went a whole lot smoother.

Full disclosure… I did have a fail while making these, but it was totally random. The handle on my pot broke off and I spilled warm water over almost all of my gel caps (I only had enough left to make these two rows ;). If there were no music in the tutorial video, you’d hear a lot of f-bombs instead of ukulele. The gel caps will melt and clump together if they get even a little wet, so be sure to keep them away from moisture.

Also, it’s worthwhile to use a good dropper. I used one that was included with this super cute gummies kit and it didn’t handle the melted oil well. A dropper from a bottle would do the trick… or these disposable ones would work much better and they’re only a buck.

Using Cannabis Capsules as Suppositories

thc pills

It’s time to get a little weird up in this post. I personally guinea pigged this one for you guys to make sure it was safe and effective and (oh boy!) it is. I’ve been trying to convince some of my testers to “take one for the team”, so to speak, and realized that I’d have to “take one for the team” if I wanted to tell you guys from the bottom of my heart that this was a legitimate way to use cannabis.

So yesterday, I went for it. And by went for it, I mean I put a cannacap in my butt. There, I said it. There’s no shame in it. I feel like I should say something scienc-y right now to take away the grossness of that sentence, but all I can say is… it was awesome!

magical butter

But I will say that science-wise, the reason your experience will be different when you consume cannabis via-the-bootay is that the compounds enter your bloodstream quickly, bypassing the liver. This means that if you’re the kind of person who gets couch lock or waaaaaay too high from consuming other edibles, this is a great option for you. I cleaned my house, made cannabis gummies, wrote and edited some content and was fully functional while experiencing a great deal of pain relief for over four hours. I didn’t experience any brain fog or feel messed up, but I felt really euphoric and was in a great mood.

The verdict: cannacaps are excellent for suppository use (either vaginally or rectally). They’re smaller than conventional cannabis suppositories and they’re contained in a gelcap so they’re less messy. If you’re using them vaginally for lady-time discomfort or for sexy-time fun, you’ll probably want to use two and wear some undies you aren’t emotionally attached to.

Cannabis suppositories are excellent if you’re experiencing trouble swallowing or if you are very nauseous and can’t keep anything down. I’ve heard through comments and emails that this is also a great way to medicate if you have IBS or digestive issues and prefer not to smoke. I’ll be doing a post soon about making homemade cannabis suppositories, but these definitely work in a pinch.

How-To Make Cannabis Capsules

  1. Prepare a batch of cannabis infused coconut oil in a crockpot, double boiler or the Levo.
  2. If your oil is solid, melt it in a double boiler or on a pot over very low heat.
  3. Separate your 00 size capsules (or these if you’re vegetarian), saving the tops in a small bowl.
  4. Using a capsule maker, place the large part of the capsules into each slot.
  5. Fill the capsules using a dropper (I used a large one for gummies that was leaky so it made it messier than it needed to be. These would work much better)
  6. Place the capsule maker into the freezer for a few minutes, until the oil hardens.
  7. Remove from freezer and cap your cannacaps with the tops you saved earlier.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

cannacap recipe card

Let me know if you have any thoughts, questions, or odd feelings you’d like to work out after reading my TMI suppository report in the comments below.

Much love,


Disclaimer: This is not intended as medical advice. I’m not a doctor. I’m also not a lawyer and can’t defend you if you get busted trying to make this recipe in a state that still considers possession or cultivation of cannabis a criminal act. I don’t agree with this law, but I’d never advocate that you break it. Jail would suck. Instead, I strongly advise that you work to change the law in your state or nation by supporting and being active in grassroots organizations that are trying to legalize cannabis in your area (they’re everywhere). This recipe is heretofore only intended for people who live in states or countries where medical or recreational use of cannabis is legal, who are 21 and older, of sound mind and who understand that operating heavy machinery (cars, trucks, planes, etc.) under the influence of any intoxicant, including marijuana, is incredibly dangerous, immature, and wholly stupid. Please don’t ever eat and drive. Support public transportation or use the two legs that evolution gave you and walk your sweet ass wherever it is that you need to go.


Corinne Tobias

My name is Corinne Tobias and I’m the creator of this site that is all about cannabis and health (and having a good time combining those things!). Since 2013, I’ve helped millions of people on their cannabis journey and have been featured in publications like High Times, Merry Jane, Jezelbel, Westword, and Vice.

29 thoughts on “Cannacaps: Quick & Easy Cannabis Coconut Oil Capsules”

  1. Hey Corinne,
    I just found your site for the first time tonight. I couldn’t leave without sending you a note abt how funny and informative I found your writing. Thanks for all your hard work. 🙂

  2. I am new to all of this and would like to know if using the cannabis coconut oil, in any way, will it show up in urine tests or blood tests? The reason I ask is that I am looking for something to control my severe Rheumatoid Arthritis pain and if I get caught with anything in my system that isn’t supposed to be there, I will lose my meds (mostly my pain meds). Any info will be awesome…Thanks!

  3. Hi, I have been making caps for about 18 months now. I had smoked for 40 years and decided it might be time to give my lungs a rest. I love the caps and anyone I share with loves them too.

    I use the same pill maker you do and actually never thought of using a dropper to place the oil in the cap. I just pour the warm oil all over the caps until filled, then use the plastic scraper to remove the excess material. While this is fast and easy, oil leaks down the sides of the pill and they make an oily mess to deal with. Once placed in the icebox, not so messy.

    Anyway thanks for the tip on the dropper.

  4. Hey Corinne, I use a large-sized medical dosing syringe to fill my caps. I don’t have it handy, but I think it holds about 30mls. Asked at the pharmacy for their largest and that’s what I got. Can fill about 50 size 0 caps with one syringe-fill and no mess:)

    1. I use a squeeze bottle. They hold so much more and you have control on the output. No mess at all with this. You can buy from dollarstore. I hold the large capsule piece with thumb and forefinger, place a few drops in/fill to rim and cap it right away.

  5. Hi Corinne,

    Thanks for this site. I appreciate the workarounds so buying the expensive one-purpose machine isn’t absolutely necessary, but I also really appreciate good tools.

    I just made 631 caps in about 3 hours, using a 50 cap rack and “00” capsule. The tCheck tester is perfect for this – a “00” cap is .95 ml, so I know each capsule has a range of 1.8 – 2.2 mg THC, thus repeatable dosage is possible. Another batch (different buds) came through as 3.8 mg/ml. The Lift decarboxylator plus MagicalButter Machine create much better potency than an oven and a slow cooker, not to mention there’s almost no mess at all. The dropper plus capsule holder makes assembling these very easy – just freeze for 7 minutes and please from the rack and cap ’em.

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  7. Ghetto hack => Get a cardboard box and punch holes in it with a thin pen (I used a cheap BIC) and use that as your capsule-filler. Mine fits my 00 capsules perfectly!

    Awesome site by the way! Thanks for providing a free, informative, and well-made resource for the entire community! 🙂 You’re making a difference in people’s lives 🙂

  8. Hi Corinne,
    Do the capsules have to be stored in the fridge/freezer because they dissolve at room temperature? Are there other capsules that don’t dissolve if left at room temperature?

  9. Excellent post and rather timely in my case. I make caps often and have found the best 5hing to do is make 2X or even up to 4X strong coconut oil.
    All that means is doubling or trippling your initial decarbolated cannabis into your oil.

    Then you have super strong medicine that you will dilute in stages. Or I do at least.
    Leaving half at full strength I take the other half in a metal bowl and add exactly the same amount of raw melted oil.
    Cap up half of that then dilute again by half. Cap those again until your bowl is at half.
    Dilute a final time again by half and use up all your oil.
    Keep each strength separated and freeze them. Once frozen yiu will clearly see the difference in color of the oil.
    The lightest being your weakest , these can be used like you would advil/Tylenol with no worry about feeling high.
    The strongest ones will be so potent beware … only if you made super concentrated oil.

    Even a regular batch can be diluted in this method I do it as well. I have chronic pain and gastrointestinal issues , taking even the weakest cap often will get the gastrointestinal issue settled very quickly.

    Now a very important point I noticed was not in the post.
    Wear Gloves when filling your caps!! Especially if you make super concentrated but even the normal strength.
    Take my word for it , I foolishly made an Uber batch for a friend who is waiting on a kidney ( these keep him off opiates and out of pain ) and I’m filling up and spilling a bit. I’m already buzzed from a candy I ate so I kept going right along. Eventually filling 350 caps. By 200 I was woozy but figured it was the candy.
    Once I was done I had absorbed a great deal of oil through my hands and was out of my head for two and a half days.
    I was functional , kinda . I will never make that mistake again.
    If I have no gloved I have napkins and wipe after each cap I pick up that had oil on it.

    Cannabis really can be a psychedelic so use gloves if doing big batches especially. I wasn’t so bad that I was hiding under a blanket rocking back and forth. Yet everyone around me asked
    wtf is up with you ?
    What are you on ?
    No way cannabis has you nodding off like that!
    To that I say ” yes it can , at the right or let’s say wrong dose” unless you really need the sleep to escape hell pain then that dose is just right.

  10. Hi Corinne. Thanks for this!!! I am trying to make as many capsules as possible. I am using 7g of weed and 0.25 cups of coconut oil. Is it possible to infuse this little amount of oil? If so, what size capsules do I need to get 10 mgTHC of coconut oil into one capsule? Thanks

  11. Hi Corinne. You are god sent. Thank you. I am a newbie to all of this. A few months ago I was told I have a spurr in my neck that is growing toward the spinal fluid in my back. Surgeon refused to do surgery because its to close to the nurves. Put me on the max amount of gabapintain and after two months I found CBD. I Stopped gabapintian and now use CBD with Cannabis for pain. It’s working well so now I’m looking to find something to shrink the spur. Can you suggest anything that I could read about that subject. Thank you for all the work that you do. God bless

  12. Hi Corinne,
    I’ve been very inspired by your website and recipes – thank you for sharing! And now that Cannabis is legal in Canada, I’ve even got myself a job managing our territorial government’s retail operation! I’ve been passing along your website to our customers — many are interested in cannabis without smoking, and you’ve got such great ideas.
    I have an issue though that I’ve not heard of and maybe you have! I don’t react to edibles or sublingual application. I mean, I take 5 times the “recommended dose” and have absolutely NO reaction whatsoever. My staff and I have compared notes, of course, and this is the case with one of the other staff members, but all the rest enjoy imbibing orally with great results.
    I had thought it might have something to do with my weight (which is not insignificant!) but my colleague is about 98 pounds soaking wet, so that is unlikely. And then it might have to do with my own tolerances (my colleague and I are similar in this respect), but my research has led me to believe that a smoking tolerance isn’t going to affect the tolerance I might have for edible/oral applications. So! What ideas do you have on this topic? Is it something you’ve researched? I sure would love to find a solution, as I make some amazing medicine that I don’t seem to be able to enjoy!
    thanks, in advance. I look forward to corresponding with you.

    1. Such a great question Kathi! It actually has to do with the enzyme cytochrome p450. It’s a very long rabbit-hole topic and I hope to have a post up on it sometime in the near future. I’ll keep you posted!

      Much love,

  13. Just a report from the front….

    I use a Magical Butter machine, 00 caps, and a flavor injector syringe for filling.

    My last batch was as follows:
    2.5 ounces of Cannatonic/Timewreck flower
    16 ounces of refined organix coconut oil
    1.5 Tablespoon organic sunflower lecithin

    Decarbed in 240 degree oven for 1 hour. Oven is temp stable.

    Melted coconut oil over low heat. Added lecithin and stirred. Put into MB machine. Cooled decarbed flower. All ingredients go into Magic Butter machine for an 8 hour run. No harm in running it longer at the 160 degree process temperature. You will end up with a very dark, potent oil and the plant material will be quite pulverized. I use a much smaller micron screen bag instead of the one that comes with the machine. I want it as free from plant material as possible. Considering these are going into capsules, it probably doesn’t matter that much.

    Using a 100 capsule filling tray, I fill each cap (body or long side), using the flavor injector syringe. Each capsule holds approx. -1ml of liquid. By that, I mean at the very top of the long side of the capsule, it will be almost 1 ml, flush. I then cool that side in the fridge for about 20 minutes. The oil will have contracted as it cools, leaving a small “vortex” shaped depression in the middle. I then top off that with additional oil to achieve a 1 ml, filled cap. Back into the fridge briefly, then cap with the short side as per the instructions. Worth noting, too, that the temp of the oil should be low, but fluid, otherwise you’ll melt the capsules. Using opaque capsule bodies will help with light penetration if you intend on keeping them around for a while. I use a variety of color combinations for all the different strains I use, and I keep records of their potencies (using tCheck), effects and overall results. These little things are truly a quantum leap in dosing and convenience. At room temp they can become liquid, but the caps “should” keep the mess contained. I use them as containers- simply take off the cap and squeeze under the tongue and dissolve. Easy.

    My current run resulted in a net amount of 460 capsules. As for potency, I am shooting for between 8 and 12 mg per capsule. Testing with tCheck and evaluating this afternoon. The +/- for the tCheck (10%) is not all that significant, but a proper lab test will result in a more precise breakdown. For home testing, this works just fine. It allows me to properly counsel friends and family for starter dosages until they understand the effects.

    As with any edible, time is a factor. If taken orally, onset of effects is about an hour, dependent on many factors (weight, food intake, tolerance, etc).

  14. Hi – just wondering how you work the ratios when using the MB? It says it must have a 2 cup minimum, but the recipe calls for only 1 cup of coconut oil and 1 cup of cannabis – I think the MB needs 2 cups of *liquid* as a minimum?

  15. Thanks for the recipes and clues. I am fairly new to cannabis as the onset of cancer challenged many dearly held prejudices.

    I am making these capsules and loving them as smoking just was not my thing – I aim for about 15mg/ml from the Tcheck and take a dose morning and night. I find this eliminates all the symptoms of my prostate cancer ( that returned after radiation) and my PSA is dropping without resorting to hormone therapy.

    I bought vegetarian capsules by dumb luck (cellulose based) and these handle warm oil well and I can leave the capsules in a hot car with no issues – great for travelling – I plan to try gelatin caps and see how they work but some of the comments above indicate they may not handle warm so well. However I like the idea of beef based gelatin better than tree based cellulose so plan to try them and see.

    I tend to get a sludge in the bottom of my oil, I believe from the lecithin powder and have taken to filtering it through a coffee filter after I have squeezed all the plant out. Is there a trick to pre-disolving the lecithin or something to avoid this, or simply use less lecithin – I am experimenting but have yet to get rid of the sludge. If I luck onto an answer I will post it. My friend swears by liquid lecithin – maybe thats the answer.

    Have you made the Coconut oil based gunny bears yet btw.

    1. I’ve been using the liquid lecithin and it seems to combine much better. It makes things a bit more brown and tastes different, but I like the results so far.


  16. Hi! I made some canna caps a little while back using a pretty potent oil and vegan capsules. When I took them orally they did nothing! So my question is, did they not work because the caps weren’t gelatin?

  17. Love your site! Very informative and helpful! For filling capsules; your locale livestock or let store might have larger syringes in a pinch maybe a sandwich bag with the bottom corner tip cut off, more of a controlled and faster dispense.?

  18. Alice Rod; you speak of the coconut oil crossing the liver, I take it to to do with proper uptake and metabolism? Can you tell us all more, this is unhear of information and I own an edibles company. Thanks and Cheers. Merry Christmas 🎅 2020 craziness need my baby back in my Arms. Happy Birthday baby…✌

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