You can buy coconut oil capsules. You can buy cannabis capsules. But did you know that you can combine the two by making your own?
We know what you’re thinking, but making your own capsules at home is much easier than you’d think. Not only is it a great way to integrate natural medicines like coconut oil and cannabis into your day to day life, but it’s also a fantastic way to save money and take charge of your health and wellness at home.
Capsule filling machines are cheap and easy to find online (most models on popular retail sites will run you around $30), and by buying one you can create your own unique cocktails of nutritional supplements in the comfort of your home for years to come.
But considering the huge range of potential ingredients at your fingertips, why should you choose coconut oil and cannabis for your homemade capsules?
You don’t have to be a stereotypical cannabis user (whatever that is) to be a fan of the plant’s many health benefits, nor do you have to be a health nut to have an appreciation for coconut oil. These two natural ingredients have much to offer the casual DIY capsule-maker.
Both are rich in fatty acids and essential oils, which your skin and hair will love. Both have anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce pain. They’re both thought to help promote sleep, and they’re both believed to fight bacterial and fungal infections. What’s more, both cannabis and coconut oil are well tolerated by the body and cause few negative reactions.
Taking cannabis and coconut oil in capsule form is an easy, effective way to harness these benefits. Even better, it allows you to calculate your dosages with a precision that’s hard to match (more on that later). You can experiment with different amounts of each ingredient, just as you can experiment with the number of capsules you consume each day. Tracking these results in a journal — or just a Post-It note stuck to your refrigerator — can help you optimize your intake.
The first thing you need to do is to buy a capsule machine. These are available in some health food stores, but the biggest range and best price points are found on the internet. You can choose from a machine that will make traditional, hard pill capsules or soft gelatin capsules. There isn’t any major benefit or drawback to either — it’s just a matter of personal preference.
The right machine will make filling the capsules a walk in the park, so choose wisely. Once you’ve found a machine with good reviews, comprehensive instructions, and a reasonable price for you, the next step is getting your coconut oil and cannabis.
Make sure to choose an organic virgin or extra virgin coconut oil. Organic products aren’t grown with pesticides and chemicals, which is much better for your body, as many of these substances are toxic. Unlike olive oil, there’s no difference between virgin and extra virgin coconut oil. Both have undergone little-to-no processing and haven’t had chemicals added to them during the manufacturing process. Again, this is better for your body.
When choosing the right cannabis for your capsules, it’s important to buy from a reputable dispensary. Good dispensaries offer in-depth knowledge of the countless strains of cannabis plants that exist today. Having a conversation with a staff member about what you’re using the product for and what benefits you hope to see will help them to recommend the best strain for you.
In terms of quantities, don’t make the mistake of buying in bulk on your first attempt. Depending on how many capsules you’re planning to make per batch (this will depend on the machine you use, too), it’s best to start small. Plus, you may want to experiment with different cannabis strains, so starting with small amounts at a time makes more sense. If you’re happy with the result, you can buy larger quantities.
Once you’ve sourced a coconut oil and cannabis that you’re happy with, and you have your machine ready to go, it’s time to get busy. Follow the instructions that came with your capsule machine, have fun with it, and get ready to enjoy all of the skin care and health benefits that cannabis and coconut oil have to offer.
Pro tip — If you’re short on time, access to dispensaries, or just motivation, cut down on the work and just make capsules using a good quality cannabis-infused coconut oil!