One Reader’s Experience Making Canna Caps

This is  a great response to my article, “How To Make Your Own Canna Caps”, that a reader known as Chuy left in the comments section, but I thought it was so good it deserved to be seen right here. I didn’t think you could cram so much potent goodness into one capsule! Nugs and hugs and thanks again, Chuy! — OH

I made these using Old Hippie’s recipe as a base with a Rival Slow Cooker (2 Liter – about $15). I used about ¼ oz. of med-high bud, wrapped it in foil, and decarbed it at 225° F for about an hour. After decarbing, I bypassed the Diamond Grind for a much easier (for mass quantities – see TIP below) coffee grinder ($5) and added what had now become marijuana powder to 3 tablespoons of Coconut Oil ($7 at the grocery store) in the Rival Slow Cooker. I cooked on low for the first hour, took a sample, then turned it down to the warm setting. I put the sample into a capsule and set aside to check for potency later. The 1 hour sample proved to be much less potent.

Making cannabis oil for capsules in a Little Dipper mini crockpot
Making Cannabis Oil for Capsules

After 3½ hours in the slow cooker, I strained the oil through a thick coffee filter into a double shot glass, using a garlic press to get the last drops out. After letting the oil cool a bit, I used a standard oral syringe (free at my pharmacy’s counter) to fill up my #00 sized caps (a couple of American dollars for 100 capsules at the pharmacy counter). I didn’t have a capsule holder (or ammo holder), so I held each capsule by hand while I filled it up. This took a while, but I was watching a movie and content to go about my work. I was not (heavily) medicated.


I ended up with about 50 pills that are quite strong. One pill will skyrocket the average person to a nearby galaxy. I would never give one to an inexperienced person; these pills are too concentrated (Remember the ¼ oz of good bud). Because of my high tolerance, however, they are very much a maintenance dose. I can take one of these pills when I wake up that will last almost until noon. If taken 30 minutes before lunch, I can cruise through the workday medicated without getting stoned or worrying about my performance. Last night I took 3 at the beginning of the evening and 3 more about 3 hours later. I was stoned and only functional as long as I didn’t have to remember anything for longer than 5 seconds…fun Saturday night.

The capsules I have are clear, so I can see the contents. When refrigerated, some small, burnt-looking herb particles settle to the bottom and the green oil congeals above it. When the pills reach the 70°F mark, the oil melts and mixes with the herb particles to make a nice dark gold color.


  • Next time, I’m getting a thermometer and/or I’m going to stir every 30 minutes. My bud looked a little burnt.
  • If you use a coffee grinder, please read what it does to your bud. Don’t waste the good stuff. Grinding by hand is far superior.
  • The coconut oil will likely be solid at room temp, so warm it up in your slow cooker before adding the bud.
  • Regarding the smell: the popcorn worked, but I found the ultimate cover smell – liver sautéed on the stove. Breakfast sausage patties are even better if you don’t like liver.

If you want to stay high for a long time, take an edible on an empty stomach, then eat a meal about 30 to 60 minutes later. About 45 minutes after dinner, take another edible. The first one should kick in close to dinner. The other one will kick in much later in the evening, several hours, and send you flying out of nowhere. Remember – everyone is different, but the First Pass phenomenon is fun to play with if you are comfortable and experienced.

About Old Hippie Old Hippie is a father of two boys and thankfully living in California where all this kind of thing is legal. He started smoking marijuana in 1967 in high school, experimented with mind-expanding drugs of all kinds, and then straightened out 15 or so years later to become an airplane pilot. After being diagnosed with depression in 2000, he lost his job and most of the following decade to prescription medications (such as antidepressants) which sapped his energy and will. Finally, a chance conversation with a friend led to a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana (MMJ). This changed his entire life, health, and outlook for the better. is his continuing story. It’s also his way to provide experienced advice on using medical marijuana effectively and responsibly, as well as advocacy, activism, and support for others. Old Hippie teaches about safe use of cannabis edibles, Canna Caps, vaporizers, dosing, and even microdosing.


Sounds great – can’t wait to try it. Only 3 tablespoons of coconut oil for the whole thing sounds too little to cook in the lil dipper?

If I were to follow this same recipe(7g of medical) could I add 10g of shake to increase potency? My only worry would be that the increase in plant matter would change other ingredients in the recipe as well. Any help is much appreciated.

I’m not at all sure you could even fit 10 more grams into 3 tablespoons of oil. You’re pushing the boundaries just with 7 grams. Why not try hash or kief instead?

I have a suggestion to increase potency that should work. After slow cooking and straining the first batch repeat the process with more marijuana. In theory the oil should bind with more THC just as if you were using a higher quality bud to begin with. I hate to waste my cuttings and if processing twice allows me not to waste, its all good, smile.

I am looking for a good tincture recipe for my husband who is a chronic pain sufferer. He is on serious opiate type pain meds., but is hoping to reduce/get off of them. So…., my quest begins for an alternative.

He absolutely does NOT want to get high. That being the case, should I skip the decarbing, thereby impeding the THCA from converting into THC? Or do I have that wrong? Thank you in advance for the clarification!

PS. I should note that I would be using a weed that is of a THC: 1.0%/CBD: 19.0% composition.

OK, first off, here is the actual tincture article.

I really like your idea of not decarbing to avoid the psychoactive effects of THC, and that would work with any normal cannabis, but you already have an awesome high CBD strain, and the problem is that not decarbing will also prevent the CBD from working! So by all means decarb, then make tincture or edibles, because 1% THC is as close to hemp as you’re likely to find…so he’s not going to get high from any reasonable amount of that stuff!

I’d also like to point out that a THC high is far less debilitating than the side effects from opiates for most people.

Thank you so very much!…You provide an invaluable service to us all here!…

PS. Yes, you’re right about opiates and their side effects. Frankly, I think the stuff is poison…:-(

Hi Diane,
I am a chronic pain sufferer as well, for almost ten years now. I need THC and CBD to get my best pain relief and your hubby may as well. I also used opiates, including an ever increasing fentanyl patch dose to no avail. I’m off all that and use mmj only for at least three years. The high is nowhere near as debilitating as the opiate high is, and it’s easier controlled once you find your personal boundaries. You also build a tolerance with daily usage. Some days I can’t seem to get high. Tell him to start small and go slow until he finds what’s comfy for him. We’re all different. I think he may learn to like a slight buzz. I do as it’s my measuring stick so to speak if that makes sense. With the level of thc I have in my system I find I can refrain from using many days until my complicated chores are behind me and the pain is starting to catch up. Sometimes a couple hours, sometimes more.
You’re right, the opiates are poison. They were killing me and they will kill him too if given enough time, no doubt about it!
Best of luck!
Hope that helps!

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