Meanwhile, CBD pills may cause only the slightest shift in consciousness or a wave of pain relief, depending on the dose and other ingredients. Finding the right dose and cannabinoid profile for you takes some trial and error, so start with 5 milligrams (mg) of THC or less and wait at least two hours before taking more. If you’re trying CBD capsules for the first time, start with 25mg of CBD or less.
Most capsule shells fall into one of three categories: gelatin, hypromellose, and pullulan. Gelatin capsules are made from beef by-products, while vegetarian options hypromellose and pullulan are made from non-toxic plant derivatives and fungal fermentation, respectively.
Types of CBD and THC pills
Time-release capsules follow the same route of digestion and metabolization, but the effects may be delayed or drawn out. Capsule shells engineered with liposomes and drug-polymer conjugates — like hydrogels — allow for the timed release of their contents. These protective and inert ingredients neutralize stomach acid for slower release of THC or CBD into the bloodstream.
Distillate. Distillate is a runny liquid that is similar to crystalline in that a distillation process is used to produce it. Its purity can run anywhere from 85% to 95% of one cannabinoid — typically CBD or THC — and the cannabis plant’s terpenes are sometimes reintroduced into the final product. Distillate’s cannabinoids are decarboxylated and capable of providing consumers with some of the intoxicating effects associated with inhaling weed smoke or ingesting edibles containing THC. THC pills made with distillate typically contain just that — THC and no other compounds or terpenes.
For THC pills filled with cannabis oil, you can go the store-bought route or entirely homemade. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
However, it is possible to overconsume THC. Too much THC can induce the following adverse reactions:
Convenience. In addition to their subtlety, THC pills are as convenient to ingest as a vitamin. You don’t need a lighter, blow torch, atomizer, bong, bowl, or paper sheet to get the job done. This is a particularly important consideration to make for pediatric patients who may be too young to safely attempt more complex methods of consumption. Parents should make sure not to start administering THC pills to their children without the approval of their pediatrician. Another convenience is that patients know exactly how much THC they are putting into their bodies since each capsule in a pack will have a uniform cannabinoid content.
The Effects of THC Pills
No respiratory side effects. Because THC pills disburse cannabinoids through the digestive system, they totally avoid the risks associated with the act of inhaling combusted matter. Heavy cannabis smokers often deal with respiratory irritations including wheezing, overproduction of mucous, and coughing. This is an unfortunate irony because on its own, cannabis is a bronchilador that has been used historically to treat asthma. The adverse respiratory symptoms experienced by regular smokers are a direct result of inhaling extremely hot air. Additionally, combustion produces carcinogenic compounds called PAHs. Ingesting THC pills bypasses the respiratory irritation and exposure to toxins associated with combustion.
THC’s psychoactive effects have been received with ambivalence in the US since the early twentieth century. However, recent research from the University of New Mexico has discovered that the cannabinoid’s role in marijuana’s medical efficacy is more important than its reputation suggests. The authors of the 2019 Scientific Reports study came to this striking conclusion:
Delayed onset of effects. Another disadvantage to using THC pills is that you may have to wait up to two hours to experience the apex of the cannabinoids’ effects. Like edibles, THC pills are absorbed through the digestive system. That means that a pill must make it all the way to small intestine before releasing cannabinoids into the bloodstream. Conversely, inhaled cannabis is absorbed into the bloodstream through the lungs in a matter of seconds.
The ECS is made up of receptors and chemicals called endocannabinoids, which fit into them. Since THC is a similarly shaped molecule to these endocannabinoids, it also has the ability to fit into these receptors and trigger a cascade of reactions throughout the body.
Since sativa strains often increase energy and focus, if you use one before bed, you could end up being unable to sleep. Although at first, you might enjoy lying in bed with random thoughts running through your head, after a while, you could become frustrated when you fail to drift off.
The munchies can be a problem when using any potent weed. This is a beneficial side effect if you are trying to gain weight, but if not, it can be annoying, not to mention unhealthy. Reduce the adverse effects of the munchies by choosing healthier snacks or try to distract yourself with other activities, if you can!
Thanks to their uplifting effects, sativa strains are often used to treat emotional disorders such as depression. Other medicinal uses of sativas are:
Sativa strains are known for their energizing, uplifting, and psychedelic effects. This makes them a great option for recreational users or anyone looking to treat conditions such as depression or fatigue .