The Benefits of Taking Your Cannabis in a Capsule

As so many new cannabis products enter the market, many patients are seeking alternatives to smoking or vaping the drug. This article explores some of the benefits to consuming cannabis in capsule form. If you’re wondering if medical marijuana (MMJ) is right for you, schedule an exam with one of our Ohio Medical Marijuana Doctors. Completing our eligibility survey takes only 5 minutes. Find out if you pre-qualify for a recommendation!

What are Cannabis Capsules?

Cannabis capsules, commonly known as THC or marijuana pills, are made when natural cannabinoids are extracted and suspended in fatty oil then put into a gelatin capsule. There is some confusion around what constitutes a marijuana pill because many refer to synthetic, legal versions of THC as THC pills. For example, the prescription brand Marinol contains Dronabinol which is similar to THC. Although used for nausea and pain management in AIDS and cancer patients, Marinol has some adverse side effects that should be noted: Feeling high, confusion, dizziness, sleepiness, weakness, nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, hallucinations, and memory loss. Dronabinol, the active ingredient in Marinol, has been known to be habit-forming, as well as lead to withdrawal symptoms to include: trouble sleeping, irritability, hot flashes, restlessness, and diarrhea. On the other hand, cannabis in any form has not been found to create “adverse drug-seeking behavior” [1].

Cannabis Capsules are Safe and Convenient

Although more Americans are consuming cannabis, there is still some debate over whether the drug is safe. Even medical marijuana still carries a stigma for some, but cannabis in capsule form provides a safe and discreet way for consumers to carry and use it. Since the capsules look similar to vitamins or other drugs taken in pill form, many find it a more convenient way to supplement their existing healthcare regimen. Capsules are simpler to use than syringes, offering a more precise way to take cannabis in measured amounts. Medical marijuana doctors are recommending capsules because each dose can be pre-measured to the exact milligram that meets the need of the patient. Fairwinds, a Vancouver-based company, has found success in manufacturing highly-engineered nutraceutical cannabis products. Their marketing director reports, “We use advanced, world-class cannabis cultivation and processing technologies alongside unique Eastern medicine philosophies and formulations. . . And we aspire to redefine the way society approaches health and wellness” [2].

Cannabis Capsules are Concentrated and Consistent

Offered in varying dosages, marijuana pills contain concentrated cannabinoids (the “active chemical compounds in cannabis” [3]) that are recommended based on the medical condition being treated. Cannabis capsules can treat headaches, pain, sleep disorders, anxiety, seizures, inflammation, cancer, and depression, to name a few. Being “in control” of dosages is important for many kinds of medicine, so it makes sense that so many rely on the ability to take marijuana in pill form. This is because it is more difficult to gauge the effects of marijuana when smoking or vaping. It isn’t always clear how much is been consumed between each draw. In addition, when marijuana is smoked, the tiny hairs (called terpenes) that provide many medical benefits are burned away from the plant matter. Taking cannabis in capsule form ensures a more potent and consistent dose of cannabinoids with each pill [3].

No Respiratory Side Effects

Heavy smokers of cannabis often experience irritation in the lungs, such as coughing, wheezing, and excess mucous production. This happens when inhaling air that is too hot. Even worse, the combustion may produce dangerous carcinogenic compounds called PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons). The irony is that cannabis is a bronchodilator that has been used to treat asthma in many patients. Probably the most important benefit to consuming marijuana capsules is they are processed by the digestive system, disbursing cannabinoids without the risk associated with inhaling combusted matter [4].

Is Medical Marijuana Right for Me?

Whether medical marijuana will help your condition depends on many factors best evaluated by a medical doctor. If you feel you may benefit from medical marijuana, the first step is to take our eligibility survey. In just 5 minutes, you could pre-qualify for a recommendation. An Ohio Medical Marijuana Doctor can then determine if you qualify during an in-person exam. For more information, visit https://docmj.com/ohio/.

 

  1. https://honestmarijuana.com/thc-pills/
  2. https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/aug/29/cannabis-capsules-offer-easy-precise-dosing/
  3. https://greendoorwest.com/blogs/news/thc-capsules-benefits-for-medicating
  4. https://www.wikileaf.com/thestash/thc-pills/

 

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