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.
Ground, decarboxylated flower. Decarboxylation is the process of heating cannabis flower to activate certain cannabinoids. Cannabis flower requires decarboxylation to turn non-intoxicating THCA into intoxicating THC or inactive CBDA into active CBD. Ingesting decarboxylated weed in capsule form allows you to experience the entourage effect without having to smoke weed.
Crystalline. Crystalline is a powdered substance that resembles table salt or sugar. Crystalline capsules contain nearly 100% pure powdered cannabinoids, often in THCA or CBDA-only formulas that allow medical patients to ingest weed without the intoxicating effects associated with THC. The extraction process used to create crystalline essentially strips cannabis of terpenes, minor cannabinoids, and plant matter, leaving behind only the desired molecule.
What are capsule shells made out of?
You can speed up the process by buying a cannabis oil tincture and filling empty capsules with your dose of choice.
Broad-spectrum. Similar to full-spectrum, broad-spectrum products have retained most, if not all, the beneficial compounds from the source plants. The key difference is that broad-spectrum products typically refer to CBD products that have been refined to remove all traces of THC.
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.
When creating cannabis oil capsules, you could go the entirely DIY route and infuse coconut oil or olive oil yourself.
Aurora’s ingestible caps are hard shelled capsules precisely filled with our THC or CBD oil in a MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) base. Aurora’s cannabis oil is created by carefully extracting the cannabinoids as well as the terpenes from some of our premium strains using our state-of-the-art CO₂ extraction process. The concentrated extract is then diluted to the optimal concentration in non-allergenic MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil by our in-house team of product experts. The final product is a fragrant, amber-coloured ingestible oil. Our hard-shell capsules offer a discreet, convenient, and precise consumption method.