If you use cannabis products recreationally or for therapeutic reasons, perhaps you are aware of the various ways of ingesting THC. Smoking, vaping, topicals, and tinctures all offer their various advantages and disadvantages. Two of the more popular means of reaping the benefits of THC are capsules and gummies. These two methods have a lot of things in common, but which one is superior? We are here to answer!
What Is THC?
Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a major cannabinoid compound in the marijuana plant. Unlike cannabidiol (CBD), THC is responsible for the cerebral high you experience when you use weed, which is why many people enjoy it recreationally. Like CBD, THC also has properties that help people manage unwanted symptoms such as:
For this reason, many people use marijuana medicinally. Whether you use weed for medical or recreational purposes, both capsules and gummies are effective ways of delivering THC to your system.
What Are THC Capsules?
THC capsules are pills containing some form of THC. They tend to come in three varieties:
- THC Oil Capsules – These gel capsules contain a distilled oil infused with THC.
- Decarbed Flower Capsules – These pills contain cannabis flower that has been decarboxylated to activate the cannabinoids within.
- Crystalline THC Capsules – These capsules contain crystalline THC (THC isolate), which is a white powder made purely of Delta-9.
Like other medicinal pills, THC capsules should be stored in child-safe bottles.
What Are THC Gummies?
THC gummies are small, sweet, chewy candies. Sometimes called “soft chews,” they can be infused with cannabinoids like THC to create cannabis edibles. They may include ingredients such as:
- Corn starch or pectin
- Tapioca syrup
- Fruit flavors
- Added coloring
Just like any other cannabis product, gummies should also be stored in a child-safe container.
Benefits of THC Gummies and Capsules
Gummies and Capsules have a great deal in common:
- Long-lasting – While the onset of the high can take up to two hours, the effects of both gummies and capsules last longer than smoking or vaping.
- Discrete – Unlike smoking or vaping, gummies and capsules do not fill the air with smoke or smell. Furthermore, both gummies and capsules are small, so you can take them on the go and use them without drawing attention to yourself.
- Precise dosage – With both gummies and capsules, the label will tell you how much THC (and other cannabinoids) you are taking. As a recommendation, look for products that are tested to insure precision.
Advantages of Cannabis Infused Gummies over THC Capsules
Although gummies and capsules have a lot in common, a few factors make gummies a superior choice for most people:
- Taste – Gummies are more fun than capsules because they are sweet and flavorful. In general, because they are typically so small, their sugar content will not significantly increase your daily caloric intake.
- Easier to take – Many people have trouble swallowing pills due to a strong gag reflex. Chewable gummies make ingesting the THC much easier.
- Oral absorption – While capsules need to make their way to the digestive system before the body begins to process the THC, chewing or sucking on a gummy can kick-start the process by beginning absorption in the mouth.
- Variety – Gummies come in a wide variety of flavors and potencies. Furthermore, many gummies are vegan-friendly and gluten-free.
These advantages have made THC gummies increasingly popular across the United States in recent years.
As with any recreational substance or medication, you should take certain precautions before diving into the world of THC gummies.
When starting to take THC gummies, many people do not know what dosage they should choose. For those who are new to cannabis products, 2.5 mg might be enough to cause a significant high. Others may not begin to feel anything at doses lower than 10 or 20 mg. Yet even if you are used to smoking or vaping marijuana, you should understand that eating edibles may affect you differently. As a general rule, start with a low amount and see how you feel before increasing your dosage.
Remember that THC gummies may not cause a high until 45 minutes to two hours after ingestion. Many newbies make the mistake of reaching for another gummy when they don’t feel anything, only to end up getting too high. You should always wait at least two hours before upping your dosage to avoid regretting it later.
As with any intoxicating substance, getting behind the wheel while under the influence of THC is both dangerous and illegal. Even if you are only micro-dosing, make sure to catch a ride with someone sober if you need to get somewhere.
Trust Your Source
When you buy THC gummies, be certain you trust who you are getting them from. Because the cannabis market is still largely unregulated in the United States, the ingredients and dosages on the package might not always match up with what is actually in the product. This is one of the reasons we encourage learning to make your own cannabis-infused gummies at home.
Making Gummies at Home
One way of ensuring you have complete control over what is in your cannabis gummies is to make them at home. Doing so will allow you to create your own favorite flavors, source only the ingredients you trust, and create gummies with the precise dosage that work best for you.
While the idea of a complicated process and a messy kitchen puts many people off the idea of making edibles, home infusion machines like the LĒVO II, LĒVO C, and LĒVO Lux give you a streamlined and cost-effective way of creating your favorite gummies in the comfort of your own home. LĒVO ‘s machines dry, decarb, and infuse your flower all in the same dishwasher-safe pod, eliminating the time-consuming effort on your part and making clean-up a cinch. Their Gummy Mixer and ready-to-go gummy mixes make the process even easier.