So you might be familiar with THC pill products, or perhaps this is the first you’re hearing of them.  Extracts come in a number of formats and are created through different processes of refining the cannabis plant to an essential oil.  This refinement process has a number of benefits over traditional smoking of flowers and the primary one being sheer discreteness is a big one.  For a lot of users consuming cannabis is done for medical reasons for a number of issues such as anxiety, chronic pain, PTSD or increasing appetite, which is helpful to chemo patients.  Another benefit for THC and CBD pill products over smoking is a controlled dosage.   This is particularly of use to users of the medicinal cannabis that do not want to get overwhelmed by a high produced from THC.   These users are typically consuming cannabis on a daily schedule and want to lead normal lives; intoxication from THC can hinder their ability to do so.

Here we have listed out some key factors to consider when looking at using THC pills for oral consumption:

Format: There are other options than just THC pills

Gel caps:  Gel caps can contain a few different compounds but by far the most common is Cannabis Oil.  Pills containing an extracted cannabis essential oil are swallowed whole.  These pills can contain any number of strains and have a wide range of THC and CBD percentages.

Tinctures: Produced by an alcohol extraction method via ethanol the tincture is prepared by soaking the flowers in the alcohol, then removing the flowers and finally heating the compound to evaporate the remaining alcohol.  The resulting liquid is then bottled and administered via eyedropper orally or in some cases topically on the skin (although this has been observed as much less effective).

Sublingual drops: A cannabis extract is combined with honey and administered via an eye dropper or plastic syringe, placing a drop of the substance under the tongue.  It is then absorbed through the tissue in the mouth which is quicker than swallowing.

Phoenix Tears:  Also known as RSO or Rick Simpson oil is an extraction method using grain alcohol to product a thick molasses like oil that can be ingested in pills or vaporized.  It’s gained a lot of popularity with medical cannabis users with some going a far to claim that it has anti-cancer properties.

Strength:

When it comes to determining the most effective THC and CBD Pill product for you, strength is something that has to come into consideration.  As most people who are taking cannabis orally are usually doing so to help with certain medical symptoms, not everyone wants to get high.  Knowing the strength of THC and CBD if your chosen product can be the difference between finding relief and being uncomfortably high when it’s not appropriate.  Always make sure your choice has clearly labeled THC and CBD percentages before you buy online.

Formulas:

Not everyone has the same needs so no one formula fits all when it comes to cannabis.  Here are a few of the most common formulas that are in use for oral Cannabis products:

High THC:THC has been known to help deal with a number of symptoms and the most widely sought after of those has been pain relief.  Oral consumption has been found to be a better method of using Cannabis for pain relief due to better control of dosage and a more controlled release of THC over a longer period than traditional smoking.  Additionally a high THC formula will produce a high that when taken in the right setting is a great relief of stress and stress related symptoms.

High CBD:High CBD formulas are for those who would prefer not to get high while treating their medical needs.  CBD is a non-psychoactive compound but is still a Cannabinoid and is said to relieve a number of symptoms similar to THC.

1:1 (equal parts THC to CBD):This formula is said to be the best of both word.  CBD works in concert with THC to moderate some of the more psychoactive effect it has to produce a more balanced experience.

There are over a 100 different Cannabinoid compounds in Cannabis and as time goes on we will discover more and understand the benefits of them, leading to new formulas with more specific uses for symptom relief.

What is the quality of the extraction process?

Extraction Process:

Heat Press (Rosin):One of the simplest ways to extract cannabis oil from Marijuana is the Rosin method.  At its core all that is needed is heat and pressure.  There are a number of ways you can prep the flowers (or not in the case of Live Rosin) to get more out of them but they are all basically the same.  The final product requires no solvents so there are no health concerns with exposure to butane or other hydrocarbon compounds and it also appears with a slight greenish hue to the oil produced.

Alcohol solvent extraction:This method uses ethanol or grain alcohol to leech oil the oils from the plant.  Typically plant material is soaked in the solvent for a time as the oils are soluble in alcohol.  Once the soaking is complete the plant material is removed and the mixture brought up in temperature to evaporate the alcohol leaving only cannabis oil behind.

Butane hash oil extraction (BHO):BHO is one of the most common methods on extraction for cannabis at this time.  Butane as you may be familiar with is a gas used in cigarette lighters.  When under pressure the gas forms a liquid which when combined with cannabis plant material in closed loop system will leech cannabis oil out of the plant.  Although this method is generally safe for experienced extraction artists it does run the risk of explosion and serious injury.  Post extraction, the compound is released from the pressure chamber and goes through multiple purges to remove the Butane.   Not all the butane can always be removed and some prefer not to use this method for Oral Cannabis products.

CO2 Supercritical extraction:CO2 extraction is achieved through the use of high pressure and very low temperatures.  One of the more technical ways to extract cannabis oil it requires the use of special machinery to compress and turn Carbon Dioxide gas into its liquid form which is then pushed through the Cannabis Plant material removing the oils from it.  This process has a number of benefits over traditional solvent extraction processes but the main one is that it doesn’t use a dangerous solvent.  CO2, once it’s brought back to room temperature and pressure just evaporates away on its own with no additional purges needed to purify the oil.

The Growers

Once you’ve determined your preferred Oral Cannabis product there’s one last thing you need to look into before you buy online and that’s making sure you choose the right grower, this is where Primo comes in.  Primo is the best online marketplace for sustainable, healthy, organically farmed Cannabis from certified licensed producers in Canada.  We have cultivated relationships with small batch boutique growers across the country to make sure we only have the best Cannabis available to suit your medical needs.  Here’s a list of the must have practices that Primo growers have to practice in order to make it on our site.

Authentic Potent Strains:even before you start growing you need to make sure your grower has the right genetic material to produce quality Cannabis.  Not all strains are equal and making sure our growers have authentic strains is a top priority for Primo.  We make sure that when a product makes it on to our site and says it’s Gorilla Glue, it actually is and that’s important to us.  Strain names are like brand names and people trust the names that they know.  Abusing trust by misrepresenting a strain name is a violation of that trust which we will not allow in our community.

Organic growing practices:All Cannabis products on Primo must be grown without the use of chemical pesticides, fungicides or hormones.  Only natural pest controls such as predator mites and UV filtering are allowed.  Chemical pesticides are dangerous and have no place in medicinal Cannabis.

Flushing plants prior to harvest:excess nutrients such as nitrogen can build up in a plant during the vegetative and flowering stages of growth.  A pure water flush for at least 2 weeks prior to harvest is a must for us.  This improves taste, increases resin production and makes for an all-around cleaner experience when consuming cannabis

In the end, we’ve limited our selection to only offer the most efficient, the highest quality, and the healthiest medicines so no matter what product you choose whether it’s THC Pills or CBD pills or a combination of THC and CBD, you can feel at peace with what you are ingesting.

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