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Everything You Want to Know About THC Pills

Want to consume cannabis but don’t want to have to use a tool to do it? Prefer to consume cannabis without having to inhale smoke or vapor? THC pills or capsules may be an excellent option for you. In this guide, we’ll give you all the details about THC pills, including: 

  • What Are THC Pills And Capsules?
  • What Are The Different Types Of THC Capsules?
  • How Are THC Pills Made?
  • What Are The Pros And Cons Of THC Pills?

What Are THC Pills?

THC pills are capsules that can be ingested and contain cannabis or a cannabis oil. They can come in a variety of types, including cannabinoid-only crystalline, THC distillate (meaning, THC only), and even with actual decarboxylated flower. The contents of marijuana capsules are always disclosed on the packaging, so you can ensure you’re getting exactly what you want and nothing you don’t. 

Many recreational cannabis enthusiasts and medical cannabis patients like THC pills because they are available in a wide range of dosage levels: like 2 mg for those who prefer microdosing THC, 10 mg, 25 mg, and so on. This makes it easier to consume the right amount for your purposes.

New to marijuana and cannabinoids? Check out our guide called “What is THC” for more information. 

What Are the Different Types of THC Capsules?

There are many different types of THC capsules, and before we talk about them, we want to first talk about the two most common ways THC capsules are labeled and categorized. They are: 

Broad Spectrum

Broad spectrum marijuana pills are typically labeled as such because they contain compounds found in cannabis, but there is little-to-no trace of THC.

Full Spectrum

Full spectrum marijuana pills contain cannabinoids (including THC), terpenes, flavonoids, and more, including THC. They are designed to give you the same experience as cannabis would, including the psychoactive effects. 

Now that we’ve covered the labeling and categorization, let’s talk about the many types of THC capsules. These include: 

  • Decarboxylated Flower:This type of pill contains actual heated cannabis flower. The process of heating it, or decarboxylating, is what turns THCA into THC—a necessary process if you want to feel the psychoactive effects of marijuana. With this pill, you can consume cannabis without the need to heat it yourself through smoking or vaping.

  • Distillate/Oil:This liquid capsule usually contains some type of oil and a target cannabinoid, such as THC. Generally speaking, THC-distillate pills are high-potency, so be sure to dose appropriately for your tolerance levels and experience.


  • CBD:THC: Many cannabis enthusiasts prefer to partake in marijuana pills that contain a balance between the two most well-known cannabinoids: CBD and THC. These pills cater to these enthusiasts, offering a blend of THC and CBD in a variety of ratios.

  • Crystalline: For people who want to experience cannabinoids without the intoxicating effects, crystalline pills can be a great option. These capsules contain a pure cannabinoid powder (similar to the crystals of table salt). These cannabinoids are usually THCA or CBDA, which means they are the precursors to THC and CBD and offer different effects and no intoxication. 

Curious about concentrates? Check out our marijuana concentrates guide today.

How Are THC Pills Made?

THC pills are typically made with some sort of capsule, which may be crafted from gelatin, pullulan, or hypromellose. Once the capsule is created, it’s time to focus on the contents of the capsule:

  • Decarboxylated Flower: The marijuana flower is ground, heated, and then added to the pill. This is the closest option for those who want to experience marijuana flower without having to inhale it.  

  • Cannabis Oil: Flower is heated, added to a vegetable or coconut oil, left to simmer, and then the oil is placed in the capsule before it is sealed. This ensures the pill contains all the terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids from the plant.   

  • Distillate or Crystalline: The flower has to be processed, the cannabinoids extracted, and then the material, either crystal or liquid, is added to the capsules.

Fortunately, cannabis enthusiasts who enjoy THC pills don’t have to make their own. In fact, we strongly recommend that you do not attempt to make THC pills at home. Instead, visit your local dispensary to purchase your preferred THC pills.

What Are the Pros and Cons of THC Pills?

As with any pros and cons list, it’s impossible for us to definitively state something is a pro or con. The truth of the matter is that it all depends on the person consuming cannabis. In general, this is what we hear from customers who consume marijuana pills:


  • They can pack a potent punch, which is why it’s so important to review the dosage on each individual pill. 
  • Don’t require smoke or inhalation.


  • THC pills take time for the body to process, so they can take a longer amount of time before the consumer feels the effects.
  • Some cannabis consumers aren’t looking for a potent product, so THC pills may not be the best choice.  

Purchasing Marijuana Pills

Cannabis capsules are a unique product that we see growing in popularity with both the recreational and medical cannabis communities. If you’re interested in trying them, visit one of our licensed dispensaries. Our cannabis experts can help you find the right capsule and dosage for you.

Recreational Cannabis is not available in all states. Cannabis is for medical use only and may only be used by certified patients in Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and medical marijuana patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations.