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Cannabis Cacao Capsules

My morning apple with nut butter and a hot cup of tea was joined by a couple of capsules fresh filled with warm cacao butter. I woke at dawn to fill capsules to the sounds of birds waking up outside while my family continued to sleep deeply. My kitchen peaceful with the day coming alive …. an hour later I was fueled from remnants left on my fingers from the capsule making process. A flood of relaxation rippled through my body and two more capsules later felt myself breathe out.

Cannabis capsules contain THC, which builds gradually in the digestive system. For this reason, I recommend navigating your way slowly to a dosage that works for you; always aware that anytime an herb (like cannabis) combines with saturated fat (like cacao butter) you can expect to feel the herbs effects quicker. This is because the fat acts as a carrier and drives the herb deeper into your system then would go alone.

These capsules are accumulative, meaning you’ll feel the effects of THC quicker with each subsequent capsule.

The day moved peacefully as I delivered compost to the chickens, gathered eggs, walked a backroad with friends watching white smoke pour from my neighbors’ chimneys. The cold mountain air on my cheek as I shoveled snow from our driveway – only returning to the indoors to dive into the kitchen and make a beautiful homemade meal for my family.

These homemade capsules deliver a whole body experience that puts YOU in control of how much THC is delivered to your system. I like being in control when using cannabis and why I am excited to have this option available to share with you; one that is adapted from Fresh Toast.

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Cannabis Cacao Butter

Makes: 8-10 ounces

10 ounces food-grade cacao butter* (I use this brand)

14 grams cannabis 

1 heaping tablespoon sunflower lecithin (optional, enhances THC)

“00” capsules (I use these)

Capsule machine (I use this one)

  1. Decarboxylate cannabis by placing on baking sheet and heating at 240 degrees F for 30 minutes, stirring now and then.
  2. Remove from oven, let cool, and fine grind in a suribachi. 
  3. Melt cacao butter in top of a double boiler (or rice cooker set on warm) with water in bottom; add the cannabis.
  4. Cook over low 3-4 hours, stir every 20 minutes. Done when thick and slightly green; watch the water level in the bottom pan.
  5. Strain through mesh strainer/cheesecloth into pint-size Mason jar or another heatproof container. The butter solidifies during the cooling so put in capsules while warm or re-melt before using. 
  6. Put 1/4tsp warm liquid in “00” capsules with eye dropper.  
  7. Store at room temperature in airtight container.
  • Lecithin increases potency as the fats in there deliver the THC in a very effective way, carrying it to fatty organs in body like the brain. Once you get the hang of dosage then lecithin is a way to use less cannabis without losing what you are after. More here.
  • Try this recipe in vaginal boluses (even suppositories).
  • I have not done a THC check on the strain of cannabis used but read that a tablespoon of cannabis butter contains 75-150mg THC, depending on strain. If accurate, then you can figure out how much THC is in each capsule using dosage calculator.
  • Since using this butter I have more clear skin with rarely a blemish (knock on desk, lol) and yes I do smooth some into my face here and there … my eyes are more white, I have much less body pain, little to no anxiety, and more peaceful. 
  • If you get outside a comfort zone while figuring out your dose, try amino acids, GABA and Citicoline to get centered.

Tara Tips: I used an indica strain of cannabis which is known to be more relaxing and mellow than sativa, which tend towards stimulating and uplifting. I like the following indica strains: 9# Hammer and Las Vegas Triangle Kush. On a sweeter note, I would like to one day turn this recipe into chocolates using this raw chocolate recipe ❤

*Cacao butter comes from Theobroma Cacao tree, which produces cacao pods that are cracked open to reveal cacao beans. The cacao butter is in the outer lining of inside of a cacao bean; fattiest part. Cacao butter is made with a cold-pressed method; removing the fat from cacao bean and setting bean aside to make the cacao powder. Cacao butter is white with a rich taste and buttery texture hence the name “cacao butter”. 

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