Empty pill capsules are one of those products most people don’t think about, even though we all use them at some point or another. Some people even use them every single day, multiple times a day! But for those of us in the cannabis packaging industry, and for you in the cannabis or medicinal manufacturing industry, empty capsules are something we spend a lot of time thinking about and carefully choosing.
The reason most people don’t even think about the capsules they pop is because of the convenience and dosing precision they provide to consumers. Most gel capsules are filled with either a liquid or powder medication, which can be incredibly tricky, time-consuming, and messy to dose, especially if you take those meds on a daily basis. Pill capsules have increasingly made those issues obsolete as more and more cannabis oils, powders, and other non-cannabis medications are housed in empty capsules. Just think about cough medicine, for instance - you can still get it in a bottle with a little plastic measuring cup, but you can also get it in a convenient pill capsule form that makes the entire process easier for everyone.
One other thing that’s been changing in recent years is the classic gelatin capsule. Gelatin capsules are not vegan, which is a quality that many consumers are seeking out today. For that reason, we make empty vegetable capsules that work for all kinds of dietary restrictions and choices. That being said, gelatin does have various benefits, namely for the cartilage in our joints, and some people prefer to stick with the classic gelatin capsules we’ve all known for decades.
Let’s get to it and dive into all the details on our empty capsule sizes and varieties. Although there are only two, there’s a lot to go over here!
What Are Pill Capsules?
Empty pill capsules, or empty medicine capsules, are typically made from gelatin. Gelatin is an animal byproduct that’s used across the food, beauty, and medical industries. However, as times and people’s interests have changed, many are moving away from gelatin-based pill packaging supplies in favor of veggie pill capsules. But whichever material you choose, both are fantastic and convenient options for housing many different kinds of cannabis and non-cannabis medication.
Gelatin capsules, especially small gelatin capsules, are generally much easier to swallow than compact powder pills. The smooth, literally gelatinous texture easily glides down consumers’ throats with the help of a sip of water. Compact powder pills, even when taken with water, can sometimes stick to your throat. And film-coated pills - you know, like the reddish brown round ones - can often leave a sickly sweet taste in your mouth, especially if they have a chance to dissolve a bit on your tongue.
Gel capsules and veggie capsules offer a solution to both of these issues. But they also offer several other advantages. Empty gel capsules can be filled with liquid medication and are often designed to release the medication quickly so that it takes effect sooner for the consumer. Plus, they typically have little to no flavor, which is a big thing for many consumers. Having to take medication is annoying enough and the person taking it is likely already in some sort of pain or discomfort. Adding a gross, often overly sweet flavor into the mix is just the cherry on top of a bad day and bad feeling, but gel capsules and veggie capsules can help make everything a little bit nicer.
What Types of Empty Capsules Are Available?
We make two varieties of empty pill capsules from two different pill casing material types: gelatin and vegetable. Our clear vegetable capsules are incredibly popular because, since they contain no animal byproducts, they work for all kinds of consumers who may choose to or need to avoid those types of ingredients. When you choose empty veggie capsules to house your medication or product, you make it available to everyone and can market as being vegan (depending on what you put inside the empty capsules, of course).
But our empty gel capsules are also quite popular because gel capsules have been widely used for decades at this point. In fact, gelatin is used across many different industries, although it’s mainly used in the food and medical industries. Gelatin is found in gum, candy, jello, some types of mints, marshmallows, and more. In the medical industry, you’ll find that gel capsules are incredibly common. You can even find gelatin capsules that are filled with glucosamine- a natural compound found in cartilage that is a component of gelatin. Most glucosamine for supplemental use is generally made in a lab, though.
The empty vegetable capsules are size 00 capsules, which have a volume of approximately 0.95mL. The empty gel capsules are size 0 capsules, which have a volume of approximately 0.63mL. Both of our pill capsule options are clear capsules that allow consumers to see the contents within. On that note, let’s move to the next section and discuss what types of products go into our empty gel capsules and empty vegetable capsules.
What Types Of Cannabis Products Are Placed In Empty Pill Capsules?
Empty pill casings can be filled with numerous different cannabis and non-cannabis medications. We’re going to focus on the cannabis medications for now, though - we are a cannabis packaging company, after all!
As we mentioned, empty capsules are such a popular choice because they can be filled with either liquid or powdered medication. But when we say liquid, we also mean higher viscosity liquids that are sort of like gels themselves. Let’s take a look at a few examples of cannabis products and/or medications that can go inside our empty gel capsules for liquid, powdered, and high viscosity contents.
CBD or THC Isolate - Powder
CBD and THC isolates are two of the purest forms of cannabis concentrates. They’ve been extracted and treated in a way that removes all other cannabinoids, leaving behind a powdered, crystalline, concentrated medication. Because of isolate’s high potency, it’s often mixed with another healthy powder (many companies use coconut powder for its health benefits) to balance the potency and create perfectly dosed capsules for their consumers.
CBD or THC Oil Capsules - Liquid
CBD oil is an incredibly popular natural and therapeutic product for many reasons, and CBD oil capsules make correctly dosing it very easy for consumers. Because they’re non-psychoactive (won’t get you “high” like THC capsules), CBD capsules can be taken by a wide range of consumers at all times of the day. However, they’re most commonly used for ailments like joint pain, nausea, trouble sleeping, and anxiety. THC capsules pack almost identical benefits to CBD capsules but they also have psychoactive effects that can induce euphoria and other mental effects. Plus, you definitely can’t drive after taking THC but you can after taking CBD.
Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) - High Viscosity
Rick Simpson Oil was created by Rick Simpson in 2003 in an attempt to help treat his cancer. Although there are no scientific studies that back up his evidential claims, Simpson noted that his growths “disappeared” within days of beginning his homemade cannabis oil regiment. RSO is commonly prescribed to medical marijuana patients who are suffering from cancer and other extreme conditions - the incredibly high potency helps to relieve even the most serious pain and discomfort. Even though RSO has “oil” in the name, it’s really more of a gel most of the time. It has a very high viscosity and a very distinct flavor (that of highly potent cannabis). Putting it into empty pill capsules is a great way to help patients dose and swallow their medication without the overly strong flavors of the RSO.
Those are just a few examples of the many different cannabis products you can put into empty medicine capsules. It should be noted, however, that some liquid cannabis concoctions can degrade certain pill capsule materials, so be sure to verify what you’re putting into which kind of capsule.
Does My Business Need Pill Capsules?
If you’re reading this article, it’s likely that you own or work for a cannabis concentrate manufacturing operation and are wondering if you should consider utilizing fillable capsules. Don’t get us wrong - glass dropper bottles and dab syringes are wonderful ways to store, distribute, and dose high to low viscosity liquid cannabis concentrates. But if you’re looking to expand what you can offer your customers, or if you’re looking to attract more of the medical marijuana community, adding clear gel capsules to your collection is a brilliant choice.
We’ve gone over some of the benefits of clear medicine capsules already but let’s talk about them a little bit more. In our eyes, there are tons of benefits to both empty gel capsules and empty veggie capsules, but there are two that really stand out: precise, convenient dosing and 0% medication waste.
When, say, CBD oil is packaged in a dropper bottle, dosing can still be incredibly precise thanks to our graduated glass droppers. But one concern for some consumers, which is a similar concern when cooking with olive oil, is how to get every last drop of the CBD oil out of the bottle. You can prop it upside down over a small dish and wait a few hours for it to drip dry, but then you still have to get that dripped oil into your mouth somehow. CBD oil capsules, on the other hand, have all of the precious and sometimes pricey medication locked inside, meaning consumers can easily swallow them and know that none of their product is going to waste.
And even though dropper bottles and dab syringes are absolutely designed for accurate dosing, consumers and patients still have to measure it out each and every time they go to use their concentrates. Pill capsules like THC oil capsules make that task obsolete - all consumers need to do is take the one or two pill capsules they need for their specific dose and voila! No muss, no fuss, no over or under dosing. While THC and CBD aren’t fatal even in very high amounts, no one wants to spend their day passed out from taking too much THC oil when all they wanted to do was alleviate some joint pain and elevate their mood.
Where To Buy Pill Capsules Wholesale?
If you’ve been wondering where to buy empty capsules, you’ve stumbled onto the very best online shop to buy them at - Marijuana Packaging! Whatever you need to house your various cannabis products, we have it. While most of those materials often include things like glass flower jars and mylar exit bags, empty pill capsules are one of those obscure cannabis packaging items that we just happen to carry, as well! Because of the increasing popularity of housing cannabis concentrates in empty capsules, we felt it was time to bring them to everyone’s attention and make sure you know you can get some of the very best gelatin and empty veggie capsules on the market from our online shop.
Our speedy shipping will have your capsule wholesale order to you in no time. But if you live in the greater Los Angeles area, you’ll find that a quick search for “empty capsules near me” will bring up our will call pick up option. Place an order and swing on by to see where all of this cannabis packaging magic happens!
When setting out to buy empty capsules wholesale, you first need to decide which type you’re going to purchase. If your company is already based around health-conscious and particularly vegan products, then the clear capsules made from vegetables are the perfect choice for you. Vegetable fillable capsules are completely vegan and make the perfect home for your natural, vegan cannabis concentrates.
But if you’re not concerned about keeping your product vegan, or if you’re specifically looking for gelatin weed capsules, then our gel clear capsules are the perfect option for your business. Gelatin-based clear medicine capsules have stood the test of time for a reason - they’re very reliable, durable, and easy and convenient for consumers. And don’t forget, if you live here in L.A., all you need to do is search “empty gelatin capsules near me” and you’ll find that we’re an awesome and easy local spot to pick up your capsule wholesale order.
Pill Capsules - The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that not every cannabis business needs empty medicine capsules. But as we discussed, if you’re running a cannabis concentrate manufacturing operation, empty capsule sizes may be worth exploring. Weed capsules are one of the easiest and most convenient ways for consumers to take their medicinal or recreational cannabis products and people are often very grateful to find them. If you haven’t been making them already, we highly recommend considering either of our empty pill capsules.
If you do live nearby, search for “empty capsules near me” - will call pick up is a super convenient option from our company. Plus, we absolutely love meeting you all in person!