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!
Frequently Asked Questions AboutPill Capsules
Where To Buy Empty Pill Capsules
You can buy empty pill capsules right here at Marijuana Packaging. We offer the best prices and fastest shipping options for wholesale purchases online.
What Are Pill Capsules Made Of?
Our pill capsules are either made from vegetable extracts or gelatin. Gelatin capsules are typically made from animal origins, while vegetable capsules are vegan-friendly.
How To Fill Empty Capsules
Other than using a capsule filling machine, the easiest method of filling empty capsules is by hand. Simply twist the capsule open, and dip one portion into the substance you want to fill it with. Shovel the substance into the capsule while you dip it, then remove and close the cap with the other half. Of course, capsule filling machines are much more efficient. Some manual machines allow users to place the opened caps into a row, standing up. Then a lid is placed over the top that has holes situated directly above the opened caps. Then, you may just dump any substance into the machine and shake it around to make sure the product enters the caps.
The High Court is of the opinion that merely because the capsules manufactured by the petitioner are being manufactured on account of the same in the drug licence, it can never be said that it is a drug.What is the largest size empty capsule? ›
- The volume of a size 000 is 1.37ml.
- The overall length of the capsule is 26.1mm.
- The external diameter of the cap is 9.91mm.
- A full box or case of 000 hard caps contains 50,000 capsules.
Capsule, a form of dosage form in medication, are common in our day-to-day health management. Capsules are made up of gelatin (hard or soft) and nongelatin shells generally derived from hydrolysis of collagen (acid, alkaline, enzymatic, or thermal hydrolysis) from animal origin or cellulose based.What is the difference between tablets and capsules? ›
So, what are the differences? For one, tablets are entirely composed of medication, while capsules only contain medication inside the shell. And there's the fact that capsules can't be crushed or split, while tablets often can.What is a ghost capsule? ›
A ghost tablet contains only the outer shell of a pill without active ingredients. When this happens a person may worry the medication did not dissolve and did not work. Finding a pill in the stool is entirely normal for long acting medications.What type of gelatin is used in pills? ›
The primary gelatin types used in capsules are typically from bovine or porcine raw materials. Depending on the fill, formulation and on the target market group, manufacturers have flexibility in the raw material type, with some opting for a combination of porcine and bovine options.Can Muslims have gelatin capsules? ›
Gelatin capsules, unless certified halal and/or kosher or labeled bovine, are generally made of pork gelatin. Muslim consumers consider pork gelatin haram, and it is unacceptable to most Orthodox Jewish consumers as well.How do I start a capsule business? ›
- Registration of the business with ROC in mandatory. ...
- Apply for Udyog Aadhaar MSME online registration.
- You must comply with the cGMP guidelines.
- Apply for NOC from the Pollution Control Board.
- Get the certification of ISO.
- Apply for GST Registration.
"000" holds about 1000 mg., "00" holds about 735 mg., "0" size holds about 500 mg., #1 holds about 400 mg., #3 about 200 mg. One teaspoon will fill about 7 "0" capsules and about 5 "00" capsules. The weight depends on the density of the powder you are using.What is the difference between gelatin and vegetable capsules? ›
The material that makes the supplement casings is cellulose. We acquire cellulose from plants or animals. Gelatin capsules come from hydrolyzing collagen from cows, fish, or pigs, while vegetarian cellulose comes from plants.
They are the most common sizes used because a size #0 capsule holds about 500mg or 0.5 grams of powder and a size #00 holds about 735mg or 0.735 grams of powder.Which capsule is the smallest size? ›
Capsule Numeric Sizing System
Our capsules (both gelatin or vegetable derived) are numbered with sizes ranging from 5 (the smallest) to 000 (the largest).
When eaten in foods, gelatin is considered safe by the FDA. We don't know how safe it is to take high doses of gelatin supplements. Some experts worry that gelatin has a risk of being contaminated with certain animal diseases. So far there have been no reported cases of people getting sick in this way.What is the coating on pill capsules? ›
Enteric coating is a polymer applied to oral medication. It serves as a barrier to prevent the gastric acids in the stomach from dissolving or degrading drugs after you swallow them. Without full enteric protection, many drugs would fall apart rapidly in stomach acids.Are pill capsules plastic? ›
Are plastics edible and are capsules really manufactured from plastic? The answer is a big NO. To end up the mystery, capsules are made of animal-derived material – GELATIN, which is a translucent, colourless, flavourless food ingredient, commonly derived from collagen taken from animal body parts.Which is cheaper tablets or capsules? ›
Although it depends on the active ingredient and the casing, tablets are generally cheaper to manufacture than capsules. This often makes them more affordable for consumers. Durable and long-lasting. Tablets are more stable and typically have a longer shelf life than capsules.What is a rave pill? ›
MDMA (ecstasy & molly) According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, MDMA, also known as ecstasy and molly, is a synthetically produced drug that is intended to bring about feelings of energy, pleasure, warmth, and distortions in sensory and time perception in the user.What causes small white balls in stool? ›
A common source of white specks in the stool is undigested food. Sometimes foods that are difficult to digest — like quinoa, nuts, seeds, high-fiber vegetables, and corn — can actually move through the digestive tract without fully digesting. This can cause small white flecks in the stool.What is a dummy pill? ›
noun. : a pill or substance that is given to a patient like a drug but that has no physical effect on the patient : placebo.What is the healthiest gelatin? ›
Whole-protein gelatin is better for improving gut health. It helps carry fluid through the intestines and can even coat the lining of the digestive tract as a soothing and protective layer. This is the type used to make gummy snacks and desserts and must be mixed into warm liquids.
Gelatin can cause an unpleasant taste, sensation of heaviness in the stomach, bloating, heartburn, and belching. Gelatin can cause allergic reactions in some people. There is some concern about the safety of gelatin because it comes from animal sources.Why is there gelatin in pills? ›
Gelatin is used as an excipient in the production of hard capsules and softgels. It has lower production costs, fewer manufacturing complexities and secures excellent active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) dissolution rates.Is bovine gelatin from cow or pig? ›
Most gelatin is produced from the skin and bones of pigs and cattle. Pigs and cattle are mammals, and gelatin derived from them contains alpha-gal. Gelatin made from cows is called bovine gelatin. Gelatin made from pigs is called porcine gelatin.Which gelatin is halal? ›
Halal gelatin can be purchased in some stores and ordered online through companies like Hearthy Foods. The gelatin that is produced by Hearthy Foods is 100% bovine,is pure protein, and is certified halal.What is gelatin in capsules made from? ›
Overview. Gelatin is a protein made from animal collagen, usually from cows and pigs. It's commonly used to make capsules, cosmetics, ointments, and foods. Collagen is one of the materials that make up cartilage, bone, and skin.How do companies fill capsules? ›
In each case, the powder or formulation that contains active ingredients combined with excipients are loaded into the powder hopper of the filling machine. Capsules are filled by admitting powder from the hopper into the body of the capsule, with the aid of filling rings.How does a capsule make money? ›
Capsule Pharmacy makes money by selling prescription drugs. The customer (via co-pay) and the insurance provider both pay a portion of the drug's sales price. Launched in 2016, Capsule has grown to become one of the leading MedTech startups in the United States. It is currently valued at $1 billion.How many items are in a capsule collection? ›
A capsule wardrobe can have as many or as few clothes that work for you, but commonly they have anywhere from 30-50 pieces. The capsule checklist I've put together has room for 44 items, including shoes and accessories, but you can always have more or fewer than that.How pills are created? ›
The process involves the application of heat, pressure and agitation to mix materials together and 'extrude' them through a die. Twin-screw high shear extruders blend materials and simultaneously break up particles. The extruded particles can then be blended and compressed into tablets or filled into capsules.How can I make myself pill? ›
- Put a pill in applesauce or pudding. The texture can make it easier to swallow pills whole.
- Grind a pill into a powder and add it to applesauce or pudding.
- Cut a pill with a pill splitter and swallow the smaller pieces one by one.
Yes. Many medications, such as cholesterol medications and medications prescribed for depression, can be cut in half. As a general rule, if the tablet has a score mark or groove down the middle, it can be split in half. Be sure to talk to your pharmacist before breaking your pills in half.Can I open pill capsule and take half of it? ›
If your tablet has a score line on it, typically it's OK to split it. Extended-release tablets, capsules, and pills with special coatings on the outside usually can't be split or opened. Always check with a pharmacist before splitting any pills. They can tell you if cutting your pill is safe.What are the disadvantages of capsules? ›
- Bulky materials can result in large capsule size.
- Ingredients can interact with capsule shell.
- Limited fill weight based on capsule volumes.
- Variation in fill volume is known to occur.
- Can be more costly.
- Softgel contents restricted to a tight pH range.
Capsules are fast dissolving in the stomach and easily digestible. Capsules should be stored in a cool (Temperature 58 to 79 degrees F.), dry place (Humidity 45% and 60%). Expiration date of the capsules is two to five years.Are empty gelatin capsules safe? ›
They are reported to cause indigestion, upset and bloated stomach, hypersensitivity, exposure to toxins leading to gastric problems, and their excessive consumption can also cause kidney and liver damage. The protein from gelatin cannot be used by the body due to its incomplete form.What are the disadvantages of gelatin capsules? ›
Disadvantages of Hard gelatine capsules: The drugs having very large unit dose, can‟t be dispensed as hard gelatine capsules because of ingestion difficulty. Drugs that have the tendency to dissolve the capsule shell, are not suitable candidate to dispense in hard gel capsules.What is the size of capsule for human use? ›
Capsules are having different sizes according to the requirements. The capacity of capsules varies from 0.13 ml to 28 ml.What are the different sizes of empty capsules? ›
The gelatin and vegetarian empty capsules are named by numerical values: 000, *00E, 00, *0E, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. For your reference, the largest capsule is 000. Most of the capsule filling machinery are manufactured to be compatible with these standard sizes.How do I choose a capsule size? ›
In order to choose the right capsule size for your application, you need to know two things, the formulation density and the mass (total weight) of the product you want to encapsulate. In making these determinations, you may use either US Customary or Metric units of measurement.Which capsule has the largest capacity? ›
In cases where capsule sizes are indicated with "0" names, the 000s are the largest, while the 0s are the smaller. So majorly there are 8 different capsule sizes #000, #00, #0, #1, #2, #3, #4 & #5 sizes.
Empty capsules are the most common option to store herbs, powders and medicines. Capsuline offers a variety of capsules, ranging from size 000 (the largerst) to size 5 (the smallest), diferent colors and selected flavors to make your brand differentiate from the rest.Why must capsule be sealed? ›
When a capsule is properly sealed, there is a reduction in oxygen diffusion, which helps preserve the quality of your filling material. The less oxidization that occurs, the more potent your filling remains, ensuring that a strong capsule band will prolong the life of your capsule.What are the types of capsule? ›
There are two main types of capsules: hard shelled and soft gel.What are capsules and its types? ›
The two main types of capsules are: Hard-shelled capsules, which contain dry, powdered ingredients or miniature pellets made by e.g. processes of extrusion or spheronization. These are made in two halves: a smaller-diameter “body” that is filled and then sealed using a larger-diameter “cap”.What is a size 4 capsule? ›
Size 4: For a light-density substance, the capacity for this size is 95 mg. It increases to 145 mg for a medium density and 210 mg for a heavy density. Size 5: This capsule can hold 60 mg for a light density, 90 mg for a medium density and 130 mg for a heavy density.What is the classification of capsule? ›
Depending on the nature of the capsule shell., Capsules may be classified mainly as either hard or soft. Other types of capsules are Modified release & Enteric Capsules.Are pill capsules made of plastic? ›
Are plastics edible and are capsules really manufactured from plastic? The answer is a big NO. To end up the mystery, capsules are made of animal-derived material – GELATIN, which is a translucent, colourless, flavourless food ingredient, commonly derived from collagen taken from animal body parts.What are empty capsules used for? ›
Empty Capsules Detailed Guide
Empty capsules are the most common option to store herbs, powders and medicines.
Capsule size 00 is the largest capsule used for human oral preparations and size 5 is the smallest. The word 'capsule' is derived from the latin capsula, meaning a small box. It is a solid oral dosage form in which the active ingredients and diluents are contained in a two-piece hard shell, usually made of gelatin.What is the smallest size pill capsule? ›
Capsule Numeric Sizing System
Our capsules (both gelatin or vegetable derived) are numbered with sizes ranging from 5 (the smallest) to 000 (the largest). So, ordering a size 5 capsule wouldn't result in you receiving the largest capsules we carry, but rather the smallest!
Vegetable capsules (or “Veggie caps”) are made up of cellulose, an important structural component in plants. To be more specific, the main ingredient of vegetarian capsule is hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (HPMC).Are all capsules made of gelatin? ›
Capsules are traditionally made from gelatin, an animal protein derived from collagen. In recent years, however, plant-based alternatives such as HPMC and modified starch have come on the market to cater for vegetarians.What gelatin is used for capsules? ›
The primary gelatin types used in capsules are typically from bovine or porcine raw materials. Depending on the fill, formulation and on the target market group, manufacturers have flexibility in the raw material type, with some opting for a combination of porcine and bovine options.