|Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2001 - 11:50 am:||
Cannon's Capsule Tek
I don't know about you, but I really don't like the taste of shrooms. I've tried them every which way too: fresh, dried, on cookies, dipped in honey, with peanut butter, in tea etc. Tea is pretty good, admittedly, and a lot of people go that route, but it's somewhat of a hassle in my opinion. So, I did some looking and came across Journey Man's Tek. for mushroom ingestion which uses gel caps. It sounded perfect, so much so it seems that he's even selling the supplies. But being either McGyver-like or cheap I usually build it myself, if I can. So, I found some Vitamins in my fridge that used gel caps and emptied them out. I tossed some shrooms in my coffee grinder, hit the switch and turned them into a fine powder. Now the hard part. Getting the powder into the caps. For my first go-round I had enough powder for about 16 capsules and just did it by hand by pressing the caps into the powder. It was tedious. Believe me, if you've got two ounces of shroom powder you won't want to do them all by hand. That's 112 capsules. You'll want a capsule filling block.
Materials you will need:
A drill with a 21/64" bit
A block of wood that is 3/4" thick
Sized Double "00" Gel Caps (Health food stores)
A round (unsharpened) pencil that just fits in the long part of the gel caps - for tamping
A Coffee Grinder
Shrooms - 1/2 gram per capsule
Begin by drilling the holes in the block of wood. Drill them all the way through. You can put them pretty close together and easily fit 25 holes in a 5"x5"x3/4" block. You want about an inch of border space for moving the powder around.
I had an old knick-knack shelf that I knocked the ends off of and kept the small shelf part on, using the back of the thing as my capsule block. That way I have a little backstop, which also functions as a stand for later use:
(Ready for filling - shroom powder on left in 1/2 pint)
As you can see many more holes would fit in this block of wood, but I like the extra room for whatever reason. Now, once you have it drilled just deburr the holes and blow it off to get rid of any sawdust and it's ready to go.
Pull open the caps and place the longer ends into the holes in the block. They should be almost perfectly flush with the top of the block. Pour a couple of spoonfulls of powder over the holes and then move it around with a credit card until all the caps are full. Then use the pencil to tamp the powder down. Don't do it too hard or the caps could split at the bottom, but they can be pressed fairly firm. You will get the feel of it. Repeat until no more powder will fit into the caps.
Since this block has the backstop on it, I turn it (slowly) on it's side to make putting the caps together easier:
(13 filled caps - one with the other end on it)
(Same 13 from the back)
Push a cap from the back, a little way through, and place the small end of the gel cap on it. You should be able to just press it a little then, and pull the entire cap out. Close it the rest of the way, and place it into your jar.
After about an hour the 1/2 pint jar of shroom powder in the first picture, above, turns into the following:
(63 caps, in case you were wondering)
I put a small amount of desiccant in with the caps just to keep moisture out. In the jar above, is the standard shroom drying agent, Damp-Rid, that you can at most any hardware store or ShroomMart.
On a triple beam these caps, filled, weigh about exactly 600mg, and with the gel cap that is 500mg of shroom powder - or 1/2 gram. As long as you use the correct gel cap size "00" and fill them well, they will all be 1/2 gram doses.
Not only is this method convenient, easy to dose, easy to swallow, it is also easy to conceal. They can be put in any vitamin container and nobody will think twice. Just be sure to label the bottle somehow. They can be stored in a cabinet for years without any noticeable potency loss. Also, to take note of is that this method of ingestion seems to produce less nausea in those individuals that are sensitive.
|Posted on Wednesday, October 03, 2001 - 04:14 pm:||
A quick google search gave me this for Canada based companies. The truth of the matter is that these things are all pretty much the same. I only paid like $15 for the filler contraption and tamper. The caps were like $10 for 1000 (size 00). Don't overpay b/c there are lots of places that sell them.
|Posted on Wednesday, October 03, 2001 - 10:02 pm:||
check out www.CapsuleConnection.com
its the best i have found so far, cheap capsules aswell... and they sell a drying agent to keep those pills dry, also i was thinking seeing that i cant find any drying agents here, they sell bags for 50¢... not bag, they are prolly really small, who knows check it out
Black Star (Mr_Bug)
|Posted on Monday, October 08, 2001 - 06:30 pm:||
I have always gotten 0.4g when I packed OO's with a pencil eraser. Don't forget: a single OO capsule weighs 0.1g!
I had no idea their was a way to automate packing the powder into capsules! I hate doing it by hand! It takes forever and my hands feel all cramped up when I'm finished. Should I check out www.cap-m-quick.com?
|Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2001 - 07:37 am:||
also, what's the best way to grind em up well without a coffee grinder- that is with around the house kind of stuff?
Black Star (Mr_Bug)
|Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2001 - 02:02 pm:||
A coffee grinder is around the house sor of stuff. You can get 'em for about 15 bucks at Target, Wal-Mart, etc. I don't know where you reside, but I am positive its not far from a store with a coffee grinder.
|Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2001 - 04:12 pm:||
I got mine from Target for $12. Best $12 I have spent on this hobby, cause I use it ALL the time for rice and shrooms. I wouldn't even bother with around the house type McGyverisms.
And if you are short on cash, go mow a few lawns, rake some leaves, spend an hour or two for the cash. You will save 10 times that much time after a month or two in this hobby.
|Posted on Saturday, September 15, 2001 - 08:16 am:||
I dislike the taste of raw and shrooms, and have decided to invest in a "cap-m-quick" or even a small tablet press. I was wondering if you stored them in a pill bottle, how long will they keep their potency? Indefinitely, I would think.
|Posted on Saturday, September 15, 2001 - 09:24 pm:||
i've heard 1-2 years. i'm getting ready to do some next week for the first time.
|Posted on Sunday, September 16, 2001 - 12:51 pm:||
not sure how long they last but I prefer taking them that way. seem to get a better trip from less shroom, prolly since they are powdered and our bodies can absorb the goodies more easily.
|Posted on Monday, September 17, 2001 - 03:05 pm:||
A friend of mine told me about a friend of his that makes chocolate candies with shrooms. Basically, make chocolate per any old recipe you find on the net, and before you pour into molds, mix in powdered shroom. He says you can taste it a bit, but it keeps very well in the freezer, and looks like candy! Super stealthy method for sure.
I plan on trying this soon...
|Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2001 - 11:22 pm:||
dude, you can get a pack of "OO" gelcaps at either pharmacies or health stores...
put them in a small coffee grinder, and cap'em really tight with a pencil... if you do it right, you can fit up to .5 grams per cap.. and you dont taste it at all... easy to dose too...
Kevin Smith (Canshroom)
|Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2001 - 11:35 pm:||
If you wanted to dose easily with gelcaps, which would better hold a gram of powdered shrooms? The 00, the 000 or otherwise? On cap-m-quick.com, they say their 00 capsules hold 825 milligrams of L-Arginine, but I don't know how that compares. Any suggestions?
|Posted on Sunday, September 23, 2001 - 04:09 pm:||
I use 00, and I think I could probably squeeze a half gram in, but it takes some time just to get .4 in....5 would be much better, usually I am too lazy to keep packing the caps, so I just go with .4.
Black Star (Mr_Bug)
|Posted on Monday, October 08, 2001 - 06:49 pm:||
Don't forget that a single OO capsule weighs .1 grams.
|Posted on Monday, October 08, 2001 - 10:00 pm:||
oh yeah, but if you use powder the mushrooms right, and use a pencil to cap'em in, you can fit .5 grams of the powder into a OO capsule.
|Posted on Monday, January 06, 2003 - 11:22 pm:||