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How to Melt Edibles

Understanding Edibles

Edibles are cannabis-infused food products, which can take the form of brownies, gummies, cookies, and other baked goods. Unlike smoking or vaping, edibles provide a longer and more potent high that can last several hours. Edibles are made from either THC or CBD, the two main components of cannabis.

THC is the primary psychoactive component of cannabis that creates the “high” effect. CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive and provides relaxation and pain relief without the high. Edibles containing THC are more commonly used for recreational purposes, while CBD-infused edibles are used for medicinal purposes.

Types of Edibles

Edibles come in many forms and strengths, and some may be more potent than others. Here are some common types of edibles:

  • Baked goods (brownies, cookies)
  • Gummies
  • Chocolates
  • Drinks (tea, coffee, soda)
  • Tinctures (alcohol-based cannabis extract)
  • Capsules (pills with cannabis oil)

The potency of edibles depends on the amount of THC or CBD they contain. As a general rule, it’s recommended to start with a low dose and wait at least an hour or two before taking more.

Melted edibles can be used as an ingredient in recipes or added to drinks. Here’s how to melt edibles:

Step 1: Choose the Right Edibles

Not all edibles are created equal, and some may not melt as easily as others. Look for edibles with a lower melting point, such as gummies or chocolates.

Step 2: Prepare a Double Boiler

A double boiler is a kitchen tool used for melting delicate ingredients like chocolate. It consists of two pots: one larger pot filled with water and a smaller pot placed on top of it. The smaller pot sits above the boiling water and melts the ingredients without burning them.

To create a double boiler:

  1. Fill the larger pot with about an inch of water and bring it to a boil.
  2. Place the smaller pot on top of the larger pot, making sure it fits snugly.
  3. Add the edibles to the smaller pot.

Step 3: Heat the Edibles

Once the water is boiling, turn down the heat to low to prevent the water from boiling too vigorously. Stir the edibles occasionally to distribute the heat evenly. Be careful not to overheat the edibles, as this can cause them to lose potency or change their texture.

Step 4: Check the Temperature

It’s important to monitor the temperature of the edibles to prevent them from burning or losing potency. Use a candy thermometer to ensure the temperature stays below 250°F (121°C).

Step 5: Remove from Heat

Once the edibles have melted, remove them from the heat and let them cool before using them in recipes or adding them to drinks.


Edibles are a popular way to consume cannabis, and melting them can make them easier to use in recipes or drinks. With the right tools and techniques, melting edibles can be done safely and easily. Remember to start with a low dose and wait before taking more, and always monitor the temperature to prevent burning or loss of potency.

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