Edibles are a very popular way to consume cannabis, especially in legal states, but it's easy to get into trouble in the summer. If you accidentally leave your groceries in a hot car, or even outside in direct sunlight, you may come back to find them fused together into an unholy Frankengummy.
although it is likelysafeto consume, there are still some important things to consider before cutting up a piece and eating it. Originally, the dosing of the edible would have been constant and well controlled, but can you be sure now? Does THC break down? And how to avoid problems in the future? Here's what you need to know.
- Foods like chocolate and gummy bears melt at about 32°C.
- Melting a food is very unlikely to affect its strength unless it has been sitting on the heat for a long time (such as weeks or months).
- They are probably safe to eat (again, except in extreme cases).
- If multiple gummy bears or chocolates melt together, youcan notpay attention to the dosage.
- It's best to throw them away, but if you must, start small and work your way up.
- For best results, store groceries in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
When do edibles melt?
While there are many different forms of cannabis edibles, the most common types that can be melted are gummy bears and chocolate. In fact, they both have a similar melting point: 90°F / 32°C. Around this temperature, they begin to melt, and when exposed to higher temperatures, the process speeds up.
Although different rubbers may have slightly different melting temperatures, this value isviene de Gummy Roadand can at least serve as a rough guide. It goes without saying that if you leave jelly beans or chocolates in a hot car for more than 15 minutes, chances are you'll end up with a melted Frankengummy all over your back.
Will this affect your strength?
The total amount ofTHCin your gummies it will not be affected if they melt, as well as the vaping temperature of THC and/or CBDAbsentbeyond what they achieve unless you literally melt them in the oven. They would have to reach temperatures above 300°F to cause problems. You may have some problems with degradation if you leave an edible in your car for several weeks or even months, but in that case it would be unwise to eat it for more important reasons than just the THC content.
So in the end you won't havelostanything but the shape of edibles when purchased (except in extreme situations), but if multiple gummies or chocolates melt, you'll probably have trouble getting a consistent dose because of that.
Are they still safe to eat?
In terms of food safety, it's probably still perfectly safe to eat infused gummies, melted chocolate, or whatever.
Of course, it's best to refrigerate them or let them harden again before eating, but that's more for convenience than safety.
Again, unless you've left them in a warm place for a while.veryfor a long time, they will be just as safe to eat as they originally were.
Will this affect the dosage?
The big problem when edibles melt is that the dosage is likely to be unreliable. While each gummy bear or piece of chocolate contains an exact amount of THC and/or CBD, if multiple cans are melted down, you can (possibly) only rely on the total amount in the melted mess.
Unfortunately, it's unlikely that you'll be able to break through a piece of similar size and get the expected dosage. If two have just merged, halving the dosage is probably the right thing to do. But as you add more gummy bears or chocolate chips, the dose becomes more and more likely to spread unevenly.
So the most sensible advice would be to just not eat the melted edibles and get more.HoweverIf you're like me, you probably want to try to survive on what you bought. In this case, you proceed at your own risk. Even if you are very careful, the first piece you pick up is likely to contain tons of THC and you will end up in a bad situation. That is, in most cases, if you start with a small serving, ideally a little less than the average amount, just in case, and wait a few hours before dosing again. Cannabis edibles can take a while to kick in and don't make the classic mistake of taking more only to have the initial effects a few minutes later.
Store your cannabis edibles safely
While it's best to toss these edible melts, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure you don't have the same problems with your next purchase.
The top things to avoid in chocolates, gummies, candies and pretty much most edibles arehumidity and heat. Even candy can absorb moisture from the environment and end up sticking, even if it's not exposed to heat.
With that in mind, here are some storage tips to keep your cannabis edibles safe and fresh:
- Keep them fresh:While melting isn't a problem, it's best to keep edibles away from heat sources. It can change the taste or texture, and in extreme cases or over long periods of time, it affects dosage as well. So find a cool and preferably dark place to store your groceries. If you are only going to store them for a short period of time, the refrigerator is perfect.
- Find a sealed, airtight container:Grocery storage is crucial if you have kids or pets, but finding a good container will also help maintain shelf life. Leaving groceries out in the open can cause them to dry out or absorb moisture, depending on the humidity, neither of which are ideal.
- Wrap soft candy or chocolate individually:With soft confections (such as caramel) or chocolate, it may make sense to wrap them individually for a number of reasons. It further protects them from moisture, and even if they get hot, you won't have a problem with multiple edibles merging into one monster. In any case, aluminum foil is a good solution.
- Avoid leaving them in the car:While it's not always avoidable to have your groceries in a hot car on the way home from the pharmacy, you should minimize the time spent in a hot car if possible, as this is one of the most likely times you'll run into problems. . .
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Therefore, superheated marijuana edibles are highly unlikely to give yougraveProblems, but if you decide to eat a piece anyway, you have to be very careful with the dosage. The best advice is to take a little more, but if you want to take a chance, start small and take it easy. And to avoid future problems, store your groceries in a cool place and consider long-term storage.