Cooking and baking with vaped weed
Most stoners know how to conserve weed when times get hard. The most broke among us can relate to gathering small roaches together or scraping the bowl of our bongs in a desperate attempt for a toke. What most don’t realize is that vaped weed leaves behind a similar resin that you would find in any used bong or pipe only it’s much cleaner and purer while also being trapped inside semi-burnt plant matter remains. While that may come as a shock to those, who pride themselves in the efficiency of their vapes to extract as much of the THC as possible it is true that even the very best vapes will leave behind a bit of wasted THC.
What is vaped weed?
Vaped weed is vaporizer leftovers. It is the sticky, grainy brownish substance that is left behind after you have run some herb through your vaporizer. Generally, vaped weed will still contain anywhere from 20%-30% of the THC that was in the bud before it was vaporized.
Can you smoke vaped weed?
The answer to this will depend on who you ask. Some cannabis users would never dream of smoking it which is why they toss it in the trash, but that is only because they aren’t aware of exactly how much they are wasting. Vaped weed will not be as potent as the original product but will burn and can be smoked to utilize the remaining THC. It can be rolled into a joint or smoked in a bowl and will be effective with the only drawback being the taste. Since the green has already been heated the terpenes will have been damaged, so the flavor isn’t exactly sought after, but smoking vaped weed will do the trick in a pinch.
Cooking or baking with vaped weed
One of the biggest perks to using vaped weed for edibles is that the THC is already fully activated. Since the bud had already undergone decarboxylation when it was heated by the vaporizer, there is no additional cooking required, unlike recipes that utilize fresh cannabis. The filtering process needed to make the vaped weed into a cannabutter or vape coconut oil helps to weaken the burnt taste, and the results are usually a potent blend that can be added to any of your favorite recipes.
How to make vape coconut oil
Vape coconut oil is just an infused oil and is made the same way you would any cannabis infused oil.
- 3-7 grams of vaped weed
- 1 cup of coconut oil
- 1 medium-sized pot
- 1 mixing tool
- 1 mason jar
- 1 elastic
- Add both the vaped weed and coconut oil to a medium sized pot and turn the burner to low heat.
- Simmer while occasionally stirring for 2 hours.
- Remove from heat and allow ten minutes to cool.
- Place one layer of cheesecloth over a mason jar and use an elastic to keep it in place.
- Slowly pour the mixture through the cheesecloth to filter out any plant material.
- Once the oil has all strained give the cheesecloth a squeeze over the jar to collect the remaining liquid it has absorbed before you throw it away.
- Seal the mason jar and store your vape coconut oil in a dark, cool place until you are ready to use it.
Double chocolate vaped weed brownies recipe
You won’t even know these vaped weed brownies were made with anything but the best. They are potent and delicious. Chocolate is one of the most effective flavors at hiding the distinctive marijuana flavor that often comes with edibles making it one of the most common flavors of edibles on the market today.
- 1 cup of white flour
- 1 tablespoon of instant coffee
- ½ cup of cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
- 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
- ¾ cup of vape coconut oil
- 1 cup of white granulated sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 mixing bowl
- 1 mixing tool
- 1 brownie baking pan
- 1 spatula
- parchment paper
- microwave-safe bowl
- Preheat your oven to 350 F.
- Add all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and combine them.
- Add your vape coconut oil and chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 30 seconds at a time for 1-2 minutes until they are completely melted.
- While the chocolate is hot add the white granulated sugar and eggs to the bowl and mix well.
- Now it’s time to combine the dry ingredients with the wet ones. Slowly pour the liquid into the powder mixing as you go until it is all combined.
- Use parchment paper to line a brownie pan.
- Pour brownie batter into the pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Once cooked allow your freshly baked vaped weed brownies at least 30 minutes to cool before cutting and serving. This recipe should make 6-8 brownies.
What many people don’t realize is that vaped weed leaves behind a similar resin that you would find in any used bong or pipe. Great material for cooking!
Making The Most Of Your Already-Vaped Bud
If you have been using a dry herb vaporizer for your cannabis, you may be immediately throwing it out after your session. What you may not know is that there are still cannabinoids left in this weed. Here are some of the ways you can put it to good use.
As a healthier alternative to smoking, more and more cannabis users are turning to vaping. There aren’t just vape cartridges for cannabis oil. There are also dry herb vaporizers one can fill directly with ground-up cannabis. To release the THC in the plant, these vaporizers should be heating in the 157–227°C (315–440°F) range. This creates a stronger, dizzier high with fewer health risks. It’s just vapour with cannabinoids and terpenes. Vaping weed will leave it looking brownish, as though it has now been degraded to the point where it can no longer be used. This impression has led many cannabis users to throw away already-vaped bud (AVB).
DON’T WASTE YOUR CANNABIS
This would be a waste of cannabis that, in fact, still has many viable applications. It is not even the case that the psychoactive THC is completely gone. You will indeed get most of it from vaping, but it will still be there along with an abundance of other cannabinoids. That is unless it turns a very dark brown or black, in which case it’s been too overheated to be used again. Remember the ideal heat range of 157–227°C (315–440°F). If you are going to throw it away, at least see if you can compost it. There’s a lot more fun you can have with the used weed, though. Smoking your vaped weed in a joint might give you a mild high, but it’s usually bitter-tasting and unsatisfying. There are three things you can do that are a lot more fun and may bring a whole new dimension to culinary delights.
What many people don’t realise about vaping is that it is a form of decarboxylation. This is a key process in preparing cannabis edibles. Cannabis must be heated to turn cannabinoid acid THCA into active THC, for example. This is typically a time-consuming process in the oven. Then, your recipe for cannabis edibles will typically involve butter. If you are vegan, feel free to substitute any mention of butter with coconut oil. Obviously, the longer you spend saving up AVB, the more potent your cannabis edibles will be!
Since you basically skipped over the “regular” decarbing process, you can go right ahead and infuse your butter with your AVB. Heat a saucepan over low heat to a simmer with your butter (or coconut oil), an equal amount of water, and the vaped weed. From here, the infusing process is usually most effective after 2–4 hours, but can be left longer if desired. Just make sure it simmers and doesn’t boil. This will absolutely degrade the cannabinoid potency. Also, be mindful as this will create a strong smell in your kitchen.
When you are finished simmering, strain the mixture through some kind of mesh sieve or cheesecloth. This will remove the lumpiest parts from the mixture. In a perfect situation, you want to keep as little plant matter as possible. Leave the bowl of cannabis-infused butter to cool, then place in your fridge overnight. The following day, a hardened layer of butter should have formed on top of the water. Chip this off and add it to whatever sweet or savoury recipe you can imagine. You will enjoy a strong edibles high that could last between 4–8 hours.
If that process sounds too complicated, it is technically possible to eat the vaped weed raw. However, it will have a bitter taste and it won’t deliver as strong a high as infusing weed into edibles. You may be able to mask the taste with something like peanut butter or Nutella. You could sprinkle it onto food as an herb, or even grind it up with coffee beans for a real strong buzz in the morning. If you want to remove the bitter flavour, there is a curing process that will eliminate the odour and taste. This process can take up to 4–7 days however, so stock up on AVB until you have several grams or so to make it worthwhile.
The curing process requires you to wrap the vaped weed up in cheesecloth as though it was a big teabag. Leave it submerged in water. Check it regularly so that murky water can be replaced with fresh water. After 4–7 days, drain the water and spread the water-cured weed evenly across a baking tray. Preheat your oven to 90–95ºC (200ºF). Place the baking tray inside and carefully mix the weed every half hour. After 2 hours, the weed should be dry and ready to add directly to food or an edibles recipe, but now without the bitter taste of vaped weed.
Tinctures are also a popular, discreet method of taking cannabis. A dropper bottle allows you to administer concentrated cannabis oil right under your tongue. After holding 2–3 drops under your tongue for 30 seconds, you should start feeling effects within 15 minutes, which will last for a couple hours. In a similar process to the curing method above, you too can make your own cannabis tincture from your leftover vaped weed. Find an alcohol that’s at least 90 proof, like vodka or Everclear. Add your weed and leave it to steep. Every once in a while, shake it gently. You can leave it for a few hours or a few days. The longer you leave it, the more potent it will become.
After a few days maximum, strain the mixture through a cheesecloth, sieve, or other fine mesh. Store in a dark bottle in a cool place out of sunlight. The drops under your tongue could be every bit as wonderful in their impact as high-quality cannabis oils. At any rate, you will be getting the benefit of cannabinoids still present in your AVB.
You should be making the most of it after all. If you have any other suggestions on how to do this, leave a comment or get in touch on our social media channels.
Most cannabis users may throw away their weed after vaping it, even though there are a number of ways it can be put to good use.