What to do with already vaped weed?
Many people prefer to vape weed rather than smoke it. Often the weed which has Already Been Vaped (‘ABV’) is simply thrown away. What many people don’t realise is that this vaped weed still contains cannabinoids and terpenes. Read on to find out some of the ways you can put ABV weed to good use.
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What is ABV or AVB?
Some people refer to ABV “Already Been Vaped” whereas others refer to AVB “Already Vaped Bud”. Whether you call it AVB or ABV you will probably notice that it looks different after vaping. The colour may have changed from green to brown, but that doesn’t mean it has no further uses.
The aroma of already-vaped-bud is substantially different to that of freshly ground-up weed. The ABV/AVB won’t have the same rich aroma of fresh weed, but you may still be able to discern some terpenes that have survived the vape process. However, if you try to smoke your vaped bud you may notice a bitter taste.
How much THC is in ABV?
How much THC remains in your already vaped bud depends on three things.
Firstly, the temperature of your vaporiser is important. If you vape at a lower temperature there is likely to be more residual cannabinoids in ABV than if you vape at a higher temperature.
The second variable is how long you vape for. If your vape session is short your ABV/AVB is likely to be higher in cannabinoids than ABV from long vape sessions.
The final consideration is how much THC was originally in your weed. If you were lucky enough to be smoking a variety with around 25% THC, such as Auto Cinderella Jack, then you will probably have higher residual THC levels in your ABV than you would get from a lower THC strain.
With so many variables it’s difficult to say precisely how much THC is in your already vaped weed. But some studies have shown that over a third of the original THC may remain in your AVB weed. Anecdotal feedback from AVB fans suggest it’s not quite as high as that and only 10%-20% of the original THC may remain. The best advice for anyone using AVB weed is to be cautious when testing the end products, just in case they are stronger than you thought.
If you were to roll a joint and try smoking avb you would probably notice a bitter taste and a mild effect.
How to use already vaped weed
Your ABV weed may not be as strong as it was before you vaped it. But it still contains useful cannabinoids which can be put to good use. Instead of throwing your AVB weed away why not collect it and treat yourself to a bonus? Below are some of the most popular ways of recycling your avb weed.
One important fact about ABV weed is that it has already been decarboxylated. That means it can be eaten/consumed without any need to heat it, the THC is already bio-available and psychoactive. Fresh, non-vaporised weed, is not decarboxylated and therefore won’t get you high if it is eaten.
The decarboxylation process is required in order to achieve a psychoactive high. When you vape or smoke weed, decarboxylation occurs automatically due to the heat involved. When you eat weed, you normally have to heat it in order to decarboxylate it and render it psychoactive.
Given that already vaped bud is decarboxylated you could simply sprinkle it on food. However that might not be very tasty or appealing. So many prefer to try to extract the cannabinoids by dissolving them in oils/fat in the usual way and using this for your preferred ABV edible, for example Abv brownies.
A quick internet search will allow you to find some Avb recipes. Note that you can easily make avb butter (or avb coconut oil) from your vaped weed, this can be incorporated into your Abv recipe.
How to make edibles with vaped weed easily and quickly
One of the simplest ways to use AVB weed is to make some toast with a generous layer of peanut butter, jam or Nutella. Simply sprinkle your ABV weed on top of it and enjoy. Or if you don’t mind a bit of a challenge you could make yourself some space cake using avb butter.
Water curing your vaped buds
Getting rid of the bitter taste from ABV weed can be done with water curing. This relies on the fact that THC is not soluble in water, but the bitter taste is soluble in water To water cure your AVB weed simply get some cheesecloth and wrap your ABV weed inside a ball of the cheesecloth, and tie it closed. Then submerge your ABV weed in a cup of water and leave it for several days. A week should be sufficient.
You will notice that brown colours will have leached from the AVB weed into the water. Remove the cheesecloth ball of AVB weed and squeeze it. Then air-dry the water cured ABV weed. Or, if you are in a hurry, use a baking tray in an oven set around 75-90ºC for a couple of hours. The cannabinoids are insoluble in water and are therefore still present in the AVB weed, but the nasty bitter taste has been removed thanks to the water cure. You can use your water cured ABV weed for smoking or for cooking.
ABV cannabutter and oils
Remember that it isn’t necessary to decarboxylate the AVB weed. Your vaporiser already took care of that. So all you need to do is to transfer the cannabinoids in your AVB weed into the oil or butter.
Use the normal methods for this. Usually the ABV weed is added to a pan which contains boiling water and butter (or oil). After 2-4 hours of boiling (be careful that it doesn’t boil dry) the cannabinoids will have preferentially dissolved in the butter/oil. The cannabutter (or cannabis containing oil) can then be used for cooking in the normal ways. But note that the potency of ABV canna butter will be only a fraction of the potency of canna butter made from fresh cannabis.
Coconut oil is popular with those making cannabis oil or ABV weed oil. It’s easy to buy in most supermarkets and is easily absorbed by the body.
ABV cannabutter recipe
Usually it takes people quite some time to collect a reasonable quantity of already vaped bud. Because it is much less potent than fresh bud, don’t be afraid to use plenty of it. Use one cup of water and one cup of butter, warm them up in a pan. Add a cup of ABV weed. mix and simmer. The THC is already decarboxylated and psychoactive. Simmering simply allows the oil-soluble THC to preferentially dissolve in the butter/oil. After a couple of hours filter through a cloth and allow to cool in a fridge. The following day the butter/oil will have hardened and can be removed and used in your cooking, edibles or toast!
Eating vaped weed
Most people like to make an oil or butter from their vaped weed. But you can simply eat it if you wish. Remember, the vaporiser decarboxylated your AVB weed. So you can simply add the vaped weed to your recipe and enjoy. Some people prefer to use a water curing process first to remove any bitter after-taste that can be present with already vaped weed/bud.
How much already vaped buds can you eat?
Much depends on your personal tolerance as well as the amount of residual cannabinoids which remain in your already vaped buds. If you assume that ‘average’ weed contains around 15% THC, then perhaps ABV weed is likely to be nearer to 3-4% THC (or even below). Abv weed does contain cannabinoids, but much less than fresh weed.
If you know how much fresh decarboxylated cannabis that you could consume, you could probably safely consume perhaps 5 times the amount of already vaped buds. However, safety really must come first with edibles. This is because it can take several hours for the high to peak, so it’s important not to over indulge initially. Test small samples, understand your potency limits and stick to them.
One easy way to consume your already vaped buds is to simply put them into empty capsules and swallow with a drink. Empty capsules are easy to buy online or from your local health food store. You can buy gelatine capsules, or vegan equivalents. Since your ABV weed is already decarboxylated all you need to do is fill the capsules and swallow them!
Already vaped weed capsules dosage
Cannabis tolerance can, and does, vary wildly from one person to the next. This makes it difficult, and perhaps irresponsible, to try to recommend dosages of ABV weed capsules. In addition to the uncertainty over tolerance there are additional uncertainties over the THC levels in your avb.
ABV weed tinctures
If you do make some cannabis oil from your ABV weed you may want to put it in a dropper bottle and use it as an Avb tincture. This allows you to put a couple of drops in your mouth discreetly from your dropper bottle whenever the need arises.
ABV tea or coffee
Some people use their AVB weed in tea and coffee. For Abv coffee, one recipe is to microwave a couple of teaspoons of AVB weed in milk. By microwaving, warming and stirring the ABV weed and milk you allow the cannabinoids to transfer from the ABV weed into the fatty compounds in the milk (remember, cannabinoids are oil/fat soluble).
You can pour the warm milk through the coffee filter into your coffee and enjoy. ABV coffee is particularly tasty and the aroma seems reminiscent of a Dutch coffee shop.
Can you smoke already vaped weed?
Yes, but you may notice that the AVB weed is nothing like the same sweetness and taste as fresh weed. That’s why many people like to water-cure their ABV weed for a few days before smoking it.
Even then, the smoke won’t be as potent as that from fresh, unvaped buds. Remember that most of the THC and other cannabinoids may have been used during the initial vape of the weed. But, perhaps the less powerful high from Avb weed may be useful for using earlier in the day when you don’t want to get too high.
We hope you find these ideas for re-use of your already vaped bud useful! Instead of throwing away your vaped bud, you may want to try collecting and recycling it. Good luck!
Curious to know what is meant by 'already vaped bud' (AVB) or 'already been vaped' (ABV)? Find the various uses for weed which has already been vaped.
Recycling vaporized cannabis: 10 ways to use AVB (‘already vaped bud’)
“Already vaped bud,” or AVB for short, is the brown, crispy flower that’s left over after vaping cannabis. Although much of the THC in cannabis will be vaporized, the flower isn’t turned to ash (unlike smoking) and retains some of its cannabinoid content. That means it can be used twice, if you know how.
Now, not all AVB is created equal. If you have that vaporizer blasting at a high temperature, it’s unlikely that your AVB will have much left to give. That said, if you hit the sweet spot, and vape with convection heating at around 315-440°F, you’ll be surprised by how much potency can still be gleaned from your leftover flower. Luckily, this is around the temperature you should be vaping at anyway to avoid combustion.
That said, the potency of your AVB will vary depending on not just the temperature it was vaped at, but also the potency of your cannabis flower, and also the method you end up choosing to use your AVB for. As always, when using your final product, remember to start low and go slow until you figure out the potency. After that, there’s nothing left to do but enjoy!
Below, discover 10 creative ways to recycle your AVB, rather than tossing it in the compost.
First in line is likely the most obvious use—edibles. Baking or cooking with your AVB is a great choice because it helps to mask the flavor while also making use of those leftover cannabinoids.
AVB can be utilized just the same as ground flower for anything from brownies to herbed salmon , except unlike flower, because it is already decarboxylated, it is ready to use! Simply toss it into the mixture to enjoy, but use it gradually in your recipes, starting with a lower dose at first, as it will be impossible to be sure of the potency. Better to make a less potent batch and have an excuse to eat two brownies than to make one that’s too strong and only be able to nibble a corner.
If you fancy the idea of using AVB for edibles but just can’t get past the taste no matter what flavors you add, water curing might be the trick to help you salvage your bud. The process is pretty easy, but a bit time consuming.
You’ll first need to save your AVB until you’ve accumulated a half ounce or more to make the process worth your time. Next you’ll need patience, because the process itself will take about 4-7 days.
Here’s how to do it:
- First take a cheesecloth and use it to bundle up your AVB like one big teabag. Tie it off with a string.
- Place the bundle in a bowl of water, letting it soak thoroughly.
- Check back in a couple hours and toss the discolored water, adding fresh water in its place.
- You’ll want to do this for about four days, up to a week but no longer, changing the water as frequently as possible.
Once the time has come, drain the water, wring out the teabag, and then spread the water-soaked AVB evenly onto a baking sheet. Set the oven to 200 degrees and let it chill for two hours, tossing the AVB about every 30 minutes to ensure it dries evenly.
Voila! You now have a batch of AVB without the awful taste. Use it in edibles or turn it into butter to use for everything from baking to breakfast .
Sprinkle on Food
If you love the idea of ingesting your AVB but can’t be bothered to cook, (no judgement here, fellow take-out aficionados), fear not, because AVB can be easily added to any snack. Since it has already been decarboxylated in the vaping process, there’s no need for any extra steps before eating.
That said, for this method, water curing is strongly recommended for flavor purposes, but if you’re really the queen of lazy culture, consider pairing it with Nutella, peanut butter, bbq sauce, hot sauce, or other strong flavors to help mask the taste. This is not the most glamorous use of AVB, but hey, there are those who still drink Bud Light—and it ain’t for the taste.
This is another method of direct ingestion without having to cook, bake, or even water cure. There are quite a few benefits of using the capsule method, such as discretion. It’s easy to swallow one while going about your day, making it a subtle and private option. In addition, you won’t have to worry about the taste.
All you need to do is purchase empty gel capsules and fill them with the AVB. The one downside is that the onset of effects will be delayed, since the capsule needs time to break down and dissolve. For some, this may be a perk, for others, a drawback. Either way, this method offers an easy and effective way to ingest your AVB.
Coffee or Tea
As mentioned before, AVB is already decarboxylated. As such, it’s very simple to add it to your morning coffee or tea for an infused beverage that will give you some pep in your step. For coffee, simply add the AVB to your coffee grounds when brewing your cup. Then we recommend adding a strong coffee flavor, like hazelnut or caramel, or a dollop of butter (or cannabutter !)—all will help mask the taste.
When making tea, add the AVB to your tea leaves and allow to steep. Choose a tea that has a strong flavor, and add some honey or another sweetener to help with the flavor. Between the two, coffee will likely be the better tasting, but by experimenting with flavor, AVB can be a decent accompaniment to both coffee and tea.
Cannabinoids bind to fat, so adding a bit of milk or cream may also be a good idea.
Infused coconut oil is an easy way to make use of AVB, and it’s especially effective since cannabis is fat soluble—and coconut oil has plenty of that. Once again, this is a method that would benefit from using the water curing method first.
To use this method, add the AVB and coconut oil into a slow cooker and let sit on low heat for a few hours. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. When done, allow to cool and then strain the oil from the plant material using a cheesecloth. Store in a cool, dark place.
This is another method that will require patience, and considering that the outcome will not have the same potency as regular flower, you’ll have to decide for yourself if it’s worth the wait. If you do decide to give it a go, you can enjoy the convenience of tincture, such as easy and discreet dosing.
Tinctures can be easily added to an array of food and drinks, or simply taken orally under the tongue. Simply follow this useful guide to make a tincture.
Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)
AVB can be used to make an ingestible or topical extract, such as RSO, but keep in mind that the potency and purity is not going to be the same as using fresh flower. This would not be an oil suitable for medical grade purposes, but it can serve its purpose as a less potent extract oil for casual use.
If you decide you’d like to go this route, start with water curing, and then follow the instructions for making RSO .
Technically, You Can Smoke It
Alright you absolute madlad, we get it. You can’t be bothered to cook with it, you don’t have the patience to water cure, and you don’t fancy sprinkling it on food. You have your pipe and lighter handy, and you’re wondering: Can I just smoke this shit?
Well, the answer is yes, but if your friends judge you, don’t blame us. This should probably be a last resort, because the potency won’t compare to fresh flower, it will be a harsh smoke, and the taste may just rival an accidental inhale of bong water—but by all means, knock yourself out, you audacious rebel.
With so many methods of using your AVB, there’s no excuse to throw it away after a vaping session! Try some of the above and find the method that works best for you.
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