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How to Use Already Vaped Bud (AVB) to Make Edibles

By Tommy Joyce | April 18, 2020 | Edibles

There has always been a little secret at the intersection of vaporizing cannabis and edibles. One of the main benefits to vaporizing your cannabis is the ability to use your flower once for vaporizing and then using it again to make edibles. This is not something many people are aware of, but it’s a great way to get more from your herb!

Smoking weed turns your herbs into ash and even chars it—leaving no THC after the flower is combusted. Vaping, however, helps you efficiently ingest the THC and gives you the opportunity to re-use your flower a second time. Both vaporizer pens and desktop units will work for producing AVB.

Table of contents

What is ABV? Already Vaped Bud
How Does AVB Work?
How to Make Edibles with AVB
Making Canna-Butter or Canna-Oil
Water Curing
How Else Can I Use Already Vaped Bud?
Sprinkle on Food
Capsules
Smoke It
Bonus: Hemp Flower AVB

What is ABV? Already Vaped Bud

Already Vaped Bud, otherwise known as AVB, is the term used to refer to weed that has already been thoroughly vaped with the use of a vaporizer. Exhibiting an extremely dry and almost crisp texture, AVB is usually darker in color compared to fresh cannabis flower. It also gives off a slight yet distinct smell very much different from the rich aroma of fresh buds.

A common mistake many people make is throwing away their AVB, thinking it doesn’t have any use. After all, all the psychoactive ingredients have already been used, right? Little do they know, AVB can still be quite potent when used effectively. This is especially true when you use it to make edibles.

A very important detail about AVB is that it will only work if your vaporizer maintains consistent heat in the 315-440°F (157-227°C) range—preferably with the use of a convection style heating system. Beyond 451°F (233°C), combustion begins to occur.

Inadvertent combustion is the easiest way to burn your dry herbs and turn them into an ash-like substance. To make sure you end up with usable AVB, you want to ensure your flower vaporizer device maintains temperatures between 315-440°F (157-227°C).

How Does AVB Work?

The reason cannabis needs to be smoked, vaporized or included as a part of an edibles recipe lies in a process called decarboxylation, or decarbing for short. Decarbing cannabis activates its different cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, making them available for absorption by the body. This is why juicing or eating fresh and raw cannabis will have no psychoactive effect at all.

In order to decarboxylate cannabis, it needs to be exposed to heat, hence why we traditionally smoke or vape the plant material. Because AVB has already been vaped and exposed to heat, it has already been fully decarboxylated and the bud can be ingested as-is, inducing its full effects.

There is a very good reason not to ingest AVB straight though: it tastes bad. Really bad. Even mixing AVB into your food, while helping to mask the awful taste, can still make an entire dish unpalatable. Since most people like to enjoy their meal rather than taint it with the ghastly flavor of AVB, the preferred way to enjoy AVB is to properly incorporate it into an oil or butter.

How to Make Edibles with AVB

Making Canna-Butter or Canna-Oil

The process of making cannabis infused oil or butter with AVB is quite similar to that of working with fresh non-vaporized bud. Remember, the primary difference is the AVB has already been decarboxylated, so you can skip that step. Simply place your AVB in a pot or slow cooker with butter/oil for a few hours over low heat.

Make sure you’re occasionally stirring every now and then to avoid burning any of the plant material (using a crock-pot really helps maintain consistent low temperature to avoid burning). Let the mixture cool for a bit before straining. We’ve written another article with full step-by-step instructions and photos on how to make edibles from scratch.

Store the cannabutter or oil in a cool, dark place and incorporate it in any of your favorite recipes that call for oil or butter. It can be as simple as spreading the infused oil on toast, using it in a brownie recipe, or as a garnish for your favorite savory dishes. The possibilities are endless when working with cannabutter.

Converting AVB into cannabis oil or butter is a very popular and effective method that can be enjoyed with a wide variety of meals. Infusing AVB into butter might not be as quick as sprinkling AVB directly onto your food, but the flavor difference is worth the extra effort. It also takes a lot less time to accomplish compared to the water curing method, which we’ll address next.

Water Curing

The main benefit to water curing your AVB is that it eliminates the nasty, musty odor and flavor that most people find off-putting. While water curing AVB takes more time to make compared to cannabutter, it’s a relatively simple process. All you need is a cheesecloth to wrap around your AVB.

While this method works with any amount, it’s recommended to save up at least an ounce of AVB to make the entire process worthwhile. After you’ve made what is essentially a giant teabag out of your cheesecloth and AVB, soak the whole thing into a bowl of water. Make sure the entire satchel of AVB is fully immersed.

Once the AVB is soaked, check back at least every few hours or so for signs of the water turning murky. Toss out the discolored water and replace with fresh water as needed. After the AVB has been soaking for at least 4-7 days (we don’t recommend any longer than this, as this might lead to the formation of mold), drain all the water from the bowl.

Open up the cheesecloth and evenly spread the soaked AVB on a baking pan or tray and place it in an oven set to 200ºF degrees. Give the tray a good mix or toss every 30 minutes to ensure everything is drying out evenly. After around the 2-hour mark, your ounce of water cured AVB should now be completely dry and ready for consumption, sans the awful taste.

If you don’t have an oven, a dehydrator is a good option as well, although the drying process will definitely take a lot longer than 2 hours. Expect at least 12 hours to pass for a dehydrator to fully dry out your soaked AVB.

From here, the water cured AVB can be sprinkled on food directly, or infused into oil/butter—with far less noticeable bitter herb taste than its non-water cured counterparts.

How Else Can I Use Already Vaped Bud?

AVB isn’t that much different from fresh cannabis or organic raw hemp flower in the sense that they share the same versatility in which they can be consumed. The main difference is that AVB is less potent, as many of the cannabinoids were boiled off during the vaporization process.

This same process also resulted in the AVB being decarboxylated. With that in mind, there’s no need to go through the traditionally time-consuming decarbing process used to make edibles from fresh bud if you’re using ABV.

Sprinkle on Food

If you’re looking for a super quick and easy way to consume AVB without having to make infused butter or oil, simply sprinkle it on top of your food and mix it in. Peanut butter with honey or Nutella sandwiches are the preferred food for this, as the intense flavors and sweetness help mask the bitterness of uncured AVB.

Not only are these small sandwiches fast and easy to make, they do a great job of disguising the flavor of the uncured AVB. It can also help to mix the AVB with fatty foods like coconut oil before spreading it on the sandwich to further aid absorption.

Cannabis tends to work better with foods high in fat, since it is fat soluble. This means when you are making your butter or oil, you want to mix it with oil or butters that are high in fat—we prefer coconut oil, but olive oil, butter, or ghee will also work just fine.

Capsules

This is more of a workaround to directly ingesting AVB, but it’s an option nonetheless. Simply fill empty capsules with your AVB and take like any other pill or supplement.

Capsules are an effective way to enjoy AVB without having to experience its awful flavor or texture. However, it can take a bit longer to feel the effects of using this method since the capsules take extra time to dissolve. Capsules are a great way to discreetly take your AVB with you on the go while maintaining discretion.

Smoke It

While this definitely defeats the purpose of vaping your weed in the first place, AVB can, in fact, be smoked. This is the least recommended method, as the taste is terrible and the potency won’t rival fresh cannabis flowers — not to mention the flavor will be very harsh and may irritate the lungs. Smoking AVB is certainly possible, but we wouldn’t recommend it.

Bonus: Hemp Flower AVB

Just like cannabis flower, AVB hemp flower can also be used to make therapeutic edibles without the intoxicating effects of THC. We like the organic hemp flower from Canna Comforts, which is sustainably grown, batch-tested, and vapes beautifully. Making edibles from AVB is a great way to get every ounce of benefit from your cannabis or organic raw hemp flower.

How to Use Already Vaped Bud (AVB) to Make Edibles

One of the main benefits to vaporizing your cannabis is the ability to use your flower once for vaporizing and then using the already vaped bud to make edibles.

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.

Summary:
What is ABV or AVB?
How much THC is in ABV?
How to use already vaped weed
Can you smoke already vaped weed?

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.

ABV Edibles

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.

ABV Capsules

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!

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