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.
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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.
How-To: Make Edibles with Already Vaped Weed
Today I’m going to teach you an easy way to bring new life to your already vaped weed scraps. Yes, you can recycle your weed! Previously something you would have disposed, can give you a whole new high. Pretty much the closest thing to ganja wizardry. When you’re on a budget, getting two highs out of one bud is life-saving.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Half-Ounce of ‘Already Been Vaped’ Weed
- 1/2 cup of Butter/ Oil of your preference (discussed below)
- Medium-sized saucepan
- Spatula / Mixing Utensil
- One medium-sized plasticcontainer
If you’re curious about the science behind this idea of recycling your weed, the THC and all the other cannabinoids that make up your bud vaporize at different temperatures. Vaporizing doesn’t combust the cannabis, it essentially bakes it at a high temperature, leaving a lot of THC on the buds. You do have to make sure that when you’re vaporizing, you’re not at so high of a temperature that you’re left with no THC. If your leftover weed is turning black, your temperature is too high. It should be a light to dark brown.
Vaping is not only the healthiest way to consume our precious cannabinoids, it is also the most economical. With vaporizing, a little bit goes a very long way. You can also experiment with combining other healing herbs in your vaporizer to enhance your stash and make it last even longer. Keep an airtight glass jar next to your vaporizer and use it as your “ashtray” for all the vaporized herb.
The best part of cooking with weed that has already been vaped is that you get to skip the long process of activating your canna-butter. Since your flower has already been heated by its first round of vaporization, all of the cannabinoids are activated and ready to directly infuse. The recommendation is to still give it some heat and infuse your scraps in butter or oil, but in a pinch you could theoretically throw the already been vaped weed directly into your brownie mix. The only caveat to this method is that the taste might not be as good.
Okay, now let’s talk about the fun part — the options you have for infusion:
Canna-butter – Butter has been a long-time go-to for cannabis consumers because of its high fat content, it’s easy to infuse, and it makes everything taste freakin’ amazing. THC, CBD and all the other good-for-you things that are packed in our favorite flower attach to fat molecules, so our goal is to get butter with the highest fat content. To find the fat content just look at the saturated and unsaturated fat on the back of the package. I recommend to choose an unsalted butter with at least 7g of saturated fat.
Canna-Oil – Already-vaped weed can be infused into any kind of cooking oil, including olive, canola and my personal favorite, coconut. I haven’t yet tried avocado oil, but the more fat the better! Coconut has the highest saturated fat content with 12 grams of saturated fat, but olive oil and avocado are in the lead in the monounsaturated fats with 10 grams. Edible cocoa butter is also a great option for infusion as it has 8 grams of saturated fat and has arguably the best taste.
Both options for infusion are very versatile, and can be subbed into any recipe that calls for butter or oil. Don’t be afraid to think outside the “weed brownie box!” You can go the savory route with a stoned stir-fry, canna-buttered cornbread, or medicated mashed potatoes. The possibilities are endless.
WHAT YOU DO:
- Weigh out a half-ounce of your Already Been Vaped weed (you can add less or more to adjust the strength of the final product)
- Create a tea bag out of cheesecloth holding all your ABV weed (this eliminates the need for straining). Place your THC teabag into an empty saucepan.
- Measure a 1/2 cup of butter or oil of your preference and add it to the saucepan with the ABV weed. If you’re using butter or coconut oil, you may want to melt it in the microwave first.
- Stir the butter/oil and the ABV weed together on low heat until the mixture begins to simmer.
- Simmer the mixture for a minimum of 20 minutes, stirring frequently. This ensures that your butter/oil is being infused to its maximum potential. If you have time to kill, feel free to leave your pan on low heat for a couple of hours.
- Once you feel satisfied with your infusion, remove from the stove.
- Squeeze all of the butter/oil out of the teabag filled with your ABV weed and discard. If you decided to mix your ABV in directly with your butter/oil, it’s now time to separate. Using cheesecloth, strain the butter/oil into a plastic container.This is easiest as a two person job, one holding the cheesecloth and one pouring out the pan. Squeeze all the remaining butter/oil out of the cheesecloth and into your bowl, and throw it away.
- Your infusion is now ready to use!
Sub your fresh canna butter or oil into any recipe, sweet or savory, and get creative. You don’t have to use it all at once either as it will keep in your fridge for a couple of weeks. It makes a great topping for toast in the morning before a stressful day.
My favorite flavor profile to enhance the herbal flavor of the butter/oil is lemon, but it’s always exciting to experiment and find your own preference. Share your favorite recipes in the comments below. I always love trying new medicated masterpieces!
Consume your ganja treats responsibly now, my friends, because while whatever you make will taste absolutely delicious, you can’t forget that they will be very potent. If you lost count on how many cookies you’ve eaten and need to soften your high, check out our article How-To: Reduce Your High.
How-To: Make Edibles with Already Vaped Weed Today I’m going to teach you an easy way to bring new life to your already vaped weed scraps. Yes, you can recycle your weed! Previously something you