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 Use Already Vaped Bud: 9 Amazing Uses for AVB
In today’s era of cannabis legalization and big business bud, flower vaporizers have emerged as one of the most popular forms of consumption. From tabletop models like the Volcano to sleek handheld vapes from Pax, GPen, and countless other brands, dry herb vaporizers are here to stay and only getting better. Outside of their sleek design, muted odor, and stellar effects, flower vaporizers are a great way to stretch your bag of bud. Because vaporization doesn’t burn your weed, the leftover already been vaped (ABV) flower is perfect for a myriad of secondary uses and will be a lifesaver for any frugal stoner.
What Is Already Vaped Bud (AVB)?
Vaping cannabis is a little different than smoking. Vaped flower has a unique, airy, almost popcorn-like taste, and saves your lungs from the often harsh burn that comes along with combustion. While joints and blunts leave only piles of ash and giggling memories in their wake, vaporizers heat your weed only enough to activate the cannabinoids and leave behind bowls of slightly crispy brown bud.
That leftover weed is AVB or ABV (don’t worry, the acronyms are pretty much interchangeable). Even after a solid session in your vape, the AVB still contains noticeable quantities of THC, CBD, or other cannabinoids. Because the bud was already decarboxylated in the initial vaping process, it can be easily incorporated into a variety of exciting – and intoxicating – homemade creations.
What To Do With Vaped Weed
Water Cure Comes First
Whether you’re going to use your ABV weed for edibles, RSO, or any other infusion, it helps to remove the brown bud’s toasted taste. That’s where a cold cure comes into play. By wrapping your AVB in cheesecloth and letting it soak in room temperature water for a few hours (or overnight for even better results) you will clear out the leftover vape flavor. Once the water turns brown and has time to leech out the undesirable scents and taste, spread the bud out on a baking sheet and let it dry. Because THC is not water-soluble, your H2O cure will still leave behind those precious cannabinoids, and make them smell and taste much better than their original ABV status.
ABV Cannabutter for Edibles
Once you’ve cured your AVB, the most popular secondary use is a batch of edibles. You can follow a standard cannabutter production process and substitute fresh flower with ABV weed to make any number of AVB recipes. Or for an even easier method, use a sous vide machine, slow cooker, or double boiler to simply mix the already-decarbed bud with your favorite butter or oil and let it sit at low heat. From there, any edible recipes become ABV recipes. Once your butter is infused, strain out the plant matter and let the remaining butter solidify before baking magic ABV brownies, cosmic cookies, or just spreading it on toast for an easy infused brunch.
Sprinkle ABV Weed Like Salt and Pepper
If making a batch of cannabutter sounds like too much work after vaping a bowl and water curing it, you can always skip the cooking part and use your herb as, well, an herb. Because the AVB is pre-decarboxylated, you can sprinkle the weed on a salad, steak, or your popcorn for a stress-free and still-effective edible experience. If you’re looking for what to do with AVB, using your leftover bud as a cooking spice is just about the easiest route you can take.
Make A Tincture
Making a tincture from already been vaped weed is a long process, but if you’ve got time to kill, the results are usually well worth the wait. Just like making edibles, using AVB means you can skip the traditional decarboxylation step in your tincture recipe and jump right to infusion. Use a plant-glycerin or high-proof alcohol and very low heat to mix your concoction, but no matter which base you use, remember that ABV weed will produce a weaker tincture than fresh flower, and adjust the recipe accordingly.
Mix AVB With Your Morning Coffee Beans
If the tincture process is a little too involved for your taste, you can still incorporate your ABV bud into your favorite beverage without those extra steps. The versatility of pre-decarbed pot means that you can simply stir your AVB into your morning coffee grounds and brew up a fresh pot of caffeinated cannabis every morning. It might not taste the best, but it will certainly add some pep to your step.
Make Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)
On the other hand, if the tincture process isn’t enough of a science experiment for your taste, you could always extract the leftover cannabinoids and terpenes from your pre-vaped weed. The RSO process requires ethanol, a closed-flame heat source, a few household items, and a lot of patience. Just like tinctures, RSO made with ABV bud will not be as strong as its fresh cannabis counterpart.
Distill a Batch Of Green Dragon
A refined tincture process is designed to compound cannabinoids and terpenes into small quantities of glycerin or alcohol. But if you’re looking for a quick and strong option for your AVB, grab a bottle of high-proof alcohol (151 rum works best) and throw in a healthy handful of water-cured ABV weed. Put that bottle in the closet for a couple of weeks and your next round of shots will come with an extra-strength THC kick. The old school infusion method is perfect for anyone who likes to mix their bud with booze.
Create Cannabis Capsules
Don’t have time for a water cure or can’t seem to get rid of that toasted flavor, you can always make cannabis capsules. Empty easy-dissolve capsules are available online and at health food stores across the country. Simply pack each capsule with ground-up AVB and pop one, or two, or three whenever you need a mid-day pick-me-up.
Pack a Bowl and Smoke Your ABV Weed
Lastly, if none of those options are up your alley, you can always pull out your favorite pipe or papers and spark up your AVB. For this method, skip the water cure, and light up right after removing the crispy flower from your vape bowl. Smoking AVB won’t taste very good, but it will still do the trick and is at least one step up from smoking the resin scraped from the bottom of your pipe.
Do you have other methods for using your already-vaped weed that we didn’t mention? Hit us up in the comments below and let us in on the secret!
In today’s era of cannabis legalization and big business bud, flower vaporizers have emerged as one of the most popular forms of consumption. From tabletop models like the Volcano to sleek handheld vapes from Pax, GPen, and countless other brands, dry herb vaporizers are here to stay and only getting better. Outside of their sleek design, muted odo