If you’re an avid cannabis smoker and aren’t aware of what AVB is, you may want to give vaporizing your bud a run for its money. Smoking your bud converts it into a charred, ashy residue but vaporizing your weed preserves it as ‘already vaped bud’ (AVB), which can actually be used a second time.
Besides being easier on your lungs, vaporizing your weed opens up secondary avenues of ingestion if the right techniques are employed. To find out if you’re vaporizing your weed correctly, keep on reading.
What is AVB (Already Vaped Bud)?
If you’ve ever vaped cannabis flower before, you may be familiar with AVB, the end product of a successfully vaped nug. Unlike the ashy remains of a joint, AVB takes the form of a maple-tinted cannabis nug that is slightly brittle to the touch. Though most of its THC content will have already been depleted, there are still several valuable cannabinoids that can be salvaged from the bud. With the proper techniques and information, you’ll be saving yourself a lot of time and money, milking your bud until it can’t go any further.
Unfortunately, there is no precise way to detect the exact cannabinoid content still available for use in your AVB, but there are some countermeasures you could take to ensure that you get your full money’s worth of cannabinoids. Much like smoking a joint, vaporizing your flower at extremely high temperatures will render it nearly useless after your session. The trick is the vaporize your flower using a lower temperature in the range of 157-227°C to avoid combustion. Operating within this sweet spot will still extract the right amount of THC from the bud in order to get you feeling euphoric, but it will also save some of the cannabinoids in reserve for a second use.
Technicalities set aside, the variance in cannabinoids will depend on a variety of factors. The potency and cannabinoid profile of the strain itself as well as the method of procurement will play a large factor in the strength of your second batch. As mentioned before, there is no exact way to measure the cannabinoid content of already vaped bud. It is important for those who find themselves sensitive to the effects of cannabis to exercise due diligence in the consumption of any AVB products. As the saying goes, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Different Ways to Use Already Vaped Bud
Here is a list of ways to procure the cannabinoids in your AVB. We’ve provided a wide range that should flow well with a variety of lifestyles. Pick the one that suits you the best:
The easy answer to many leftover cannabis products, edibles seem like a no brainer if you don’t know what to do with your weed. Although already vaped bud may not carry the same rich flavor profile of fresh bud, their use in edibles is still viable as they may be more catered to those who are intolerant of the cannabis after-taste.
Reap the rewards of the remaining cannabinoids in your already vaped bud by incorporating them in your cannabis cookbook in the same way you would as ground, decarboxylated bud.
While operating very similar to fresh ground weed, the already vaped bud has the distinction of being prematurely decarboxylated. What that means is the bud is good to go from the start, no heat is required to activate the remaining cannabinoids, so you can hit the ground running. All you need to do is toss them in your mixture and enjoy!
For the minimalists, if cooking isn’t quite your strong suit, the fact that AVB is already decarboxylated lends itself to be used without much fuss. Not only are the use of gel capsules more stealthier than other methods, but they are also incredibly easy to ingest and provide little to no cannabis flavor at all. Though their onset may be delayed due to their gel enclosure needing to be dissolved first, they are a perfect subtle option for people on the go.
Using empty gel capsules, you’ll want to fill them up with your AVB, seal them, and then pack them away for future use. Clean and simple.
If you’re looking to add some cannabinoid therapy to your morning cup of joe, simply grind your AVB and blend it with your coffee grinds. This will create an infused beverage, killing two birds with one stone. If you’d rather go without the cannabis flavor in your coffee, additives or a strong coffee roast will usually help in masking the flavor.
For tea, you’ll want to follow the same procedure. Simply grind the remains of your AVB and blend it with your tea leaves. Once completed, let it steep and enjoy the result. Masking the cannabis flavor may be a little more difficult with teas. With the knowledge of cannabinoids being fat-soluble, adding a bit of milk or cream will help solve the problem.
For the patient among us, this method requires around a few weeks to complete. You’ll want to use a high proof alcohol to separate and dissolve the remaining cannabis resin in your AVB. Typically the higher the potency of alcohol, the better, but you’ll need to ensure that the alcohol is also safe to consume. Since AVB is typically less potent than fresh bud, a safe ratio to start with would be 500ml of alcohol per ounce of AVB as this will produce mild effects, great for microdoses. If you find the mixture to be too mild for your taste, you may adjust the ratio accordingly.
1: Grind your AVB to a fine consistency.
2: Using a glass container, mix your AVB and high-proof alcohol together.
3: Seal the container and let the mixture sit for a few weeks, shaking it once a day. Stirring or shaking the mixture for a few minutes a day may expedite the process.
4: Once a few weeks have passed, use a coffee filter or straining tool to separate the AVB from the mixture.
Since cannabinoids are fat-soluble, coconut oil is an easy way to put your AVB to use. Keep in mind, it will take a few hours to create the oil. To start, you’ll want to heat up your coconut oil using a low heat.
Once the oil has reached a liquid consistency, stir in your AVB, and mix the two together. Let the whole mixture simmer on low heat for a few hours, occasionally stirring. After the time has passed, using a coffee filter or straining tool, strain and remove the AVB from the infused oil.
If all of these other options haven’t yet captured your interest and you want something a bit more exciting, the good news is, you can actually still smoke your AVB. Granted that the effects will be dwarfed in comparison to fresh bud, this is any easy failsafe method if you can’t be bothered to do the rest, or if you just like to play with fire.
If you vape cannabis frequently, take a step back before you decide to toss your used bud away. We hope this article helped to expose you to some creative new ways to get the most out of your weed. As always, happy smoking. Enjoy!