Some people call ABV "Already Been Vaped," while others call it AVB "Already Vaped Bud."
Whether you prefer AVB or ABV, you may notice that your weed looks a lot different after vaping. The color may have changed from green to brown, but that doesn't mean it has no further use.
"Already Vaped Bud," or AVB for short, is the crispy brown flower left behind after vaping marijuana.
Although most of the cannabinoids like THC will have been vaporized, the herb will not turn to ash and will retain some of the cannabinoid content. That means it can be used again if you know how.
However, not all AVBs are created equal. If your vaporizer reaches very high temperatures, your AVB will unlikely have much potency left. That said, if you vape at the right temperature using convective heating, around 315-440°F, you'll be surprised at how much potency you can still get from the remaining herb.
The potency of your AVB depends not only on the temperature at which it is vaped but also on the potency of your cannabis flower and the method you choose to use the AVB. As always, when working with your final product, remember to start with a low dose and proceed slowly until you understand its potency. After that, there's nothing left to do but enjoy!
Your AVB weed may not be as strong as it was before you vaped it, but it still contains useful cannabinoids that can be put to good use. Instead of discarding your AVB weed, why not collect it and make the most of it? Here are some popular ways to recycle AVB weed.
At the top of the list of what to do with AVB is perhaps the most obvious use - food. Baking or cooking with AVB is a great option because it helps mask the flavor while still utilizing the remaining cannabinoids.
AVB can be used like ground herbs in anything from delicious brownies or adding to rich sauces.
Unlike freshly cured buds, AVB has already been decarboxylated and is ready to use! Simply add it to your recipe and enjoy. However, start with lower doses in your recipes, as the potency can vary. It's better to make a batch of less potent brownies and have an excuse to eat two rather than making one that's so strong you can only handle a.
To remove the bitterness of AVB weed, you can treat it with water. This process takes advantage of the fact that THC is insoluble in water, while bitter compounds are soluble. To water cure your AVB weed, take some cheesecloth and wrap the AVB weed in a tight ball, then tie it securely. Submerge the AVB ball in a cup of water and let it sit for a few days, preferably a week.
You will notice that the brown color will seep from the AVB weed into the water. Remove the cheesecloth ball of AVB weed and squeeze out the excess liquid. Then air dries the water-treated AVB weed. Alternatively, if you're in a hurry, you can use a baking pan and bake it in an oven set at 75-90ºC for a few hours. The cannabinoids are insoluble in water and will still be present in the AVB weed, but the unpleasant bitterness will be removed due to the water treatment. You can use water-treated AVB weed for smoking or cooking.
If you like the idea of ingesting AVB but are too lazy to cook (no judgment here, takeout lovers), don't worry! You can easily sprinkle AVB on any snack. Since it has already been decarboxylated during the vaping process, no additional steps are required before consumption.
Water curing first is highly recommended for flavor purposes. However, if you really prefer a lazy approach, consider pairing it with Nutella, peanut butter, barbecue sauce, hot sauce, or other strongly flavored foods to help mask the taste. It may not be the most glamorous use of AVB, but hey, some people still drink Bud Light, and it's not for the taste.
This is another method of direct ingestion without cooking, baking, or water treatment. Using capsules provides several benefits, including discretion. You can easily swallow a capsule throughout your day, making it a subtle and convenient choice. Plus, you don't have to worry about the taste.
To use this method, purchase empty gel capsules and fill them with AVB. One drawback is that the effects may be delayed because the capsules take time to break down and dissolve. For some, this can be an advantage, while for others, it may be a disadvantage. Either way, this method offers an easy and effective way to consume your AVB.
As mentioned, AVB has already undergone decarboxylation. Adding it to your morning coffee or tea is a simple way to give yourself a boost. For coffee, simply add AVB to the grounds when brewing. We suggest adding strong coffee flavors like hazelnut or caramel or even a dollop of butter (or hemp butter!)—all of which help mask the taste.
To make tea, add AVB to the tea leaves and let it steep. Choose a tea with a robust flavor and add some honey or other sweeteners for added taste. Between the two options, coffee might taste better, but by experimenting with flavors, AVB can be a good match for both coffee and tea.
Since cannabinoids bind to fat, adding a little milk or cream is also a good idea.
Infusing coconut oil is an easy way to use AVB, and it's particularly effective because marijuana is fat-soluble—and coconut oil is rich in fat-soluble compounds.
Once again, using the water curing method beforehand can enhance this method. To use this technique, add the AVB and coconut oil to a slow cooker and let it sit for a few hours over low heat. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. When done, allow the mixture to cool, then use cheesecloth to strain the oil from the plant material. Store the infused oil in a cool, dark place.
If you extract some cannabis oil from ABV weed, you can put it in a dropper bottle and use it as an AVB tincture. This allows you to carefully administer a few drops from the dropper bottle into your mouth as needed.
Alright, you rebel, we understand. You can't be bothered to cook with it, you lack the patience to water cure it, and you don't want to mix it with your food. You have a pipe and a lighter on hand, and you're wondering: Can I smoke this stuff?
Well, the answer is yes, but don't blame us if your friends judge you. Smoking AVB may be a last resort, as it won't match the potency of fresh flowers, the smoke might be pungent, and the taste may rival accidentally inhaling shisha—but go ahead and give it a try, you daring rebel!
With so many ways to use AVB, there's no reason to throw it away after vaping! Experiment with some of the methods mentioned above to find what works best for you.