AVB – when it comes to understanding your cannabis, it’s important to understand what activates it and how you can get the absolute most out of your bud – even if it’s already vaped!
Already vaped bud (AVB) is the brownish, yellow crispy substance leftover after you’ve finished vaping some fresh bud. While you may think that all the cannabinoids have been extracted from your now vaped bud, nothing could be farther from the truth. It turns out, throwing away already vaped bud is usually a huge waste of cannabinoids, even if you’ve vaped the bud to death.
Want to get more bang for your buck with AVB? We’ll show you how.
What is AVB?
Already vaped bud or AVB is the leftover bud from your dry herb vaporizer. As it turns out, there are actually still a bunch of valuable cannabinoids in AVB that are worth extracting.
The actual cannabinoid content of your already vaped bud will be hard to accurately determine as there are multiple external factors that come into play.
Things like vaporization temperature, quality of the bud, and total usage in the vaporizer will influence the potency and cannabinoid content of your AVB.
Generally speaking, AVB takes on somewhat of a faded appearance when compared to freshly harvested buds. It is usually a little bit darker in appearance, donning a faded-green, yellowish hue and is much more brittle compared to fresh weed.
A general rule of thumb is that the lighter in color a bud of vaped weed is, the higher the cannabinoid content is. The lighter hue the vaped bud is, the higher the chance it’s still carrying valuable cannabinoids like THC and CBD.
A good way to determine if your bud was vaped correctly at a healthy temperature would be to see if it had a medium brown appearance. Not entirely devoid of all color, but having a slight brownish tint to it. Overused bud usually has a darker brown appearance while lightly used ones will have a little bit of color to them.
What to do With Already Vaped Weed
Water Cure it to Reduce Bitterness
This may sound a bit counterproductive as cannabis enthusiasts are usually ones vying for a rich flavor profile when it comes to their weed, but AVB, unfortunately, doesn’t have the same charm as fresh bud.
This is a great way to start with your AVB as most of the methods involved require you to eat it in order to get the best results.
What You Will Need
- A jar or container
- Some already vaped bud
- Distilled Water
- Fill your jar or container with some distilled water
- Pour your AVB into the container and let it sit for a few days
- Strain out your AVB and let it fully dry
Creating an AVB Infused Coconut Oil or Butter
Incorporating your AVB into coconut oil or butter is a great way to get the full effects of the remaining cannabinoids in your already vaped bud. The cannabinoids in cannabis are fat-soluble, meaning they will produce better effects in the presence of fats.
That said, this makes the oils incredibly easy to further incorporate in any edible cannabis recipes.
What You Will Need
- A slow cooker
- Some already vaped bud
- Coconut oil or butter
- Set your slow cooker to low heat
- Mix in your AVB and coconut oil or butter
- Let the mixture slow cook for 3-4 hours
- Strain the mixture to remove any plant material
- Store your now infused oil or butter in an airtight container
Adding it in Your Food
A fan favorite of many, this method rewards creativity and can transform a few meals or snacks into something much more. This method helps to further reduce any unpleasant flavor associated with AVB.
It’s recommended to first water cure your AVB and then create an infused oil or butter to use in your food. If curing your AVB or infusing it with and oil or butter is too much work, peanut butter has a strong enough flavor to mask the unpleasant taste.
In the case that preparing a whole meal or snack is a bit too much work for you, you can add your AVB to blended drinks like smoothies or sprinkle it on top of your food.
Keep in mind, these methods don’t require water curing, as the AVB can simply be tossed into the mix. However, the bitter flavor of the AVB may sometimes still be able to power through.
AVB is mostly already decarboxylated so temperature control is important in preserving the integrity of the remaining cannabinoids.
It is recommended to use low to medium heat as high temperatures will cause damage to the existing terpenes and cannabinoids, releasing them into the air through evaporation.
AVB Coffee or Tea
Technically, you could make an already vaped bud infused coffee or tea, however, water curing your AVB or infusing it with butter is usually recommended beforehand as the taste can get a little bit unpleasant. Simply add your AVB to your coffee grinds and brew, or steep with your tea leaves.
If you’ve got some AVB infused butter on hand, you add that to your coffee to emulate an AVB variant of bulletproof coffee.
A sweetener or cream is highly recommended to mask the slightly bitter cannabis flavor.
The Finishing Puff
While it’s nearly impossible to determine the accurate dosage of cannabinoids in AVB at home, this doesn’t stop you from smoking it. Generally, the leftover cannabinoid contents may vary greatly, however, due to their lower potency compared to fresh bud, overdosing is usually rarely an issue.
It’s important to note that this isn’t the most efficient way to consume your AVB as the high heat will most likely evaporate a portion of the remaining cannabinoids and terpenes, but it does serve as an option for people who enjoy the ritual of smoking a joint.
Make sure you go slow and start low with your AVB so you enjoy your experience. Get creative and save some money with your AVB. We hope this article helped open a few doors for you. Enjoy!