After you’ve vaped cannabis, you may think that’s the end of the line. Well, you can give new life to your stash by using “Already-Vaped Bud,” or AVB for short. AVB can be just as potent the second time around and can lead you to use your bud in cool, yet unexpected ways.
Some of the THC you’ll find in cannabis will be vaped in your first vaping sesh, but what’s left over can still be salvaged. In fact, it wouldn’t do to waste any of the active cannabinoids in your leftovers. When vaping your cannabis, it’s ideal to vape at a temperature of 315-440 degrees Fahrenheit. Even at this temperature range, what’s left is still great to use later.
Decarboxylation (also known as decarbing) occurs at certain ideal vaping temperatures. This process releases a large number of terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids from your cannabis. Basically, the heat makes THC and CBD in the cannabis available for your body to use. The brownish colored flower or bud that is left over after vaping isn’t depleted of THC or CBD. In fact, your AVB is still pretty potent and can be further absorbed.
Don’t try to ingest your AVB straight on. If you trying eating or smoking it, you’ll experience very little effect and it won’t taste great. It will be extremely bitter and you probably won’t like it much. If you’d like to enjoy your AVB, there are some ways to get the full flavor while activating the latent cannabinoids and other essential compounds.
What to Do with Your AVB
There are several ways to enjoy your AVB. From edibles to curing to creating an awesome buttery spread, you can still utilize the impactful cannabis left over from a vaping stash. Not only are these methods sure to create something you’ll love, but they can save you money in the long run.
You don’t have to toss your AVB. You can use it in a variety of ways, including putting it into your edibles. Heating your AVB is a way for you to release all those hidden nuggets of cannabinoids that are great for getting a dose of beneficial THC and CBD.
It all starts with decarboxylation, and when you bake your AVB you can get a fantastic full effect from your cannabis while making something delicious. One way to get the most out of your AVB is by making cannabis butter. The process is simple and easy and can be used in a variety of recipes, including cakes and cookies. If you’re vegan, you can make this version with coconut oil instead.
First, you’ll need your cannabis to undergo the decarboxylation process:
Decarb Your Cannabis
Step one: Preheat your oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit (115 degrees Celsius).
Step two: Take your leftover AVB and break it into smaller pieces.
Step three: Spread the buds into a single layer on a non-stick pan.
Step four: Place the pan into the oven and bake for about 45 minutes.
What You’ll Need Next:
- A saucepan
- 4 sticks of butter or 2 cups of coconut oil
- A quart of water
- A mesh sieve or cheesecloth
- An ounce or more of AVB
Step one: Bring a quart of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Place the butter (or coconut oil) into the boiling water until it is melted completely.
Step two: Once the butter has melted, place your decarbed weed into the boiling mixture.
Step three: Turn the heat down to low and simmer for about three hours. It’s important that you don’t let the mixture boil at this point. The mixture will be ready when the top of it has become glossy and thick. Be aware that this process will release terpenes into the air, giving your kitchen a strong aroma.
Step four: Have a bowl ready to hold the mixture. Strain the mixture so that all of the lumps of weed do not end up in the liquid. Be careful not to spill.
Step five: Once the mixture has been strained, let it sit at room temperature for about an hour. Then place it into the fridge to cool. Once it has completely solidified on top, you can separate the solid mass from the water by running a knife along the edge of the bowl.
Take the butter and place it onto a clean surface. Scrape off any water and put it into an airtight container. You can now use your butter in a variety of dishes. You can toss it into a brownie mix, use it to make a seafood dish, or use it to make cookies or cakes. Simply use the butter or oil as you would in any other recipe and voila! You’ve got delicious edibles.
Use It in Your Morning Cup of Tea or Coffee
If you’re not yourself until you’ve had your morning cup of joe or cup of tea, this may be the method for you. You can supercharge your daily intake of caffeine with a beneficial dose of cannabinoids. Once your AVB has been properly decarboxylated, you can infuse your morning drink by grinding it up and adding it to coffee grounds or tea leaves. Prepare your coffee or tea as usual. It is recommended that you add a bit of flavored creamer to mask any taste. Particularly for tea, you can add a spot of milk or cream as cannabinoids often bind easily to fats.
Water Cure Your Weed
Water curing is a great method to use if you can still taste the flavor of your weed. It is a long process, but if you’re patient, you can still salvage your weed and have a great end result to add to a variety of dishes. First, you’ll need at least an ounce or more of weed. Once you’ve accumulated this amount you can go forward with water curing.
The process will take no less than four days and no more than one week. To water cure you’ll need to follow these steps:
- Place your AVB in a cheesecloth. Tie the cheesecloth with a string. Let it soak in a bowl or pan of water.
- After a few hours, come back and toss out the water, adding fresh water. Continue this process for up to four days, but no longer than a week.
- Change the water frequently. After four days or more have passed, drain the water that the cheesecloth is in. Squeeze out any excess water and place the AVB onto a baking sheet.
- Set your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and let the AVB bake for at least two hours. Be sure to toss the AVB every half hour or so until it is completely dried.
- The AVB will now have no aftertaste. You can now use your leftover weed in as many recipes as you like.
Use AVB on Salads or with a Snack
If you’re not a fan of cooking, you can still enjoy your AVB. You can mix it with your favorite dressing and toss it onto a salad or, if you’d like, you can mix it with other condiments such as peanut butter or chocolate spreads.
Use AVB as a Supplement
Another method you can use includes placing your AVB into empty gel capsules. You can get these capsules at any neighborhood health food store. It can be a little time consuming, but well worth it. The capsules can be taken with water or any other beverage. You can use the capsules without worrying about any kind of aftertaste.
Make AVB Tinctures
Tinctures are a great way to get an infusion of cannabinoids. They’re also perfect for using your leftover stash. It is a discrete method, and it also packs a bit of a punch with heaps of terpenes, flavonoids, and other compounds. If you’re the patient type, making your own tincture will be well worth the long process. The effects of a tincture can be felt in as little as 15 minutes and can last for hours.
You’ll need a dropper bottle and your AVB, as well as an alcoholic beverage that’s at least 90 proof (you can try vodka) and a sieve or cheesecloth. Decarb your AVB and then place it into the alcohol. Let it sit for a few hours or even a few days (the longer the better, and more potent). Be sure to shake the mixture or stir it gently. Strain the mixture with the cheesecloth or sieve. Store the mixture in a clean dropper bottle in a cool, dry place. You can take a few drops under your tongue for a full effect.
Can I Smoke AVB?
Technically, you can smoke your AVB, but be aware that the taste will be off-putting. The AVB you roll into a joint won’t have as much of an effect as the other methods that have been mentioned. This is due to the decarbing process that helps to quell not only the taste but also works to release powerful cannabinoids. So if you’re looking to use your AVB, there are some more tasty ways to do it. However you do it, keep your AVB around and you can give it another use.