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11 April 2019

How to get the most out of Already Vaped Buds

Don’t throw away your AVB, you can reuse it in many different ways

By Herbert M. Green

In an age where recycling is becoming more critical than ever, you might want to take a good look at your vaping habits. Most people don’t realize that the leftovers from vaping, otherwise called Already Vaped Buds (AVB), have a wide range of other uses. Here are some pro-tips for recycling your AVB.

I am talking about the leftovers from vaping cannabis flowers, that means it is not combusted. Usable AVB needs to be brown, not black/burned, as by that point most beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes have gone up in smoke.

Already Vaped Bud or AVB with a nice brown color on white background
This is what your AVB should look like; A nice brown, tobacco-like hue. If it's black, it's wack.

To be on the safe side, the best temperature to vape your buds lies somewhere between 180 to 200 degrees Celsius. Temperatures above that will cause most herb to burn up, rendering it useless.

Keep in mind: You’re going to need to vape a lot of buds before you have enough AVB to actually reuse. AVB retains, on average, about 20 to 40% of the active substances in cannabis after first time consumption. Which means you’ll need about two to three times more AVB as opposed to using pristine, green weed for edibles. So, you might want to gather some glass jars to store all those brown leftovers.   

An added bonus of using AVB is that the psychoactive cannabinoids are already activated (decarboxylated), so if you are going to use the AVB for cooking, you can skip that part of the process (i.e. sticking your green bud in the oven) to speed things up.

Cannabis oil

The oil extracted from cannabis has many medicinal properties and is an ideal way to administer cannabinoids to patients who do not want to inhale. Cannabis oil is fairly easy to make at home, for example, by an alcohol extraction method. Before you try this technique, however, please take the necessary safety precautions.

Cannabis butter

Another, non-flammable way to make use of your vape leftovers is to make cannabis butter with your AVB. The process is as easy as it is to make cannabis-coconut oil and it can be used in so many ways. Think AVB peanut butter or AVB brownies! Just make sure you label your edibles in a way that it’s clear they contain THC and store them so kids and pets cannot reach them.

Cubes of cannabis butter made with already vaped bud stacked on a table
With Already Vaped Bud you can make cannabis butter for days

Cannabis-coconut or olive oil

The same method that is used with making cannabutter can also be applied to cooking oils, by infusing the cannabinoids into coconut or olive oil instead of butter. Not only is it safer and easier to make than alcohol extraction, but it is also very versatile. It can be used for cooking, mixing into drinks or smoothies, you can apply it to your skin or put it into capsules to make your own standardized medicine.

AVB in a pepper mill

A simple but effective way to spice up your dish is to fill a pepper mill with your AVB. Just keep a third pepper mill on the dinner table at all times, and you can easily serve every meal with a cannabis twist. Keep in mind though that cannabinoids only bind to fatty substances, like those in butter, cheese or certain meat and fish. Adding AVB to your everyday dishes will give them a lovely, extra nutty or smoked flavor.

Water curing AVB

Yet, for all the added flavor AVB can provide, some people might not like the nutty or smoked taste of AVB. For those who want the beneficial effect of the cannabinoids but not the palate, there is always the water curing method. It’s a fairly simple process that will get rid of most (but not all) of the AVB flavor, without decreasing its potency.

Bonus tip: Back-up smoke for those 04:00 am nights

Normally, I wouldn’t promote smoking anything in general. I am a vaper for life! But, even I have faltered from time to time. Usually at parties or on the last stretch of a marathon gaming session. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you really need that last hit of relaxation, but there are no fresh buds to be found, it’s a good thing to know you can always whip out your stash of AVB. As mentioned before in this article, 20 to 40% of the psychoactive compound THC is still in there. So, if you are in a pinch, just fill up a bowl or roll a joint with AVB. It might not taste as good as fresh nugs, but it will do the job for sure.

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Herbert M. Green
Herbert lives and breaths cannabis. And when he’s not breathing it, he’s writing about it. If he’s not doing that, he’s reading about its history or politics. If not reading about cannabis, he’s talking about it, in the hopes he can change the world’s view on cannabis.
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