AVB – also known as already vaped bud – have you ever thought of recycling, or rather, upcycling your cannabis?
You may not be aware, but vaped cannabis can actually be reused with surprisingly good results.
When cannabis is vaporized, the heat usually has a tough time fully penetrating through the inner layers of the bud, resulting in leftover cannabinoids such as CBD or THC. What that means is, there is still some latent value left in those vaped buds.
Interested in finding out how you can put your already vaped bud to use? Let us show you how!
What Makes Already Vaped Bud (AVB) so Great?
Although it’s crispy to the touch, signifying stale and lifeless bud, the opposite is true.
Since the vaporization of flower treats it at a lower temperature over a longer period of time, the buds itself are preserved. No combustion takes place and the heat is usually low enough to not burn the bud enough to damage it.
This means that already vaped bud (AVB) is still potent and packed with enough cannabinoids to be used again.
When cannabis is vaporized, the heat usually has a tough time penetrating the core of the ground cannabis bits. This occurs no matter how well you have ground your cannabis, so it’s useful to set your already vaped bud aside rather than throwing it away.
When it comes to the actual cannabinoid content of the vaped bud, it’s nearly impossible to accurately calculate.
However, you can rest assured that no matter how much you’ve consumed of your bud, there will most likely always be some remnants of terpenes and cannabinoids to collect. These valuable compounds are what gives cannabis its psychoactive and therapeutic properties.
Much like money in the bank, great things can be achieved when a lot has been accumulated over time. As you may have guessed, AVB doesn’t quite carry the same level of potency as fresh cannabis. Usually, more AVB is required to produce similar effects to fresh cannabis.
Although it may take some time, the strategy of saving up your reserve will not only save you money, but also save you time from having to take another trip to the dispensary. Overall, the accumulation of savings will add up and provide a more efficient consumption cycle.
If you plan on stockpiling a large amount of AVB for extended periods of time, it is important to keep your AVB in the ideal storage conditions. If proper consideration is not taken, you run the risk of spoiling your AVB through decarboxylation.
Different Ways to Use AVB
There are several different ways to incorporate AVB in your life. Keep in mind that all of these methods account for the fact that AVB has already undergone the decarboxylation process, so avoid using any excess heat when cooking anything with AVB inside as it will most likely damage the cannabinoid content.
Here are some ways to use your AVB, depending on your lifestyle.
Infusing with Edibles
The most obvious way to use your AVB to incorporate it into your edible cannabis recipes.
Since AVB has already been decarboxylated, you can consume it as is, or add it to any recipe for an added effect. It’s also important to note that any type of exposure to high temperatures will likely disrupt the integrity of the cannabinoids and terpenes in your AVB as it will excite the already volatile compounds in the AVB, causing them to dissipate.
Be sure to exercise caution when adding AVB to edible recipes as it is nearly impossible to calculate an accurate dosage.
Start small and go slow. Keep in mind that already vaped bud doesn’t have the greatest taste, so masking the flavor with something like peanut butter may help with getting past the bitterness.
Sprinkle on Food
If cooking is too much work for you, you have the option of simply sprinkling your AVB over your food for the same effects. Since AVB has already been decarboxylated you can easily add it to any food or snack. That said, AVB doesn’t have the most pleasant taste, so some masking may be required if you do not take a liking to cannabis flavored foods.
Add it in Smoothies
This is another easy edible option for AVB. You can easily add it to your smoothie and sip on it throughout the day. If made with the right ingredients, the flavor can usually be easily masked. This may take some practice and experimentation to get right, but the reward is well worth it.
A great way to consume your AVB if you want a quick and discreet method that is also flavorless. All that is required is the purchase of empty gel capsules and the subsequent filling of them. No additional steps or processing is required, making this an easy option for those who constantly find themselves on the go.
Creating an Infused Oil
Cannabinoids are known to be highly fat-soluble, so naturally, creating an infused oil is a no brainer. Coconut oil tends to work the best with cannabis as its fat content works harmoniously with the cannabinoids in terms of absorption.
To make an infused cannabis oil, you’ll need a slow cooker to combine your AVB with some coconut oil or any other cooking oil or butter of your choice.
After the ingredients are combined, cook it on the low heat setting for a few hours. Once completed, you can strain out all the plant material and transfer the infused oil into an airtight container. You’ll want to store your oil in a cool area, away from light to maintain the cannabinoid integrity.
If eating cannabis isn’t for you, you always have the option to roll the leftover AVB into a joint and smoke it. Due to the extremely high heats involved in combustion, this method is not the most effective at extracting the remaining cannabinoids in your AVB, not to mention it will take much more in order for you to get high. Hence, it is advised to go with the other methods.
Final Thoughts on AVB
With the various methods of using already vaped bud, there is absolutely no reason not to try it out for yourself.
While the substance itself may not be as potent as fresh flower, AVB is still a viable alternative when you’re either running low on supply or looking for a more subdued cannabis experience.
Save up as you go and when you’re ready, feel free to try one of the methods above. You can thank us later.