Did you know there’s an often-overlooked resource of THC available to all vape users? We’re talking about ABV weed. If you’re wondering what AVB is, then stay with us. We’ll be answering your question and more in the following sections.
We’ll show you what to do with AVB to get more mileage from your weed. With our advice and simple guides to create ABV butter, tinctures, and edibles, you’ll never be without again.
What is AVB / ABV weed?
Weed that’s been used in a vaporizer is referred to as AVB or ABV weed. AVB stands for ‘already vaped bud.’ ABV is an acronym for ‘already been vaped.’ You’ll see both terms used widely; using either one is fine.
When you vaporize weed, it undergoes a process called decarboxylation. High temperatures convert the inactive THCA and CBDA into active THC and CBD. Users then inhale the psychoactive compounds in the form of vapor.
If you’re new to vaping, you might be throwing away the browned nugs. All the weed that’s already been vaped is still useful, though, so start saving up your ABV weed. The already vaped buds left behind after you use a vaporizer can be recycled and used in various ways.
Why recycle already vaped buds?
The dispensaries are closed. Your guy is out of town. You’ve carefully scraped any remaining kief and leaf matter from your grinder long ago. We’ve all been there, stuck between resupplies with nothing to smoke. What to do?
If you’re a vape user, you’re sitting on a potential goldmine of overlooked cannabinoids. Those toasty-brown buds you’ve been tipping into the ashtray have some life in them yet. With a little foresight, already vaped bud can come in handy in times of need.
To the untrained eye, ABV weed may look understandably unappealing. The yellowish-brown buds have a vaguely burnt smell and retain none of the weed’s visual appeal, having lost their green color.
Despite its used-up look, AVB is far from useless. It’s not going to replace premium buds, but it’s a great backup and excellent in edibles.
Even if you run your weed through your vape multiple times, the buds can still contain sufficient amounts of THC. Get yourself a mason jar, and save up your ABV weed. With a little creativity, you’ll be able to use it to get seriously high and for free.
Can you eat ABV?
ABV weed has already gone through the process of decarboxylation or ‘decarbing.’ While some cannabinoids evaporate during a vape session, any leftover in the buds gets activated.
As a result, unlike fresh or dried bud, you can eat ABV weed and experience the weed’s psychoactive effects. Now, something being edible and something being delicious are two different things. A spoonful of already vaped bud isn’t going to taste very good.
You can get around this by incorporating already vaped weed into simple snacks. Stir some into a whole grain yogurt, or add to granola or muesli for an instant snack. ABV weed has a slightly bitter taste and a crumbly texture, so the above suggestions mask both quite well.
It’s possible to remove some of the bitterness before you eat the vaped weed. Water curing is a simple process you can do at home over a few days. You should save up at least half an ounce to make this method worthwhile. You’ll need some cheesecloth, water, and a container.
Once you’ve gathered everything, follow these five easy steps.
5 steps before eating ABV weed
- Lay the cheesecloth on a flat surface. Put your already vaped bud in the center. Make sure you’ve ground the ABV weed to a fine consistency.
- Wrap the ABV cannabis tightly in the cheesecloth, forming a ball. Tie off the cheesecloth well with string or a rubber band.
- Fill a container large enough to hold the cheesecloth with water. Place the cheesecloth in the water.
- Leave sitting in the water for a few days, up to a week. The bitterness will leach into the water. Continue to replace the water once it becomes discolored.
- Remove the ABV weed from the water and allow it to air dry, or dry it in an oven at 170–190°F for a few hours.
While it takes a little time, curing removes much, if not all, of the bitterness from the weed. Once your water-cured ABV weed is dry, you can go ahead and use it however you like. Stick with us for our favorite ways to use already vaped bud, as well as some simple recipes you can try.
What to do with AVB?
We’ve talked about what ABV weed is, so now it’s time to answer; What to do with AVB? Keep reading, and we’ll show you five fantastic things you can do to make your buds go that much further.
One of the best ways to use weed in food is to infuse the cannabinoids into butter. Making cannabutter means you won’t be directly eating ABV weed. Instead, the psychoactive compounds get transferred into the butter.
ABV cannabutter is highly versatile, and you can use it in many ways to create a range of delicious dishes, some of which we’ll show you below.
Here’s how to make your own batch of THC-infused butter:
- Make a double boiler by placing a smaller pot into a larger one half-filled with water.
- Place on the stove over a low heat. Add a stick of butter to the inner pot and let it melt.
- Now add your already vaped bud. Make sure to grind it as finely as possible before you add it. Stir the finely-ground ABV weed into the melted butter.
- Gently simmer the mixture for two hours. Stir regularly, and don’t let the water in the outer pot boil away.
- After two hours, take the pot off the heat and let it cool down.
- Use a very fine sieve or cheesecloth to strain out the small pieces of ABV weed.
- Put the cooled, strained AVB cannabutter in a container and put it in the fridge to solidify.
ABV oil infusion
A vegan alternative to the above AVB cannabutter recipe is to make your own THC-infused coconut oil.
Coconut oil’s high fat content is perfect for absorbing those precious cannabinoids. What’s more, it’s just as easy as making cannabutter and animal-friendly.
Simply follow the instructions from the ABV butter section, substituting coconut oil for butter.
ABV tincture is another popular way to recycle your already vaped buds. You can make a psychoactive concoction to apply sublingually and use discreetly anywhere.
Making your own ABV tincture is straightforward. You can whip up a quick batch in a matter of hours, although longer infusion times produce stronger tinctures. This method requires more materials than the others but produces a tincture that lasts for months or even years.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A quarter ounce of finely-ground ABV weed
- Four ounces of very high-proof liquor, NOT rubbing alcohol. Something like Everclear or 151 is fine.
- Dark glass dropper bottles
- A sealable glass jar
Once you’ve gathered what you need, follow these five easy steps:
- Place the already vaped bud into the glass jar, then pour alcohol into the jar until the buds are fully covered.
- Seal the jar, shake gently, and place it in a dark, cool place.
- Leave the mixture for at least six hours. Allowing it to infuse over longer periods of weeks or even months creates a more potent tincture. Shake the jar daily in this case.
- Using a cheesecloth, strain the mixture into a new container, filtering out all the ABV weed particles.
- Carefully pour the filtered tincture into the dark glass dropper bottles. Store in a cool place out of sunlight.
Use your finished ABV tincture by popping a few drops under your tongue. You can also mix a couple of drops into a vinaigrette or salad dressing.
When it comes to edibles, there are endless recipes that make eating AVB a delight. If you’re looking for a supremely simple AVB edible that requires next to no effort, try the following:
- Toast some good bread; we find whole-grain works best, but any sliced bread is fine.
- Slather a thick layer of good quality peanut butter on top. We found the crunchy kind helps the crumbly texture of the ABV weed stand out less.
- Add a generous spoonful of ABV cannabis and mix it into the peanut butter.
This effortless two-minute recipe makes delicious AVB edibles with a minimum amount of ingredients and hassle. Enjoy!
AVB edibles: How much AVB to get high
We can’t give an exact answer, as everyone uses different strains and has different tolerance levels. Our general rule of thumb is to use twice as much ABV weed in your edibles recipes as you would unvaped, decarbed herb.
An excellent way to eat vaped weed is to put it in capsules. All you need to make your own discreet and tasteless ABV pills are some empty capsules. You can order these online quite cheaply.
Once you’ve sourced your capsules, simply fill them with ground ABV weed. Close them up, and you’re ready to go. No baking, cooking, or processing required. You won’t need to water-cure the buds either, as they’ll never touch your tastebuds.
Homemade capsules are one of the simplest ways of eating ABV weed and are perfect for less culinary-minded users.
Cooking with ABV weed: already vaped bud recipes
There’s no end to the number of ways you can go about eating ABV, especially when processed into oil or butter. For today, we’re keeping things relatively short and sweet with three simple recipes you can try at home.
First up is an ABV firecracker edible. These classic treats are easy to make and delicious. You need some crackers, your already vaped bud, and some peanut butter. The only necessary equipment is an oven and some aluminum foil.
Once you have all your ingredients, follow these steps:
- Preheat your oven to 250°F.
- Spread a generous layer of peanut butter onto a cracker. You can also use chocolate spread or any fatty spread.
- Sprinkle your AVB on top of the peanut butter. Make a sandwich using a second cracker.
- Wrap your snack in aluminum foil and put the foil-wrapped AVB firecracker in the oven at 300–320°F for 20–25 minutes.
- Take the AVB firecrackers out of the oven and let them cool in the foil for around ten minutes.
Once they’re not so hot, you can open and enjoy these delectable edibles. Just resist the urge to eat them all, as the effects will accumulate, leaving you way too high.
ABV tea or hot chocolate
You can use ABV weed to make a delicious tea or a cozy hot chocolate drink for long winter evenings. All you need is some milk and a microwave.
Put some milk in a container and add a dose of already vaped bud. Pop it in the microwave at a low setting for 2–4 minutes. Heating the fatty liquid draws the cannabinoids out of the buds and into the milk.
Strain the ABV weed out of your infused milk with a sieve or coffee filter. You can now add the milk to a strong tea or use it as the base for making hot chocolate or cocoa.
Our last recipe is the most ambitious but still quite simple. The results are a deliciously moist cake loaded with THC. You’ll need to have made ABV butter from the above section.
Here’s what you need to make ABV space cake for eight:
- 3½ cups of cake flour
- Two cups of ABV butter
- Two cups of brown or caster sugar
- 1½ cups of milk
- Four large whole eggs
- Half a teaspoon of baking powder
- A quarter-teaspoon of vanilla essence
- A pinch of salt
- Optional extras: raisins, fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc
Gather your ingredients and follow this ten-step recipe for the perfect ABV spacecake.
ABV Spacecake Recipe
- Melt the ABV butter gently over a low heat.
- In a mixing bowl, add the butter along with the milk, sugar, eggs, and vanilla essence.
- Mix until the ingredients are well combined and have a frothy texture.
- Add the flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt to the mixture.
- Mix in any additional ingredients now and ensure the batter is lump-free.
- If your mixture seems too stiff, add a splash of milk. Add a sprinkle of flour if it’s too runny.
- Line your tin with greaseproof paper.
- Empty the cake mix into the tin, and distribute it evenly.
- Pop your tin in a preheated oven for 45 minutes at 330–340°F.
- Check if your space cake is ready by spiking it with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, you’re good. If the toothpick comes out covered in batter, return it to the oven for another 10–15 minutes.
All this delicious cake needs is about an hour of your time and fairly common kitchen ingredients. ABV space cake is one of our favorite already vaped bud recipes, and they’re always a big hit at smoking sessions.
In an attempt to cover anything we missed earlier, we compiled some of the most commonly asked questions about ABV weed. We’ve listed these below, along with brief answers for each.
Can you buy ABV weed?
Not that we know of. With premium weed becoming more and more available, there’s really not any demand for ABV. Try to look at it as an extra bonus available to thrifty smokers.
How strong is ABV weed?
The strength of ABV weed is dependent on a couple of variables. The first is the strength of the weed before vaping. High-THC cannabis will invariably produce better AVB.
The next two factors are the temperature and length of heating the weed was exposed to. Longer, hotter burns in a vape leave fewer cannabinoids in the already vaped buds.
How long do ABV edibles take to kick in?
ABV edibles are no different from regular cannabis edibles. Effects take much longer than smoking to kick in. Although it varies from person to person, wait at least 60–90 minutes before consuming more.
How long does AVB last for?
Eating ABV weed results in a long-lasting visceral high similar to eating regular decarbed cannabis. Depending on the amount consumed, effects can last anywhere from an hour or two to an all-day high.
Ensure no-bud-y gets left behind
We hope our guides and tips on how you can recycle your already vaped buds have been useful and enlightening. By using these simple processes and recipes, you can tap into a world of THC infusions and recipes.
What’s even better about ABV weed is that you’re using a free resource that many discard without a thought. Get out there, get resourceful and start recycling; we promise you won’t regret it.
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About the author: Derek LaRose
Also known as Kronic from The Cannabis Kronicles, Derek LaRose is a young ambitious cultivator and a staple educator for indoor cultivation.