“Already vaped bud,” or AVB for short, is the brown, crispy flower that’s left over after vaping cannabis. Although much of the THC in cannabis will be vaporized, the flower isn’t turned to ash (unlike smoking) and retains some of its cannabinoid content. That means it can be used twice, if you know how.
Now, not all AVB is created equal. If you have that vaporizer blasting at a high temperature, it’s unlikely that your AVB will have much left to give. That said, if you hit the sweet spot, and vape with convection heating at around 315-440°F, you’ll be surprised by how much potency can still be gleaned from your leftover flower. Luckily, this is around the temperature you should be vaping at anyway to avoid combustion.
That said, the potency of your AVB will vary depending on not just the temperature it was vaped at, but also the potency of your cannabis flower, and also the method you end up choosing to use your AVB for. As always, when using your final product, remember to start low and go slow until you figure out the potency. After that, there’s nothing left to do but enjoy!
Below, discover 10 creative ways to recycle your AVB, rather than tossing it in the compost.
First in line is likely the most obvious use—edibles. Baking or cooking with your AVB is a great choice because it helps to mask the flavor while also making use of those leftover cannabinoids.
AVB can be utilized just the same as ground flower for anything from brownies to herbed salmon, except unlike flower, because it is already decarboxylated, it is ready to use! Simply toss it into the mixture to enjoy, but use it gradually in your recipes, starting with a lower dose at first, as it will be impossible to be sure of the potency. Better to make a less potent batch and have an excuse to eat two brownies than to make one that’s too strong and only be able to nibble a corner.
What is water curing? Water curing is the act of placing a dry ingredient (tea, coffee, weed, etc) into water until the water takes on the flavor of the ingredient. (THC doesn’t dissolve into water, this won’t reduce the potency of the ABV)
One example of water curing is using a tea bag. When placed inside of a hot cup of water, the water takes on the taste of the tea. Each time that same tea bag is used, the tea will taste weaker, and weaker. This is exactly what we are trying to do with the ABV.
Dry herb vaping is my favorite cannabis consumption method by far, and all of the uses of already vaped bud is a big reason why. I’ve been pretty open about the fact that my first experience eating AVB was to mix it in peanut butter and chow down, and it was one of the few times I declared myself too high to do anything. This was also memorable because of the taste of AVB, which while it can really complement some flavors, it can also be stomach-churningly unpleasant.
The process of water curing helps with both the stomach cramping issues experienced once you work up a tolerance for AVB and need to consume more of it and it vastly improves the flavor. It essentially uses the fact that cannabinoids are not water-soluble, and washes away impurities, carbon, and other nasties introduced into the bud by vaporizing. Check out the image below for what a first rinse looks like.
Rinse the AVB
There are a lot of ways to accomplish this. My favorite is by using a french press. I dump my AVB into the french press, put some water in (I haven’t yet started to experiment with water temperatures of this rinse), and then stir the AVB in the water. Then, it’s a waiting game. At first, I’ll change the water relatively frequently because it gets nastiness off pretty quickly, but then I slow the frequency of water changes over the next few days. You can also accomplish this part by using cheesecloth — make packets of AVB wrapped in cheesecloth and soak in a large bowl (or get inventive, a pot or a turned-off crockpot).
You don’t want to have this soaking for more than a week, and you definitely want to be checking for any evidence of mold. I normally make my AVB sit, partially plunged, throughout the process.
Squeeze out some Water
Next, get as much of the water out of the AVB. If you’re using a french press this job is much easier, and that’s why I love using a french press for this process. If you used the cheesecloth method, squeeze the dickens out of those AVB cheececloth packets. From here, you can either put it to immediate use, or you can dry it out.
To Dry or Not to Dry: That is the Question
I like to make tinctures with glycerin. I use glycerin because I’m a recovering alcoholic. But, I’d imagine this would be true of any tinctures — water messes up the ratios, and when you’ve water cured AVB it really messes up how much water you have in your tincture. If you are making cannabutter, and use the method where you separate butter and water, there is no need to dry your AVB. But, if your plan use is to bake your AVB into bread, this might also be a consideration for you — anything where having water logged product messes up your plans — make sure you dry the AVB.
To dry it, you can lay it out on a covered cookie sheet or pizza pan, or even put it into an oven pan. Put your oven on the lowest setting (mine is 150), and bake. I move around the product every 20 minutes or so to make sure the heat is being evenly distributed, and to check my oven thermometer to make sure things aren’t getting too hot. In about 100 minutes, your AVB should be dry again!
Now that you’ve cured and / or dried your AVB, you can substitute it for decarbed cannabis in most recipes you’ll find around the internet. Or you can still just eat it with peanut butter or Nutella. It will definitely taste better!
Water Curing AVB Notes:
- You can also use a french press for the water cure. The advantage is the finer screen in the french press as compared to cheesecloth.
- You can avoid the drying step if you are going to make cannabutter with the butter + water crockpot method.
- Also, using distilled water can help a lot with avoiding mold, especially if you are going to water cure for a week.