If you have been using a dry herb vaporizer to vape cannabis, the residue left behind is known as already vaped bud (AVB). This material may still contain cannabinoids, so it is advisable not to dispose of it. Instead, you can learn how to use AVB to make your cannabis edibles, such as oils, butter, baked goods, topical products, and more.
If you’ve been vaping cannabis with a dry herb vaporizer, what do you do with the bud after you’re done vaping?
For most people, the answer is that they throw it away.
If this is the case for you, you could miss out on potential cannabinoids remaining in the leftover material.
Some guesstimates claim the already vaped bud can contain 10-30% of any remaining cannabinoids.
That’s why already vaped bud (AVB) can be repurposed as an ingredient in cannabis edibles to reclaim leftover cannabinoids.
Although AVB won’t produce the most potent cannabis recipe, many members of my Well With Cannabis Community report a desirable, mild, intoxicating, and often sleepy effect when using it.
This post is perfect if you want to get the most bang for your buck and reuse your already vaped bud in edibles.
Read on to learn more about how to have the best-tasting AVB edible experience, make AVB-infused oil at home, and how others use their AVB in recipes.
What Is AVB or ABV? How do you make AVB Edibles?
AVB and ABV refer to cannabis that has been vaped in a dry herb vaporizer.
After vaping, cannabis retains its physical form but looks different.
If you’ve vaped before, the leftover material darkens to a toasted, decarboxylated cannabis flower color.
That’s because the leftover material now IS a decarboxylated cannabis flower.
Essentially, the vaporizer has already heated and decarbed the cannabis for you, like a tiny little oven.
While this leftover vaped flower may appear dry and crispy, it isn’t worthless!
AVB can be smoked, but it has a bitter taste and isn’t the healthiest choice. Instead, it’s better to use AVB in other ways to get the most benefits, such as incorporating it into a typical cannabis recipe.
How Potent is AVB?
Unfortunately, it is impossible to know how much THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids are left in your AVB without testing it in a lab.
This means anything else, including calculators, will be a guess at the remaining potency.
It’s important to know that if you burn your vape at a high temperature, you’ll end up with less potent AVB than if you vape at lower temperatures.
When you vape at a lower temperature, you won’t be as likely to use up all THC or other cannabinoids in the flower.
It’s also important to consider how much THC was in the flower that you started with, as this will be your baseline. Strains with more THC, to begin with, will likely remain more potent after vaping.
From there, it’s a guesstimate to assume that 10-30% of the remaining cannabinoids could be left.
For AVB edibles, it truly is a guess, and as always, I recommend starting low and going slow when taste-testing to assess for potency.
Additionally, when THC encounters high heat, it degrades into CBN, also known as the sleep cannabinoid.
This is likely why many people in my cannabis community report that AVB edibles have a more sleepy-time effect than other edibles.
Should You Water Cure AVB?
Cooking with AVB can leave edibles with a pungent taste. Water-curing AVB can help reduce the taste.
Water curing is placing the already vaped bud into clean, distilled water and letting it sit for an extended time.
This process will help to remove any undesirable materials, like chlorophyll and the burnt taste.
Due to their lipophilic and hydrophobic nature, cannabinoids remain on the plant material and do not seep into the water.
This process will not further reduce potency. However, water curing may take extra time to reduce the intense flavor.
The process is straightforward and takes up to a week, but it can enhance the taste and quality of your AVB edibles.
To get started, you must collect your AVB and let it soak in a sealed container of water, like a mason jar with a lid.
I recommend discarding the water every few hours and replacing it with fresh water.
You should continue to do this for at least a day or two and up to a week – the longer, the better. The process is nearly complete when the water is no longer turning discolored.
After this water-curing process, strain and discard any remaining water. You will be left with wet AVB, which must be dried out to prevent mold formation.
To do this, place the wet flower on a parchment-lined baking sheet in your oven at 200 degrees for around two hours, tossing it regularly to avoid burning.
You can remove it from the oven when it is completely dried. You could also use a food dehydrator to remove any remaining moisture.
After your AVB has been water-cured, you will hopefully notice a positive difference in the taste of your finished edibles.
While this isn’t a necessary step, it can help.
How to Make Edibles with AVB
If you’ve never made cannabis edibles before, I recommend checking out my beginner’s guide to cannabis edibles before getting started to help you understand the basics.
If you’re an edibles pro and ready to get started, AVB is prepared to be made into edibles as soon as you’re done vaping.
You do not need to utilize the decarboxylation process to make AVB edibles.
You can use the AVB to make oils, capsules, tinctures, and more as outlined below.
AVB Butter or Oil Oil
Because the compounds in cannabis are fat-soluble, infusing fat like butter or various oils is a great place to start.
Below is a list of all of the different types of cannabis oil you can try making with AVB:
- Cannabis Coconut Oil
- Cannabis MCT Oil
- Cannabis Olive Oil
- Homemade CBD Oil (if you’ve vaped CBD flower)
- Homemade CBG Oil (if you’ve vaped CBG flower)
- CBN Sleep Oil
- Full-Extract Cannabis Oil
Once you have your butter or oil made, use it in your favorite cannabis brownie recipe, add a teaspoon to your morning cup of coffee, or even use it as the oil base of a salad dressing.
You can also use the oil sublingually or under the tongue.
Cannabis capsules make for a quick, easy, effective, and essentially tasteless way to dose and consume cannabis.
Because they are swallowed, they are essentially treated like edible, without the need to prepare a recipe.
If you have never made cannabis capsules before, be sure to check out my complete guide to making and filling cannabis capsules.
Add AVB Directly To Recipes
Finally, you can add AVB directly to recipes just like you would decarbed flower, kief, or any other dried spice like dried basil or oregano.
Some people grind it into a fine powder, while others leave it whole. The choice is yours.
Make Cannabis Topicals with AVB
A popular suggestion from the cannabis community has been to use that leftover AVB in topical products as well.
If you’re going this route, you shouldn’t need to go through the water-curing process as outlined above.
I’ve seen recommendations for using AVB to make the following:
- Cannabis Massage Oil
- Cannabis Lip Balm
- Cannabis Bath Salts or Bath Bombs
- Cannabis Soap
- Cannabis Salt Scrubs
Can I Make A Smaller Batch of AVB Edibles?
Yes! The recipe below calls for one ounce of AVB, but if you haven’t collected that much, you can easily make a smaller batch using this guide below:
Do I Need To Use Lecithin for AVB Edibles?
In this recipe below, you will notice an optional ingredient, lecithin.
If you’re brand new to cannabis edibles, you may be unfamiliar with lecithin and why people use it in their at-home infusions and baked goods.
Adding lecithin to edibles is a theory that believes lecithin can increase the potency of an infusion by increasing the bioavailability of cannabinoids in the body.
You can read more about why you want to add lecithin to an oil infusion here. It is entirely optional if you wish to add lecithin to this recipe or not.
How potent are AVB edibles?
The strength of AVB (Already Vaped Bud) edibles can vary depending on factors such as the amount of AVB used, the potency of the original cannabis, and the extraction method. It is difficult to accurately measure strength as it can differ from batch to batch. It is recommended to start with a small amount and gradually increase the dosage to determine the desired strength for individual tolerance levels.
How potent is AVB?
AVB, or Already Vaped Bud, refers to the leftover cannabis material that has been vaporized in a vaporizer. The potency of AVB can vary depending on factors such as the initial potency of the cannabis strain, the temperature used for vaporization, and the number of times the bud has been vaped. Generally, AVB is less potent compared to fresh cannabis flowers as some of the cannabinoids and terpenes have been depleted during vaporization. However, AVB still contains residual cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, and can be used in edibles or infused into oils or butter for various culinary purposes.
Does ABV get you high?
ABV (Already Been Vaped) is the leftover material from vaporizing cannabis. ABV can still contain some cannabinoids, such as THC, but in lower concentrations than fresh cannabis. Consuming ABV may have a psychoactive effect, but it is typically less potent compared to consuming fresh cannabis.
How to Make AVB Oil with Already Vaped Bud
- Slow Cooker or Crockpot
- Pint Mason Jars
- MCT Oil
- Amber Jars with Dropper
- 16 ounces MCT oil or any choice of carrier oil
- 1 ounce Already Vaped Bud (AVB)
- 1 teaspoon liquid sunflower lecithin optional
- Lay a clean tea towel down on the bottom of the crockpot. This will create a buffer between your mason jars and the crockpot, potentially preventing any jar from moving or cracking during cooking.
- Fill your crockpot with enough warm to hot water to cover the top of the mason jars you plan on using by an inch to create a water bath.
- Place the digital instant-read thermometer into the water. Start the crockpot heat on high. When a temperature of 185°F is reached, turn the crockpot to low.
- Evenly divide the MCT oil between the mason jars you plan on using. You can either use pint-sized or half-pint-sized jars; it’s you’re preference; just be sure they fit in your crockpot. No matter the size, be sure to leave a 1/2 inch headspace from the top.
- If you plan on using sunflower lecithin, add it to the mason jars now.
- Evenly divide the AVB flower between the MCT oil-filled jars. Wipe the rim of the jars with a clean towel and place the lid on. Tighten the metal ring to finger-tip tightness; it does not have to be tightened all the way. Do not tighten too tightly.
- Once the water bath has reached a temperature of 185° F, carefully place the jars into the water bath.
- Place the lid on the crockpot and leave it alone to infuse for 4 hours.
- After 4 hours, carefully remove the lid, followed by the jars from the hot water. Set them aside to cool.
- Once cool enough to handle, you will want to strain the cannabis oil through a paper filter and paper filterpaper filterfunnel, cheesecloth, or French press to separate the plant-matter from the infused MCT oil.paper filterfunnel
- Save the leftover cannabis pulp for use in future recipes. Then return the prepared CBD oil to whatever jar you would like to store it in, like an amber glass jar with a dropper.
- Store the prepared oil in a cool, dry place. It will last longer if stored in the refrigerator and even longer if stored in the freezer.
Temperature Control: The water bath does not need to stat perfectly at 185° F the entire time. Any temperature between 170°-190°F is OK.
Safety First: I recommend you sanitize your jars by keeping them submerged in the 185° F crockpot for 10 at least minutes. This step is not necessary, but good practice for safety and hygiene.
Floating Jars: Sometimes the mason jar will float when placed in the water bath. This is no need for concern, simply put something heat and water safe over the top of the jar to weigh it down, a clean rock works well.
Alternative Carrier Oil Options Include:
Hemp seed oil
What to do with AVB (Already Vaped Bud)?
There are several ways to use AVB:
Make edibles: AVB can be used as an ingredient in recipes for cannabis-infused edibles. It has already been partially decarboxylated, so it can be directly added to recipes without further processing.
Tinctures: AVB can be used to make cannabis tinctures by soaking it in high-proof alcohol. This allows the cannabinoids to be extracted and used in various applications, such as sublingual administration or adding to beverages.
Capsules: AVB can be encapsulated or placed into empty pill capsules for convenient consumption. This method is particularly useful for those who prefer a discreet and controlled dosage.
Topicals: AVB can be infused into carrier oils or creams to create cannabis-infused topicals. These can be used for localized relief, such as for muscle soreness or skin conditions.
Remember that the potency of AVB will vary depending on factors like the strain, vaporizer temperature, and the number of times it has been vaped. It’s always a good idea to start with a small dose and gradually increase if needed.