Have you ever wondered what to do with your AVB? If you're the proud owner of a Volcano device or have been vaping cannabis long enough, you'll know all about 'already vaped bud,' or AVB for short.
And by now, you've probably amassed quite a collection of AVB that you're unsure what to do with. While some people might think that AVB is not worth the extra time and effort to reuse, others might find it a great way to save money and get the most out of their cannabis. The question is, how much do we really save, and how much work is involved?
In this article, we provide you with all the details you need, plus five creative and frugal ways to use that precious AVB. It's time to get the most value from your stash.
What's AVB All About?
For those unfamiliar with already vaporized buds, AVB are the brown, crispy, leftover flowers that are the end product of a vape session. The flower retains some of its cannabinoid content after vaping, unlike smoking, where cannabis disintegrates into ash.
Keep in mind that your mileage may vary, as not all AVB is created equal; depending on the temperature you vape your weed at, you may have already smoked all that sweet THC. But if you're vaping in that 315-440 degree-Fahrenheit range, you might be surprised by how much power that leftover flower has!
To reap the most rewards from AVB, save it for days when you want something smoother than a dab. It's also great for mixing it with other buds to enhance your joint or bowl flavor and effects. You can also use it to make edibles, tinctures, topicals, and more.
The following are five ways in which you can reuse your AVB:
Cook With AVB
Edible is probably the most obvious use of your AVB. Cooking and baking with AVB is an excellent way to get more value from your flowers, plus it'll cover the 'burnt' taste.
Look for edible recipes online. There are tons of them, from classic weed brownies to more refined dishes like herb salmon. The beautiful part of using already vaped buds for cooking and baking is that since it's been vaped and therefore decarboxylated, it's already ready to use (compared to grinding fresh flowers, which need to be decarboxylated before cooking).
You can also add already vaped buds to smoothies, soups, and even salads. The possibilities are endless. You can even infuse butter and oil with AVB for cooking.
Be sure to start with lower dosages in your cooking, as it'll be impossible to test potency. Experiment with different recipes to find the one that works best for you. Keep track of the dosages you use and the effects you experience to ensure the optimal result.
Use AVB As Garnish
If you like the idea of chowing down on your AVB, but your cooking ability extends to ordering Uber Eats, you can simply use it as a topping or garnish for your favorite snacks and meals. For example, you can sprinkle some AVB on your morning cereal or add it to your omelet for a unique, nutty taste. You can also use AVB to make a savory dip for chips or crackers.
Water curing is a technique that'll remove that 'weed' taste if you just can't stand that distinct taste. Water curing involves submerging the AVB in cold water for several days and changing the water daily. This helps draw out some of the compounds that give the AVB its strong flavor, leaving you with a milder taste. For a quick fix, pair your AVB with strong flavors – think Nutella, peanut butter, BBQ sauce, hot sauce, etc. This will mask the taste and give you a much more enjoyable experience.
Brew AVB With Coffee And Tea
As we said, AVB is already decarboxylated and can therefore be added to any foods and beverages, including your morning cup of coffee or tea. For coffee, you can simply add the already vaporized weed to your grounds while brewing. From there, you can mask the burnt AVB taste with a flavored cream like hazelnut or Irish cream or some butter (or even cannabutter, if you're a Madrid).
For tea, add AVB to your tea leaves and steep. If you choose a stronger tea, you will be able to mask the AVB taste better, or you can add more honey or another sweetener. Cannabinoids bind to fat, so milk and cream are always welcome in this case. Lastly, make sure to add the AVB after the water is boiled, as high temperatures can degrade the cannabinoids and make the tea less effective.
Infuse AVB With Coconut Oil
Infused coconut oil is an uncommon but effective way to recycle AVB. Coconut oil is an exceptional vessel considering the fat content, which cannabinoids readily bind to.
All you need to do is toss your AVB and coconut oil into a slow cooker and keep on low heat for a few hours; stir every now and then so your concoction doesn't burn. When it's done, cool, and then strain your oil from the AVB with cheesecloth.
Bottle the oil and store it in a cool, dark place. You can use the oil in various recipes for topical applications or cooking. For instance, you can use your oil-infused AVB in a massage oil blend or as an ingredient in a homemade lip balm. You can also include the oil in a variety of dishes and baked goods, such as vegan mayonnaise or banana bread.
So you don't want to eat or brew it and think coconut oil is witchcraft. But you've got a bong and a lighter. Wouldn't it be great if you could smoke that AVB again? Well, you technically can, but smoking AVB should be your final resort.
It won't hit you like a fresh flower will, and it'll be harsh on the lungs to smoke. It'll also probably taste somewhere between fresh bong water and your sneaker’s insides.
Some people might argue that smoking AVB is not that bad. After all, smoke from AVB is less harsh on the lungs than smoke from cigarettes. Also, it's better than tossing your already vaped bud away.
Ultimately, the decision is yours. If you feel like giving it a shot, go ahead and smoke your AVB.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Know If My AVB Is Still Good To Use?
The best way to know if AVB is still safe to use is to smell it. If it smells like cannabis, then it is still viable to use. Additionally, the potency of the AVB can be tested by mixing it with a small amount of butter or oil and tasting it. If it tastes like cannabis, then it is still potent enough to use.
What Are The Benefits Of Reusing AVB?
The main benefit of reusing AVB is that it allows you to get the most out of your cannabis. Instead of discarding it after vaping, you can use it to make edibles, topicals, tinctures, and more. This not only allows you to get the most out of your money but also reduces waste. Additionally, reusing AVB can help stretch your cannabis supply and make it last longer. This is especially beneficial for medical patients who need cannabis regularly but have limited access to it.
What Is AVB?
AVB stands for Already Vaped Bud, which is cannabis that has already been heated to the point of decarboxylation, meaning it has been activated and is ready to be consumed. AVB has a milder taste and aroma compared to fresh cannabis and contains fewer terpenes and cannabinoids.
What Is The Best Way To Reuse AVB?
There are several ways to reuse AVB, depending on what kind of experience you are looking for. For those looking for a milder taste and aroma, brewing AVB into tea is a great option. Infusing AVB into coconut oil is an excellent way to create a topical application or to use in various recipes for edibles. Lastly, AVB can be smoked, although it is not recommended as it is harsh on the lungs and does not have the same effects as smoking fresh flowers.