How do you consume cannabis?
More and more cannabis consumers are switching over to vaping cannabis flower as it’s a healthier way to consume cannabis. Although, many users are just throwing away the product afterwards not knowing they can still use this cannabis.
If you use a vape and aren’t sure what to do with the brown coloured byproduct, you aren’t alone and you have come to the right place for answers! First things first don’t throw it out, this cannabis can still be used as it still contains cannabinoids and terpenes.
You can simply collect this leftover cannabis and use it to sprinkle on food, put into drinks, create homemade edibles, cannabis oil and much more. First, let’s discuss further about what this cannabis byproduct actually is and how you can get it.
What is AVB/ABV and How Do You Get it?
AVB (“Already Vaped Bud”) or ABV (“Already Been Vaped”) is commonly known as the brown coloured byproduct after vaporizing cannabis.
There are two ways to produce AVB. The first way is the most common and the best way to get the most out of your cannabis. This is through the process of vaping cannabis and saving the leftover brown coloured cannabis, AVB. The second way (if you don't use or have a vaporizer) is to decarboxylate your cannabis using an oven. This approach isn’t particularly considered AVB since it wasn’t produced by vaping, but both techniques have been put through the decarboxylation process. Either of these methods work great, whichever one you choose it up to you.
Beside the colour change, one thing you might notice is the aroma of AVB is quite different then the cannabis you originally started with, but you’re still able to pick up some terpenes.
How Much THC is in AVB?
This answer will vary depending on three different factors.
The first factor is the temperature that was used to vaporize (or decarboxylate) the cannabis initially. For example, if you vape using a lower temperature the THC levels will be greater in the AVB it produces. Conversely, if you vape at a higher temperature, the THC levels in the AVB product will be lower.
The second factor is how long your vape session was or how long you vaped the same cannabis for. If you vape in shorter sessions, the AVB it produces is much more likely to have higher THC levels then when you vape in longer sessions consuming the same cannabis.
The third and final factor is what cannabis strain you originally used to get your AVB. As all cannabis strains differ in their THC content, your final AVB product will also differ in its THC content. In general, most cannabis strains have a THC content of around 16%.
As a variety of factors contribute to the THC content in AVB, it’s always recommended to be cautious and start by sampling a small amount and go slow until you find your preference.
Overall, you should expect less potency from your AVB then your regular cannabis.
What Can You Do With AVB?
Before diving into what to make and how we can use AVB, it’s important to mention that many consumers find that AVB has a bitter taste. However, by using a process called water curing you can eliminate that bitter taste.
Water curing is a process that is used to remove the bitter taste and smell from AVB. This process can take anywhere from a day up to a week depending on your preference.
Water curing is able to work because THC and all other cannabinoids are not soluble in water but the bitter taste within the AVB is. Due to this we are able to remove the bitter taste without removing the THC content within the AVB itself and without compromising the potency.
Whether you decided to use the water curing process to make your AVB less bitter or not, there are many ways to use AVB. Let’s take a look at some of these ways.
Smoke It Again
As some of the THC and other cannabinoids have been used up during the initial vaping session to produce the product AVB, some still remain and thus your AVB can actually be smoked again. If you decide to do this, the potency will be less compared to regular cannabis but this is still a great option for a less intense session that may be ideal for some users.
Keep in mind that this will also have a much different flavour than smoking regular cannabis.
When using AVB to make edibles it’s recommended to blend your AVB as small as possible, creating more surface area and allowing more access to the cannabinoids. This technique can be used whenever using AVB, including the following uses of AVB below.
For some recipes, keep in mind that grinding your AVB may make it harder to strain in later steps.
AVB Cannabis Oil
Ever wonder what cannabis oil actually is? Check out our blog for more information.
Wanting to make cannabis oil? Follow along the process of making cannabis oil but simply substitute your cannabis for AVB if you’re wanting to make AVB cannabis oil.
As always just recall that AVB will have less potency.
AVB Infused Oil
Making AVB infused oil is a great way to get cannabinoids out of your AVB, this is due to cannabinoids being fat soluble and wanting to bind to the oil.
To make AVB infused oil you need oil (extra virgin olive oil), a jar, AVB, cheesecloth and a strainer. First, you want to mix your oil and AVB in the jar so that the oil is just covering all the AVB. Next, close the lid and shake. Store the jar in a cool dark place, shaking daily. After a week pour the mixture through a cheesecloth to strain it.
There you go, now you have AVB infused oil to use in any recipe that you wish!
AVB Coconut Oil
Using AVB to create coconut oil is another great way to use your AVB. Since coconut oil is full of fat it makes it a very effective way to get all the cannabinoids out of your AVB.
To create AVB coconut oil all you have to do is combine your AVB and coconut oil in a slow cooker on low heat for a few hours, stirring occasionally to prevent any burning. After a few hours, allow the mixture to cool and strain using a cheesecloth. Easy as that, and now you have AVB coconut oil to enjoy any way to want.
There are a couple ways to enjoy tinctures. First, you can take your tincture sublingually (under the tongue) and have effects be present within an hour. Secondly, you can drink or add your tincture to food and the effects take up to two hours to be present. Using tincture you’re able to feel the effects for longer compared to if you smoked or vaporized cannabis. A huge benefit to tincture is that they can last many years if stored in a cool dark place.
To make a homemade AVB tincture all you need is your AVB, high-proof alcohol (ideally 90 proof or higher), a strainer, a jar, and three simple steps.
First, mix your AVB in your jar with high-proof alcohol. Secondly, let the jar sit for a few weeks, remembering to shake it once daily. Lastly, after a few weeks strain out your mixture using a cheesecloth or coffee filter and now you have your AVB tincture.
Tip: The higher the alcohol content, the more cannabis resin will dissolve and the more potent the tincture will be.
Tip: The more time you let the mixture sit in an airtight container the more active chemicals will be absorbed by the alcohol, and the more potent the tincture will be (2 weeks in a cool dark place is sufficient enough).
Cannabutter is exactly what it sounds like, cannabis and butter. Making this recipe very easy to prepare, make and enjoy!
You can follow along our process to make AVB cannabutter by simply replacing the decarboxylated cannabis with your AVB. Since the AVB is already decarboxylated we don't have to worry about that step.
This technique works because the oil-soluble THC that is still within the AVB is able to dissolve from the AVB into the butter.
Remember it’s important to note that AVB cannabutter will have a lower potency compared to regular cannabutter.
There are many benefits to making AVB capsules. Firstly, it’s a great easy way to consume your AVB without having to cook, bake or even taste it. Secondly, these are very portable and discrete making it a great option for on the go.
There are a variety of different types of capsules, from what they are made out of (gelatin or vegan) to their different sizes. To make it even more fun you can play around with different coloured capsules.
All you have to do to make AVB capsules is purchase the empty capsules of your choice from a local store or online and fill them with your AVB. You can also decide to add oil into your capsules to help with the transfer and delivery of the cannabinoids.
Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate
This is a great method to consume your AVB if you’re not wanting to cook, or simply would enjoy an extra kick to your morning coffee or tea.
As mentioned before, cannabis is fat soluble meaning that the cannabinoids present in cannabis want to bind fat. Adding a bit of milk or cream to your coffee or tea will help pull out those cannabinoids from the AVB.
In order to make AVB coffee, tea or hot chocolate what you need to do is combine milk and your AVB and put it into the microwave to allow the transfer of cannabinoids from the AVB to the milk. Then simply pour the milk through a filter into your coffee, tea, hot chocolate or any drink or your choice!
Sprinkle it on Food
If you’re looking to just consume your AVB and don't want to worry about purchasing anything or having to cook, this is the option for you. This is also the easiest way to consume your AVB. All you do is sprinkle it on top of any food. Some suggestions include, sprinkling it on peanut butter and toast or over ice cream.
If you choose to use your AVB using this method, don't forget that you can always water cure your AVB to get rid of that bitter taste and may be able to enjoy your AVB even more!
If you vape cannabis why not keep your AVB and get everything you can out of your cannabis instead of disposing of your AVB that still contains cannabinoids and terpenes!
Overall, it’s hard to say how much AVB you should be consuming as it’s based on personal tolerance and preference. In general, it’s always recommended to start in small doses and work your way up over time.
Do you know of any other uses or recipes for AVB? Please let us know in the comments, we would love to hear them!