If you have been vaporizing cannabis for a while, you have probably heard that you can double the fun and reuse your already vaped substance. However, if you weren’t sure how to do that, or just didn’t think about it before, you have come to the right place. This guide will provide you with tips and tricks on the many ways you can utilize ABV.
What is ABV or AVB?
ABV (already been vaped), and AVB (already vaped bud) are the same things. ABV as the name suggests is the herb that is already been vaporized in your dry herb vaporizer.
Cannabinoids like CBD and THC are vaporized at different temperatures. So if you are slowly roasting your herb most likely the leftover will still have some active chemical compound, that can be utilized.
The potency of your ABV or AVB will depend on the strain, that you are vaping, and the way you are vaporizing it.
Toasty, bright color ABV will be still rich in the active ingredients, while darker, or even combusted herbs can not be reused.
If your ABV is looking good, grab a glass jar that you can close and start to add your substance after every session. We will give you some tips on how to recycle your herb for your pleasure:)
Should you save hemp or marijuana ABV?
Like with many things in life, people have different goals and preferences when it comes to the substance they are vaporizing. Some prefer marijuana with a decent amount of THC content, others stick with the federally legalized hemp, that high on CBD.
But what about ABV?
What can we expect from it?
Does it only worth saving the THC-rich leftover, or hemp can provide some extra enjoyment as well?
Experience and opinions on the potency of AVB are grossly different. This is very unique and hardly measurable, since the potency depends on the original material, and the time and temperature of your vaping session.
It is believed, that since CBD evaporates on a higher temp than THC the leftover AVB will more likely provide you with a strong body high, rather than a head high.
On the other hand, you can find plenty of reviews on vaporizer forums, that ABV infused edibles or meals, will give a strong head and body high at the same time. Sometimes even stronger than the original vaping session.
Depending on the result you are looking for it is worth saving your high CBD content hemp bud leftovers and reuse them to reach a state of great body relaxation.
You can even create your mixture, just like you do it in your vaping sessions. Mixing high THC, with high CBD strains can provide you with an experience customized for your own needs.
How to collect and store your ABV?
Collect your ABV after every vape session if the material is still worth saving it. (not combusted) Storing ABV is not rocket since but requires some basic knowledge.
Air and sunlight are not good friends of the already vaped bud, since they are further enhancing the decarboxylation process. The best way to store AVB is probably to get a sealed, air-tight container, like a mason jar.
The darker glass even better, or just make sure you keep it in a dark cool, dry place, so you can conserve the cannabinoids and terpenes found in ABV.
Benefits of ABV/AVB
ABV's benefits greatly depend on your original substance. Whether you are a marijuana lover for recreational reasons, or you are vaping cannabis purely for medical purposes, ABV can further enhance the experience, by delivering potent long-lasting effects.
Seeking an extra head high, or a deep body relaxation?
The already vaped bud still has some nice kick to it. It may ease your mind or may deliver CBDs anti-inflammatory benefits.
Taking ABV can be a different experience for everyone, just like consuming cannabis, since we are all different and our bodies won’t react the same way.
When you start experimenting with ABV, just take it slow and see how you react. Sometimes a small amount can deliver a strong effect.
Some people say they get a much stronger head high than they got from the original vaporizing, and some experiencing deep physical relaxation.
How to use ABV/AVB?
There are countless ways to use ABV/AVB. You can simply sprinkle it on dishes, you can cook with it, you can put them into capsules, create tinctures, or make cannabutter, which works great for cooking, or just as a spread.
However, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. Since cannabinoids bind to fat easily and have a better absorption rate mixing it with fatty food, it is kinda given that it will pair well and the effects are stronger when you combine it with the right ingredients.
ABV still has a strong cannabis scent, that can overpower your food. Sure it works in some cases but not everyone a big fan of scrambled eggs, that smell and taste like burned popcorn.
So what do we do to get rid of the pungent smell?
The answer is water curing.
Water curing means that you soak ABV in water anywhere between a couple of hours to a couple of days, then drain it and dry it well. This will leave you with a substance that is still packed with cannabinoids but the smell goes away, and work great in edibles.
See the step by step process:
- Cut the cloth into a normal napkin size.
- Place a handful off ABV and tie the cloth squares tight
- Double the cloth to ensure there is no ABV leaking out
- Create as many ABV cloth balls as you need
- Place your cloth balls into a bowl and pour clean room temperature water in them.
- Let them soak for a couple of hours, squeeze and drain the balls and replace the water and let them soak again for a couple of hours.
- Repeat this process until the water stays fairly light-colored. (Some people do that for a couple of days even)
- When you are ready squeeze and drain the balls and empty the ABV into the heat-proof glass pan.
- Preheat the oven to 150-170ºF and start to dry the ABV in it. Stir it every 20 minutes until it is completely dry.
- If you are planning to cook with the ABV immediately you can skip the drying process.
Note: If you will save and store your water-cured ABV make sure it is completely dry before putting it in a glass jar, to avoid mold.
Other ways you can use ABV
Making cannabutter (cannabis-infused butter) is one of the most popular things that people like to do with their ABV. Butter is versatile, you can use it in many ways. It works as a great base in most of your cooked dishes.
- You can make cannabutter with raw cannabis as well, but you need to decarboxylate the substance because raw cannabis bud contains the cannabinoids in acidic forms (THCA, CBDA), and they need to be broken down into THC and CBD in order to be activated and has their effects on the body. With ABV you don’t have to worry about “decarbing”.
- Add the butter, with one cup of water into the saucepan and start to heat it slowly. The water helps regulating the temperature and your butter won’t burn. During this process, the liquid shouldn’t reach boiling point.
- Add the ABV into the melted butter.
- Maintain low heat (around 160ºF) and simmer the mixture for 2-3 hours. Make sure it doesn’t get too hot, check on it often and stir it.
- Once the butter has been cooked and cooled down, set a funnel over a jar, lined with the cheesecloth. Pour the butter and strain the ABV. Don’t squeeze the cloth just let it drip freely, so you won’t get bad-tasting plant material into your butter.
- Put the jar in the fridge and allow it to cool down. Once it is cold enough you may find excess water underneath the butter. Just scoop out the butter, drain the water, and you are done.
Cannabutter, just like other ABV edibles can be super potent so dose carefully.
ABV tincture is good hustle-free way to enjoy your leftover, especially if you are not big on cooking. You can create tinctures with a little bit of strong, clean alcohol and your already vaped flower. If you won’t mind the taste you can just take a few drops under your tongue, or add it to a cup of water.
- Put the ABV into the jar.
- Pour the alcohol over the ABV. You want the alcohol to cover the ABV well, but don’t fill up the jar all the way.
- Put the jar in the freezer or a dark cold place. Keep it there for a minimum of 2 days but the longer the better.
- Shake the jar well periodically during this time.
- After a couple of days, you can drain your mixture through the cheesecloth.
- Keep your tincture in a dark brown bottle, away from heat and light.
- Potency will be up to many things like the potency of your original subtense and the length of the steeping time. Dosage carefully.
These are just a few of the many ways you can utilize your ABV.
You can create capsules, cook with the butter, or just add the water-cured substance to salads, and different kinds of dishes.
If you have collected plenty of ABV and torn what to do with it, follow our monthly content of ABV recipes, to get some ideas, and create tasty dishes.