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In today's era of cannabis legalization and big business bud, flower vaporizers have emerged as one of the most popular forms of consumption. From tabletop models like the Volcano to sleek handheld vapes from Pax, GPen, and countless other brands, dry herb vaporizers are here to stay and only getting better. Outside of their sleek design, muted odor, and stellar effects, flower vaporizers are a great way to stretch your bag of bud. Because vaporization doesn't burn your weed, the leftover already been vaped (ABV) flower is perfect for a myriad of secondary uses and will be a lifesaver for any frugal stoner.
Vaping cannabis is a little different than smoking. Vaped flower has a unique, airy, almost popcorn-like taste, and saves your lungs from the often harsh burn that comes along with combustion. While joints and blunts leave only piles of ash and giggling memories in their wake, vaporizers heat your weed only enough to activate the cannabinoids and leave behind bowls of slightly crispy brown bud.
That leftover weed is AVB or ABV (don't worry, the acronyms are pretty much interchangeable). Even after a solid session in your vape, the AVB still contains noticeable quantities of THC, CBD, or other cannabinoids. Because the bud was already decarboxylated in the initial vaping process, it can be easily incorporated into a variety of exciting - and intoxicating - homemade creations.
Whether you're going to use your ABV weed for edibles, RSO, or any other infusion, it helps to remove the brown bud's toasted taste. That's where a cold cure comes into play. By wrapping your AVB in cheesecloth and letting it soak in room temperature water for a few hours (or overnight for even better results) you will clear out the leftover vape flavor. Once the water turns brown and has time to leech out the undesirable scents and taste, spread the bud out on a baking sheet and let it dry. Because THC is not water-soluble, your H2O cure will still leave behind those precious cannabinoids, and make them smell and taste much better than their original ABV status.
Once you've cured your AVB, the most popular secondary use is a batch of edibles. You can follow a standard cannabutter production process and substitute fresh flower with ABV weed to make any number of AVB recipes. Or for an even easier method, use a sous vide machine, slow cooker, or double boiler to simply mix the already-decarbed bud with your favorite butter or oil and let it sit at low heat. From there, any edible recipes become ABV recipes. Once your butter is infused, strain out the plant matter and let the remaining butter solidify before baking magic ABV brownies, cosmic cookies, or just spreading it on toast for an easy infused brunch.
If making a batch of cannabutter sounds like too much work after vaping a bowl and water curing it, you can always skip the cooking part and use your herb as, well, an herb. Because the AVB is pre-decarboxylated, you can sprinkle the weed on a salad, steak, or your popcorn for a stress-free and still-effective edible experience. If you're looking for what to do with AVB, using your leftover bud as a cooking spice is just about the easiest route you can take.
Making a tincture from already been vaped weed is a long process, but if you've got time to kill, the results are usually well worth the wait. Just like making edibles, using AVB means you can skip the traditional decarboxylation step in your tincture recipe and jump right to infusion. Use a plant-glycerin or high-proof alcohol and very low heat to mix your concoction, but no matter which base you use, remember that ABV weed will produce a weaker tincture than fresh flower, and adjust the recipe accordingly.
If the tincture process is a little too involved for your taste, you can still incorporate your ABV bud into your favorite beverage without those extra steps. The versatility of pre-decarbed pot means that you can simply stir your AVB into your morning coffee grounds and brew up a fresh pot of caffeinated cannabis every morning. It might not taste the best, but it will certainly add some pep to your step.
On the other hand, if the tincture process isn't enough of a science experiment for your taste, you could always extract the leftover cannabinoids and terpenes from your pre-vaped weed. The RSO process requires ethanol, a closed-flame heat source, a few household items, and a lot of patience. Just like tinctures, RSO made with ABV bud will not be as strong as its fresh cannabis counterpart.
A refined tincture process is designed to compound cannabinoids and terpenes into small quantities of glycerin or alcohol. But if you're looking for a quick and strong option for your AVB, grab a bottle of high-proof alcohol (151 rum works best) and throw in a healthy handful of water-cured ABV weed. Put that bottle in the closet for a couple of weeks and your next round of shots will come with an extra-strength THC kick. The old school infusion method is perfect for anyone who likes to mix their bud with booze.
Don't have time for a water cure or can't seem to get rid of that toasted flavor, you can always make cannabis capsules. Empty easy-dissolve capsules are available online and at health food stores across the country. Simply pack each capsule with ground-up AVB and pop one, or two, or three whenever you need a mid-day pick-me-up.
Lastly, if none of those options are up your alley, you can always pull out your favorite pipe or papers and spark up your AVB. For this method, skip the water cure, and light up right after removing the crispy flower from your vape bowl. Smoking AVB won't taste very good, but it will still do the trick and is at least one step up from smoking the resin scraped from the bottom of your pipe.
Do you have other methods for using your already-vaped weed that we didn't mention? Hit us up in the comments below and let us in on the secret!