What to Do With Already Vaped Buds (AVBs)
As if vaping wasn’t already saving your cash and health, there is yet another benefit. The by-product of vaping cannabis sativa is AVBs, Already Vaped Buds. Using your AVBs dramatically stretches the value of your herb. It also gives you a unique experience of the same cannabis strain. It feels counter-intuitive that used herb could still have value, but cannabis is the plant that keeps on giving. Here’s what you need to know and how to get started!
AVBs: From Acid to Active
When it is in the plant or dried form, cannabinoids are predominantly in acid form. Decarboxylation is the conversation of acidic phytocannabinoids to their active form. Through decarboxylation, THCA (THC-Acid) becomes THC, and CBDA (CBD-Acid) becomes CBD. While this activation can occur slowly over time at room temperature, the significant conversion only happens at high heat.
It is the decarboxylation of THCA that makes it psychoactive as THC. Both smoking and vaporizing produce this effect.
To dig deeper into the differences between smoking and vaping herb, read our blog article ‘Vaping vs Smoking’. It is important to note here that combusted herb (the product of smoking) should never be re-used.
If you prefer to smoke cannabis, make sure you select a high-quality paper that is free of chemicals and additives. If you're looking to upgrade your experience, but aren't sure how to select the right vaporizer for you, check out our blog article 'Vaping: The Ultimate Guide'.
For the most effective decarboxylation, herb should be vaporized at 212° Fahrenheit. Most high-quality vaporizers like the Arizer Air will have pre-set temperatures in this range. Highly customizable vaporizers like Arizer ArGo, Mighty Vape, Volcano Hybrid, and others, will allow you to set the temperature to precisely 212° Fahrenheit.
Without decarboxylation, the effects of unheated marijuana are completely different. Non-activated THCA won’t get you high. It has shown some promise in treating inflammation and spasticity.
I’ve Been Throwing Out My AVBs! How Do I Get Started?
No worries! Many of us were throwing out this treasure trove until discovering the DIY edible route. In the meantime, there’s ready-to-go CBD tincture and full-spectrum CBD capsules. We really like Magical CBD Drops 3000mg and Mary's Nutritionals Elite Capsules for these options. And from now on, this is the one time you won’t hate hearing this: The best time to start saving is now!
Freeze Your AVBs
The humidity in your home could compromise the quality of your AVBs over time, especially if they are likely to sit at room temperature for a long time before use. Simply keep your AVBs in a sealed container in the freezer to avoid this entirely.
A Note of Caution: This Stuff Is Strong!
Ingesting cannabis produces an entirely different effect from vaping cannabis. The reason strong edibles feel so intense is that THC produced in the liver produces a byproduct called 11-hydroxy-THC that is heavily sedating. Higher THC strains will produce more 11-hydroxy-THC.
Water-Cure AVBs for a Cleaner Tasting Tincture Oil
While this isn’t necessary, if you dislike a strong cannabis flavor to your edibles, you can water-cure your AVBs to clarify their flavor profile. Soak your AVBs in cold water at room temperature for up to 24 hours for best results. Strain out the water using a cheesecloth. As cannabinoids are fat-soluble, water curing doesn’t diminish the potency of the herb at all.
Vaporizers and Tincture Oil
When purchasing a vaporizer, the ability to precisely control temperature is a consideration beyond the vapor quality. A great vaporizer, like the Volcano Hybrid Vaporizer, will make emptying your AVBs easy. It will also allow you to know exactly what temperature you cooked your herb at, which will allow you to play around with the flavor and intensity of your edibles.
How to Make Easy High-Quality Tincture Oil
Organic, ethical, and fair-trade coconut oil makes superb vegan cannabutter. It has a rich, herbal flavor and can be added quickly to any food or beverage, with a higher smoke point than regular butter.
Tincture Recipe: 4 Steps to Super-Easy Vegan Tincture Oil
- The easiest way to begin is to measure out roughly equal parts oil and AVBs. This doesn’t have to be an exact science to turn out well.
- Melt the oil at a low temperature in a saucepan until warm and liquid. Add the AVBs and stir until fully saturated. As the oil and AVBs begin to heat and simmer, add water as needed to prevent burning the herb.
- Simmer like this for 2-4 hours. Strain out the herb. Pour the water and oil mix into a sealed glass or pyrex container, allowing it to cool for 8+ hours so that the oil and water fully separate.
- The hardened oil can be removed and rinsed from the AVB-soaked water. Store it in a sealed container in the freezer and you’re done!
If you are keen on keeping your oil at room temperature or even in the refrigerator, then be aware that it could grow mold if you didn’t perfectly strain out all residual water-soaked AVBs. Avoid this mild concern entirely by keeping your oil in the freezer and slicing off what you need.
How to Calculate Strength of Tincture
This 1:1 proportion will produce a decently concentrated batch of oil with a consistent starting point. As you begin using your oil you will be able to judge whether it would be better to dilute it or make it more concentrated by adding or taking away the carrier oil.
Now that you’ve had a quick introduction to AVBs and how they can stretch your budget and elevate your experience with cannabis sativa, get saving and experimenting today!