When people begin dry herb vaping, a frequently asked question is Do I just throw the AVB away or can I can reuse it?
The simple answer to this question is yes, you certainly can reuse your already vaped bud (AVB herein). In fact, not only CAN you reuse it; you most definitely SHOULD reuse it!
If, like me, you are someone who tries their best not to be wasteful – least of all with your precious herb – I would strongly urge reading on to find out just what you can do with your AVB.
I will provide some top tips on getting the very most out of your vaped matter and share a couple of my personal favourite uses for AVB.
Firstly, let’s look briefly at what happens to vaporized herb and understand better why it is reusable.
The difference between vaping and smoking
One of the many benefits of using a dry herb vaporizer, as opposed to smoking, is that the leftover matter still serves a significant purpose.
The process of vaporizing dry herb differs entirely to that of smoking your herb.
We can define smoking by the burning of a fuel at a very high temperature. This method of burning is otherwise known as a combustion reaction. However, the very presence of smoke confirms that combustion reaction is incomplete; the fuel has not been entirely burned. If the fuel is burned completely it is reduced to just water and carbon dioxide ie fuel in a car engine.
Smoke is a collection of these tiny unburned particles. Each particle is too small to see with your eyes, but when they come together, you see them as smoke. This smoke is made up mostly of carbon (soot), tar, oils and ash. Hence when you smoke your herb ash is all that is left behind.
A weed vaporizer is designed, as the name would suggest, to create vapor rather than smoke. In a true convection vaporizer, rather than burn the matter and extract the properties through smoke, the goodness of the herb is delivered in a pure liquid form.
(It is true to say that a weed vaporizer using conduction method to heat the herbs can still have a partial combustion reaction. This is dependant on the temperature the vaporizer is set at; 235 degree celsius and above will cause combustion to occur. In a conduction vaporizer the herb comes into direct contact with the heat source and therefore at high temperatures the matter can burn.
However, with regard to convection heating, even though the bud can be heated at high temperatures, it is the hot air circulating around the cooking chamber that is baking the matter.
This hot air is either pushed into or pulled out of the chamber. The heat vaporizes the bud, releasing key compounds which give the familiar sweet smelling aroma and taste. This pure, cool vapor is then extracted through the mouthpiece and inhaled into the lungs.
In contrast to the ash left when smoking, the leftovers of vaping is just a browner version of what you packed in originally. You can normally tell that your herb is no longer good for vaping when the taste and aroma disappear. At this stage when you remove the vaped bud from the chamber it will be a brown colour and far less fragrant.
If you assume, at this stage, you have vaped the life out of your herb and it has no further use then think again …
Top 10 Recommended Ways to Recycle and Reuse AVB
1. Water Curing your AVB
If you are planning to use your vaped bud in edibles or drinks and are at all concerned about the taste then your first point of call should be water curing.
The length of time you cure your AVB for is entirely up to you, some leave for a week others just few hours.
Water curing simply means leaving your AVB soaking in water to remove the taste that is left after vaping. The taste and smell of AVB is not all that pleasant and can be fairly hard to disguise so curing is definitely recommended.
The curing process is simple and effective. I would recommend collecting a substantial amount of AVB first and then cure in one go.
Directions for curing are as follows:
• Wrap your well ground AVB in a couple of layers of cheesecloth and tie in a ball ensuring no AVB can escape.
• Submerge fully in distilled water at room temperature.
• Leave until water becomes discoloured then fully strain the cloths before replacing with fresh water.
• Keep repeating this process until either the water stays clear or you get bored
• Remove the AVB from the cloths – at this stage it is ready for use in butter or oil. Should you wish to dry it for storage however, pop in the oven on a very low heat for as long as it takes to dry.
• Cover in foil and freeze overnight.
• Your AVB is now dried and ready for use. It should be far more subtle in flavour and smell. Keep it store in a sealed container.
For those who enjoy the psychoactive effects of their bud, a weed vaporizer provides a fantastic short cut. The high achieved from edibles is quite different to inhaling. For one it is longer lasting. Even with AVB, which is obviously less potent than fresh unused herb, the effect is very intense. The high is usually much slower to quick in compared to inhalation but boy, when it does arrive!!!
You may think the vaporizing process has removed all the good stuff from your weed but you’d be wrong. When making edibles with fresh herb, before it can be added to other ingredients, the bud requires preheating. This activates the cannabinoids that stimulate the desired high. This process is called Decarboxylation.
The beauty of a dry herb vaporizer is that the used weed comes fully activated!
That’s right, the AVB comes ready prepared to be sprinkled on or mixed in to anything that you choose.
With that in mind it’s just a matter of finding your favourite foods to add it to.
Brownies are an age old favourite when it comes to weed infused edibles.
The fat content of the cake acts as a great carrier and helps derive the effects of the weed quicker. The chocolate provides not only great taste but is known to create its own chemical euphoria. Studies have shown that chocolate causes a release of endorphins in the human brain which increases the production of the happy hormone serotonin.
Still one of my personal favourites it is not hard to see why brownies are the preferred edible for many.
All you need is a regular brownie recipe with the addition of your AVB mixed in well, simple as that. You can also replace the butter from your recipe with AVB infused coconut oil.
Another favourite is to skip the brownie part and just add my AVB to chocolate.
Simply melt down your favourite chocolate, I opt for dark chocolate and like to add a handful of fresh orange zest for more flavour. When the chocolate is at the melting point, chuck in the AVB and stir well. Then simply pour into a mould and refrigerate until solid – here’s the perfect opportunity to have a quick blast on your dry herb vaporizer while waiting for it to cool …
Then Voila! A perfect evening snack which 60 minutes later will induce the best night’s sleep ever!
Yep, just like oregano or thyme some people choose to sprinkle their AVB onto a pizza. If this appeals I would suggest a fresh, thin crust that will not require much heating time as you do not want to overcook it. You can easily masquerade the taste of the AVB by adding powerful, flavoursome toppings to your pizza and perhaps the addition of some extra strong cheese!
Adding AVB to butter is a versatile food source as can be used in several ways. You can bake with it, saute or spread it on your toast in the morning.
To make your weed butter just melt the butter down and add the AVB. Leave the butter and AVB on a low heat for 40 mins. Take off the heat and strain the butter through a sieve into a butter dish. Push the ground herb firmly against the sieve to extract all the cannabutter.
Discard the cooked down herb and refrigerate the butter. It can also be frozen if you wish to stock up.
Another of my personal favourites. Blending together a smoothie is part of my daily routine, so tossing in my AVB is no hardship. You can obviously add whatever you choose to your smoothie. I like avocado, banana, strawberries, kale and blueberry with some coconut water. I also add in some yoghurt if i have it. I don’t even notice AVB there tastewise; in other respects I’m blissfully aware 😉
6. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a tasty and versatile ingredient that can be used for: stir frying, baking and in teas and coffees.
The health properties of coconut oil include natural saturated fats that are good for heart health. The taste of coconut oil is also very pleasant (if you like coconut).
Probably most importantly coconut oil acts as a hugely effective carrier for your AVB; absorbing THC better than less fatty carriers. This provides a potent infusion, hence a favourite with many stoners.
This coconut oil can be used as an ingredient in your brownies
7. Tea or Coffee
I would not recommend putting the AVB directly into your morning tea or coffee purely from a taste and smell perspective. However, you can add a splodge of your cannabutter into your coffee – that may sound slightly weird but butter and coffee mix. It’s so so good.
You could do the same with your tea but the flavours are not quite as complimentary. However, you can certainly add some Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) to your morning brew or even some coconut oil depending on your taste buds.
8. Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)
Even with your AVB you can make your own RSO. Obviously it will not be as potent as un-vaped dry herb but there is still believed to be as much as 40% of the original THC still present in AVB. Extracting the THC from your AVB using alcohol is quite an involved process and requires some research. Most people prefer to use unused dry herb to get the very highest THC levels into their oil but it is still an option with AVB should you wish to try.
If you have mastered extracting the THC oil from your AVB then why not pop it in a gel capsule. This allows you to control and regulate your THC consumption. Potency of the capsule can be gauged with usage and then you can decide the dosage best for you. You can also just insert the dried AVB directly into the capsule and swallow in that form.
10. Cannabis Tinctures
Most tinctures use alcohol as a base and essentially infuse the alcohol with an herbal extract. Tinctures can also be oil or glycerine based. Whichever base you choose to use the idea is that it extracts and soaks up all the cannabinoids and terpenes that remain in your AVB.
Due to the fact that your vaped weed is decarboxylated a tincture using AVB is likely to get you high. Some people using tinctures are not looking to achieve a high and therefore AVB is not recommended.
The Best Ways to USE AVB
I think it’s truly fascinating just how much re-use you can achieve from your AVB. In a world where we are encouraged to be green and environmentally friendly it’s good to know you can genuinely play your part and enjoy yourself at the same time.
It’s so easy to pass vaped weed off as useless when in fact up to 40% of your beloved cannabinoids and terpenes are still present.
Hopefully, if you’re someone who has never recycled their AVB previously, we have now given you food for thought. I think you’ll agree, there is something highly satisfying out of knowing you can extract every last cannabinoid out of your bud; even once vaporizing has ceased.
Happy vaping and enjoy experimenting with your AVB!
Susan Henretty became a natural health activist over 10 years ago, after personal experience led her to research the benefits of alternative therapies.
In 2018, Susan and her partner decided to combine their business skills with their shared interest in herbal health and vaporizers. As a result they co-founded Kronicvapes.
Based on her previous interest in the holistic field, this inspired Susan to begin her own regular, health blog. Her writing aims to inform and inspire others; specifically in regards to the beneficial properties of vaporizing natural herbs.
Furthermore, as a herbal health advocator, she endeavours to bring her audience the latest global news and politics, regarding cannabis law; science; opinion and fact based evidence.