How to Brew AVB Tea

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Already vaped bud (AVB) is a fun bonus round exclusively for people with dry herb vaporizers. When you're done with a vape session, the leftover herb will actually still have some potency left. AVB has many uses, including cooking edibles, capsules, and the subject of this article: making a cup of AVB tea.

If you're a tea lover, you're probably already excited to try this idea. And it's really not complicated.

Unlike fresh weed, already vaped bud is already decarboxylated and ready for ingestion. And you can steep AVB like any other dried herb or flower. That said, there are a few things you'll want to do to make sure you get the most effects and the best possible taste from your ABV tea.

What is Already Vaped Bud (AVB)?

Smoking weed burns many cannabinoids (THC and CBD) into smoke before you can breathe them in. But vaping cannabis gives you both stronger sessions and leaves usable leftovers.

Vaped herb, over time, has been given the catchy name already vaped bud (AVB) - or, alternatively, already been vaped (ABV) bud. Cannabis lovers couldn't come to a decision, so people use both AVB and ABV.

 

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AVB is usually yellowish to brownish, and dry and crumbly to the touch. It's also conveniently ready to use for cooking edibles or making hot drinks. Normally when baking edibles, you have to heat up fresh cannabis in an oven first, in order to decarboxylate it and activate the THC and CBD. With AVB, the herb is already decarboxylated in the vaping process.

So after your vape sessions, save your AVB and store it in an airtight container like a mason jar after your sessions. Later, whenever you're in the mood, you can make use of it.

Water curing AVB to improve the flavor

Not everyone likes the taste of AVB. it's slightly bitter, and if it was vaped heavily, it could be quite bitter. Although you can easily mask the taste with other ingredients like honey, there is a method you can use to make it more appetizing: water curing.

All you need is some cheesecloth, a bowl, water, and some patience. Put the ABV in the cheesecloth, and soak it in water in the bowl. Leave it for a few hours, then pour out the brown water, and add fresh water. Repeat the process until the water stops turning brown. Then dry out the AVB.

When you use it later, the AVB won't have a strong taste anymore, and won't mess with the flavor balance in your recipes.

 

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Make a Tea Using AVB Weed

You've got a lot of options when making ABV tea. For example, you can steep the AVB in boiling water in a tea bag, ball, or strainer, for 15-20 minutes. Once it's infused, pull out the strainer, squeeze the AVB to get out as much tea as possible, and then drink it straight.

But this way of preparing AVB tea won't give you the most potent effects, and you might not like the flavor.

If you eat the leftover dregs after you're done your tea, then you can expect full effects and a nice high to follow. Just make sure you're eating or drinking something with some fat content to help you absorb more THC and CBD.

But eating the soggy ABV weed might not be the most appetizing option. If you want a stronger weed-infused tea without having to eat the AVB, try a different method.

Milk, cream, butter: cannabinoids bind to fat

Cannabinoids like THC and CBD are fat soluble, meaning brewing your AVB weed in water doesn't extract as many active ingredients as it could. So instead of steeping your tea in water, use a beverage with some fat content.

You can heat up milk that's higher in fat, or use a dairy alternative that is fatty. There are some barista-style soy and almond milks out there that are creamier than standard soy milk - use those for best results.

You can sprinkle the AVB grounds into a pot of milk and simmer it on the stovetop for 15 minutes, and then strain out the weed afterwards. Or you can heat up the milk on the stove or in a microwave, then step the weed in your cup in a bag.

After you're done drinking the tea, you can still consume the dregs for an extra kick. But when steeping in milk, you will see a lot more benefits than using only water.

Also, grinding your AVB, even using a coffee grinder, will help make your tea that much stronger. It will expose more cannabis surface area to the hot liquid and result in more cannabinoids being dissolved into the drink.

 

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Recipes for ABV Tea

In terms of flavor, ABV and a rich milk or cream already tastes pretty good. But you can experiment with creating your own blends.

You don't have to use any actual tea leaves in your mixture, but if you want the caffeine kick, you'll want to choose black or oolong tea. Green tea doesn't usually pair well with milk, although there are some exceptions. Rooibos and yerba mate work well too if you want a non-caffeine option, although yerba mate still has caffeine-like properties.

Black and oolong tea can become bitter if you steep them for a long time, so you might want to brew a tea concentrate that's separate from your AVB, and then add it in later. You can steep that for 2-5 minutes, but you want your ABV steeping for longer, to get the most possible THC and CBD out of the cannabis.

Best ingredients to add to AVB tea

In general, you want to add ingredients that will pair well with a milky tea. So flavors like cinnamon, masala or "chai" spices,  vanilla, even cocoa, work great. Peppermint, chamomile, and even shredded coconut all work well too.

And of course, sweetening it with sugar or honey according to your taste can help make it a more delicious AVB brew.

Be cautious with any citrus ingredients - a bit of bergamot in your Earl Grey is fine, but too much citrus in a milky tea can cause curdling.

How potent is tea using AVB?

The strength of your ABV tea will change based on a number of factors. First, the strength of the weed strain before you vaped it. The higher the THC in the original cannabis flower, the more potency might still be left in the already vaped bud.

Second, if you vape at higher temperatures and for a longer session, there will be less potency left over. So keep these two things in mind when making ABV infusions.

Because it's in a liquid form, AVB tea should kick in faster than edibles, but it still may have a creeping effect that might not hit its peak for hours. So it's best to start slow, use just a sprinkle of already vaped bud, and see how it affects you.

 

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AVB Coffee, Coconut Oil, and Capsules

It's a pretty simple and similar process to make ABV coffee as well. You can add AVB to your ground coffee when making a cup in a coffee machine. But, because you're not brewing it with milk, you'll run into the same problem of not extracting enough cannabinoids.

A better method is using your ABV to make cannabutter or coconut oil, and then adding the butter or oil into your coffee to give it a THC kick for a nice high. Adding AVB coconut oil or butter is also always an option to add to tea.

You can even fill gelatin capsules with AVB weed, which you can use whenever you like. Although capsules aren't as delicious or fun as AVB tea, it's quick, discreet, and very convenient. Again, since cannabinoids bind to fat, eat something with some oil content when you take a capsule.

Best Vaporizer for High Quality ABV

In order to get good results from your AVB, you need to have a quality dry herb vape. Otherwise, your vaporizer won't heat cannabis to a reliable temperature, and won't heat it evenly. This can mean your leftover AVB will be burnt in pockets, and not properly activated in others. It will result in worse flavor and fewer effects when using it in recipes and tea.

The Furna is an excellent dry herb vaporizer that ranks among the best portable vapes, featuring precise temperature control, but with an edge that the others don't. Furna features a swappable oven system that lets you load multiple ovens with cannabis, in advance. Then when you're on the go, you can instantly swap a used oven for a fresh one.

Furna also has specialized cannabis concentrate ovens and ovens for 510 oil cartridges, all just as convenient to swap in an instant. It sure beats the slow, messy, and inconvenient process you have to deal with when using other dry herb vapes. Check out the Furna vaporizer today.

 

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