Our Top Uses For AVB/ABV (Already Vaped Bud)

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Dry herb vaporizers have a ton of benefits. They give you stronger THC and CBD effects, are better for lung health compared with smoking, plus they smell and taste better. Read our introduction to dry herb vaporizers to learn more.

But many people don't know the extent to which dry herb vapes are truly the gift that keeps on giving. Let's talk about AVB (or ABV), short for "already vaped bud".

What is Already Vaped Bud (AVB)?

ABV is the vaporized dry, brownish-yellow bud that once used to be ground cannabis flower. It's what's left after you're done with a vaping session.

After you've vaped a bowl, you're already getting more cannabinoids (like CBD and THC) from the weed than if you'd smoked it. So you're already coming out ahead, even if you don't use the leftover vaped cannabis.


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But don't throw out those vaped herbs! There's still more potency still left in the weed.

Vaping isn't the end for your herb, just the beginning of a new chapter: already vaped bud, AVB, sometimes called ABV.

Is it AVB or ABV bud?

Cannabis enthusiasts had trouble deciding on one official spelling for vaped bud. You can call it both AVB (already vaped bud) and ABV (already been vaped), so we'll switch between the two.

There's a ton you can do with AVB cannabis after you're done vaporizing it. So instead of throwing your AVB weed out like it's ash, get into the habit of saving it after every vape session. Just store it in an airtight container or jar.


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Using AVB to Make Edibles, Capsules, and Tea

There are many ways to use ABV. Let's start with an overview and then get deeper into each method.

The most common way to use AVB is making edibles using ABV butter or oil. We'll talk about how to make cannabutter that you can use for cooking in your favorite food recipes.

Making AVB coconut oil is also a popular choice, and it's great for cooking dishes that require oil instead of butter. You can also make ABV capsules, which are a simple way to ingest your AVB.

How to use already vaped bud

You can even straight up eat AVB! You can't eat fresh cannabis flower, normally you have to decarboxylate it first before eating it. Weed needs to be decarboxylated in order to activate the cannabinoids (THC and CBD). If your marijuana isn't decarboxylated, you'll get pretty weak effects if you eat it.

Already vaped bud is already decarboxylated. Vaping will heat cannabis flower to a temperature where it becomes mostly or fully decarboxylated, so it's already activated and ready to go.

Normally when making edibles with fresh herb, you'll have to spend time "decarbing" it by baking it in the oven, which is a time-consuming step.

Eating decarboxylated AVB straight isn't tasty, but you can mask the bitter flavor with foods like peanut butter, yogurt, Nutella, or ice cream. You can also add ABV to coffee or tea!

Smoking ABV is possible, but it's not as tasty as dry herb, and leaves many people unsatisfied. But, smoking AVB is always there as a potential last resort.


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How Strong is AVB Weed?

There's no hard and fast rule for how high ABV will get you. It depends on a few factors. First, the potency of the cannabis flower you originally vaped. Herb high in THC and CBD will produce AVB that's stronger.

People usually store the AVB from different vaporizing sessions together in the same jar. In this case, the strength of the ABV in your jar is an average of the potency of all the strains of cannabis.

Temperature settings and already vaped bud

The second factor is how long you vaporized the herb for, and at what temperature. If you used high temperatures and vaped your weed for a long time, it will have less THC and CBD left in it. If you vape at cool temperatures, there will be more cannabinoids and potency left in the AVB.

The ABV should have somewhere between 5-30% of the THC and CBD from the original plant material left. Weak AVB can still have a potent effect, it depends on how much you consume.

It's a good idea to test the strength of AVB by starting with a small amount, to learn what dosage works best.


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What color should ABV be? How dark is too dark?

You can guess at how much potency is left in AVB by its color. If it's yellowish or brownish, it's going to have stronger effects compared with darker brown AVB.

The darker it is, the weaker the potency remaining. It'll also taste more bitter. If areas of your ABV are very dark or black, it's not worth using those parts. There's few cannabinoids left, and it'll taste bad.

If you're planning to make AVB edibles, it can be worth planning ahead. If you want your edibles to taste better and be stronger, use lower temperatures and keep your sessions shorter when vaping.

The leftover weed you save will be better for edibles. And you still get all the benefits of the cannabinoids, just at a later time.


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Water Curing ABV to Improve the Taste

Some people are turned off by the taste of already vaped bud, no matter how light it is in color. They find that masking the flavor with other foods isn't enough for them.

There's a simple solution to improving the taste of your AVB: water curing. To water cure your ABV weed, all you need is some 100% cotton cheesecloth, and a big bowl.

How to water cure AVB

First, lay your already vaped bud out in the center of the cheesecloth, then roll it up in the cheesecloth. Try to cover all the ABV in at least two layers of the cheesecloth in the process. Tie it up in a knot so you have a little bundle of AVB.

Then, pop this bundle into a bowl of water and soak it for a couple of hours until the water turns brown. Drain the water, add fresh water in its place, squeeze out your ABV (still in the cheesecloth), and put it back in the water.

Repeat this process until the water stops going brown, then drain it one final time. Then let your water cured ABV dry out. You're left with a much plainer tasting product.

If you hate the taste of ABV weed, water cure ABV before using it for cooking. Water cured AVB will make all of the following edibles and recipes tastier.

If you're looking for more in-depth instructions, check out our complete guide to water curing AVB.


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ABV Edibles: How to Make Cannabutter

Probably the most popular method of using AVB is making cannabutter, which you can add to any recipe you like. Water cure the ABV beforehand if you want to improve the taste.

To make cannabutter, you'll put butter and water in a pot on the stove, set to simmer. The water will keep the butter from burning. Once it's melted, add the AVB.

Keep the pot on low heat for three hours, and stir occasionally. Make sure it doesn't boil. After three hours, remove the pot from heat.

Straining the cannabutter

Next, pour the infused butter into a container, using cheesecloth as a filter. Tie the cheesecloth as a lid on top of the container, then pour your cannabutter mixture into it. You can also use a coffee filter as an alternative strainer.

Remove the cheesecloth, cover the container, and let it harden in the fridge. The butter will separate from the water. Lift out the butter and store it in an airtight container. You can discard the water.

You can also use a slow cooker to make cannabutter. The process takes longer but the end product is even better.


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Making AVB Coconut Oil for Edibles

Making ABV coconut oil is another great way to prep your for use in AVB recipes. The ingredients you'll need:

  • Already vaped bud
  • Coconut oil (melted)
  • Water
  • Mason jar
  • Crockpot or double boiler

First, mix the AVB and the melted coconut oil in a mason jar, making sure you completely cover the leftover weed. Next, put the mixture into a crockpot or double boiler on very low heat, not letting it boil. Let the mixture heat up for about three hours, shaking it up occasionally.

Finally, strain your AVB from your oil with cheesecloth into another jar. That's it! You now have some delicious cannabis oil that you can use in any ABV recipe as a substitute for regular oil. 

AVB brownies recipe with ABV oil

Cannabis infused brownies are classic edibles, and they never go out of style. Making a batch of ABV brownies is simple, just get out your ABV coconut oil mason jar.

All you need to do is follow your favorite brownie recipe, with one big difference: use AVB coconut oil instead of regular oil. Now it's an ABV brownie recipe! The results should be some delicious marijuana brownies that will have some fun and relaxing effects based on the cannabis strains in your AVB.


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Use Already Vaped Bud to Make Capsules

ABV is useful for more than just recipes. You can also buy empty gelatin capsules (size 00 works well) and fill them with AVB or AVB oil. Then you can swallow a capsule whenever you like. It's very discreet, and you'll also bypass the taste of ABV this way.

THC is fat soluble, so it helps to eat a little bit of food with a bit of fat at the same time. You'll extract more cannabinoids this way.

Effects will take time to kick in because the capsules take some time to dissolve and break down. Go low and slow with dosage until you know how strong your capsules are.

To fill AVB capsules, you can fill them by hand, or get a filling machine that will speed up the process. If you're using AVB oil, you can use a simple dropper to get the oil in the capsule. With oil capsules, eating food high in fat at the same time isn't as necessary.


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Drink AVB Tea or ABV Coffee

Make your morning (or evening) a lot more interesting by adding some already vaped bud to your tea or coffee. Or any hot drink for that matter. ABV hot chocolate? Yum!

To add AVB to coffee, add a decent scoop of the stuff to your coffee grounds before brewing. Use a strong coffee flavor if you want to mask the flavor, or water cure it first. You can also add some honey or sugar.

For tea, simply add the AVB to the leaves and steep it as you normally would. Again, the stronger the flavor, the less you'll taste the AVB. Doubling or tripling up on teabags can help.

Infusing ABV tea

You can even just steep AVB on its own, and make a tea if you don't mind the flavor. It can actually be quite tasty with a generous amount of milk or dairy alternative.

In fact with any AVB coffee or tea, it's best to add something fatty or creamy to your beverage. Cannabinoids bind to fat, but not so much to water. This will enhance the effects of the ABV.


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Other ABV Uses: Eating AVB Plain?

If you want a quick edible without any of the cooking, try making an ABV snack. Fresh bud usually requires decarboxylation before doing this, but not AVB - it's already been decarboxylated by the vape.

Sprinkle a fair amount on some toast with peanut butter or Nutella, and have an ABV peanut butter sandwich. It also works in ice cream and yogurt. Invent your own recipe!

The texture can be unpleasant - water curing is recommended here, too. But ABV is just as potent an edible, even if you just eat it plain.

Smoking Already Vaped Bud

The THC content isn't nearly as strong as fresh weed, but you can smoke AVB. Smoke the yellower of the ABV, because the browner the bud, the less potent it is.

Smoking AVB will work in a pinch, but it tastes pretty bad and the high can be short-lived. It will taste better if you water cure it, but it's nothing like smoking fresh cannabis flower.

It'll also irritate your lungs, just like any smoking or combustion method.


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Save Already Been Vaped Bud, AVB Water Cure if Needed

There are way too many things you can do with AVB weed to throw it away. Save it! As you now know, you can use it to make AVB edibles, or add it to your cup of coffee.

You can make ABV capsules, eat it plain, or smoke it in a pinch. Cooking with ABV is simple once you've got some cannabutter or weed infused oil to work with. And any brownie recipe can become an AVB brownies recipe if you just substitute some ABV oil.

Water curing will help if you don't care for the flavor, or just don't want the flavor affecting your recipes.

So it's always worth saving your ABV. AVB is just another benefit of vaping, and an extra reason to get a dry herb vaporizer.

Choosing a dry herb vape

It can be fun to smoke weed sometimes, but over the long term, it's such a waste. You don't get as much THC or CBD from smoking, and you don't get the bonus round of ABV. When you smoke a joint, there's nothing left over afterwards but ash.

The most portable and versatile vaporizer on the market is the Furna. It features a swappable oven system, which lets you load up several different ovens before you leave the house. Reloading other vapes while you're on the go is annoying and awkward (and not discreet). But with Furna, you can just instantly swap a used oven for a fresh one.

Also featuring specialized ovens for concentrate and oil, it's a game-changer for portable vaping. Learn more about Furna here.

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