How to use your ABV

How to use your ABV weed

What is ABV weed?

There is a lot of discussion about what to do with the leftover material that is produced after vaping. Some users dispose of the waste from their vaporizer after every session without knowing the potential uses of this product. What they don’t know is that all of the fun loving properties of their marijuana have not been consumed yet.

When cannabis is placed into your chamber and heated it releases around 50-80 % of the cannabinoids from the plant. So, what happens to the other 20-50%? These compounds are still left in the vaped herb which is called Already Been Vaped (ABV) or Already Vaped Bud (AVB). That’s right, all of that dark brown stuff that looks like ground up tobacco that you have been throwing out all this time still contains plenty of useful chemicals.

We are going to review a few different ways that you can use ABV weed to get the most out of your stash.

ABV bud transforms from a light green to a dark brown

How does ABV work?

In order to get high from the THC contained in the plant, it has to be decarboxylated. What does that mean? It basically means that the herb has to be heated to high temperatures in order for the THC to be activated. Those of you who have experienced eating cannabis in its raw form will know that you cannot get buzzed through this mode of consumption. Smoking, vaping and heating are the main ways to “decarb” your weed.  When you are prepared to make edibles,ABV weed skips a step as it is already ‘debarbed’ by the vaporizer.

How high will I get with my ABV Weed?

The answer to this question depends on a few things; what was the original strain that was used, and how potent was the material?

It also depends on how hard you vaped it originally. As the temperature increases, more compounds are released and therefore less is left in the by product. Although the chlorophyll gives marijuana its colour, a good guideline on potency is how dark the ABV is after vaping. If it is slightly green or dark brown then you will have plenty of cannabinoids left for use later. If it is black, then you have expended most of the benefits in your original session.

The ABV cannabis experience varies from user to user, however, you are more likely to experience a slow, low peak buzz for a longer duration.

How can I consume ABV bud?

The easy part is vaping; but how do you make the most out of your bud? We will look at a few of the most common ways vapers use their ABV.

Eat it

The simple method is to just eat it. Believe or not, just digesting the ABV is enough to get you high. Usage of this method varies from peanut butter and ABV sandwiches to blending it into your favorite shake. A coffee grinder is typically used to get the weed as fine as possible and then you simply sprinkle it on to your food.

Peanut Butter and ABV Sandwich

The issue most users find with consumption is that it tastes like it smells and can lead to an upset stomach. To eliminate this taste, the ABV weed needs to go through a secondary process called water curing.

Water curing is a process that drives out the bad taste and aroma by soaking it like a tea bag in a large bowl of tap water. Once the material has been soaked, it is dried or cured in the oven on a baking sheet or tray. This extra step will make it a little easier to pass through your digestive system .

Another way to avoid the burnt taste of ABV is to place it into gel capsules.  Although this may minimize the taste of ABV, it may still be harsh on your stomach.



Cannabutter

If you do not like the option of eating your plant matter raw, then cannabutter is a fantastic option to make the most out of your ABV.

To make cannabutter, you will begin with grinding the ABV in a coffee grinder until you are left with very fine grinds. This will ensure that your cannabinoids bind to the fat/lipids in the butter. Ratios vary but a good starting point is 1 .oz of ABV for every cup of butter.

Put the ABV into a pot with the butter over a low heat, be sure to have some water in the mixture as well. Stir things up from time to time and let the mixture sit on low heat for 4-6 hours.

Allow the mixture to cool and let it set in the fridge for a few more hours. Once it’s ready the butter will form a solid layer on the top of the dish, any water will sit at the bottom and can be thrown away.

Cannaoil

This process is almost identical to making cannabutter. Start with the same ratio of 1 .oz of ABV to 1 cup of oil, and place your ABV into a sauce pan with a home cooking oil (we recommend coconut or olive oil). Set your stove on low to simmer the mixture for 1-2 hours, ensuring that the bud does not burn. You will need to monitor the oil, as you do not want the liquid to overflow and catch fire. This method is somewhat involved as you will need to keep an eye on the saucepan for the entire time, in order to ensure the oil is potent and that your kitchen does not go up in smoke.

Cannaoil is the most versatile of all the methods as it can be used in a variety of different recipes. The oil can be used over pasta, salad, used in baking recipes and even rubbed on your skin to reduce inflammation.

When you eat ‘decarbed’ cannabis — whether it’s ABV or not — it’s important to remember that it can take a few hours for your body to process and feel the effects. Depending on your digestive system and the way the ABV was processed, it can take up to 4 hours or more to feel the full effects.

Slow and steady wins the race (at first). Don’t eat a whole pan of oil infused brownies the first time you try your ABV weed. Start with a quarter of the recommended size, then wait a day to evaluate your experience. It is a common experience for new users to consume too much, fall asleep, and wake up with a unpleasant day ahead of them. So, start slowly.

If you are planning on using your ABV on a frequent basis you should consider owning an infuser or butter maker. Whereas the methods described above are quite involved and time consuming, there are products available that will allow you to ‘set it and forget it’. The Magical Butter 2 and Levo Oil Infuser make using your ABV easy. Both units allow the home user to make cannaoil or cannabutter.

The Magical Butter 2 has a blender like apparatus that will stir, blend and infuse your blend. It also has 5 easy to use pre-set buttons for butter, oil, tinctures etc. The MB2 prefers you use the entire bud, however, ground material and ABV work just fine.

Magical Butter Machine- CannabutterMagical Butter Machine 2


The Levo Oil Infuser offers precise temperature control and a timer for those cooks who demand accuracy in their recipes. It also has an option that 'decarbs' cannabis for non ABV recipes. The one drawback to this device may be the size of the herb pod container. It only holds 7 grams of herb, but most users get around this by placing the infused oil back into the device with a fresh batch of weed.

Levo Oil Infuser-How to make CannaoilLevo Oil Infuser

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