AVB (Already Vaped Bud, a.k.a. ABV (Already Been Vaped) and even “Vape Poo” by some people) is the shorthand term for cannabis that’s already been used in a vaporizer. You’ve already helped your medical condition, or gotten high with it, by using it the first time. And as they say on TV…but wait, there’s more! AVB will easily get you high again, and it can be used in a number of different ways, mostly pretty stealthy, because all the characteristic “weed smell” is already gone.
There’s more cannabinoids left in AVB than most people would dream of. That’s because we’re so used to the concept of “smoking marijuana”, and of course, smoking burns up everything, so there’s nothing left.
Smoking not only burns up your weed, it burns off your cannabinoids even before you can get to them. All the burning vegetative matter gives off all kinds of smoke — some of it that’s not too good for you — which makes you cough, and so you’re coughing out (and losing) big clouds of expensive cannabinoids. That’s just one reason why vaporizing is better than smoking.
And AVB is the next one, because saving your AVB is like having money in the bank after you’ve already spent it! It’s like Zombie Weed that lives again! Insert “green” recycling jokes here.
The only thing you’ll need is a handy container that you can keep right next to your vaporizer, so you’ll never forget to use it. I use a medicine bottle (sadly, with my health issues, I always have those around), but anything clean is fine.
All you have to do is dump the crumbly weed left over every time you finish your vaporization session into this container. Shake it up, baby (that mixes it, keeping it random). And…you’re done.
Important note: If you’re using a MFLB, please tear up the trenches first! This video shows how to “randomize” your AVB:
The beautiful thing about this whole procedure is you never have to worry. Should I put some fresh weed in my vape? Should I vaporize some more? Should I dump this strain out and start using a different one? It’s all good, because whether you vaporize it a lot or a little, at a low or high temperature, it doesn’t matter because it’s all being mixed in together for later use as AVB. So, in the immortal words of Blind Faith, do what you like at the time, because nothing will be wasted (except you, heh heh :-)
And what can you do with AVB?
- make Chicken Pot Pie…with real pot!
- make Pot Pizza (prep time: 1 minute)
- make Nutella firecrackers
put it into gelatin capsules and take them any timeWarning: do not do this without reading this important followup article!
But don’t let me limit your ideas. You can use it in or on almost any food! ABV doesn’t smell much like weed (lightly vaped AVB smells kind of like Italian seasoning, while heavily vaped AVB smells more like burnt popcorn), and looks a lot like brownish oregano. In fact, if you got a shaker bottle of Italian seasoning and emptied most of it out, you could probably carry lots of AVB around with nobody ever the wiser.
Don’t try to smoke or re-vaporize AVB…it tastes terrible. It’s much better, easier, and more efficient to eat it in or on food, particularly food with a high fat content. But it works just fine on its own, because it’s already been decarboxylated so the body can use it directly through the digestive system.
That’s why you can take it in capsules.
Old Hippie Has An Edibles Complex
However…don’t forget that you are now entering the arena of edibles, where you must be very careful of dosages and must also wait an hour or two to see how well you guessed. That’s why I always try to present doses at least safe enough for someone like me (who is still rather sensitive to most substances and still has virtually no tolerance buildup to cannabis).
On that basis, 1/4 teaspoon of ground AVB is an excellent starting point dose for healthy people to try mixing with their food; this gets me to a highness level of around  to , depending on what food I use it with. For a first-time, elderly, anxious user, cardiac patient, or someone with low blood pressure, you might start with 1/8 teaspoon instead, just to be extra safe.
As with all edibles, never increase the dose or take another until at least two hours have gone by (assuming you want more effect, of course), especially your first time. And don’t forget, either, that the effects of edibles last much longer than smoking or vaporizing, generally 6 hours at a minimum, so make sure your schedule is clear for the day until you know what you’re doing.
Safer Than The Average Joint
The thing about AVB that most people don’t realize is that it’s inherently about the safest (mentally) way to use cannabis, because the very nature of AVB means that a great deal of the THC is gone. THC is the main psychoactive component in cannabis, and it’s essentially the part that gets you high. It’s also the part that vaporizes at the lowest temperature, so it’s the first to be used up.
While the AVB in your dose probably has enough THC to get you high, it also probably doesn’t have enough THC to get you too high. So while you can indeed get pretty high using AVB, it’s much less likely that you’ll encounter problems like the anxiety or paranoia common when people get way too high on sativas or other cannabis strains with high THC content.
Another factor to this safety thing is that the lower THC usually means that the ratio of CBD to THC is higher. CBD has anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic qualities, and it also tends to “balance” the effects of THC. All this means that using AVB means you’re more likely to have a “good time” rather than a “bad trip”.
If you want to try some of this stuff out, but you’re an inveterate weed smoker and don’t know anyone with a vaporizer, you can simply decarboxylate some weed in your oven. Put it on a cookie sheet or in an oven-safe bowl, and heat it for about an hour at 225°F (note: this will smell up your kitchen). You’re not vaporizing or losing the THC when you do this, merely activating the cannabinoids so your digestive system can process them properly.
Decarbed cannabis differs from AVB in one important way: it still has all its THC, so it doesn’t have the “safety factor” of AVB discussed in the previous section. In all other respects, it can be used the same way as AVB in food
or capsules; just remember, it’s stronger because of the THC, so use less of it (start with 1/2 of an AVB dose to be safest).