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Article Last Updated on January 5, 2023

If this is the first time you’re hearing that you can reuse already vaped weed, you’re not alone. Many marijuana users have no idea that you don’t need to throw out the weed that you’re left with after vaping. This weed can be reused in really creative ways, which can benefit both your wallet and your next “high” experience.

In order for weed to have its psychoactive effects, the Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid  (THCA) needs to be converted to Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) by undergoing the chemical reaction known as decarboxylation. When you put your dry herb in your vaporizer, you do just that. 

So, if you want to have more use out of your stash and save some money in the process, read on. We will go into the ways you can reuse your cannabis after your vape session as well as give you information about different methods to get rid of the bitter taste of vaped weed.

What Is ABV or AVB?

AVB is an abbreviation for the term “already vaped bud”, whereas ABV means weed that has “already been vaped”. Whichever name you use, this plant matter is what’s left after vaporizing. Its color will turn from green to brown, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t decent amounts of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids and terpenes left.

After vaping, the cannabinoids and terpenes lower significantly, but that’s not a reason to throw away the vaped weed. Since vaporizing is best done at a temperature between 157–227°C (315–440°F), which is the decarboxylation temperature, the THC has already been decarboxylated. After vaping, the potency of the AVB will vary depending on the potency of the cannabis flower, the temperature it was vaped at, as well as the method in which you use the AVB.

What Can You Do With Already Vaped Buds?

If you’re a person who vapes, you can certainly make good use out of your leftover weed. You can use what’s left of the active cannabinoids and make delicious edibles, sweet and savory dishes, as well as drinkables. Read on to find out how you can use AVB with different methods.

AVB Cannabutter Or Oils

The already vaped buds can be used to make cannabutter or cannabis oils that you can incorporate in recipes. 

To do this, you can follow a simple recipe for making cannabutter at home. All you need to do is put the butter, AVB, and water in a medium saucepan and cook them for a few hours. After that, you need to strain the butter through a cheesecloth, and leave the butter in a container to firm up.

For a vegan option, you could try making cannabis oil using coconut oil. To do this, you would need a slow cooker or a double-boiler. You add the AVB and the coconut oil in the slow cooker on low heat for a few hours. You should stir occasionally to prevent burning. The temperature should be below 90-95°C (below 200°F). After that, you just strain it, and you have your cannabis oil.

You can later use both cannabutter or cannabis oil to make smoothies, cakes, drinkables, and other weed products.

AVB Edibles

When making edibles, one of the main steps before actually going forward with the recipe is decarbing the cannabis. Since the weed has been previously decarboxylated while vaping, decarbing isn’t necessary for making edibles this way. In order to use AVB in cannabis edibles, you will first need to make cannabis oil or cannabutter from the leftover weed (or you could just add the AVB right to the recipe). After making the butter or oil, you would use them in recipes for weed brownies, cakes, cookies, as well as in savory recipes like pasta sauces, spreads, stews, soups, etc.

You could also use the AVB directly, although it may give the dish a bit of a bitter taste. In order to mask this, you can use sugar, peanut butter, or Nutella in sweet recipes. 

You should be careful when consuming edibles because they take a longer time to kick in, so wait a few hours before topping off.

Water Curing AVB

If you would like to remove the bitter taste and odor from the AVB, you can do that with this curing process that will last from 4-7 days.

  1. Wrap the vaped weed in a cheesecloth as if it were a big teabag.
  2. Submerge the weed in water.
  3. Replace the water with fresh water every 4-8 hours and do this for 4-7 days.
  4. Drain the water, spread the weed on a baking tray, and preheat the oven to a low heat of  90-95°C (200°F).
  5. Bake the weed for two hours and mix it every half hour.
  6. Remove the weed from the tray and add it to your recipes.

Make sure you gather larger amounts of AVB so you can do this process in bigger batches. When you cure weed this way you will remove the bitter taste, and you can add it directly to edible recipes, sprinkle it on food, etc.


Tinctures are another cannabis product you can make at home using AVB. Cannabis tinctures are made by combining weed with alcohol that’s at least 90 proof like vodka or Everclear. Add your vaped weed and leave the mixture to steep. Shake it gently from time to time, and leave it for a few days. The longer you leave it to steep, the more potent your tincture will be. After a few days, you should strain the mixture and store it in a dark bottle, away from direct sunlight. You can transfer a bit of it in a dropper bottle, and use it by getting a few drops under your tongue.

AVB Capsules

If you don’t want to bother going through all these methods to reuse your already vaped weed, you can simply make weed capsules. You can purchase empty gel capsules and fill them up with AVB. You can use both gelatinous capsules, or go for the vegan option. This way you get the benefits of direct ingestion of weed, without going through a lot of effort to cook, bake, or water cure.

AVB Drinkables

Because already vaped weed is decarbed, you can add it to your morning tea or coffee and make yourself a drinkable. Simply add the AVB in a cup and steep your tea bag along with water. Choose a tea that has a strong flavor, so it can mask the bitterness of the weed, and use a sweetener. You could also add milk to it since cannabinoids bind to fat. Another way to use AVB would be to add it to your coffee grounds and brew your coffee this way to enjoy this cannabinoid drinkable.

Can You Smoke Vaped Weed?

If you’re a fan of smoking cannabis, you might be wondering whether you can smoke the already vaped weed. It’s generally not a good idea to smoke vaped weed since the potency won’t be the same as smoking ground fresh weed, it will have a weird taste, and provide a less intense high. But, if you don’t mind that, you can also try smoking it.

Final Thoughts on Already Vaped Weed

As you have now learned, already vaped weed can be reused in a lot of different ways. All you will need is a little time, creative recipes, and you can make your culinary wonders, as well as enjoy the effects of your AVB high. Next time you do a vape session, make sure that after you empty your vaporizer you save the leftover weed. 

One thing to take in mind is that you should be cautious of the dosage of THC in your edibles and cannabis products. Even though already vaped weed has a lower dose of THC, you should make sure that you don’t take a larger dose than you can handle.

Use it later to make different baked goods and savory dishes, as well as to make cannabutter, cannabis oils, and tinctures at home. And when you cure the remaining weed, you can use it to make delicious spreads, cannabis-infused drinkables, and more.

And lastly, if you don’t want to go through the effort of making something with your AVB, using it in your compost and returning it to the soil is another good idea.

A passionate advocate for the benefits of cannabis. Fraser Horton, who has a background in botany and a strong love of nature, has spent years researching how cannabis affects the body and mind. He established Leaf Nation in 2020, where he has devoted himself to educating people about the legalisation of marijuana and its safe and responsible use. Fraser is committed to highlighting cannabis’ potential for improving wellness and working to dispel the stigma associated with its use.


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