MJ consumption has a come a long way from the days of roach clips and stoner inventions. Vaporizers bring getting elevated to the 21st century by offering a healthier and more efficient alternative to traditional combustion.
Instead of combusting the herb, vaporizers heat up to the point where the cannabinoids (the chemicals that give herbs its magic) go from its solid crystalline form to a vapor and are able to be inhaled by an adult 21+. Vaporizers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes ranging from desktop vapes like the Volcano to the small handheld Magic Flight Launch Box.
Besides the health benefits and discretion, there’s another major perk to consuming herbs this way: the leftover “already vaped bud”, or AVB, can be easily reused as an edible.
Using AVB is like recycling used herb after its initial use — recycling is all about being green after all!
How Does It Work?
In order for herbs, and more specifically THC, to elevate the user, it must first be converted from THC-A to THC through a chemical reaction called decarboxylation — -often referred to as “decarbing”. Who thought chemistry could be fun? Heat is the key ingredient for decarboxylation to occur. When smoking herbs through one of the traditional methods like our Colfax Dugout Kit or Fillmore Bubbler, this reaction occurs through the help of heat of the herb that is “on fire” and the activated cannabinoids are then inhaled leaving nothing but ash behind. Similarly, when making edibles, consumers often use the oven or slow cooker to provide the heat needed for decarboxylation to occur.
When vaporizing herb, the temperature required to vaporize the cannabinoids is higher than the temperature required for decarboxylation — -in other words, the cannabinoids are “decarbed” before being vaporized. Although vaporizers are extremely efficient at extracting these awesome molecules, it cannot extract all of them, leaving a large amount of cannabinoids in the AVB. Scientific studies have revealed that up to 30% of the original THC is left in addition to other cannabinoids such as CBD
What Do I Do With My AVB?
Keep a small airtight container (medicine bottles work well!) near the vaporizer and dump the AVB into the container as it is fully used, and soon, there will be enough to last a stoner through “dankruptcy”.
Here are some ideas on how to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to herbs:
Add AVB To Food
On its own, AVB isn’t exactly appetizing, even if it does look like oregano — -some say it tastes like burnt popcorn. Starting with a quarter teaspoon dose, try adding it to any food! THC binds best to fat heavy foods like peanut butter, pizza, or Nutella, but it works in just about any food. Try making a chicken pot pie with extra weed or extra green eggs and ham.
Bust out a chef hat, find an edibles recipe online, and mix in the AVB before cooking! Be careful here as potency and concentration of the AVB can vary throughout the servings. Grab muffin mix and add AVB for a gourmet “Wake ‘n Bake” or make Nutella firecrackers by sprinkling AVB on a layer of Nutella in between two graham crackers (it tastes better than it sounds).
Some people don’t really like the taste of weed, which is totally understandable. It’s not exactly something people like to find in their cookies all the time. With that said, capsules are a great method to intake AVB. Empty pill capsules are really easy to find for cheap online and they’re super easy to make! Similar to filling up joints, simply use a funnel, fill up half of an empty capsule with some AVB, lock the capsules in place, and drink them with a glass of water. Who said getting high has to taste like anything?
At the end of the day, weed isn’t cheap. Using AVB isn’t only a great physical pain reliever, it’s a great way to relieve some pain on your wallet.