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Already Vaped Bud (AVB) Guide

If you have ever tried to vape marijuana, then you’ll notice the leftover bud inside of the vaporising chamber. Unlike smoking where we weed burns away, you are left with an already vaped bud that can be used!

  • Commonly referred to as “Already Been Vaped” (ABV) or “Already Vaped Bud” (AVB) is the leftover cannabis bud found in the vaping chamber
  • You can spot AVB as it has a distinct brownish colour and a completely different smell.
  • AVB weed doesn’t need to be thrown out. You can use it to make oil, butter, tinctures and more.
  • You can smoke AVB marijuana, but it will have a rough, bitter taste.
  • Already Vaped Bud has already been decarboxylated, so you can easily use it in ingredients to get the full high effects.

Read on as we cover all the different aspects of AVB in Australia including:

Table of Contents.

What is Already Vaped Bud (ABV or AVB)?

Cannabis buds that have been vaped are called “Already Vaped Bud” (AVB) or “Already Been Vaped” (ABV).

Most people think that Already Vaped Bud is useless after being vaped as it loses its green colour and rich, fresh smell.

The good news is that even after you vape weed, some of the cannabinoids and terpenes survive and can be re-used.

You extract the majority of the THC contents of your cannabis when vaping, but the little that remains can be repurposed as an ingredient in food recipes, oils, butter, tinctures and more.

Conclusion:: What is Already Vaped Bud?

Already Vaped Bud (AVB) is the cannabis bud that has been vaped. It will have a brownish colour, a bitter taste and AVB emits a more subtle weed smell.

How Much THC & CBD Is In AVB?

When you vape cannabis, you will extract that majority of its THC and CBD content, but there is still some leftover.

CBD and CBN require higher temperatures than THC to be fully activated and extracted while vaping. This means that most, but not all of the THC will be vaped off.

The resulting amounts of THC, CBD and CBN are more balanced. This makes AVB highs a lot more relaxed and mellow than fresh bud with higher levels of THC.

Conclusion: How much THC & CBD is in AVB?

When you vape marijuana buds, you will extract the majority of THC and CBD. THC has a lower boiling point than CBD or CBN, so the THC levels will drop more dramatically than CBD or CBN.

AVB weed will have a more evenly balanced amount of THC, CBD and CBN. This will be noticed when consuming it as the high is a lot milder and more mellow than a fresh THC intensive bud.

Can You Smoke AVB?

A lot of people are asking whether or not you can smoke vaped weed (AVB), and the answer is “yes”, you can!

You lose some of the taste and intense high, but you will get the most out of your already vaped bud.

The amount of THC, CBD and CBN is balanced and even making it more suitable for medicinal purposes.

The typical brown colour of vaped cannabis (AVB) is not especially attractive, but it has all the right cannabis properties to be smoke.

If you are new to vaping cannabis), you can control the heat temperature to get the bud to a nice yellowish brown colour before stopping. This doesn’t ‘overcook’ the bud and allows for higher levels of THC to remain.

Try vaping the cannabis bud between 170 to 190 degrees (Celsius). This will retain a lot of the cannabis properties like THC, CBD and CBN that you can then appreciate later when smoking.

Conclusion: Can you light up and smoke AVB weed?

You can smoke your already vaped bud! After vaping, the weed will lose a lot of its THC resulting in a mild body high that’s more relaxing.

Already Vaped Bud (AVB) has a yellowish-brown colour, minimal smells and a bitter taste. But the high is still there, so people keep on smoking.

You can imagine it like having a black coffee. A bit bitter and dark, but it gives you the caffeine boost you needed!

Some people prefer it as its cheap, still gives a functional high that is effective and reducing anxiety.

Is It Dangerous To Use AVB?

Switching from smoking to vaping cannabis keeps you safe from the harmful toxic components that have long-term negative effects.

With that being said, is it more dangerous or harmful to smoke AVB than it is to smoke fresh weed?

Vaping cannabis will activate the cannabis compounds (THC, CBD, etc.) and extracts that while you inhale. Unlike smoking, there are no combustion toxins during this process.

This makes AVB almost the same as cannabis bud heated up in the oven at 180 degrees for a few minutes.

This makes Already Vaped Bud safe enough to be used as a cooking ingredient, and it should have the same risks associated with smoking fresh weed.

Conclusion: Is it more dangerous to smoke AVB than it is to smoke fresh marijuana buds?

The vaping process for weed is relatively harmful and similar to baking your buds in the oven for a few minutes.

This makes AVB safe enough to use as an ingredient in an edibles recipe, and the same for smoking.

Smoking AVB will produce the same combustion toxins that fresh weed will. Its much safer to turn AVB into tea, oils, or tinctures that can be taken without toxins.

Best Uses Of AVB

You can use AVB weed on everything, so it ends up to your preference. The most popular use of vaped marijuana buds is to turn them into edibles and tinctures.

Fresh marijuana buds need heat to be eaten, vaped or smoked as it is not decarboxylated. This means that you won’t get high if you just bite into weed buds.

Already Vaped Buds (AVB) have gone through the decarboxylated process in the vaporiser. This makes AVB ready to be used in any ingredients with little to no effort.

The downside to adding AVB weed onto your pizza or pasta is the bitter and rough taste.

Dissolving AVB into oils or fats is the best way to extract the remaining cannabis compounds. This can then be reused as a tasty ingredient in edibles, drinks or a simple oil.


Vaping is just a using a heating element and suction to extract all the goodness of cannabis. This is following the same decarboxylation process that activates cannabis compounds, including THC, to give you an excellent high effect.

Without using heat to create a decarboxylation effect, your weed buds will not get you high.

Most popular heat fresh marijuana buds in oil and some others bake them slow in the oven, but the result is the same decarboxylation process the readies your weed for consumption.

When vaping weed, you skip these extra decarboxylation steps and are ready to mix your AVB with your preferred oil or fats.

Take your AVB grinds and simmer in oil or butter and after two to three hours, you will have a potent cannabis ingredient for cooking edibles.


Curing is the process of removing any strong smells or tastes that come with AVB.

Curing is especially popular for AVB cannabis when you want to enhance the good taste and smell while reducing the intense bitter flavours.

The curing process takes four to eight days and includes:

  1. Take 7 or more grams of AVB weed and put it in a cheesecloth. These end up looking like a teabag full of cannabis.
  2. Submerge your AVB cheesecloth teabag in freshwater.
  3. Check back every day to see if the water is becoming darker, dirtier and murkier. Replace the murky water with fresh water.
  4. Pre-heat an oven to 90–95ºC and prepare a baking tray to have the water-cured AVB placed on
  5. After the four to eight days are finished, you spread your fresh-water AVB weed out on a baking tray that will be put into the oven for two hours. Make sure to check on them every twenty or so minutes to see if they are over-drying.

The result is water-cured AVB weed with the bitter taste and smell removed. You can then used this AVB weed in any edibles cooking.


Cannabis tinctures, are the most popular way of taking marijuana in Australia.

Rather than smoking or vaping in public, it’s easier to take a few drops of cannabis tinctures under your tongue. It only takes a few seconds to take effect and is a quiet and subtle way of getting high.

Now that you’re sold on the convenient use of tinctures, how can we make cannabis tinctures from AVB weed?

To make tinctures, you will require a bottle of vodka, 7 or more grams of AVB cannabis, and follow these includes:

  1. Put your AVB weed into the vodka. A mason jar or something similar is the best.
  2. A few times a day, shake the jar gently to make sure the contents are being moved around
  3. You can complete this in a few hours, but we recommend two to four days to get the best AVB tincture. Once ready, strain the ingredients through a cheesecloth, strain the contents (sieve) and store the liquid in a dark bottle away from the sun.
  4. A few drops under your tongue and you can receive the full high effects of CBD and THC from your AVB weed

There are many different variations in the tincture making process, but the above is the simplest. Remember that vodka is 90 proof alcohol, so be careful as it is flammable.

Conclusion: Already Vaped Bud (AVB)

We now know that Already Vaped Bud is the yellowish-brown remains of cannabis that has been vaped. It’s pretty standard for people to throw this out, but you can actually re-use AVB bud.

Vaping weed is the same as lightly baking buds to achieve the decarboxylation process that brings out the psychoactive components found in edibles and oils that gets us high.

When you look at AVB weed, you would think that there’s nothing left, but a lot of the CBD and CBN compounds remain due to their higher heat resistance. THC has a lower boiling point, so its the first compound to get vaped out.

It does not add to the already existing dangers of smoking weed, so a lot of people will smoke the already vaped bud (AVB). The main downside is the strong bitter taste that is a big turn-off for most.

Next to this, you can easily turn already vaped bud (AVB) into oil or butter (fats) and then re-used in a cooking recipe. You can skip the decarboxylation process of baking the weed at 90 degrees over a few hours, as your vaping device already did this for you.

Most people prefer to cure AVB cannabis after it goes through a water-based curing process. You wrap the AVB in cheesecloth, so it looks like a teabag and soaks it in water. After a few days and few swapping out the dirty water for fresh clean water, you will lightly bake the weed for two hours to dry it.

The result is a much better tasting weed that can be used to smoke or turned into edibles or tinctures.

Let us know your favourite uses for AVB weed. Do you smoke it right after vaping, or save it up to make oil or butter?

James King

James is an experienced writer and legal cannabis advocate in Australia. He answers all the questions about business, legalisation and medicinal cannabis.

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    What is Already Vaped Bud (AVB) – Best Practices & Methods

    What is AVB?

    Others may call it ABV weed (Already Been Vaped), but I call it AVB (Already Vaped Bud). I think it makes more sense from a sentence structure prospective. Also, ABV can also refer to Alcohol By Volume. But, hey, whom am I to judge, all terms are acceptable.

    AVB is NOT the same as ASH (Already Smoked Herb), it references the cannabis that’s already been used in a vaporizer and hasn’t been completely burned. A dry herb vaporizer exposes the bud to just the right amount of heat to vaporize the main cannabinoids components (THC, CBD, etc.) without burning herb, and that will be enough to get you high, but there is always leftover, and throwing it out is a waste.

    As for how to store AVB, first off, there is no expiration date, you should be good to go as long as you want. The best way to store AVB, however, is to keep it in a mason jar.

    When do you stop vaping your herb?

    It’s a combination of diminished vapor, diminished taste and a color change to a deep golden brown. It will also get back to your preferred temperature setting. Make sure to give it a stir preferably every couple of hits. Toward the end of the vaping sesh, you may lose some of the flavor, and that’s normal. It’s up to you if you want to keep vaping, or you can save it for more potent edibles.

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    If you want to avoid combustion, don’t wait till your AVB weed is too dark. A deep golden brown is when you want to stop vaping, you will also want to see a consistent color all around.

    Consuming And/Or Extracting from AVB – Best Practices & Methods

    Best Way to Use AVB

    I lot of Vaporents end up with a lot of it, and have no idea how to use AVB. I hate waste, and if you were throwing your AVB away, you’re totally wasting some cannabinoids left in it, very low percentage, but you still wasting it. Hold on it, it’s useful. And it can get you high.

    What’s good about A lready Vaped Bud , the small percentage of THC left in it is already activated and decarbed due to the heat it was exposed to during heating, so it’s completely edible.

    1. Smoking it

    Many of my fellow stoners who use vaporizers end up smoking already vaped bud because it’s the easiest way. AVB will get you high if you smoke it. The potency, however, has been reduced due to vaporization, and the smoke is harsh and unpleasant. You could take it, roll it up and smoke it, but the question is, why it was vaped in the first place? Most people switch to vaporizing their weed for health reasons and stay away from inhaling undesired and toxic components (a.k.a “combustion toxins”), which is inherently very harmful. Smoking marijuana after vaporizing it simply defies the purpose.

    2. Eating your AVB

    Eating your AVB by itself or with food, and I’m talking here about actually swallowing the leftover herb after vaporizing it, and NOT infused whatever left of cannabinoids into butter. Many people do it, and if you don’t mind the taste unpleasantness, nausea, sleepiness, stomachache, possible vomiting and perhaps the worst headache a person can ever have you may experience, sure, do it. Sprinkle it on a nutella or yogurt (or over frozen pizza, shred extra cheese on the top, and toss it in the oven) and eat it. Enjoy the disastrous taste, texture and the uncomfortable high, open up your mouth and slam it down.

    Here is one bad experience eating AVB; Ate some AVB 2 nights ago, never again.

    As for the AVB dosage; I would suggest about 0.5-1g at a time, it can get you way too high, depends on your tolerance and for how long this AVB has been vaped and on what temperature. The method, however, an be less efficient delivery if the AVB is not cooked with a fat.

    3. Infuse It into Fat

    I personally think it’s the best way to use AVB. Fatty extraction of cannabanoids is a fairly simple and common practice to render THC for cooking or for direct consumption. The result is a good amount of a very dark, olive green looking oil. You can add it to any recipe requires fat, brownies are the obvious choice. You can always experiment with it, for instance, some people like to blend the mix into coffee, hot chocolate or, my favorite, milk shake, with a food processor it masks the taste and may improves the texture of the drink. Plus liquid digests faster in the stomach than solid food, so it will hit you quicker than eating it.

    As for the AVB dosage; half a teaspoon of the solid oil can get you pretty high, again it depends on your tolerance and for how long this AVB has been vaped and on what temperature. Always START LOW! Then wait at least 45 minutes. In terms of how long does AVB take to kick in, there are too many factors involve to answer this question accurately, how long the AVB have been vaped? How dark it is? How potent? And there is no way to know other than try it. So always be cautious when you consume AVB eddibles.

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    Here is my step by step recipe:

    • What you need:
      • Save up an ounce of AVB – ground using an electric coffee grinder.
      • Coconut oil
      • A crock pot
      • A glass jar with a lid
      • A strainer or cheesecloth.
    • Method:
      • Fill 2/3 of the crock pot with water
      • Put the grounded AVB in the empty glass jar
      • Pour the coconut oil into the AVB until it covers it completely. Poor a little bit more so the mix can be easier to stir. (keep in mind, your coconut oil can be solid at room temp if it was cold, if so, you can microwave it till it’s completely melted).
      • Stir it, the mix should feel sludgy.
      • Place the lid on the jar but don’t tighten it up
      • Put that jar in your waterbath/crockpot and cover the crock pot with its lid.
      • Simmer for 6-12 hours (longer is better)
      • Stir the mix every hour or so.
      • Once the time is up, remove the jar, let it cool a little bit, then strain using the strainer and the cheesecloth into a fresh container. I like using my AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker, it did an incredible job of squeezing out all the oil.
      • Straining may take some time, some people don’t bother and leave the AVB in it without straining it, you can do that, but it will taste bitter. It’s up to you. I personally would strain it.
      • It will look grim at this point but don’t worry, once solidified it will become bright green
      • Bam, you’ve got super potent, cannabis infused Coconut oil. Keep it refrigerated.

    Here is a quick and simple recipe, I call it:

    AVB Goo Balls Recipe


    • 1 cup melted AVB butter
    • 1/4 cup peanut butter
    • 4 tablespoons of maple syrup
    • 2 cups oatmeal
    • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


    • Mix all together in a big bowl, you can use a mixer if you want for a better consistency.
    • Put the bowl in the freezer until it thickens, while in the freezer, stirring it every ten minutes or so
    • Scoop the Goo into balls
    • Eat it!

    4. Encapsulate in Pills (Cannabis Caps)

    Encapsulate in Pills (Cannabis Caps): You can shove the AVB in a caps, but a better way to do it is mix it with oil, with some fat AVB kicks in way harder and way faster. As for the AVB dosage; 3-7 capsules may get you to 10, again it depends on your tolerance, for how long this AVB has been vaped, and on what temperature (darkness of the AVB can give you an idea of its leftover potency).

    Make sure to wait at least 20-25 minutes before taking the next capsule. The bad thing consuming AVB is that the high creeps up and may take a very long time to kick in.

    The process pretty easy and straightforward

    Using Coconut Oil: If you want to use the coconut oil recipe we used earlier, you can.

      • Get size 0 gel-capsules, 100 pack of them would be enough.
      • Use one of those syringes to fill the caps each individually. It can be time consuming, but you will end up with nice, clear, and well packed capsules.

    Using AVB: you can packed the AVB into a capsule shell after grinding it into powder, but for maximum potency, better to use infuse it in fat. Here is my step by step recipe:

      • Grind up an ounce of AVB until it turns into powder, the finer the better
      • Add 4 tablespoons coconut oil and stir until the mixture becomes homogeneous paste. Add a little more coconut oil until it’s the consistency of a thick paste, but not solid
      • You can either put the mixture in a a Pyrex bowl and throw it in the oven at 165 F, or use a crock pot, but keep it on warm setting, not even low, just make sure it won’t get over 165 F (you can use temperature, use an IR thermometer and make sure the temperature won’t get over 165 F. Let it simmer for 2-3 hours and stir every 15 minutes
      • Take the Pyrex bowl out and let it cool down, the mix after it cools down shouldn’t be completely solid, if so, add a little bit of coconut oil to the mixture and stir
      • Use a big needleless oral dosing syringe, the hole must be at least 5 – 10ml so you can suck up the AVB mixture that is almost a paste and not have it clog
      • I personally use 000 size capsules, for some people it’s too big. Check this guide to determine the preferred capsule size. Stir the AVB mixture/paste, suck up a syringe full, then full each capsule up too the top and cap it
      • Make sure to stir the AVB mixture every time you refill your syringe
      • Wipe down the completed capsules with paper towel to remove excess oil
      • I would save the capsules in the freezer. To understand why freezing is important, we need to visualize the plant cells within the cannabis, they are essentially globules of liquid containing cannabinoids that we want to extract. Freezing them forces that liquid to take on a crystalline structure, piercing the plant cell walls and releasing the goodies. This even further increases the bioavailability of our final oil. The freezing process will eventually make the capsules more potent, they also feel less oily when they’re frozen.

    Dissolve in Alcohol

    Dissolve in Alcohol: using alcohol to extract THC and other cannabanoids is similar to that of fat, slightly more challenging, though, and inherently more risky (fire danger). You will, however, end up with cannabis infused alcohol (that sounds amazing and a bit frightening). Vodka is often used, but any 80-proof alcohol will work. Lower-proof alcohol can be used, but higher strength alcohol will be more efficient for dissolution. The highest-proof alcohol is recommended, but with a slight increase of fire risk.

    Here is how you make marijuana infused alcohol;

      • Find-ground ABV is mixed with alcohol.
      • How heat the mix, remember alcohol boils at a lower temperature than water, caution must be used to ensure that the ethanol isn’t lost, as this is bad for the process and also a fire hazard.
      • The mixture must be kept below 79 °C / 173 °F.
      • After dissolving for a period of time, which varies by recipe, the mixture is allowed to cool, and sometimes is allowed to soak at room temperature for hours or days before straining or filtering. The final product can be consumed plain, as a shot, or mixed into a drink.

    Stay toasty my friends!

    Stay toasty my friends.

    Ayad Maher is a Cannabis Industry Entrepreneur, Blogger & Activist. eCommerce Specialist and Owner of a 420 Life Style Website; Monroe Blvd, an online smoke shop; 421Store, and an online CBD store; GoodyCBD.

    Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2018 and has been revamped and updated as needed for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

    Already Vaped Bud (AVB weed) is clearly from it's name, the leftover weed you get after you vape it, using a dry herb vaporizers. We will talk expensively here about the AVB dosage, the best way to use AVB, and how to use AVB. And whether smoking smoking already vaped bud is a good idea or not. As for how to store AVB